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There are 7 ways to get from Barcelona to Bilbao by plane, bus, train, rideshare or car

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Fly to Bilbao  •  3h 24m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bilbao (BIO) BCN - BIO

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Fly to Santander, bus  •  4h 57m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Santander (SDR) BCN - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

Train  •  6h 32m

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando Alv

Bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona/Sants to Bilbao

Bus, train  •  10h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona Nord to San Sebastian
  2. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo-Bilbao E1

Rideshare  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Bilbao 604.6 km

Drive  •  5h 43m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Bilbao 609.8 km
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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao is to rideshare which costs €32 and takes 7h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao is to fly which costs €29 - €95 and takes 3h 24m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona/Sants and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Bilbao-Abando. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 32m.

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The distance between Barcelona and Bilbao is 468 km. The road distance is 609.8 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao without a car is to train which takes 6h 32m and costs €40 - €50.

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It takes approximately 3h 24m to get from Barcelona to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona/Sants station.

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Barcelona to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao is to fly which takes 3h 24m and costs €29 - €95. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €40 - €50 and takes 6h 32m, you could also bus, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 8h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 468.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 24m

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Bilbao, Spain?

Vueling Airlines and Iberia fly from Barcelona to Bilbao every 4 hours. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando once daily. Tickets cost €40 - €50 and the journey takes 6h 32m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€29 - €130
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€29 - €130
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€29 - €130
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €190
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€24 - €190
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €230
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€29 - €130
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€29 - €130
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€29 - €130
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €190
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€24 - €190
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €230
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€18 - €150
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Euskotren
Phone
+34 944 333 333
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Euskotren
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Barcelona/Sants to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
alsa.com
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Email
info@monbus.es
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Barcelona Nord to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€28 - €40
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
7h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€32
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Barcelona to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Barcelona to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Bilbao is 610 km. It takes approximately 5h 43m to drive from Barcelona to Bilbao.

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Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 152+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Bilbao. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs €2 - €6.

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