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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 25m

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

42€ - 105€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Bilbao 604.6 km

32€

5 alternative options

Fly to Santander, bus  •  5h 4m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Santander (SDR) BCN - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao

42€ - 101€

Train  •  6h 39m

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

40€ - 50€

Bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona/Sants to Bilbao

45€ - 70€

Bus, train  •  11h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona Nord to San Sebastián Bcn48
  2. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo-Bilbao E1

35€ - 46€

Drive  •  5h 43m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Bilbao 609.8 km

60€ - 90€

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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 40€ - 110€ and takes 3h 25m.

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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 three times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 6h 39m.

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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 39m and costs 40€ - 50€.

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It takes approximately 3h 25m 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 25m and costs 40€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 40€ - 50€ and takes 6h 39m, 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 25m

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

Vueling Airlines and Iberia fly from Barcelona to Bilbao 5 times a day. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando 3 times a week. Tickets cost 40€ - 50€ and the journey takes 6h 39m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 170€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
65€ - 210€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
24€ - 120€
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
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
Frequency
3 times a week
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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Barcelona/Sants to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Santander, Santander to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Vigo Barcelona, S.A.
Phone
93 265 61 32
Website
barcelonanord.cat
Bus from Barcelona Nord to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
Vigo Barcelona, S.A.
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Barcelona to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar.es
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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Book your Barcelona to Bilbao bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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There are 542+ 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 16 min and costs 11€ - 14€.

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