There are 8 ways to get from Bilbao to Barcelona by plane, bus, train, rideshare or car

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Fly from Bilbao  •  3 h 12 min

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

$26 - $120

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Bus to Santander, fly  •  4 h 53 min

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

$40 - $238

Bus to San Sebastian, fly  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Irun
  2. Fly from San Sebastian (EAS) to Barcelona (BCN) EAS - BCN

$50 - $339

Train  •  6 h 50 min

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

$75 - $95

Bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Barcelona

$40 - $65

Train, bus  •  11 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao to Amara-Donostia Fcc
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Barcelona

$43 - $62

Rideshare  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Bilbao to Barcelone 378.7 miles

$37

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Barcelona 379.4 miles

$70 - $110

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 8 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bilbao-Abando and arriving at Barcelona Sants. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 50 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Barcelona is 468 km. The road distance is 607 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 6 h 50 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 12 min to get from Bilbao to Barcelona, including transfers.

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

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Bilbao to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Bilbao-Abando station.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Barcelona is to fly which takes 3 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 6 h 50 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 8 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 292.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 12 min

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

Vueling Airlines flies from Bilbao to Barcelona every 4 hours. Alternatively, Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Bilbao to Barcelona 3 times a day. Tickets cost $75 - $95 and the journey takes 6 h 50 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Flights from Santander to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from Santander to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from San Sebastian to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $280
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Flights from San Sebastian to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $280
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $170
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
renfe.com
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao to Amara-Donostia
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Irun
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao to Irun - Estación Autobús
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
iberocoach.com
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Bilbao to Irún
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
monbus.es
Bus from San Sebastián to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bilbao to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$37
Book at
blablacar.es

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Bilbao to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Barcelona Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Barcelona is 607 km. It takes approximately 5 h 44 min to drive from Bilbao to Barcelona.

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Vueling Airlines offers flights from Bilbao Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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Book your Bilbao to Barcelona bus tickets online with Busbud.

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There are 3377+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bilbao and Barcelona. 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 Bilbao to Bilbao Airport is to bus which takes 15 min and costs .

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