There are 9 ways to get from Bilbao to Calais by train, bus, bus and ferry, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  15 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao to Amara-Donostia Fcc
  2. Take the train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  3. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Lille Flandres Tgv
  4. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville

$215 - $283

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Night bus, bus  •  17 h 10 min

  1. Take the night bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Paris, Paris 783
  2. Take the bus from Paris, Paris to Calais 753

$70 - $115

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  15 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Lille
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Lille to Calais

$104 - $161

Drive  •  11 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Calais 749.8 miles

$160 - $240

Fly Bilbao to Paris Orly, train  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Paris Orly (ORY) BIO - ORY
  2. Take the train from Paris Nord to Calais Ville

$125 - $347

Bus to Biarritz, fly to Lille Lesquin, train  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bayona
  2. Fly from Biarritz (BIQ) to Lille Lesquin (LIL) BIQ - LIL
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun

$182 - $558

Fly Bilbao to Brussels, train  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Brussels (BRU) BIO - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun

$116 - $343

Fly Bilbao to Paris CDG, train  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Paris CDG (CDG) BIO - CDG
  2. Take the train from Aeroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle TGV to Lille Europe
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun

$121 - $336

Fly Bilbao to Amsterdam, train  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Amsterdam (AMS) BIO - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Lille Europe
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun

$171 - $366

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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Calais is to night bus and bus which costs 55€ - 100€ and takes 17 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bilbao to Calais is to fly and train which costs 100€ - 300€ and takes 7 h 19 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bilbao to Calais. However, there are services departing from Bilbao and arriving at Calais via Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bilbao to Calais. However, there are services departing from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao and arriving at Calais Ville via Amara-Donostia, Hendaye, Bordeaux-St-Jean and Lille Flandres. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 14 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Calais is 928 km. The road distance is 1199.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Calais without a car is to train which takes 15 h 14 min and costs 180€ - 250€.

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It takes approximately 15 h 14 min to get from Bilbao to Calais, including transfers.

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

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Bilbao to Calais train services, operated by Euskotren, depart from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao station.

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Paris Orly Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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  • Distance: 580 miles
  • Duration: 15 h 14 min

What companies run services between Bilbao, Spain and Calais, France?

You can take a train from Bilbao to Calais via Amara-Donostia, Hendaia, Hendaye, Bordeaux-St-Jean, and Lille Flandres in around 15 h 14 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $250
Flights from Bilbao to Paris Orly via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to Paris Orly via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flights from Bilbao to Brussels via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Valencia
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $250
Flights from Bilbao to Paris Orly via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bilbao to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $460
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lille Lesquin via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Bilbao to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $460
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bilbao to Paris Orly via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Biarritz to Lille Lesquin
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bilbao to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Bilbao to Brussels via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lille Lesquin via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bilbao to Amsterdam via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
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
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $80
Train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
Train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$75 - $95
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $180
1st Class
$200 - $310
Train from Paris Nord to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $130
Train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $31
1st Class
$44 - $46
Train from Brussels - Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$26 - $31
1st Class
$45 - $48
Train from Aeroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle TGV to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $70
Train from Schiphol Airport to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$85 - $120
1st Class
$120 - $160
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 Lille
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Bayona
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus and ferry from Lille to Calais
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Paris, Paris
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris, Paris to Calais
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Bilbao to Calais bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Calais station.

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Bilbao to Calais train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Calais Ville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Calais is 1200 km. It takes approximately 11 h 11 min to drive from Bilbao to Calais.

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easyJet, Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Bilbao Airport to Paris Orly Airport.

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There are 250+ hotels available in Calais. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Bilbao Airport is to bus which takes 15 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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