There are 11 ways to get from Bilbao to Italy by plane, bus, train, car ferry or car

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Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) BIO - MXP

$69 - $168

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Fly to Rome  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Rome (FCO) BIO - FCO

$73 - $299

Fly to Bologna  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Bologna (BLQ) BIO - BLQ

$74 - $228

Fly to Florence  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Florence (FLR) BIO - FLR

$103 - $415

Fly to Turin  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Turin (TRN) BIO - TRN

$86 - $196

Bus, train  •  19 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bayona
  2. Take the train from Bayonne to Paris Montparnasse Tgv
  3. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  4. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Roma Termini Fr

$392 - $482

Train  •  23 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona Sants A
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV Tgv
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
  4. Take the train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  5. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Roma Termini Fr

$289 - $383

Bus Eurolines CH  •  27 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Genève
  2. Take the bus from Geneva to Rome N1729

$135 - $239

Train, carferry  •  32 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona Sants A
  2. Take the carferry from Barcelona to Civitavecchia
  3. Take the train from S.Marinella to Roma Termini Reg / ...

$155 - $229

Bus ALSA  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Zaragoza
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Roma

$150 - $234

Drive  •  16 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Rome 1064.6 miles

$250 - $370

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No, there is no direct bus from Bilbao to Italy. However, there are services departing from Bilbao and arriving at P.le Tiburtino via Geneva and Tiburtina/Verano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bilbao to Italy. However, there are services departing from Bilbao-Abando and arriving at Roma Termini via Barcelona Sants Station, Valence TGV, Chambery-Challes-E and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 22 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Italy is 1270 km. The road distance is 1703.4 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Italy without a car is to bus and train which takes 19 h 39 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 55 min to get from Bilbao to Italy, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Italy is to fly which takes 4 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 23 h 22 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 27 h 17 min.

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Italy.
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  • Distance: 793.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 55 min

What companies run services between Bilbao, Spain and Italy?

Vueling Airlines, easyJet and two other airlines fly from Bilbao to Milan every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bilbao to Rome via Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Sants Station, Gare de Valence TGV, Valence TGV, Chambery-Challes-E, Torino Porta Susa, and Torino Porta Susa in around 23 h 22 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Flights from Bilbao to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Santiago de Compostela, Madrid
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $430
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Mahon, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Vigo, Madrid
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $430
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Flights from Bilbao to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Mahon, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $410
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Bilbao to Turin via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Bilbao to Florence via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $950
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$55 - $190
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,000
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Rome via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Bilbao to Bologna via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Train operators
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bayonne to Paris Montparnasse
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$140 - $160
1st Class
$180 - $270
Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$130 - $150
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$130 - $150
1st Class
$180 - $270
Train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$40 - $50
1st Class
$65 - $80
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
renfe.com
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 Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$27 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from S.Marinella to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$10 - $13
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 Bayona
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Zaragoza to Roma
Ave. Duration
2 days 1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Website
alsa.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Bilbao to Genève
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $160
Book at
eurolines.ch
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
Bus from Geneva to Rome
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Barcelona to Civitavecchia
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
grimaldi-lines.com

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Bilbao to Italy train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Roma Termini station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Italy is 1703 km. It takes approximately 16 h 8 min to drive from Bilbao to Italy.

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easyJet, Air France, Lufthansa and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Bilbao Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 564+ hotels available in Italy. Prices start at $51 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 .

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