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

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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Bus to Biarritz, fly to Lyon  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bayona
  2. Fly from Biarritz (BIQ) to Lyon (LYS) BIQ - LYS

$84 - $290

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Bus ALSA  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Lyon

$50 - $80

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Fly Bilbao to Lyon  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Lyon (LYS) BIO - LYS

$83 - $219

Fly Bilbao to Geneva, train  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Geneva (GVA) BIO - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu

$97 - $230

Bus FlixBus  •  13 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estación/Geltoki L7 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Lyon, Lyon K783

$62 - $120

Train  •  13 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona Sants A
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv / ...

$172 - $243

Drive  •  8 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Lyon 553.9 miles

$110 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Lyon is to bus which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 12 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bilbao to Lyon is to bus and fly which costs 70€ - 260€ and takes 5 h 13 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Lyon. Services depart four times a day. The journey takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bilbao to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Bilbao-Abando and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu via Barcelona Sants and Montpellier Saint-Roch. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 17 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Lyon is 675 km. The road distance is 886.2 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Lyon without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 15 min and costs 45€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 13 min to get from Bilbao to Lyon, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Lyon is to fly which takes 6 h 44 min and costs 70€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 12 h 15 min, you could also train, which costs 140€ - 220€ and takes 13 h 17 min.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 421.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 13 min

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

Iberia, Lufthansa and 11 other airlines fly from Bilbao to Lyon hourly. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Bilbao to Lyon 4 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $80 and the journey takes 12 h 15 min.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $290
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $260
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $460
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$40 - $210
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $400
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Sncf Ter
Website
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Sncf
Website
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $65
1st Class
$65 - $100
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
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 Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $140
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $70
1st Class
$90 - $120
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 Lyon
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $26
Website
alsa.com
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estación/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
La Union
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 Vitoria-Gasteiz to Lyon, Lyon
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Biarritz Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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

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Bilbao to Lyon train services, operated by inOui TGV, arrive at Lyon Part Dieu station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Lyon is 886 km. It takes approximately 8 h 23 min to drive from Bilbao to Lyon.

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easyJet and Hop! offer flights from Biarritz Airport to Lyon Airport.

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There are 1102+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at $63 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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