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

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Bus to Biarritz, fly  •  5h 17m

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

116€ - 270€

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Bus  •  12h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Lyon N1157

40€ - 100€

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Fly from Bilbao  •  6h 59m

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

66€ - 279€

Bus to Santander, fly  •  8h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander
  2. Fly from Santander (SDR) to Lyon (LYS) SDR - LYS

55€ - 214€

Bus, train  •  12h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Saint Etienne
  2. Take the train from Saint-Étienne Châteaucreux to Lyon Perrache K110 / ...

74€ - 120€

Train  •  12h 59m

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona-Sants Alv
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave

100€ - 134€

Drive  •  8h 18m

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Lyon 882.1 km

95€ - 140€

Bilbao to Lyon by bus

The bus journey time between Bilbao and Lyon is around 12h 10m and covers a distance of around 928 km. The fastest bus normally takes 12h 10m. Services are operated by ALSA, Iberocoach and FlixBus. Typically three buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bilbao to Lyon bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Lyon is to bus which costs 40€ - 100€ and takes 12h 15m.

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The fastest way to get from Bilbao to Lyon is to bus and fly which takes 5h 17m and costs 110€ - 270€.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Lyon. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 12h 15m.

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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. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 59m.

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The distance between Bilbao and Lyon is 675 km. The road distance is 882.1 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Lyon without a car is to bus and train which takes 12h 13m and costs 70€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 5h 17m 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 Renfe Viajeros, depart from Bilbao-Abando station.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Lyon is to fly which takes 6h 59m and costs 65€ - 280€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 100€ and takes 12h 15m, you could also train, which costs 100€ - 140€ and takes 12h 59m.

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  • Distance: 675.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 17m

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

Vueling Airlines, KLM and six other airlines fly from Bilbao to Lyon every 4 hours. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Bilbao to Lyon 4 times a day. Tickets cost 70€ - 100€ and the journey takes 12h 15m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 270€
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 260€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Barcelona, Mahon
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
65€ - 290€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 250€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Bologna
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
30€ - 180€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Madrid, Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 270€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
50€ - 260€
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 410€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Madrid
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
95€ - 310€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Madrid
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 270€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 490€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 330€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon via Malaga
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
80€ - 290€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Vienna
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
40€ - 200€
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Barcelona, Ibiza
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
60€ - 420€
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Saint-Étienne Châteaucreux to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 40€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. 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 St Etienne Chateaucreux to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 22€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
8€ - 13€
Rail 1st Class
15€ - 22€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from St Etienne Chateaucreux to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
19€ - 30€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
26€ - 31€
1st Class
19€ - 23€
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Renfe Viajeros
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Renfe SNCF
Bus operators
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bilbao to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bilbao to Lyon
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
iberocoach.com
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 Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Saint Etienne
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Lyon
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
70€ - 100€
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 Bilbao to Lyon Perrache Saône
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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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 Renfe SNCF, arrive at Lyon Part Dieu station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Lyon is 882 km. It takes approximately 8h 18m to drive from Bilbao to Lyon.

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easyJet and Air France offer flights from Biarritz Airport to Lyon Airport.

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Book your Bilbao to Lyon bus tickets online with Omio, Busbud and FlixBus.

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There are 1205+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Bilbao Airport is to bus which takes 25 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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