There are 9 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  •  5h 16m

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

125€ - 270€

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Bus  •  12h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Lyon BlaBlaBus / ...

40€ - 100€

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Fly Bilbao to Lyon  •  4h 16m

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

55€ - 229€

Fly Bilbao to Geneva, train  •  7h 2m

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

120€ - 249€

Bus to Santander, fly to Lyon  •  8h 20m

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

54€ - 204€

Bus, train  •  11h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bayonne
  2. Take the train from Bayonne to Toulouse Matabiau
  3. Take the train from Toulouse Matabiau to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv

185€ - 277€

Bus via Lyon - Saint-Exupéry Airport  •  12h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Lyon - Saint-Exupéry Airport BlaBlaBus

83€ - 111€

Train  •  12h 50m

  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 21m

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Lyon 886.2 km

100€ - 160€

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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 quickest way to get from Bilbao to Lyon is to fly which costs 55€ - 230€ and takes 4h 16m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Lyon. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. 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 50m.

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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 and train which takes 11h 19m and costs 180€ - 280€.

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It takes approximately 5h 16m 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 4h 16m and costs 55€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus via Lyon - Saint-Exupéry Airport, which costs 80€ - 120€ and takes 12h 11m, you could also train, which costs 100€ - 140€ and takes 12h 50m.

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

Volotea flies from Bilbao to Lyon twice a week. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Bilbao to Lyon - Saint-Exupéry Airport 5 times a week. Tickets cost 65€ - 95€ and the journey takes 11h 25m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 310€
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 310€
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 350€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Bologna
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
30€ - 170€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 270€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 280€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
50€ - 250€
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
27€ - 210€
Flights from Santander to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Bilbao to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
28€ - 60€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
200€ - 650€
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 Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 90€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
35€ - 45€
1st Class
35€ - 45€
Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
85€ - 110€
1st Class
95€ - 120€
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 Bayonne to Toulouse Matabiau
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 85€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
45€ - 55€
1st Class
70€ - 85€
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 50m
Frequency
Twice 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
55€ - 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 Lyon - Saint-Exupéry Airport
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
65€ - 95€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Lyon
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
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, Bilbao to Santander, Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
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 886 km. It takes approximately 8h 21m 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 1450+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Bilbao Airport is to bus which takes 12 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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