There are 6 ways to get from Bilbao to Ponferrada by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Ponferrada Ouibus

$16 - $50

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Train  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Ponferrada Ic

$60 - $80

Bus ALSA  •  9 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Baracaldo/Barakaldo to Ponferrada

$37 - $57

Rideshare  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Bilbao to Ponferrada 271.3 miles

$18

Drive  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Ponferrada 271.9 miles

$50 - $75

Fly, train  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Leon (LEN) BIO - LEN
  2. Take the train from Leon to Ponferrada

$157 - $618

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Ponferrada. Services depart three times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bilbao-Abando and arriving at Ponferrada. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 6 h 32 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Ponferrada is 309 km. The road distance is 435 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Ponferrada without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 55 min and costs .

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The bus from Bilbao to Ponferrada takes 5 h 55 min including transfers and departs three times a week.

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Bilbao to Ponferrada bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Bilbao station.

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

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Ponferrada is to bus which takes 5 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 6 h 32 min.

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There is no direct flight from Bilbao Airport to Leon Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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Bilbao to Ponferrada bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Ponferrada station.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Ponferrada.
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  • Distance: 193.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 55 min

What companies run services between Bilbao, Spain and Ponferrada, Spain?

Ouibus operates a bus from Bilbao to Ponferrada 3 times a week. Tickets cost $16 - $22 and the journey takes 5 h 55 min. ALSA also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Bilbao to Ponferrada once daily. Tickets cost $60 - $80 and the journey takes 6 h 32 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Leon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Bilbao to Leon via Madrid, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Leon via Sevilla, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Bilbao to Leon via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Leon via Valencia, Ibiza
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Bilbao to Leon via Tenerife
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Train operators
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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Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Website
renfe.com
Train from Leon to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Website
Ouibus
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 Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Baracaldo/Barakaldo to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bilbao to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18
Book at
blablacar.es

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Bilbao to Ponferrada train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Ponferrada station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Ponferrada is 435 km. It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to drive from Bilbao to Ponferrada.

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Air Europa, Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Bilbao Airport to Leon Airport.

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Book your Bilbao to Ponferrada train tickets online with Loco2.

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Book your Bilbao to Ponferrada bus tickets online with Distribusion and Busbud.

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There are 152+ hotels available in Ponferrada. Prices start at $37 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bilbao and Ponferrada. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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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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