There are 6 ways to get from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Santiago de Compostela  •  2 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) BIO - SCQ

$63 - $226

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Bus ALSA  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santiago De Compostela Ouibus

$26 - $70

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Fly to A Coruna, train  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to A Coruna (LCG) BIO - LCG
  2. Take the train from A Coruna to Santiago de Compostela

$76 - $222

Train  •  10 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Orense-Empalme Ic
  2. Take the train from Orense-Empalme to Santiago de Compostela A / ...

$91 - $117

Bus MonBus  •  12 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to O Carballiño 9731
  2. Take the bus from Carballiño to Santiago de Compostela - Train Staion 8483

$51 - $70

Drive  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela 366.9 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela is to bus which costs 22€ - 60€ and takes 9 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela is to fly which costs 50€ - 200€ and takes 2 h 46 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Santiago De Compostela. Services depart twice daily, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 9 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela. However, there are services departing from Bilbao-Abando and arriving at Santiago de Compostela via Orense-Empalme. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 29 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela is 458 km. The road distance is 587 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 25 min and costs 22€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 46 min to get from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela, including transfers.

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Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Bilbao station.

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

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela is to fly which takes 2 h 46 min and costs 50€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 22€ - 60€ and takes 9 h 25 min, you could also train, which costs 75€ - 100€ and takes 10 h 29 min.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela.
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  • Distance: 286.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 46 min

What companies run services between Bilbao, Spain and Santiago de Compostela, Spain?

Iberia flies from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela twice daily. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela twice daily. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 9 h 25 min. Ouibus also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Sevilla
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Valencia
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Santiago de Compostela, Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Valencia, Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Mahon, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Sevilla
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Valencia
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Mahon, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to A Coruna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $330
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from A Coruna to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Orense-Empalme
Ave. Duration
9 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $100
Website
renfe.com
Train from Orense-Empalme to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $21
Website
renfe.com
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 Santiago De Compostela
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
alsa.com
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 Santiago
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
Ouibus
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Bilbao to O Carballiño
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
monbus.es
Bus from Carballiño to Santiago de Compostela - Train Staion
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
monbus.es

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Santiago de Compostela Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Santiago De Compostela station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela is 587 km. It takes approximately 5 h 46 min to drive from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela.

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Iberia offers flights from Bilbao Airport to Santiago de Compostela Airport.

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Book your Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela bus tickets online with Busbud and Distribusion.

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There are 488+ hotels available in Santiago de Compostela. Prices start at $47 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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