There are 8 ways to get from Bilbao to Switzerland by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Geneva  •  4h 10m

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Geneva (GVA) BIO - GVA

SFr 66 - SFr 180

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Fly to Zurich  •  4h 41m

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Zurich (ZRH) BIO - ZRH

SFr 72 - SFr 222

Fly to Basel  •  6h 14m

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Basel (BSL) BIO - BSL

SFr 74 - SFr 227

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  5h 59m

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) BIO - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

SFr 93 - SFr 220

Bus, train  •  14h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bayonne
  2. Take the train from Bayonne to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 Tgv
  3. Take the train from Paris l'Est to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf Tgv
  4. Take the train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Zuerich Hb Ice / ...

SFr 301 - SFr 425

Train  •  18h 43m

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona-Sants Alv
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève Ter / ...
  4. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...

SFr 257 - SFr 445

Bus  •  20h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Zurich

SFr 122 - SFr 166

Drive  •  12h 36m

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Zürich 1319.3 km

SFr 170 - SFr 250

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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Switzerland is to fly which costs 60€ - 170€ and takes 4h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Bilbao to Switzerland is to fly which costs 60€ - 170€ and takes 4h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bilbao to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Bilbao-Abando and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Barcelona-Sants, Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu, Genève and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 43m.

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The distance between Bilbao and Switzerland is 960 km. The road distance is 1319.3 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Switzerland without a car is to bus and train which takes 14h 2m and costs 270€ - 390€.

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It takes approximately 4h 10m to get from Bilbao to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Bilbao to Switzerland train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Bilbao-Abando station.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Switzerland is to fly which takes 4h 10m and costs 60€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 230€ - 410€ and takes 18h 43m, you could also bus, which costs 110€ - 160€ and takes 20h 16m.

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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Bilbao to Switzerland train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 959.8 km
  • Duration: 4h 10m

What companies run services between Bilbao, Spain and Switzerland?

easyJet, Air France and Iberia fly from Bilbao to Geneva 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bilbao to Zürich via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu, Gare de Genève, Genève, and Zürich HB in around 18h 43m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 260
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 390
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 410
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 380
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 410
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 300
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 300
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 600
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 950
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 950
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 470
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 410
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 550
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 1400
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 400
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 390
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 410
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 380
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 300
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 300
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 210
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Nantes
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 270
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 190
Flights from Bilbao to Milan Malpensa via Nantes
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 190
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 3300
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 600
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 950
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 950
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 410
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 330
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 1400
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 1100
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 600
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 600
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bilbao to Zurich via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 700
Flights from Bilbao to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 750
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 Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Bayonne to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 160
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 120 - SFr 140
1st Class
SFr 130 - SFr 160
Train from Paris l'Est to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 120
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 90 - SFr 110
1st Class
SFr 100 - SFr 120
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 29
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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.

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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
SFr 40 - SFr 55
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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 Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 190
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 100 - SFr 120
1st Class
SFr 150 - SFr 190
Train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
1st Class
SFr 43 - SFr 46
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
SFr 55 - SFr 80
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 Zurich
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 170
Website
alsa.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Switzerland is 1319 km. It takes approximately 12h 36m to drive from Bilbao to Switzerland.

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easyJet, Iberia and Air France offer flights from Bilbao Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 655+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at SFr 100 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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