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There are 5 ways to get from Bordeaux to Bilbao by train, bus, car or plane

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Train, bus  •  4h 51m

  1. Take the train from Bordeaux St Jean to Bayonne Ter / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bayonne to Bilbao

€74 - €125

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Bus  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Bordeaux Saint-Jean to Bilbao 783 / ...

€18 - €80

3 alternative options

Train  •  7h 26m

  1. Take the train from Bordeaux St Jean to Hendaye Ter / ...
  2. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo-Bilbao E1

€35 - €67

Drive  •  3h 10m

  1. Drive from Bordeaux to Bilbao 331.7 km

€35 - €55

Fly  •  6h 37m

  1. Fly from Bordeaux (BOD) to Bilbao (BIO) BOD - BIO

€58 - €124

Bordeaux to Bilbao by bus

The bus journey time between Bordeaux and Bilbao is around 4h 38m and covers a distance of around 344 km. The fastest bus normally takes 4h 30m. Operated by FlixBus and Iberocoach, the Bordeaux to Bilbao bus service departs from Bordeaux Saint-Jean and arrives in Bilbao. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
4h 38m
Fastest bus time:
4h 30m
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€18
Carbon emissions:
42 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
03:20
Last bus departs at:
23:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bordeaux to Bilbao bus schedules

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International entry into Spain from France

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Spain from France

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from France
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United Kingdom
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
This applies to arrivals from India
  • Entry is allowed for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of EU Schengen Area, Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Brazil, India and South Africa
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area

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Rules to follow in Spain

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Considerations leaving from France

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Spain from France.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bilbao is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Bilbao is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Bilbao is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to France from Spain.

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Last updated: 22 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Bordeaux to Bilbao is to drive, which costs €35 - €55 and takes 3h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Bordeaux to Bilbao is to drive which costs €35 - €55 and takes 3h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bordeaux Saint-Jean and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bordeaux to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Bordeaux St Jean and arriving at Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo-Bilbao via Hendaia and Amara-Donostia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 26m.

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The distance between Bordeaux and Bilbao is 257 km. The road distance is 331.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bordeaux to Bilbao without a car is to train and bus which takes 4h 51m and costs €70 - €130.

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It takes approximately 4h 51m to get from Bordeaux to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Bordeaux to Bilbao bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bordeaux Saint-Jean station.

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Bordeaux to Bilbao train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Bordeaux St Jean station.

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The best way to get from Bordeaux to Bilbao is to bus which takes 6h 5m and costs €18 - €80. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €35 - €70 and takes 7h 26m, you could also fly, which costs €55 - €130 and takes 6h 37m.

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Map of how to get from Bordeaux to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 256.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 51m

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

FlixBus operates a bus from Bordeaux Saint-Jean to Bilbao 5 times a day. Tickets cost €18 - €22 and the journey takes 6h 5m. Iberocoach also services this route 3 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Hendaye, Hendaia, and Amara-Donostia in around 7h 26m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €260
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€45 - €190
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€45 - €200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €340
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €230
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bordeaux to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €600
Train operators
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 Bordeaux St Jean to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€24 - €50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€24 - €35
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €50
Train from Bordeaux St Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€28 - €60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€28 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€40 - €60
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 Bordeaux St Jean to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€40 - €50
1st Class
€40 - €50
Train from Bordeaux St Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €55
Euskotren
Phone
+34 944 333 333
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Euskotren
Bus operators
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bayonne to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bordeaux to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€55 - €80
Website
iberocoach.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 Bordeaux Saint-Jean to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€18 - €22
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Bordeaux Airport to Bilbao Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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Bordeaux to Bilbao bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Bordeaux to Bilbao train services, operated by Euskotren, arrive at Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo-Bilbao station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bordeaux to Bilbao is 332 km. It takes approximately 3h 10m to drive from Bordeaux to Bilbao.

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Lufthansa, KLM, Air France and two other airlines offer flights from Bordeaux Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Bordeaux to Bilbao bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 156+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport is to line 1 bus which takes 34 min and costs €2.

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