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There are 5 ways to get from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao by plane, car, car ferry, bus, train or car train

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Fly  •  2h 29m

  1. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Bilbao (BIO) BRS - BIO

€57 - €208

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Drive, car ferry  •  23h 26m

  1. Drive from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  3. Drive from Santander to Bilbao

€105 - €363

Bus  •  25h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Bristol Bus & Coach Station to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao

€114 - €167

Train, car ferry, bus  •  27h 3m

  1. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  3. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao 783

€143 - €554

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  14h 55m

  1. Drive from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Bilbao

€317 - €392

Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao by bus, train, walk and car ferry

The journey time between Bristol Airport (BRS) and Bilbao is around 30h 37m and covers a distance of around 1090 km. The fastest journey normally takes 30h 5m. Operated by First, CrossCountry, First Great Western Service and others, the Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao service departs from Bristol Airport, Airport Terminal and arrives in Bilbao. Typically two services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
30h 37m
Fastest journey time:
30h 5m
Journey distance:
1090 km
Services per week:
2
Cheapest price:
€163
Carbon emissions:
143 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
12:10
Last service departs at:
13:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao bus, train, walk and car ferry schedules

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International entry into Spain from United Kingdom

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

Restricted for: Brazil and South Africa

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Conditions of entry into Spain from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from 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
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and United States
  • 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 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 7 in quarantine
This applies to arrivals from India
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of EU Schengen Area, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and United States
  • 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
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area

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Rules to follow in Spain

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

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 United Kingdom.

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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 United Kingdom from Spain.

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Last updated: 20 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao is to fly which costs £45 - £180 and takes 2h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao is to fly which costs £45 - £180 and takes 2h 29m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Bristol Airport, Airport Terminal and arriving at Bilbao via Bristol Bus & Coach Station and Londres Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 8m.

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The distance between Bristol Airport (BRS) and Bilbao is 903 km.

The best way to get from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 25h 8m and costs £95 - £150.

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It takes approximately 2h 29m to get from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Bristol Bus & Coach Station.

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The best way to get from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao is to fly which takes 2h 29m and costs £45 - £180. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £95 - £150 and takes 25h 8m.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 45m.

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Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Map of how to get from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 903.5 km
  • Duration: 2h 29m

What companies run services between Bristol Airport (BRS), England and Bilbao, Spain?

easyJet and KLM fly from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bristol Airport (BRS) to Bilbao via Cabot Circus, Bristol Bus & Coach Station, London Victoria Coach Station, and Londres Victoria Coach Station in around 25h 8m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €370
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €65
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€50 - €65
Anytime Day 1st Class
€90 - €130
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Bristol Bus & Coach Station to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
National Express
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 Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€100 - €150
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €14
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
Ave. Duration
20h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€75 - €320
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
€75 - €95
Car
€230 - €320

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Bilbao is 1h ahead of Bristol Airport (BRS). It is currently 9:28 PM in Bristol Airport (BRS) and 10:28 PM in Bilbao.

easyJet and KLM offer flights from Bristol Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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