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There are 9 ways to get from France to Bilbao by train, plane, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train to Porto, fly to Bilbao  •  5h 31m

  1. Take the train from Caminha to Viana do Castelo
  2. Fly from Porto (OPO) to Bilbao (BIO) OPO - BIO

$149 - $319

Cheapest option

Train  •  12h 23m

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

$92 - $112

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Bus to Vigo, fly to Bilbao  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Tabagón to Puxeiros
  2. Fly from Vigo (VGO) to Bilbao (BIO) VGO - BIO

Bus, train to Santiago de Compostela, fly to Bilbao  •  5h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Tabagón to Vigo
  2. Take the train from Vigo Urzaiz to Santiago de Compostela
  3. Fly from Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) to Bilbao (BIO) SCQ - BIO

Bus to Vigo, fly to Santander, bus  •  8h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Tabagón to Puxeiros
  2. Fly from Vigo (VGO) to Santander (SDR) VGO - SDR
  3. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

Bus to Vigo, fly to San Sebastian, bus  •  9h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Tabagón to Puxeiros
  2. Fly from Vigo (VGO) to San Sebastian (EAS) VGO - EAS
  3. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

Bus MonBus  •  12h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Tabagón to Vigo Tui
  2. Take the bus from Vigo to Bilbao Ouibus

Bus ALSA  •  15h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Tabagón to Vigo Tui
  2. Take the bus from Vigo to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

Drive  •  7h 4m

  1. Drive from France to Bilbao 453.6 miles

$100 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from France to Bilbao is to train which costs 75€ - 100€ and takes 12h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from France to Bilbao is to train and fly which costs 130€ - 280€ and takes 5h 31m.

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The distance between France and Bilbao is 501 km. The road distance is 725.7 km.

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It takes approximately 5h 31m to get from France to Bilbao, including transfers.

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The best way to get from France to Bilbao is to train which takes 12h 23m and costs 75€ - 100€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12h 37m.

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The quickest flight from Porto Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Bilbao is 1h ahead of France. It is currently 3:27 PM in France and 4:27 PM in Bilbao.

Yes, the driving distance between France to Bilbao is 726 km. It takes approximately 7h 4m to drive from France to Bilbao.

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Volotea, TAP Portugal, Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Porto Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 453+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from France to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 313.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 31m

What companies run services between France, Viana do Castelo, Portugal and Bilbao, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from France to Bilbao once daily. Tickets cost $90 - $110 and the journey takes 10h 46m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from France to Bilbao via Tabagón and Vigo in around 12h 37m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Porto to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$40 - $360
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Barcelona, Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Vigo to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $330
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Porto to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Barcelona, Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Madrid, Malaga
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$95 - $420
Flights from Vigo to Santander via Madrid, Valencia
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Porto to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Train operators
Portuguese Railways (CP)

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal, and spans over 2700km, with trains being split into four main types: regional and intercity trains, international and domestic high-speed trains, and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto - these train stations connect to trains in Portugal's main cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Caminha to Viana do Castelo
Ave. Duration
29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
cp.pt
2nd Class
$3 - $4
1st Class
$2 - $4
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 Vigo Urzaiz to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $22
Website
renfe.com
Train from Guillarey to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
10h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Automoviles de Tuy, S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 986 61 02 55
Website
automovilesdetuy.es
Bus from Tabagón to Puxeiros
Ave. Duration
24m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
automovilesdetuy.es
Bus from Tabagón to Vigo
Ave. Duration
27m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
automovilesdetuy.es
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 Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Vigo to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
12h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Vigo to Baracaldo/Barakaldo
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
alsa.com
Lurraldebus
Phone
943 000 117
Email
info@mugi.eus
Website
lurraldebus.eus
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
Lurraldebus
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Vigo to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
10h 52m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
monbus.es

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