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

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Fly  •  4 h 14 min

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

$66 - $180

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Bus ALSA  •  17 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Annemasse to Bilbao

$63 - $104

3 alternative options

Bus Eurolines CH  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Genève to Bilbao

$80 - $150

Train  •  16 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Marne la Vallée-Chessy to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  3. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye Tgv
  4. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc

$256 - $317

Drive  •  9 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Bilbao 645.8 miles

$130 - $200

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Genève and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 16 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Zazpikaleak-Bilbao via Paris Lyon RER, Marne la Vallée-Chessy, Bordeaux-St-Jean, Hendaia and Amara-Donostia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 12 min.

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The distance between Geneva and Bilbao is 787 km. The road distance is 1033.3 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 16 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 14 min to get from Geneva to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Geneva to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Annemasse station.

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Geneva to Bilbao train services, operated by TGV, depart from Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Bilbao is to fly which takes 4 h 14 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 16 h, you could also train, which costs and takes 16 h 12 min.

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

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Geneva to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 491.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 14 min

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Bilbao, Spain?

easyJet, Swiss and three other airlines fly from Geneva to Bilbao 3 times a day. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Geneva to Bilbao 3 times a week. Tickets cost $80 - $150 and the journey takes 16 h.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $210
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Bilbao via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Geneva to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $250
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Geneva to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $260
Train operators
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Genève to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $110
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$95 - $110
1st Class
$130 - $190
Train from Marne la Vallée-Chessy to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $220
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. 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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Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $80
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Genève to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 Annemasse to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
alsa.com

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Geneva to Bilbao train services, operated by Euskotren, arrive at Zazpikaleak-Bilbao station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Bilbao is 1033 km. It takes approximately 9 h 49 min to drive from Geneva to Bilbao.

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easyJet, Swiss, Air France and two other airlines offer flights from Geneva Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 440+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7 min and costs .

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