There are 6 ways to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from La Rochelle to Bilbao

$35 - $55

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Train  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from La Rochelle Ville to Bordeaux-St-Jean Ic
  2. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye Tgv
  3. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc

$75 - $112

Drive  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Drive from La Rochelle to Bilbao 324.5 miles

$65 - $110

Fly La Rochelle to Bilbao  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Fly from La Rochelle (LRH) to Bilbao (BIO) LRH - BIO

$102 - $483

Fly La Rochelle to Biarritz, bus  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Fly from La Rochelle (LRH) to Biarritz (BIQ) LRH - BIQ
  2. Take the bus from Bayona to Bilbao

$108 - $458

Train to Nantes, fly to Bilbao  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from La Rochelle Ville to Nantes
  2. Fly from Nantes (NTE) to Bilbao (BIO) NTE - BIO

$123 - $296

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao is to bus which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 7 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao is to drive which costs 60€ - 90€ and takes 4 h 55 min.

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The distance between La Rochelle and Bilbao is 352 km. The road distance is 519.2 km.

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The bus from La Rochelle to Bilbao takes 7 h 30 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from La Rochelle and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 7 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from La Rochelle to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from La Rochelle Ville and arriving at Zazpikaleak-Bilbao via Bordeaux-St-Jean, Hendaia and Amara-Donostia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 5 min.

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There are 436+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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La Rochelle to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from London station.

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Map of how to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 220 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 30 min

What companies run services between La Rochelle, France and Bilbao, Spain?

ALSA operates a bus from La Rochelle to Bilbao twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 7 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from La Rochelle to Bilbao via Bordeaux-St-Jean, Hendaye, Hendaia, and Amara-Donostia in around 10 h 5 min.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Bilbao via Southampton, Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,400
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Paris Orly, Lyon
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,500
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $500
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,400
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Paris Orly, Lyon
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,500
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from La Rochelle to Bilbao via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Train operators
SNCF
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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from La Rochelle Ville to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $70
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
Train from La Rochelle Ville to Nantes
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$29 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $55
1st Class
$70 - $95
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

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