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There are 4 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 - $60

3 alternative options

Train  •  10 h 2 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 - $118

Drive  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Drive from La Rochelle to Bilbao 324.5 miles

$65 - $110

Train, fly  •  9 h 13 min

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

$123 - $296

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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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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 2 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 best way to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs 30€ - 50€.

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

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La Rochelle to Bilbao train services, operated by SNCF, depart from La Rochelle Ville station.

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The best way to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs 30€ - 50€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 65€ - 110€ and takes 10 h 2 min.

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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 - $60 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 2 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $500
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $500
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Train operators
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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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 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $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
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
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
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 La Rochelle to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
alsa.com

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There is no direct flight from Nantes Airport to Bilbao Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between La Rochelle to Bilbao is 519 km. It takes approximately 4 h 55 min to drive from La Rochelle to Bilbao.

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easyJet, Brussels Airlines, TAP Portugal and four other airlines offer flights from Nantes Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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