There are 7 ways to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

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

Recommended option

Bus  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from La Rochelle to Bilbao

$45 - $65

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Take the night bus from La Rochelle, La Rochelle to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia K781
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao Largo Recorrido

$37 - $136

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from La Rochelle Ville to Bordeaux-St-Jean
  2. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Bayonne Tgv
  3. Take the bus from Bayona to Bilbao

$86 - $131

Drive  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Drive from La Rochelle to Bilbao 324.5 miles

$65 - $110

Fly La Rochelle to Bilbao  •  7 h 9 min

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

$101 - $479

Fly La Rochelle to Biarritz, bus  •  8 h 42 min

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

$117 - $459

Train to Nantes, fly to Bilbao  •  9 h 5 min

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

$124 - $297

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

ALSA operates a bus from La Rochelle to Bilbao twice daily. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 7 h 30 min. Alternatively, easyJet, Ryanair and three other airlines fly from La Rochelle to Bilbao once daily.

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 Paris Orly, Lyon
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 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
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Bilbao via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
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
5 h 42 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 Paris Orly, Lyon
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,500
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from La Rochelle to Bilbao via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Bilbao via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
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
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Southampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Nantes to Bilbao via Malaga
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from La Rochelle Ville to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$24 - $35
1st Class
$35 - $60
Train from La Rochelle Ville to Nantes
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$37 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$37 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $75
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from La Rochelle, La Rochelle to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Lurraldebus
Phone
943 000 117
Email
info@mugi.eus
Website
lurraldebus.eus
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Schedules at
lurraldebus.eus
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
iberocoach.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between La Rochelle and Bilbao is 352 km. The road distance is 519 km.

The cheapest way to get from La Rochelle to Bilbao is to bus which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 7 h 30 min.

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

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.

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