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

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Fly to Bilbao  •  4h 54m

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to Bilbao (BIO) LIS - BIO

32€ - 128€

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Fly to Santander, bus  •  8h 27m

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to Santander (SDR) LIS - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

67€ - 111€

Fly to San Sebastian, bus  •  8h 30m

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to San Sebastian (EAS) LIS - EAS
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián / Donostia to Bilbao / Termibus

73€ - 263€

Bus  •  15h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon Sete Rios to Bilbao N1155

40€ - 55€

Bus via Bragança  •  16h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Lisboa Sete Rios to Braganca RedeExpressos
  2. Take the bus from Bragança to Bilbao

80€ - 110€

Night train, train  •  12h 51m

  1. Take the night train from Santa Apolónia to Miranda De Ebro Trenhotel Surexpreso
  2. Take the train from Miranda De Ebro to Bilbao-Abando Alv / ...

74€ - 101€

Drive  •  8h 8m

  1. Drive from Lisbon to Bilbao 862.9 km

100€ - 150€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bilbao is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Bilbao is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Bilbao is 1.5 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao is to bus which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 15h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao is to fly which costs 30€ - 130€ and takes 4h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lisbon Sete Rios and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 15h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lisbon to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Santa Apolónia and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Miranda De Ebro. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 51m.

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The distance between Lisbon and Bilbao is 726 km. The road distance is 862.9 km.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 15h 10m and costs 40€ - 55€.

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It takes approximately 4h 54m to get from Lisbon to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Lisbon to Bilbao bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Lisbon Sete Rios station.

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Lisbon to Bilbao train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, depart from Santa Apolónia station.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao is to fly which takes 4h 54m and costs 30€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 15h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Lisbon to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 725.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 54m

What companies run services between Lisbon, Portugal and Bilbao, Spain?

Vueling Airlines, TAP Portugal and Volotea fly from Lisbon to Bilbao twice daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lisbon Sete Rios to Bilbao 3 times a week. Tickets cost 40€ - 55€ and the journey takes 15h 10m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 240€
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 130€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 140€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 300€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Paris Orly, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 400€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
23€ - 350€
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 240€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 160€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 300€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Paris Orly, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 400€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 330€
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Faro
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Porto
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 160€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
35€ - 170€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Sevilla
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Train operators
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban 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 connect to trains in Portugal's 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. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Night train from Santa Apolónia to Miranda De Ebro
Ave. Duration
10h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
60€ - 90€
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Miranda De Ebro to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from San Sebastián / Donostia to Bilbao / Termibus
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Schedules at
pesa.net
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
8€ - 13€
Website
Lurraldebus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from San Sebastian / Donostia to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lisbon Sete Rios to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
15h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Schedules at
monbus.es
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Lisboa Sete Rios to Braganca
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bragança to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
7h 56m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
60€ - 80€
Website
iberocoach.com

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

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Lisbon to Bilbao bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Bilbao is 1h ahead of Lisbon. It is currently 9:17 AM in Lisbon and 10:17 AM in Bilbao.

Lisbon to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lisbon to Bilbao is 863 km. It takes approximately 8h 8m to drive from Lisbon to Bilbao.

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Vueling Airlines, Volotea and TAP Portugal offer flights from Lisbon Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Lisbon to Bilbao bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 414+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Lisbon Airport is to subway which takes 17 min and costs 1€ - 6€.

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