There are 8 ways to get from Lisbon to Bilbao by plane, bus, night train, train or car

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Fly to Bilbao  •  5h 24m

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

45€ - 559€

Cheapest option

Bus via Vitoria-Gasteiz  •  11h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon, Lisbon to Vitoria-Gasteiz N763
  2. Take the bus from Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estacion/Geltoki to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki L7 / ...

39€ - 70€

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Fly to Santander, bus  •  8h 21m

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to Santander (SDR) LIS - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao

49€ - 195€

Fly to San Sebastian, bus  •  8h 18m

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

75€ - 262€

Bus  •  13h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon - 7 Rios to Bilbao Lisbon - 7 Rios > Santarem > Torres Novas > Abrantes > Castelo Branco > Fundao > Covilha > Guarda > Vilar Formoso > Fuentes de Onoro - Portugal > Fuentes de Onoro - Espagne > Ciudad Rodrigo > Salamanca > Valladolid > Bilbao > Conex San Sebastian > San Sebastián > Biriatou - Spain > Biriatou - France > Bayonne > Bordeaux City Centre > Poitiers > Tours > Orléans > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Reims > Metz > Thionville > Düdelingen - France > Düdelingen - Luxembourg > Luxembourg > Monpach - Luxembourg > Monpach - Allemagne > Mainz > Frankfurt - Main station

70€ - 95€

Bus via Bragança  •  15h 36m

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

79€ - 103€

Night train, train  •  12h 50m

  1. Take the night train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Miranda De Ebro 310
  2. Take the train from Miranda De Ebro to Bilbao-Abando Alv

64€ - 79€

Drive  •  8h 12m

  1. Drive from Lisbon to Bilbao 864.6 km

100€ - 160€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao is to bus via Vitoria-Gasteiz which costs 35€ - 70€ and takes 11h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao is to fly which costs 45€ - 600€ and takes 5h 24m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lisbon - 7 Rios and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 13h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lisbon to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Miranda De Ebro. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 50m.

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The distance between Lisbon and Bilbao is 726 km. The road distance is 864.6 km.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao without a car is to bus via Vitoria-Gasteiz which takes 11h 47m and costs 35€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 5h 24m to get from Lisbon to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Lisbon to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Lisbon - 7 Rios station.

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Lisbon to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia station.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Bilbao is to fly which takes 5h 24m and costs 45€ - 600€. Alternatively, you can bus via Vitoria-Gasteiz, which costs 35€ - 70€ and takes 11h 47m.

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Map of how to get from Lisbon to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 725.6 km
  • Duration: 5h 24m

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

Vueling Airlines, TAP Portugal and three other airlines fly from Lisbon to Bilbao every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lisbon to Bilbao via Lisboa - Oriente, Lisbon, Lisbon, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estacion/Geltoki in around 11h 47m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 270€
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 250€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 220€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
55€ - 220€
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 270€
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 280€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 330€
Flights from Lisbon to San Sebastian via Paris Orly, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 330€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 240€
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Porto
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 150€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 180€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Flights from Lisbon to Santander via Valencia
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Train operators
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
Night train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Miranda De Ebro
Ave. Duration
10h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Miranda De Ebro to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
3 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 Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Lisbon - 7 Rios to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
70€ - 95€
Website
alsa.com
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 Santander, Santander to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from San Sebastián, San Sebastian to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lisbon, Lisbon to Vitoria-Gasteiz
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
6€ - 8€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 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
10€ - 17€
Website
Lurraldebus
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from San Sebastian to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
14€ - 21€
Website
Eurolines FR
Bus from Vitoria to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
13€ - 19€
Website
Eurolines FR
Socibus
Phone
+34 902 22 92 92
Email
comunicacion@socibus.es?__xts__=
Website
socibusventas.es
Bus from Donostia / San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Schedules at
socibusventas.es
Book at
socibusventas.es
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
3€ - 4€
Schedules at
socibusventas.es
Book at
socibusventas.es
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estacion/Geltoki to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
5€ - 7€
Website
Autobuses La Union
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 30m.

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

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Bilbao is 1h ahead of Lisbon. It is currently 3:03 PM in Lisbon and 4:03 PM 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 865 km. It takes approximately 8h 12m to drive from Lisbon to Bilbao.

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

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

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There are 651+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Lisbon Airport is to shuttle which takes 16 min and costs 4€ - 7€.

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