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There are 9 ways to get from Lyon to Bilbao by plane, bus, train or car

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

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Fly to Bilbao  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Bilbao (BIO) LYS - BIO

$82 - $219

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Bus ALSA  •  13 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Bilbao

$55 - $85

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Fly to Biarritz, bus  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Biarritz (BIQ) LYS - BIQ
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian
  3. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

$78 - $304

Fly to Santander, bus  •  9 h 23 min

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

$115 - $457

Fly to San Sebastian, bus  •  9 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to San Sebastian (EAS) LYS - EAS
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

$109 - $1,141

Train, bus  •  11 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Toulouse-Matabiau Tgv
  2. Take the train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Bayonne Ic
  3. Take the bus from Bayona to Bilbao

$174 - $225

Train  •  12 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Barcelona Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando A

$161 - $214

Bus FlixBus  •  16 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry to Bilbao, Bilbao N716

$71 - $127

Drive  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Bilbao 553.5 miles

$110 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Bilbao is to bus which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 13 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Bilbao is to fly and bus which costs 65€ - 270€ and takes 6 h 16 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart five times a day. The journey takes approximately 13 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Barcelona Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 41 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Bilbao is 675 km. The road distance is 885.7 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Bilbao without a car is to train and bus which takes 11 h 44 min and costs 150€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 17 min to get from Lyon to Bilbao, including transfers.

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

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Lyon to Bilbao train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Lyon Part Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Bilbao is to fly which takes 6 h 17 min and costs 70€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 140€ - 190€ and takes 12 h 41 min, you could also bus, which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 13 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 421.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 17 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Bilbao, Spain?

Air France, Brussels Airlines and 13 other airlines fly from Lyon to Bilbao hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Lyon to Bilbao via Barcelona Sants in around 12 h 41 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $290
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Flights from Lyon to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Flights from Lyon to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Lyon to Santander via Barcelona, Madrid
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Lyon to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $2,700
Flights from Lyon to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Lyon to San Sebastian via Barcelona, Madrid
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Flights from Lyon to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Lyon to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Lyon to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $550
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lyon to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $400
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Train operators
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Toulouse-Matabiau
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $120
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$100 - $120
1st Class
$140 - $210
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 Toulouse-Matabiau to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $70
1st Class
$65 - $110
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
en.oui.sncf
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
renfe.com
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 Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bayona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Lyon to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
alsa.com
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Biarritz Airport to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Schedules at
pesa.net
Lurraldebus
Phone
943 000 117
Email
info@mugi.eus
Website
lurraldebus.eus
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
Lurraldebus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
15 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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

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Lyon to Bilbao train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Bilbao is 886 km. It takes approximately 8 h 20 min to drive from Lyon to Bilbao.

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Brussels Airlines, British Airways, Vueling Airlines and five other airlines offer flights from Lyon Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 464+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29 min and costs 9€ - 15€.

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