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There are 5 ways to get from Málaga to Bilbao by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  3h 9m

  1. Fly from Malaga (AGP) to Bilbao (BIO) AGP - BIO

$53 - $204

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Bus ALSA  •  13h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Granada Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Granada to Bilbao

$51 - $105

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Train  •  8h 57m

  1. Take the train from Malaga to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Bilbao-Abando A

$120 - $165

Bus Interbus  •  15h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Madrid Estación Sur Autobuses
  2. Take the bus from Madrid-Estación Sur to Logroño 100 / ...
  3. Take the bus from LOGROÑO (Portales) to Vitoria-Gasteiz (Bastiturri) L-9
  4. Take the bus from Avenida Gasteiz nº18 Juzgados sentido Bilbao/Bilbo to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki L7 / ...

$57 - $106

Drive  •  9h 15m

  1. Drive from Málaga to Bilbao 578.8 miles

$100 - $160

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The cheapest way to get from Málaga to Bilbao is to bus which costs 40€ - 95€ and takes 13h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Málaga to Bilbao is to fly which costs 45€ - 180€ and takes 3h 9m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Málaga to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Malaga and arriving at Bilbao via Granada. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Málaga to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Malaga and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Madrid Atocha and Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 57m.

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The distance between Málaga and Bilbao is 739 km. The road distance is 926.1 km.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Bilbao without a car is to train which takes 8h 57m and costs 100€ - 150€.

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It takes approximately 3h 9m to get from Málaga to Bilbao, including transfers.

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

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Málaga to Bilbao train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Malaga station.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Bilbao is to fly which takes 3h 9m and costs 45€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 100€ - 150€ and takes 8h 57m, you could also bus, which costs 40€ - 95€ and takes 13h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Málaga to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 461.6 miles
  • Duration: 3h 9m

What companies run services between Málaga, Spain and Bilbao, Spain?

Air Europa, Vueling Airlines and two other airlines fly from Málaga to Bilbao 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Málaga to Bilbao via Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Atocha, Madrid Chamartín, and Madrid-Chamartin in around 8h 57m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
5h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
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 Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Granada to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus
Interbus
Phone
902 64 64 28
Email
info@interbus.es
Website
interbus.es
Bus from Malaga to Madrid Estación Sur Autobuses
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
interbus.es
PLM Autocares
Phone
+34 902 14 41 74
Email
info@plmautocares.com
Website
plmautocares.com
Bus from Madrid to Logroño
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
plmautocares.com
Alava Bus
Phone
+34945181818
Email
serviciodetransportes@araba.eus
Website
alavabus.araba.eus
Bus from LOGROÑO (Portales) to Vitoria-Gasteiz (Bastiturri)
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
alavabus.araba.eus
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Avenida Gasteiz nº18 Juzgados sentido Bilbao/Bilbo to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Website
Autobuses La Union

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The quickest flight from Malaga Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Málaga to Bilbao is 926 km. It takes approximately 9h 15m to drive from Málaga to Bilbao.

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Volotea, Vueling Airlines, Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Malaga Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Málaga to Bilbao bus tickets online with ALSA and ALSA.

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There are 453+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Malaga Airport is to train which takes 12m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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