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

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Fly  •  3 h 9 min

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

$53 - $205

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Bus Ouibus  •  13 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Bilbao Ouibus

$35 - $50

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Train  •  8 h 57 min

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

$121 - $167

Bus ALSA  •  16 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Puerto Malaga to Nerja
  2. Take the bus from Nerja to Vitoria-Gasteiz
  3. Take the bus from Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estación/Geltoki to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki L7 / ...

$79 - $200

Drive  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Málaga to Bilbao 578.8 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Málaga to Bilbao is to bus which costs 29€ - 45€ and takes 13 h 25 min.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Malaga and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 13 h 25 min.

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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 8 h 57 min.

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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 8 h 57 min and costs 100€ - 150€.

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

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Málaga to Bilbao bus services, operated by Ouibus, 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 3 h 9 min and costs 45€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 100€ - 150€ and takes 8 h 57 min, you could also bus, which costs 29€ - 45€ and takes 13 h 25 min.

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

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

Vueling Airlines, Volotea and two other airlines fly from Málaga to Bilbao every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Málaga to Bilbao via Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Atocha, Madrid Chamartín, and Madrid-Chamartin in around 8 h 57 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
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
5 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
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 Bilbao
Ave. Duration
13 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
Ouibus
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 Puerto Malaga to Nerja
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $26
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Nerja to Vitoria-Gasteiz
Ave. Duration
12 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $26
Website
alsa.com
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estación/Geltoki to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
La Union
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Vitoria-gasteiz - Estacion de Autobuses - Plaza Euskaltzaindia to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
iberocoach.com

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

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Málaga to Bilbao bus services, operated by Ouibus, 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 9 h 15 min to drive from Málaga to Bilbao.

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

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There are 444+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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

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