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

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Bus  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Ponferrada to Bilbao Ouibus

$16 - $23

4 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Ponferrada to Bilbao-Abando Ic

$60 - $80

Rideshare  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Ponferrada to Bilbao 272.4 miles

$17

Drive  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Ponferrada to Bilbao 272.4 miles

$50 - $75

Train, fly  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Ponferrada to Orense-Empalme
  2. Take the train from Orense-Empalme to Santiago de Compostela
  3. Fly from Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) to Bilbao (BIO) SCQ - BIO

$95 - $276

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The cheapest way to get from Ponferrada to Bilbao is to rideshare which costs 15€ and takes 4 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ponferrada to Bilbao is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 4 h 12 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ponferrada and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Ponferrada and arriving at Bilbao-Abando. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 48 min.

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The distance between Ponferrada and Bilbao is 309 km. The road distance is 435.9 km.

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The best way to get from Ponferrada to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 25 min and costs 14€ - 20€.

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The bus from Ponferrada to Bilbao takes 6 h 25 min including transfers and departs three times a week.

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Ponferrada to Bilbao bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Ponferrada station.

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Ponferrada to Bilbao train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Ponferrada station.

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The best way to get from Ponferrada to Bilbao is to bus which takes 6 h 25 min and costs 14€ - 20€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 50€ - 70€ and takes 6 h 48 min.

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Map of how to get from Ponferrada to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 193.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 25 min

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

Ouibus operates a bus from Ponferrada to Bilbao 3 times a week. Tickets cost $16 - $23 and the journey takes 6 h 25 min. Alternatively, Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Ponferrada to Bilbao once daily. Tickets cost $60 - $80 and the journey takes 6 h 48 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Train operators
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 Ponferrada to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Website
renfe.com
Train from Ponferrada to Orense-Empalme
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
renfe.com
Train from Orense-Empalme to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $21
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 Ponferrada to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Ponferrada to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Ponferrada to Bilbao bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Bilbao station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Ponferrada to Bilbao is 436 km. It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to drive from Ponferrada to Bilbao.

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Iberia offers flights from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 454+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Ponferrada and Bilbao. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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