There are 9 ways to get from Rome to Bilbao by plane, bus, train, car ferry 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 Rome to Bilbao  •  6h 2m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Bilbao (BIO) FCO - BIO

73€ - 197€

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Fly Rome Ciampino to Santander, bus  •  7h 18m

  1. Fly from Rome Ciampino (CIA) to Santander (SDR) CIA - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao

48€ - 193€

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Fly Rome to Santander, bus  •  9h 32m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Santander (SDR) FCO - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao

52€ - 223€

Fly Rome to San Sebastian, bus  •  9h 44m

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

123€ - 210€

Train, bus  •  22h 1m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Torino Porta Susa Fr
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Toulouse Matabiau Tgv
  4. Take the train from Toulouse Matabiau to Bayonne
  5. Take the bus from Bayonne to Bilbao

275€ - 481€

Train  •  23h 4m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Torino Porta Susa Fr
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Grenoble Tgv
  3. Take the train from Grenoble to Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud Ter
  4. Take the train from Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud to Barcelona-Sants Tgv / ...
  5. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando Alv

202€ - 359€

Bus, car ferry, train  •  30h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Termini Piazza Indipendenza to Civitavecchia Port
  2. Take the car ferry from Civitavecchia to Barcelona
  3. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando Alv

112€ - 158€

Bus  •  30h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Rome, Rome Anagnina to Genoa, Genoa 501
  2. Take the bus from Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia to Bilbao Milan > Milan - San Donato > Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia > Tunnel de la Giraude - Italie > Tunnel de la Giraude - France > Nice - Airport > Cannes > Aix-en-Provence > Marseille - St-Charles Bus station > Avignon - Le Pontet > Nîmes > Montpellier > Narbonne - Croix Sud > Carcassonne > Toulouse > Tarbes > Pau - University > Bayonne > Biriatou - France > Biriatou - Spain > San Sebastián > Conex San Sebastian > Bilbao > Valladolid > Salamanca > Ciudad Rodrigo > Fuentes de Onoro - Espagne > Fuentes de Onoro - Portugal > Vilar Formoso > Celorico da Beira > Viseu > Coimbra > Pombal > Leiria > Fatima > Lisbon - Oriente

122€ - 162€

Drive  •  16h 8m

  1. Drive from Rome to Bilbao 1707 km

230€ - 340€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rome to Bilbao is to fly and bus which costs 45€ - 200€ and takes 7h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Bilbao is to fly which costs 70€ - 200€ and takes 6h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Termini and arriving at Bilbao via Rome, Rome Anagnina and Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30h 37m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rome to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Torino Porta Susa, Grenoble, Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23h 4m.

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The distance between Rome and Bilbao is 1270 km. The road distance is 1707 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Bilbao without a car is to train and bus which takes 22h 1m and costs 270€ - 490€.

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It takes approximately 6h 2m to get from Rome to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Rome to Bilbao bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rome, Rome Anagnina station.

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Rome to Bilbao train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Roma Termini station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Bilbao is to fly which takes 6h 2m and costs 70€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 200€ - 360€ and takes 23h 4m, you could also bus, which costs 120€ - 170€ and takes 30h 37m.

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  • Distance: 1270.2 km
  • Duration: 6h 2m

What companies run services between Rome, Italy and Bilbao, Spain?

Vueling Airlines, Iberia and six other airlines fly from Rome to Bilbao every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Bilbao via Torino Porta Susa, Grenoble, Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud, and Barcelona-Sants in around 23h 4m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
95€ - 280€
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 280€
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Valencia
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Friday
Estimated price
95€ - 280€
Flights from Rome to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 270€
Flights from Rome to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
70€ - 300€
Flights from Rome to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
145€ - 155€
Flights from Rome to San Sebastian via Ibiza, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
145€ - 155€
Flights from Rome to San Sebastian via Paris Orly, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
145€ - 155€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 330€
Flights from Rome to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 330€
Flights from Rome to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 240€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Santander via Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
50€ - 220€
Flights from Rome to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
35€ - 170€
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Santander
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 170€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
60€ - 240€
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Bristol
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 340€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 400€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
150€ - 1400€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 650€
Cairo Aviation
Website
cairoaviation.com.eg
Flights from Rome to Santander via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
50€ - 240€
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 150€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
45€ - 70€
Base Standard
85€ - 120€
Base Premium
100€ - 150€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
55€ - 65€
1st Class
55€ - 70€
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Toulouse Matabiau
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
85€ - 110€
1st Class
95€ - 120€
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Grenoble
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
45€ - 60€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
45€ - 60€
1st Class
45€ - 60€
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 75€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
35€ - 55€
Rail 1st Class
50€ - 75€
Train from Grenoble to Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 28€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
12€ - 18€
Rail 1st Class
19€ - 28€
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Grenoble to Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Renfe Viajeros
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
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 Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
21h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
95€ - 130€
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 Rome, Rome Anagnina to Genoa, Genoa
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
25€ - 31€
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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 21€
Website
Eurolines FR
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bayonne to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
iberocoach.com
SitBus Shuttle
Phone
(+39) 06.5916826
Email
sit@sitbus.com
Website
sitbusshuttle.com
Bus from Rome Termini Piazza Indipendenza to Civitavecchia Port
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
SitBus Shuttle
Ferry operators
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Civitavecchia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
60€ - 95€
Website
Grimaldi Lines

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 25m.

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

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Rome to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Bilbao is 1707 km. It takes approximately 16h 8m to drive from Rome to Bilbao.

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Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia and three other airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 784+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs 7€ - 35€.

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