There are 7 ways to get from Rome to Bilbao by plane, train, bus, 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  •  5 h 24 min

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

$73 - $299

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Train, bus  •  22 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa Fr
  3. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv
  4. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Toulouse-Matabiau Tgv
  5. Take the train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Bayonne Ic
  6. Take the bus from Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao

$320 - $487

Train  •  23 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa Fr
  3. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv
  4. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Barcelona Sants Ave
  5. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  6. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to Bilbao-Abando A

$290 - $442

Bus Eurolines IT  •  27 h

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina to Toulouse Gare Routière
  2. Take the bus from Toulouse to Bilbao 786 / ...

$114 - $171

Train, car ferry  •  31 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Civitavecchia Rv / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Civitavecchia to Barcelona
  3. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando A

$159 - $241

Bus Eurolines FR  •  37 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Roma to Bordeaux
  2. Take the bus from Bordeaux to Bilbao

$216 - $312

Drive  •  16 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Bilbao 1064.6 miles

$250 - $370

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Bilbao is to fly which costs 60€ - 260€ and takes 5 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Bilbao is to fly which costs 60€ - 260€ and takes 5 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Rome Tiburtina and arriving at Bilbao via Toulouse. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h.

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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 Milano Centrale, Torino Porta Susa, Lyon Part Dieu, Barcelona Sants and Zaragoza Delicias. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 7 min.

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The distance between Rome and Bilbao is 1270 km. The road distance is 1703.3 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Bilbao without a car is to train and bus which takes 22 h 13 min and costs 270€ - 420€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 24 min to get from Rome to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Rome to Bilbao bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Roma 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 5 h 24 min and costs 60€ - 260€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 240€ - 380€ and takes 23 h 7 min, you could also bus, which costs 95€ - 150€ and takes 27 h.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Rome to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 793.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 24 min

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

Vueling Airlines, easyJet and six other airlines fly from Rome to Bilbao hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Bilbao via Milano Centrale, Torino Porta Susa, Torino Porta Susa, Lyon Part Dieu, Barcelona Sants, and Zaragoza Delicias in around 23 h 7 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Rome to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $75
1st Class
$90 - $120
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Toulouse-Matabiau
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $220
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.

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
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 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza Delicias to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Civitavecchia
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$11 - $14
Bus operators
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bordeaux - Rue terre de Bordés to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Website
iberocoach.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bayonne to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Roma to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
31 h 36 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$150 - $220
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bordeaux to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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 Toulouse to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
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 Toulouse to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators

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