There are 8 ways to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao by train, plane, bus 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.

Recommended option

Train to Amsterdam, fly  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol (Airport)
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Bilbao (BIO) AMS - BIO

$68 - $239

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  18 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to San Sebastián Amsterdam Centre - Sloterdijk > Rotterdam > Bréda > Anvers > Bruxelles Schaerbeek - Gare Nord > Bruxelles Centre - Gare Midi > Paris Centre - Bercy > Orléans > Tours > Poitiers > Angoulême > Bordeaux Centre > Bayonne > Saint-Sébastien > Hernani
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao Hub Europe Alsa > Saint-Sébastien > Bilbao > Salamanque > Ciudad Rodrigo > Vilar Formoso > Guarda > Viseu > Aveiro > Santa Maria Da Feira > Vila Nova De Gaia > Porto Campo 24 Agosto > Porto Casa Da Musica / ...

$50 - $71

6 alternative options

Train to Brussels, fly  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen Centraal
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Bilbao (BIO) BRU - BIO

$94 - $297

Train, bus  •  10 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris Nord Tha
  2. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Hendaye Tgv
  3. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

$288 - $347

Train  •  13 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Hendaye Tgv
  3. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc

$313 - $375

Bus Eurolines FR  •  21 h 9 min

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

$180 - $268

Bus ALSA  •  43 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Bilbao

$85 - $130

Drive  •  12 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Bilbao 848.6 miles

$200 - $300

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Bilbao, Spain?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Bilbao via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon, Gare De Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, Paris Montparnasse, Hendaye, Hendaia, and Amara-Donostia in around 13 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rotterdam to Bilbao via San Sebastián in around 18 h 25 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Manchester
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$55 - $290
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $550
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol (Airport)
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol (Airport)
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$20 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $50
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $70
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$130 - $170
1st Class
$170 - $240
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Paris Montparnasse to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$150 - $170
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $170
1st Class
$200 - $300
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Rotterdam to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
17 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Rotterdam to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
15 h 39 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
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
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
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
$85 - $100
Website
iberocoach.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Rotterdam to Bilbao?

The distance between Rotterdam and Bilbao is 1110 km. The road distance is 1358 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao?

The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao is to bus which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 18 h 25 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao?

The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao is to train and fly which takes 5 h and costs 55€ - 200€.

Is there a direct bus between Rotterdam and Bilbao?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 43 h 45 min.

How long does it take to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao?

It takes approximately 5 h to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao, including transfers.