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There are 7 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 Schiphol, fly  •  4 h 47 min

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

$67 - $237

Cheapest option

Train to Brussels, fly  •  5 h 52 min

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

$60 - $255

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Train, bus  •  11 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris-Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne Tgv
  3. Take the bus from Bayona to Bilbao

$286 - $353

Bus Eurolines FR  •  20 h 55 min

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

$174 - $244

Bus FlixBus  •  22 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Brussels, Brussels-North station 813 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia
  3. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

$84 - $142

Bus ALSA  •  43 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Bilbao

$75 - $120

Drive  •  12 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Bilbao 848.6 miles

$200 - $300

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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao is to bus which costs 65€ - 110€ and takes 43 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao is to train and fly which costs 55€ - 210€ and takes 4 h 47 min.

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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.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Bilbao is 1110 km. The road distance is 1357.8 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao without a car is to train and bus which takes 11 h 13 min and costs 240€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Rotterdam to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Bilbao bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Rotterdam station.

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Bilbao is 1358 km. It takes approximately 12 h 43 min to drive from Rotterdam to Bilbao.

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  • Distance: 693.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

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

You can take a bus from Rotterdam to Bilbao via Bordeaux in around 20 h 55 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $480
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $460
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $460
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $550
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
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Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$120 - $160
1st Class
$160 - $230
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$140 - $160
1st Class
$180 - $270
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 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 Bayona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Rotterdam to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
43 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
alsa.com
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
$110 - $160
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bordeaux to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Lurraldebus
Phone
943 000 117
Email
info@mugi.eus
Website
lurraldebus.eus
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
Lurraldebus

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Iberia, Air Europa, KLM and three other airlines offer flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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