There are 5 ways to get from Santander to Bilbao by bus, train, rideshare, taxi or car

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Bus  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao

$18 - $28

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Rideshare  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Santander to Bilbao 63.1 miles

$5 - $10

3 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Santander to Bilbao

$9 - $12

Taxi  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Take a taxi from Santander to Bilbao 64.1 miles

$100 - $120

Drive  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Santander to Bilbao 64.1 miles

$12 - $18

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santander and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 1 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santander and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 2 h 59 min.

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The distance between Santander and Bilbao is 75 km. The road distance is 102.5 km.

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The best way to get from Santander to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 1 h 30 min and costs .

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The bus from Santander to Bilbao takes 1 h 30 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Santander to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Santander station.

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Santander to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Feve, depart from Santander station.

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The best way to get from Santander to Bilbao is to bus which takes 1 h 30 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 2 h 59 min.

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

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Santander to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Feve, arrive at Bilbao station.

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  • Distance: 46.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 30 min

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

ALSA operates a bus from Santander to Bilbao hourly. Tickets cost $18 - $28 and the journey takes 1 h 30 min. Alternatively, Renfe Feve operates a train from Santander to Bilbao twice daily. Tickets cost $9 - $12 and the journey takes 2 h 59 min.

Train operators
Renfe Feve
Phone
+34 912320320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
renfe.com
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 Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Book at
blablacar.es
Taxi from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Estimated price
$100 - $120
Radio Taxi Santander
Phone
+34 942 33 33 33
Website
radiotaxisantander.es
Taxi 25 Santander
Phone
+34 645 09 13 48

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Yes, the driving distance between Santander to Bilbao is 103 km. It takes approximately 1 h 10 min to drive from Santander to Bilbao.

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

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