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There are 9 ways to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao  •  3h 17m

  1. Fly from Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) to Bilbao (BIO) SCQ - BIO

€100 - €848

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Bus  •  9h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Santiago De Compostela to Bilbao 783

€30 - €75

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Train to Vigo, fly to Bilbao  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from Santiago De Compostela to Vigo Urzaiz
  2. Fly from Vigo (VGO) to Bilbao (BIO) VGO - BIO

€76 - €204

Train to A Coruna, fly to Bilbao  •  3h 43m

  1. Take the train from Santiago De Compostela to La Coruna-San Cristobal
  2. Fly from A Coruna (LCG) to Bilbao (BIO) LCG - BIO

€70 - €194

Fly Santiago de Compostela to Santander, bus  •  7h 14m

  1. Fly from Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) to Santander (SDR) SCQ - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

€140 - €871

Train  •  9h 50m

  1. Take the train from Santiago De Compostela to Segovia Guiomar Alv
  2. Take the train from Segovia Guiomar to Bilbao-Abando Alv

€64 - €80

Bus via Barakaldo  •  11h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Santiago De Compostela to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

€55 - €74

Train via León  •  13h 23m

  1. Take the train from Santiago De Compostela to Leon Alv
  2. Take the train from León to Bilbao Bilbao-León

€47 - €58

Drive  •  5h 45m

  1. Drive from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao 584.6 km

€55 - €85

Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao by bus

The bus journey time between Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao is around 8h 30m and covers a distance of around 722 km. The fastest bus normally takes 8h 30m. Services are operated by ALSA and FlixBus. Typically four buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
8h 30m
Fastest bus time:
8h 30m
Buses per week:
4
Cheapest price:
€30
Carbon emissions:
90 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
11:50
Last bus departs at:
11:50

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao bus schedules

Santiago de Compostela → Bilbao
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The cheapest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao is to train via León which costs €45 - €60 and takes 13h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao is to fly which costs €100 - €850 and takes 3h 17m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santiago De Compostela and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Santiago De Compostela and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Segovia Guiomar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 50m.

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The distance between Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao is 458 km. The road distance is 584.6 km.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 9h 45m and costs €30 - €75.

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It takes approximately 3h 17m to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Santiago De Compostela station.

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Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Santiago De Compostela station.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao is to fly which takes 3h 17m and costs €100 - €850. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €75 and takes 9h 45m, you could also train, which costs €60 - €85 and takes 9h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 458.4 km
  • Duration: 3h 17m

What companies run services between Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Bilbao, Spain?

Iberia flies from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao 4 times a week. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santiago De Compostela to Bilbao 3 times a day. Tickets cost €55 - €75 and the journey takes 9h 45m. FlixBus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €220
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€90 - €300
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €300
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €230
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Santander via Madrid, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €200
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €300
Flights from A Coruna to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€70 - €210
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Santander via Barcelona, Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Santander via Malaga
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€20 - €110
Train operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santiago De Compostela to Vigo Urzaiz
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Santiago De Compostela to La Coruna-San Cristobal
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Santiago De Compostela to Segovia Guiomar
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Segovia Guiomar to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€27 - €35
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Santiago De Compostela to Leon
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€24 - €30
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Renfe Feve
Phone
+34 912320320
Website
renfe.com
Train from León to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€22 - €28
Website
Renfe Feve
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 Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santiago De Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€55 - €75
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santiago De Compostela to Baracaldo/Barakaldo
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
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 Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao is 585 km. It takes approximately 5h 45m to drive from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao.

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Iberia offers flights from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao train tickets online with Omio.

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There are 156+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Santiago de Compostela Airport is to Private transfer which takes 15 min and costs €55 - €750.

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