There are 6 ways to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Santiago de Compostela  •  2 h 46 min

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

$62 - $225

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Bus ALSA  •  9 h 45 min

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

$25 - $70

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Train to Vigo, fly  •  4 h 4 min

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

$53 - $204

Train  •  11 h

  1. Take the train from Santiago de Compostela to Orense-Empalme A / ...
  2. Take the train from Orense-Empalme to Bilbao-Abando Ic

$91 - $121

Bus MonBus  •  13 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Santiago de Compostela to Allariz
  2. Take the bus from Allariz to Bilbao

$92 - $121

Drive  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao 364.8 miles

$65 - $100

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santiago De Compostela and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart three times a day, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 9 h 45 min.

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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 Orense-Empalme. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h.

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The distance between Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao is 458 km. The road distance is 583.7 km.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 45 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 46 min 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 Spanish Railways (RENFE), 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 2 h 46 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 45 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 11 h.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 286.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 46 min

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

Iberia flies from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao twice daily. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao 3 times a day. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 9 h 45 min. Ouibus also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$40 - $360
Train operators
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.

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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
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $22
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santiago de Compostela to Orense-Empalme
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $21
Website
renfe.com
Train from Orense-Empalme to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
9 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Website
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 Santiago De Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
Ouibus
Autocares Lázara
Phone
+34 (0) 902 23 95 79
Email
info@rutasvigo.com
Website
autocareslazara.com
Bus from Santiago de Compostela to Allariz
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$56 - $62
Schedules at
autocareslazara.com
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Allariz to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
9 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
monbus.es

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Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao is 584 km. It takes approximately 5 h 50 min 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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There are 440+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Santiago de Compostela Airport is to bus which takes 17 min and costs .

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