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There are 8 ways to get from Venice to Bilbao by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Venice to Bilbao

  1. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Bilbao (BIO)

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Fly Venice to Biarritz, bus

  1. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Biarritz (BIQ)
  2. Take the bus from Biarritz - Airport to Bilbao

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Train to Bologna, fly to Bilbao

  1. Take the train from Venezia S. Lucia to Bologna Centrale
  2. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Bilbao (BIO)

Fly Venice to Santander, bus

  1. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Santander (SDR)
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

Train

  1. Take the train from Venezia S. Lucia to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lyon Perrache
  3. Take the train from Lyon Perrache to Barcelona-Sants
  4. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Padova to Bilbao

Bus via Donostia / San Sebastián

  1. Take the bus from Venice Mestre Train Station to San Sebastian Central Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Donostiako Autobus Geltokia to Bilboko Autobus Geltokia

Drive

  1. Drive from Venice to Bilbao

Venice to Bilbao by train

1 Weekly Trains
21h 14m Average Duration
€151 Cheapest Price
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International entry into Spain from Italy

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Spain from Italy

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from Italy
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Entry is allowed for fully vaccinated travellers or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Bahrain, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican
  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Bahrain, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Spain

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Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Italy

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Spain from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bilbao is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Bilbao is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Bilbao is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Italy from Spain.

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Last updated: 16 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Venice to Bilbao is to bus via Donostia / San Sebastián which costs €60 - €95 and takes 28h 40m.

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The fastest way to get from Venice to Bilbao is to fly which takes 5h 36m and costs €50 - €190.

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No, there is no direct bus from Venice to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Venezia and arriving at Bilboko Autobus Geltokia via Venice Mestre Train Station and Donostiako Autobus Geltokia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Venice to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Venezia S. Lucia and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Milano Centrale, Lyon Perrache and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21h 14m.

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The distance between Venice and Bilbao is 1235 km. The road distance is 1568.8 km.

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The best way to get from Venice to Bilbao without a car is to train which takes 21h 14m and costs €150 - €340.

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It takes approximately 5h 36m to get from Venice to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Venice to Bilbao bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Venice Mestre Train Station.

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Venice to Bilbao train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Venezia S. Lucia station.

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The best way to get from Venice to Bilbao is to fly which takes 5h 36m and costs €50 - €190. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €150 - €340 and takes 21h 14m, you could also bus, which costs €60 - €130 and takes 22h 7m.

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Map of how to get from Venice to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 1235.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 36m

What companies run services between Venice, Italy and Bilbao, Spain?

Volotea, Vueling Airlines and five other airlines fly from Venice to Bilbao every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Venice to Bilbao via Milano Centrale, Lyon Perrache, and Barcelona-Sants in around 21h 14m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €370
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €370
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €700
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €700
Flights from Venice to Biarritz via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€300 - €850
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€75 - €290
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €320
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €340
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €350
Flights from Venice to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €370
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€75 - €290
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €320
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €340
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €350
Flights from Venice to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €370
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Venice to Biarritz via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€65 - €200
Flights from Venice to Biarritz via Nice
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €200
Flights from Venice to Biarritz via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€65 - €200
Flights from Venice to Biarritz via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€65 - €200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €650
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €1100
Flights from Venice to Biarritz via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €390
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Venice to Bilbao via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €490
Flights from Bologna to Bilbao via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€170 - €360
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Venice to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€28 - €140
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Venice to Santander
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€45 - €170
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Venice to Biarritz via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€550 - €2000
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia S. Lucia to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€15 - €21
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Train from Venezia S. Lucia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€22 - €75
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€22 - €30
Base Standard
€40 - €60
Base Premium
€50 - €75
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia S. Lucia to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€20 - €22
Train from Milano Centrale to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€29 - €60
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€53 - €58
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Santa Lucia Station to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€15 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€17 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€15 - €21
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
Trenitalia EuroCity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia S. Lucia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€60 - €140
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€60 - €80
1st Class
€100 - €140
Renfe SNCF
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
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
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
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Biarritz - Airport to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
Blablabus
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
Blablabus
Tabita Tour
Phone
+4-0263-21.55.00
Website
tabitatour.ro
Bus from Padova to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
20h 41m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€60 - €80
Schedules at
tabitatour.ro
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Venice Mestre Train Station to San Sebastian Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
26h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€55 - €80
Website
Union Ivkoni
Lurraldebus Transportes Pesa S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Donostiako Autobus Geltokia to Bilboko Autobus Geltokia
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €14
Website
Lurraldebus Transportes Pesa S.A.
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from San Sebastian / Donostia to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Socibus
Phone
+34 915 304 417
Email
socibus@socibus.es
Website
socibusventas.es
Bus from Donostia Urumea Pasealekua to Bilbao Intermodal
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Socibus

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The quickest flight from Venice Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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Venice to Bilbao bus services, operated by Lurraldebus Transportes Pesa S.A., arrive at Bilboko Autobus Geltokia station.

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Venice to Bilbao train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Venice to Bilbao is 1569 km. It takes approximately 14h 38m to drive from Venice to Bilbao.

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Volotea, Air Dolomiti, Vueling Airlines and four other airlines offer flights from Venice Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 147+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Venice to Venice Airport is to line 35 bus which takes 20 min and costs €11.

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