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There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Bilbao by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Zurich  •  4h 40m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bilbao (BIO) ZRH - BIO

$72 - $221

6 alternative options

Train to Stuttgart, fly  •  7h 39m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Bilbao (BIO) STR - BIO

$141 - $291

Train, bus  •  12h 56m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne Tgv
  3. Take the bus from Bayona to Bilbao

$281 - $327

Train  •  17h 4m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  4. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye Tgv
  5. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc

$287 - $377

Bus  •  20h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Bilbao

$100 - $190

Bus, train  •  22h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to San Sebastian
  2. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc

$79 - $120

Drive  •  12h 33m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bilbao 819.1 miles

$170 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Bilbao is to bus and train which costs SFr 75 - SFr 120 and takes 22h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Bilbao is to fly which costs SFr 70 - SFr 230 and takes 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zürich and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 20h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Zazpikaleak-Bilbao via Basel SBB, Strasbourg, Bordeaux-St-Jean, Hendaia and Amara-Donostia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 4m.

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The distance between Zürich and Bilbao is 1005 km. The road distance is 1310.6 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bilbao without a car is to train and bus which takes 12h 56m and costs SFr 280 - SFr 330.

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It takes approximately 4h 40m to get from Zürich to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Zürich to Bilbao bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zürich station.

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Zürich to Bilbao train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bilbao is to fly which takes 4h 40m and costs SFr 70 - SFr 230. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 280 - SFr 380 and takes 17h 4m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 190 and takes 20h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 628.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 40m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Bilbao, Spain?

Swiss, Air France and seven other airlines fly from Zürich to Bilbao hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Bilbao via Basel SBB, Strasbourg, Bordeaux-St-Jean, Hendaye, Hendaia, and Amara-Donostia in around 17h 4m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $3,400
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $600
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $440
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Stuttgart to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $230
Train from Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$140 - $160
1st Class
$180 - $270
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Strasbourg to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$190 - $210
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$190 - $210
1st Class
$240 - $370
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $80
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Euskotren
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
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Zurich to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
alsa.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $190
Book at
eurolines.ch

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

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Zürich to Bilbao bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Zürich to Bilbao train services, operated by Euskotren, arrive at Zazpikaleak-Bilbao station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Bilbao is 1311 km. It takes approximately 12h 33m to drive from Zürich to Bilbao.

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Vueling Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and six other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 457+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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