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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Bilbao  •  4 h 38 min

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

$64 - $221

7 alternative options

Fly to Biarritz, bus  •  7 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Biarritz (BIQ) ZRH - BIQ
  2. Take the bus from Biarritz - Aéroport to San Sebastián
  3. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

$119 - $329

Fly to Santander, bus  •  8 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Santander (SDR) ZRH - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao

$121 - $270

Train, bus  •  13 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 3 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  4. Take the bus from Bordeaux City Center to San Sebastián
  5. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

$256 - $322

Train  •  16 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 3 / ...
  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 - $376

Bus  •  20 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Bilbao

$100 - $190

Bus, train  •  22 h 54 min

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

$80 - $122

Drive  •  12 h 33 min

  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 130 and takes 22 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Bilbao is to fly which costs SFr 60 - SFr 220 and takes 4 h 38 min.

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

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It takes approximately 4 h 38 min to get from Zürich to Bilbao, including transfers.

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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 20 h 30 min.

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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 16 h 51 min.

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

Swiss, Lufthansa and three other airlines fly from Zürich to Bilbao every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Bilbao via Basel SBB, Strasbourg, Bordeaux-St-Jean, Hendaye, Hendaia, and Amara-Donostia in around 16 h 51 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Santander via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $3,400
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Frankfurt, Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Nice
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Santander via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Zurich to Santander via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $440
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
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
5 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$190 - $210
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$190 - $210
1st Class
$250 - $370
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
SNCF
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Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
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
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Biarritz - Aéroport to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Ouibus
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Bordeaux City Center to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
Ouibus
ALSA
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Zurich to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
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
20 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $190
Book at
eurolines.ch

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