There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Bilbao by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 30 min

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

$72 - $221

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Train, bus  •  12 h 57 min

  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 Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao

$325 - $401

Train  •  17 h 13 min

  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

$288 - $377

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

$79 - $121

Drive  •  12 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bilbao 819.1 miles

$170 - $250

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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 17 h 13 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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The best way to get from Zürich to Bilbao without a car is to train and bus which takes 12 h 57 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 30 min 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 4 h 30 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 17 h 13 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 20 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 628.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 30 min

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

Swiss, Lufthansa and four 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 17 h 13 min.

Airlines
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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
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
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Train operators
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Zürich HB to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$160 - $230
Train from Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
4 times a day
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
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Strasbourg to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
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
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
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
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
iberocoach.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bayonne to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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
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 Zurich to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
alsa.com

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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 12 h 33 min to drive from Zürich to Bilbao.

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Swiss, Iberia, Air Europa and Lufthansa offer flights from Zurich 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 Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs .

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