How to travel from Barcelona to Bilbao

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from Barcelona to Bilbao

You can get from Barcelona to Bilbao by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Barcelona to Bilbao on Feb 04 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:05AMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h15 10:20AMBilbao
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07:20AMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h15 08:35AMBilbao
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10:30AMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h15 11:45AMBilbao
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02:00PMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h10 03:10PMBilbao
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Travel Information from Barcelona to Bilbao

distanceDistance289 miles (466 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$58 - $80
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $58 (€50) • 8 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • $80 (€70) • 7 h
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Air Europa or Renfe Alvia

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 289 miles (466 km) from Barcelona to Bilbao. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 7 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $58 (€50). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Alsa, Air Europa or Renfe Alvia among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Barcelona to Bilbao.

How to get from Barcelona to Bilbao

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Barcelona to Bilbao, 41,19% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel to Bilbao easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Barcelona to Bilbao.
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There are 4 ways that you can travel from Barcelona to Bilbao. You can take a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $58 (€50) compared to other travel options to Bilbao:

Taking a bus is usually $15 (€13) less than taking a flight to Bilbao, which costs on average $73 (€63) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is usually $22 (€20) less than taking a train to Bilbao, which costs on average $80 (€70) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel between Barcelona and Bilbao is by train, which takes on average 7 h   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 8 h   of travel time.

In comparison, taking a flight requires on average 12 h 5 min   of travel time.

Bilbao is approximately 289 miles (466 km) away from Barcelona.

The average frequency per day from Barcelona to Bilbao is:

  • Around 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Barcelona and Bilbao as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Barcelona to Bilbao:

  • Most travelers board their bus from Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord and arrive in Bilbao.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Barcelona El Prat Airport and arrive in Bilbao.
  • Most travelers take a train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Barcelona to Bilbao:

  • You can travel from Barcelona to Bilbao by bus with Alsa. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $58 (€50) with Alsa from Barcelona to Bilbao.
  • You can take a flight from Barcelona to Bilbao with Air Europa. Cheap tickets can be found for $73 (€63) with Air Europa from Barcelona to Bilbao.
  • You can go to Bilbao from Barcelona by train with Renfe Alvia. You'll see cheap train tickets for $80 (€70) with Renfe Alvia from Barcelona to Bilbao on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available from Barcelona to Bilbao with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by train with Renfe Alvia with 1 direct train per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Bilbao as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Barcelona to Bilbao.

Omio customers who travel from Barcelona to Bilbao often also extend their vacation to go to Madrid, Donostia-San Sebastian or Pamplona. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Bilbao and these popular destinations at a great price.

When planning your trip from Barcelona to Bilbao, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost $58 (€50) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost on average $73 (€63) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $80 (€70) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Barcelona to Bilbao online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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