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 May 30 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:55PMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h15 10:10PMBilbao
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11:30AMBarcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord8h30 08:00PMBilbao
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05:40PMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h15 06:55PMBilbao
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09:45PMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h15 11:00PMBilbao
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03:55PMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h15 05:10PMBilbao
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Travel Information between Barcelona and Bilbao

distanceDistance289 miles (466 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$32 - $55
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $32 (€29) • 1 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $32 (€29) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Vueling or Renfe Alvia

Travel 289 miles (466 km) by bus, flight or train between Barcelona and Bilbao. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a flight is the best option with prices starting as low as $32 (€29). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Alsa, Vueling 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 from Barcelona to Bilbao

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.

You can travel to Bilbao from Barcelona 3 different ways: bus, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel to Bilbao from Barcelona is by taking a flight with an average price of $32 (€29).

This is compared to other travel options to Bilbao:

Taking a flight is usually $22 (€20) less than taking a bus to Bilbao, which costs on average $55 (€49) for the same trip.

A flight is $19 (€17) less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Barcelona to Bilbao costing on average $52 (€46).

The fastest way to get to Bilbao from Barcelona is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

Other travel options to Bilbao can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 8 h.

In comparison, getting to Bilbao by train can take on average 6 h 32 min.

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 journey to Bilbao from Barcelona as scheduled services by bus, 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, Zorroza.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Barcelona El Prat Airport and arrive in Bilbao.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Bilbao-Abando.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Barcelona to Bilbao, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Alsa can get you to Bilbao by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Alsa from Barcelona to Bilbao for $55 (€49) on Omio.
  • Vueling can get you to Bilbao by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Vueling from Barcelona to Bilbao for $32 (€29) on Omio.
  • Travel with Renfe Alvia for trains to Bilbao. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Renfe Alvia Barcelona to Bilbao tickets on Omio for $52 (€46).

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

  • You'll find 1 direct train per day with Renfe Alvia.

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 between Barcelona and Bilbao.

Many of our customers traveling from Barcelona to Bilbao don't make Bilbao their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Bilbao are Madrid, Donostia-San Sebastian or Pamplona, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Bilbao to any of these top destinations today!

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 $55 (€49) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing $32 (€29) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average $52 (€46) 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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