How to travel from Cologne to Bilbao

More than 1,000 travel companies trust us to sell their tickets all in one place.

Deutsche Bahn

Compare prices and tickets Prices for trains, buses and flights

Dec 08
Dec 09
Dec 10
Dec 11
Dec 12
Dec 13
Dec 14

Travel Information between Cologne and Bilbao

distanceDistance702 miles (1132 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$4 - $874
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $4 (€4) • 19 h 16 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $874 (€782) • 3 h 55 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Lufthansa Cityline

Travel 702 miles (1132 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train between Cologne and Bilbao. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus or Lufthansa Cityline among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Cologne to Bilbao.

Travel Tips: Travel from Cologne to Bilbao

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 Cologne to Bilbao.

International travel from Cologne, Germany to Bilbao, Spain is: Unrestricted.

Can I enter Spain if coming from Germany?

Entry into Spain is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Bilbao if traveling from Cologne?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Bilbao, Spain due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Spain must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 11/17/22; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip between Cologne and Bilbao.

Return travel to Cologne, Germany from Spain is: Unrestricted.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Germany from Spain?

Entry into Germany is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Spain.

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into Germany from Spain?

Requirements for reentering Germany:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Germany?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Germany to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The above information about your return travel to Cologne, Germany was last verified on 11/6/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Cologne from Bilbao.

There are 4 ways to get from Cologne to Bilbao: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Bilbao is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $4 (€4) compared to other travel options to Bilbao:

A train is generally $142 (€127) less than a bus for the same journey. Taking a bus costs on average $146 (€131) from Cologne to Bilbao.

A train is generally $869 (€778) less than a flight for the same route. Taking a flight costs on average $874 (€782) from Cologne to Bilbao.

The fastest way to get to Bilbao from Cologne is by flight with an average travel time of 3 h 55 min.

Other travel options to Bilbao can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 22 h 25 min.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 19 h 16 min.

The Cologne to Bilbao distance is around 702 miles (1132 km).

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Bilbao is:

  • Around 3 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Cologne to 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 from Cologne to Bilbao:

  • Buses most often depart from Cologne at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Bilbao at Bilbao.
  • Flights mostly leave from Cologne/Bonn Airport and tend to arrive in Bilbao.
  • Trains from Cologne to Bilbao most often leave from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bilbao-Abando.

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

  • Flixbus can take you to Bilbao by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Flixbus from Cologne to Bilbao for $146 (€131).
  • Lufthansa Cityline can get you to Bilbao by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Lufthansa Cityline from Cologne to Bilbao for $874 (€782) on Omio.
Omio customers who travel from Cologne to Bilbao often also extend their vacation to go to Madrid, Barcelona or Donostia-San Sebastian. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Bilbao and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before traveling from Cologne to Bilbao, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this trip costs on average $146 (€131) one way.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $874 (€782) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket for this route costs on average $4 (€4) one way.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Bilbao tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

Travelling from Cologne to Bilbao: related information

Here are some other resources that might have the information you need

The Omio App Makes Travel Planning Easy

We’ll get you where you want to go. From live train updates to mobile tickets, our innovative app is the ideal way to plan and keep track of your travel.

Hand With Phone