How to get 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 12 Aug we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

12:05Barcelona El Prat Airport1h15 13:20Bilbao
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£1071One-way
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12:05Barcelona El Prat Airport1h15 13:20Bilbao
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£1071One-way
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08:55Barcelona El Prat Airport1h15 10:10Bilbao
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£1191One-way
21:45Barcelona El Prat Airport1h15 23:00Bilbao
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£1191One-way
08:55Barcelona El Prat Airport1h15 10:10Bilbao
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£1531One-way

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Travel Information between Barcelona and Bilbao

distanceDistance289 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£33 - £65
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £33 • 7 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £58 • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Vueling or Renfe Alvia

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 289 miles 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 coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £33. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Alsa, Vueling or Renfe Alvia among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or flight from Barcelona to Bilbao.

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.
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There are 4 ways to travel from Barcelona to Bilbao including taking a coach, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way from Barcelona to Bilbao is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £33 compared to other travel options to Bilbao:

A coach is £25 less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Barcelona to Bilbao costing on average £58.

A coach is £32 less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Barcelona to Bilbao costing on average £65.

The quickest way to travel to Bilbao from Barcelona is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 15 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, getting to Bilbao by coach can take on average 7 h 45 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 6 h 32 min   on average.

The distance from Barcelona to Bilbao is approximately 289 miles.

The average frequency per day from Barcelona to Bilbao is:

  • 2 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Bilbao from Barcelona as scheduled services by coach, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Barcelona to Bilbao:

  • Coaches mostly depart from Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord and arrive in Bilbao, Zorroza.
  • Flights most often depart from Barcelona at Barcelona El Prat Airport and arrive in Bilbao at Bilbao.
  • Trains mostly depart from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Bilbao-Abando.

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

  • You can take a coach from Barcelona to Bilbao with Alsa. Cheap tickets can be found for £33 with Alsa from Barcelona to Bilbao.
  • You can go to Bilbao from Barcelona by plane with Vueling. You'll see cheap plane tickets for £58 with Vueling from Barcelona to Bilbao on Omio.
  • You can travel from Barcelona to Bilbao by train with Renfe Alvia. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £65 with Renfe Alvia from Barcelona to Bilbao.

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

  • You can find a direct coach to Bilbao with.
  • You can find a direct flight to Bilbao with Vueling.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Bilbao tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy tickets for this trip.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Barcelona to Bilbao often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Madrid, Donostia-San Sebastian or Pamplona. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Barcelona and Bilbao itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Bilbao and any of these top destinations today!

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

  • The price of a coach ticket for this route is on average £33 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket is £58 one way on average for this trip.
  • The price of a train ticket is £65 one way on average for this route.

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

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