How to Get from Barcelona to Bilbao

Barcelona to Bilbao by Train, Bus and Car

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Traveling around Spain is easy—and there's so much to see, we highly recommend planning to visit a few cities while you're on holiday. Why not? You might discover a hidden jewel along the way. This post will give you details on how to get from Barcelona to Bilbao by various forms of transport.

Railways and Autoroutes 

The train from Bilbao to Barcelona takes about 6h45 and costs about 20 to 25 euros. There are usually three departures per day from  Sants station, located in the Sants-Montjuïc district (a little bit west of the city center). Book Train Tickets in Spain with Rail Europe in advance to cut down on queues and transit time once you get to the station.

If you have some time to spare and prefer taking the bus, you can easily find regular buses throughout the day. The journey takes seven to nine hours and costs about 40 euros.  Buses from Barcelona to Bilbao depart from both Sants and Nord bus stations.

You can book most bus tickets in Spain online at no extra charge. Just pay with a credit card and print out the e-ticket.

You can find out more about all of your travel options with our guide to Bus and Train Stations in Barcelona.

Have Car, Will Travel

If you're up for a leisurely drive across the beautiful La Rioja landscape, hire a car from Priceline, fire up the GPS and hit the road! The 600km drive from Barcelona to Bilbao takes about five-and-a-half hours, traveling mainly on AP-2 and AP-68 (Note: AP roads are toll roads). Consider stopping at Zaragoza (known for its medieval landmarks) or the aforementioned wine-producing city of Logroño to break up the journey. Happy trails!

Make Sure To Stop in Logroño First

If you're a foodie, you have every reason to make this journey. One of the main appeals of the Basque Country is its tapas, and there is one city on the way to Bilbao that you need to check out if eating delicious food is high on your list of priorities: Logroño. You can read more about Logroño wine and tapas bars here. If you have time during your trip, you can also book a tour of the breathtaking vineyards the area has to offer. You can even make it an overnight stay at check in to a nearby hotel.

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