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Travel from Basel to Bilbao by train in 29 hours 2 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Basel to Bilbao by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Basel to Bilbao by train is 29 hours 2 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 29 hours 2 minutes. You'll usually find 1 train per day traveling the 949 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 2 changes along the way as there are no direct services to Bilbao. You're likely to be traveling with TGV, ICE or Renfe to Bilbao. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.

Book train tickets from Basel to Bilbao in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $184.62. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Basel to Bilbao by train

It takes an average of 29h 2m to travel from Basel to Bilbao by train, over a distance of around 590 miles (949 km). There are normally 1 train per day traveling from Basel to Bilbao and tickets for this journey start from $184.62 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 29h 2m
PriceFrom $184.62
Distance590 miles (949 km)
Frequency1 train per day
First train10:34
Last train10:34
Departure stationBasel
Arrival stationBilbao
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus, SNCF, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe, ALSA, Deutsche Bahn, TGV Lyria

Basel to Bilbao train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel to Bilbao for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:34 14:36 29h 2m, 2 changes

SNCF, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe and Deutsche Bahn trains from Basel to Bilbao

You can travel from Basel to Bilbao on SNCF, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe and Deutsche Bahn trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

Cheap train tickets from Basel to Bilbao

The price of train tickets from Basel to Bilbao starts at $184.62 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Basel to Bilbao by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Basel to Bilbao

Want to know more about your journey from Basel to Bilbao? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Basel to Bilbao take?

The average journey time by train between Basel and Bilbao is 29 hours and 2 minutes, with around 1 train per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Basel and Bilbao by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel to Bilbao is 29 hours and 2 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel to Bilbao cost?

Train tickets from Basel to Bilbao can start from as little as $184.62 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Basel to Bilbao?

No, there are no direct train services from Basel to Bilbao. Travelling from Basel to Bilbao by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Basel to Bilbao leave?

The first train from Basel to Bilbao leaves at 10:34. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Basel to Bilbao leave?

The last train from Basel to Bilbao leaves at 10:34. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Basel and Bilbao by train?

Trains travelling from Basel to Bilbao cover a distance of around 590 miles (949 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Basel to Bilbao for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/28/2022 for travel on 10/28/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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