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Bilbao to Zürich by train

It takes an average of 28h 31m to travel from Bilbao to Zürich by train, over a distance of around 625 miles (1006 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from Bilbao to Zürich and tickets for this journey start from $194.76 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 28h 0m
PriceFrom $194.76
Distance625 miles (1006 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train15:20
Last train17:00
Departure stationBilbao
Arrival stationZürich
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus, ALSA

Bilbao to Zürich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bilbao to Zürich for Tuesday Oct 26th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
14:20 18:28 28h 8m, 3 changes
16:00 20:00 28h 0m, 5 changes
16:00 21:26 29h 26m, 3 changes

Cheap train tickets from Bilbao to Zürich

The price of train tickets from Bilbao to Zürich starts at $194.76 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 Bilbao to Zürich 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 Bilbao to Zürich

Want to know more about your journey from Bilbao to Zürich? 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 Bilbao to Zürich take?

The average journey time by train between Bilbao and Zürich is 28 hours and 31 minutes, with around 3 trains 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 Bilbao and Zürich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bilbao to Zürich is 28 hours and 0 minutes.

How much does the train from Bilbao to Zürich cost?

Train tickets from Bilbao to Zürich can start from as little as $194.76 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 Bilbao to Zürich?

No, there are no direct train services from Bilbao to Zürich. Travelling from Bilbao to Zürich by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

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

The first train from Bilbao to Zürich leaves at 15:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bilbao to Zürich leaves at 17:00. 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 Bilbao and Zürich by train?

Trains travelling from Bilbao to Zürich cover a distance of around 625 miles (1006 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zürich to Bilbao.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bilbao to Zürich for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/26/2021. 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 07/04/2021 for travel on 07/04/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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