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There are 2 intercity buses per day from Brussels to Bilbao. Traveling by bus from Brussels to Bilbao usually takes around 18 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 16 hours and 25 minutes.
|Distance||626 mi (1007 km)|
|Shortest duration||16h 25m|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus|
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What bus companies travel from Brussels to Bilbao?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Brussels to Bilbao that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.
Book BlaBlaCar Bus from Brussels to Bilbao from $41. There are 1 BlaBlaCar Bus schedules from Brussels to Bilbao and you can expect on average to pay for a BlaBlaCar Bus ticket to Bilbao. In Brussels, BlaBlaCar Bus departs to Bilbao from Gare du Midi and no other station. In Bilbao, BlaBlaCar Bus arrives at Bus Station and no other station.
An average trip on BlaBlaCar Bus from Brussels to Bilbao takes 18 hours and 19 minutes , while the fastest available BlaBlaCar Bus trip will get you to Bilbao in 16 hours and 25 minutes .
On weekends, BlaBlaCar Bus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Bilbao.
First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 2 trips from Brussels to Bilbao, and usually makes the trip in about 19 hours and 3 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Brussels to Bilbao during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the bus ride?
The bus takes an average of 18 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 1007 kilometers from Brussels to Bilbao. However, the fastest bus only takes 16 hours and 25 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Bilbao at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Brussels?
The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Brussels to Bilbao, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus departures serve Bilbao each day?
The center of European activities, Brussels is a cosmopolitan hub that features many cultural elements, making it one of the top destinations for international travelers. Sitting at the heart of Brussels is the famous Grand-Place, a world heritage site that boasts many nearby Gothic and Baroque architectural marvels. During the holiday season, the square hosts the Winter Wonders light show, as well as a giant Christmas tree. If you enjoy museums, don’t miss out on the Musical Instruments Museum, which is housed in an Art Nouveau building. Featuring as many as 1,200 instruments from around the world, the museum is every music fan’s dream. If you want to go on a shopping spree while in Brussels, head for the Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which is housed in a stunning Renaissance-style arcade.
Brussels is the home to many Michelin-starred restaurants, and its food scene is among the top-rated in the country. For those wishing to enjoy a contemporary twist on Belgian classics, head towards La Quincaillerie. If seafood is your go-to, Noordzee Mer du Nord will definitely satisfy your palate.
Brussels’ three main rail stations are Brussels-South, Brussels-Central, and Brussels-North, all of which are the busiest in the country. Gare du Midi, located in the Brussels-South station, is the main hub for bus travel in and out of Brussels. The city is served by several airports, the most prominent of which is the Brussels-National Airport, located 10 miles east of the city.
Where does the bus leave from in Brussels?
Also known as Brussels-South railway station, the Gare du Midi is the primary train station serving Brussels. The station is technically located in Saint-Gilles, a city south of Brussels, but the Gare du Midi metro stop connects travelers to all of Brussels' sights and attractions. Many high-speed train services, including international train lines, run through the Gare du Midi. Brussels is connected to the famous Eurostar line through this station, along with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn lines. The large indoor station includes many retail shops, restaurants, and services like information desks and restrooms.
All bus stations in Brussels:
Gare du Midi
Where does the bus arrive in Bilbao?
These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Bilbao.
Bus stations in Bilbao:
Bilbao Bus Station
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