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Leon to Bilbao

Discussion in 'Traveling to/from the camino' started by bryans, Jul 28, 2013.


  1. bryans

    bryans Member

    Feb 19, 2011
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    We have looked at the options of travelling from Leon to Bilbao by bus and train.
    There seems to be a very limited service. We have to get to Bilbao to fly home.
    Has anyone experience of this route and any advice as to which is best ?
  2. KinkyOne

    KinkyOne Veteran Member

    Apr 12, 2013
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    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Camino(s) past & future:
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    Muxia ('15),
    Hi, bryans!

    I haven't travel on this route, but it doesn't seem to me that there are very limited or few service. Four trains and buses leaves from Leon to Burgos each day and from there to Bilbao you have three trains and nine buses...

    Maybe you could check the connections via Oviedo or Santander, but Leon - Burgos - Bilbao seems he best option to me. If you have limited access to the internet I can search connections for you.

    Wish you safe return home!
  3. mspath

    mspath Veteran Member Donating Member

    Nov 25, 2009
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    Frances, autumn/winter; (2004), (2005-2006), (2007), (2008), (2009), (2010), (2011), (2012), (2013), (2014) (2015)

    There is a daily RENFE train ( ARCO 00280 ) from Leon to Bilbao-Abando at 15:25 arriving 20:03. Price 30.80 euros. See >> http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/ for more information and to book tickets.

    Margaret Meredith
  4. whariwharangi

    whariwharangi Veteran Member

    Sep 30, 2012
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    The problem is there is not much direct service between Leon and Bilbao.

    I would try Renfe from Leon to Miranda de Ebro and transfer to another train to Bilbao. The Renfe site does not always work well when a transfer is involved.

    Miranda de Ebro

    Northern route map for Renfe. I do not know why the route from Miranda de Ebro to Bilbao does not show; it does on a less easy to read map on wikipedia.

    Bus from Leon will require that you go through major centers such as Burgos and perhaps even Logrono before getting a bus to Bilbao. The best way to do it is find the website for the estacion de autobuses and see where the buses run.

    Bus station Bilbao

    Bus station Logroño
    http://wikirioja.com/wiki/Estaci%c3%b3n ... gro%c3%b1o

    I haven't found links for bus stations in Leon or Burgos yet. Alsa is a good resource for these locations but does not have all bus information as many companies are not part of ALSA network.

    http://www.alsa.es/en/buy-and-schedules ... ernational

    There is a narrow gauge FEVE train that runs direct from Leon to Bilbao once per day 1350 - 2130 (7.5 hrs). So from Renfe website:

    Renfe website:

    Press the FEVE button

    Press Horarios and enter stations with dates.
  5. bryans

    bryans Member

    Feb 19, 2011
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    Thanks for the help.
    We can find good bus connections from Burgos to Bilbao.
    We are only walking as far as Mansilla and are finding it hard to get a bus from Mansilla to Burgos.
    We would prefer not to go to Leon if at all possible.

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