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Barcelona to Bilbao--Plane or train?

Old Oct 30th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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Barcelona to Bilbao--Plane or train?

Any suggestions? We'll be on a somewhat tight schedule, but I find that air travel now is bothersome and time consuming with the security checks and getting to and from the airport.
 
Old Oct 30th, 2006, 01:37 PM
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The security checks on inland flights are not so "hard" as international ones or at least, they weren't ! Anyway, the distance between Barcelona and Bilbao is big enough to be worthy going by plane. Amd it can be cheaper than the train. See www.vueling.com to make you an idea
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Old Oct 30th, 2006, 01:38 PM
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Train is about 9 1/2 hours. The RENFE website says there is one day train and one overnight train with sleepers, so if you're on a tight schedule, the overnight might be your best bet.

Buses are a bit shorter (you can find out most companies' schedules on the www.movelia.es website), about 7 1/2 hours. And there's an overnight option, but no sleepers of course.

I've taken this flight on Iberia, it's about an hour, so if time is a constraint, seems like that's the hands down best option.
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Old Oct 30th, 2006, 01:41 PM
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Plane or bus. The train is awfully long.

The car is another option, we did it last September in 6 hours and a half, and it wasn´t bad at all.

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Old Oct 30th, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Thank you all so much! I had no idea it would take so long by train. I will follow up on the links provided. We ruled our driving, as it's not fair to have one of us compromise his/her vacation with this kind of stress!
 
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To me 7 1/2 hours on a bus doesn't exactly sound "short" so I would definitely check out budget flight options...not only Vueling but Spanair also flies that route.
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Old Oct 30th, 2006, 01:48 PM
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Had friends who returned two weeks ago. They said part of the Guggenheim was closed. We went a year ago and it's a wonderful piece of architecture.
 
Old Oct 30th, 2006, 02:50 PM
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I checked out Vueling, and it's great. Thanks again for the input.
 
Old Dec 14th, 2006, 05:44 PM
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If considering bus or train, is there a town along this route that might be worth a one-night stopover?
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Old Dec 14th, 2006, 06:42 PM
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Yes, the logical stop is Zaragoza.
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Old Dec 19th, 2006, 02:37 AM
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You might consider Train to San Sebastian and Bus San Sebastian to Bilbao. The latter is about an hour's ride. There may be an Hotel train for your Barcelona-San Sebastian segment.

When you are going might be the kicker. Last Year, Aragon got whacked w/winter storms. That might add an incentive for flying.

I wouldn't worry about long queues or 2hr preflight check-in requirement for intra-Spain flights.
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Old Dec 29th, 2006, 04:06 AM
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Also Iberia has good price since it has to compete with the discount airlines that are flying as well. Have flown Barcelona-Bilbao RT with no problems a few times. Check with skyscanner or whichbudget websites.
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