Barcelona to Bilbao train

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Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Bilbao

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The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Barcelona to Bilbao is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

Renfe Alvia
06:45AM6h51
Barcelona
01:36PMBilbao
$1191One-way
0 transfers

Train schedule from Barcelona to Bilbao

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Renfe Alvia
06:45AM6h51
Barcelona
01:36PMBilbao
0 transfers

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Fastest train times from Barcelona to Bilbao

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Fastest Journey

6 h 51 m

Average

6 h 51 m

Trains per day

1

Distance

467 km

Of the 1 trains that leave Barcelona for Bilbao every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Renfe Alvia
06:45AM6h51
Barcelona
01:36PMBilbao
$1191One-way
0 transfers

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A few months ago, I took a trip from Barcelona to Bilbao with Deutsche Bahn. Personally, I was pleasantly surprised by the journey, as the train arrived in Bilbao on time. The volume on the train was optimal. The staff on the train were very friendly and dealt with their customers' concerns quickly. The price was personally not that impressive. I personally found it a bit expensive. Unfortunately, no attention was paid to hygiene, as the toilets were not clean. There were also many transfer necessities that made the trip difficult. Overall, a satisfactory trip.
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I experienced many wonderful things on the trip. These included the hygiene, the helpfulness of the staff and the customer-friendly price-performance ratio. I can enthusiastically report that I had absolutely no unpleasant experiences on the journey. I can definitely give my recommendation. This time I can only give 5 stars for punctuality. Can be recommended.
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One thing I was very upset about was that my train was very unpunctual. Nevertheless, I was very happy when I got on the train because the benches were very well cleaned. The compartment was equipped with several power sockets. There was also good wifi and constant reception. The staff were very friendly and spoke good English. I can therefore recommend the journey.

Overview: Train from Barcelona to Bilbao

distanceDistance289 miles (466 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 30 min
priceCheapest ticket price$57 (€49)
frequencyTrain frequency2 a day
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersRenfe (3), Renfe, Renfe ALVIA, Alsa, iryo or AVE
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Cheapest bus ticket $37 (€32)

Trains from Barcelona to Bilbao run on average 1 times per day, taking around 6h 51m for the 467 km journey. Cheap train tickets for this journey start at $57 (€49) but you can travel from only $37 (€32) by bus.

Train companies: Renfe (3), Renfe and Renfe ALVIA from Barcelona to Bilbao trains

Find the best trains between Barcelona and Bilbao with Omio's travel partners Renfe (3), Renfe and Renfe ALVIA from $37 (€32). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Renfe Alvia are high-speed trains with top speeds of up to 250km/h operated by Renfe, Spain’s national railway company. Alvia trains cover most cities in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Alicante, Zaragoza and Cadiz. They are somewhat slower than Renfe AVE and AVLO (high-speed and low cost) but cover more destinations and are a comfortable and effective way of travelling around Spain. Onboard facilities include free WIFI, bike storage and luggage allowance. Alvia trains have two seat classes – Estándar and Confort. Top routes for Renfe Alvia include Barcelona to Pamplona, Madrid to Cádiz and Alicante to Gijón.

Renfe ALVIA from Barcelona to Bilbao train information:

  • Average Duration: 6 h 30 min
  • Cheapest Price: $57

FAQs: Trains from Barcelona to Bilbao

FAQs: Travel by train from Barcelona to Bilbao easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Barcelona to Bilbao.
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Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Bilbao can start from as little as $57 (€49) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Barcelona to Bilbao is $87 (€74); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time from Barcelona to Bilbao is on average 6 h 30 min   for the 289 mile (466 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Barcelona and Bilbao by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Barcelona to Bilbao leaves at 6: 45 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Barcelona to Bilbao leaves at 7: 45 AM.
There are 2 trains a day from Barcelona to Bilbao which require at least one change with Renfe (3), Renfe, Renfe ALVIA, Alsa, iryo or AVE. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Bilbao. Take the fast train with iryo from Barcelona to Bilbao.
For the best Barcelona to Bilbao train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Renfe (3), Renfe, Renfe ALVIA, Alsa, iryo or AVE. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from Barcelona to Bilbao to compare what amenities they may offer.

When departing from Barcelona, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona and Passeig de Gràcia station. When arriving in Bilbao, you can end your journey in train stations like Bilbao-Abando and Bilbao-Concordia.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Barcelona Sants, which is located around 1.4 miles (2.3 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Bilbao-Abando, located 0.4 miles (726 m) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Barcelona to Bilbao by train is April.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel from Barcelona to Bilbao including taking a train, bus or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Barcelona and Bilbao

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The major railway station for departures from Barcelona is Barcelona Sants. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Barcelona Sants for your journey from Barcelona to Bilbao.
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Mon - Sun: 06: 00 - 22: 00
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Metro lines: L3, L5
Bus lines: A1, A2
Train lines: AVE, Alvia, Euromed, Talgo, Trenhotel, TGV, Avant, Intercity, R1, R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud, R3, R4, RG1, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, R17
The major train station for arrivals in Bilbao is Bilbao-Abando. Find all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Bilbao-Abando for your journey to Bilbao from Barcelona.
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