The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Bilbao to Madrid is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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4 h 28 m
4 h 28 m
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Of the 2 trains that leave Bilbao for Madrid every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||200 miles (322 km)|
|Average train duration||4 h 28 min|
|Average train ticket price||$48 (€42)|
|Train frequency||1 a day|
|Train companies||Renfe ALVIA or Renfe|
Trains from Bilbao to Madrid cover the 200 miles (322 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 28 min with our travel partners like Renfe ALVIA or Renfe. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $41 (€37), but the average price of train tickets is $48 (€42). Travelers depart most frequently from Bilbao-Abando and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes.
You can travel by train between Bilbao and Madrid with Renfe for as low as $41 (€37). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.
Renfe is Spain’s national train company operating freight and passenger trains on Spain’s extensive railway network as well as international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travelers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your Bilbao to Madrid trip. Renfe has a vast fleet of trains with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The Renfe AVE trains run at high speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.
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Between the cities of Bilbao and Madrid Renfe operates with 2 direct connections a day and 2 more transhipment routes. So there are 4 journeys that are made daily reducing the number to 3 on Saturdays and Sundays. The direct connections are covered by the Alvia train, in the case of those that require transfer the route is operated by an Alvia de Renfe from Bilbao to Zaragoza-Delicias and from Zaragoza to Madrid it is the high-speed AVE train that makes the remaining journey..
The trains that run between Bilbao and Madrid are the Alvia and AVE according to the type of journey chosen. For those who travel directly from Bilbao to Madrid by train, the Alvia are the ones who cover the route. Transfers are made in Zaragoza-Delicias and the AVE make the rest of the journey to Madrid.
The journey time of Renfe Bilbao Madrid varies according to the time of departure and whether transfers are required. The direct route lasts 5 hours and 8 minutes with the first train in the morning, reducing the journey to 5 hours and 6 minutes in the afternoon. On the other hand, the connection with transshipment lasts 6 hours and 40 minutes.
The first Renfe leaves Bilbao at 6:30, but does not go directly to Madrid. On the other hand, the direct connection departs at 9:20. The last train is at 17:00 and no transfers are required.
The price of the Bilbao Madrid train ticket varies according to the time the train leaves and how much notice is purchased. According to our database, the average price of the Renfe Bilbao Madrid train ticket is 21.99€ but the price usually increases when you choose the transfer route, which can cost around 69.90€..
Trains leave from Bilbao-Abando. In order to access the station you can take the 1 and 2 metro lines.
On the other hand, the train arrives at Chamartín station if it is the direct route and at Atocha station if it is not. Chamartín is connected to lines 1 and 10 and to the suburbs. All suburban lines can also be accessed from Atocha station as well as metro line 1.
When departing from Bilbao, you have various train station options to start your route from including Bilbao-Abando and Bilbao-Concordia. When arriving in Madrid, you can end your journey in train stations like Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Bilbao-Abando, which is located around 0.4 miles (726 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre.
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