Madrid to Bilbao train

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Bilbao

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

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07:15AMMadrid Chamartín4h32 11:47AMBilbao-Abando
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05:38PMMadrid Chamartín4h43 10:21PMBilbao-Abando
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Train schedule from Madrid to Bilbao

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07:15AMMadrid Chamartín4h32 11:47AMBilbao-Abando
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05:38PMMadrid Chamartín4h43 10:21PMBilbao-Abando
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Fastest train times from Madrid to Bilbao

Showing times and prices for Feb 10

Fastest Journey

4 h 32 m

Average

4 h 37 m

Trains per day

2

Distance

323 km

Of the 2 trains that leave Madrid for Bilbao every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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07:15AMMadrid Chamartín4h32 11:47AMBilbao-Abando
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551One-way
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05:38PMMadrid Chamartín4h43 10:21PMBilbao-Abando
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551One-way

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Overview: Train from Madrid to Bilbao

distanceDistance200 miles (322 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 32 min
priceAverage train ticket price$60 (€53)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesRenfe ALVIA or Renfe

Trains from Madrid to Bilbao cover the 200 miles (322 km) long route taking on average 4 h 32 min with our travel partners like Renfe ALVIA or Renfe. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $60 (€53), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $42 (€37). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes and arrive in Bilbao-Abando.

Train companies: Renfe from Madrid to Bilbao trains

For as little as $42 (€37) you can travel by train between Madrid and Bilbao with Renfe. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this trip.

Renfe

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 Madrid to Bilbao 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.

Train information from Madrid to Bilbao with Renfe:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 53 min
  • Renfe frequency: 1 a day

How to get from Madrid to Bilbao by train?

Two trains leave Madrid Bilbao daily at different times of the day. These train routes complete the journey between the two cities in an average of approximately 5 hours.

What train goes from Madrid to Bilbao?

Renfe is the company in charge of making the journey by train Madrid Bilbao: the trains Alvia are the type of train covering the route.

How long does the train from Madrid to Bilbao?

The direct train from Renfe Madrid Bilbao has an average duration of 5 hours and 5 minutes and leaves from Monday to Saturday at 8:00 the first and the second at 16:05. On Sundays this routine is modified and there is only one train available that leaves at 16:05.

How much does the train ticket from Madrid to Bilbao cost?

The prices for train tickets Madrid Bilbao cost an average of 41.14€.

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Where does the Madrid Bilbao train leave from?

From Puerta de Atocha and Chamartín stations most trains leave Madrid Bilbao. The first one is the main one and the most important, as AVE, national and international Long Distance, Medium Distance and Madrid Suburban lines pass through it. Chamartín is located in the neighbourhood of the same name and covers Long and Medium Distance lines.

The Bilbao-Abando train station is in the centre of the city and is where the Madrid Bilbao trains arrive. Here you can take long-distance and medium-distance lines, as well as being the head of the Bilbao Suburban Railway and having tram, Bilbobus and Bizkabus stops at its facilities. The station has services such as parking, cafeteria, restaurant, car rental office and shops. In addition, it is accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.

Train tickets from Madrid to Bilbao: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 36 €
2 weeks earlier 30 €20%
3 weeks earlier 30 €20%
1 month before 29 €24%
2 months earlier 30 €20%
3 months earlier 27 €33%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Madrid - Bilbao. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Madrid - Bilbao 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 20% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Madrid - Bilbao with 2 months in advance you save up to about 20% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 33%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Travel Tips: Trains from Madrid to Bilbao

Travel Tips: Travel by train 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 Madrid to Bilbao.
FAQs
Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest train between Madrid and Bilbao for the next 7 days starting from $42 (€37)  one way.
The Madrid to Bilbao train ticket price is on average $60 (€53)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next week.
You should expect to travel around 200 miles (322 km)  between Madrid and Bilbao by train.
The Madrid to Bilbao train duration is on average 4 h 32 min, which is to be expected when traveling 200 miles (322 km) to Bilbao from Madrid. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.

When taking a train from Madrid, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. When you arrive in Bilbao, your train can arrive in train stations including Bilbao-Abando and Bilbao-Concordia.

Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes   to Bilbao-Abando.

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, is located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) from the city center of Madrid.

The most popular arrival train station, Bilbao-Abando, is located 0.4 miles (726 m) away from the city center of Bilbao.

If you're looking for trains from Madrid to Bilbao, you can rely on Renfe ALVIA or Renfe to get you to Bilbao. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Madrid to Bilbao trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
If you’re looking for a direct train, consider traveling with Renfe Alvia. Nonstop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.
The average number of trains departing Madrid for Bilbao is 1 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
You can take the first train from Madrid to Bilbao at 4: 38 PM. The last train from Madrid to Bilbao that you can take departs at 4: 38 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Madrid to Bilbao schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
You can find trains between Madrid and Bilbao to cost on average $60 (€53) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Madrid to Bilbao train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this connection

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Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes is the most popular Madrid railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Madrid for your trip to Bilbao.
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Bus lines: 10, 14, 24, 26, 32, 37, 54, 57, 59, 85, 86, 102, 121, 203
Train lines: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7, C8, C10
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