Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Bilbao

Showing times and prices for Jan 21

Cheapest

$57

Average

$57

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Madrid to Bilbao will cost around $ 57 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 57.

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08:10AMMadrid Chamartín5h07 01:17PMBilbao-Abando
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$571One-way
Cheapest
04:10PMMadrid Chamartín5h06 09:16PMBilbao-Abando
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$571One-way

Train schedule from Madrid to Bilbao

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08:10AMMadrid Chamartín5h07 01:17PMBilbao-Abando
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04:10PMMadrid Chamartín5h06 09:16PMBilbao-Abando
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Sat
Jan 22
$57Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$48Air Europa
Sun
Jan 23
$57Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$48Air Europa
Mon
Jan 24
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$39Alsa
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Tue
Jan 25
$51Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$48Air Europa
Wed
Jan 26
$44Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$95Air Europa
Thu
Jan 27
$51Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$95Air Europa
Fri
Jan 28
$57Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$95Air Europa
Sat
Jan 29
$51Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$48Air Europa
Sun
Jan 30
$57Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Air Europa
Mon
Jan 31
$44Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$48Air Europa
Tue
Feb 1
$25Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$48Air Europa
Wed
Feb 2
$25Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Air Europa
Thu
Feb 3
$38Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Air Europa
Fri
Feb 4
$44Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$41Iberia
Sat
Feb 5
$32Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Air Europa
Sun
Feb 6
$57Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Air Europa
Mon
Feb 7
$32Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Air Europa
Tue
Feb 8
$22Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Air Europa
Wed
Feb 9
$22Renfe Alvia
$39Alsa
$36Iberia

Fastest train times from Madrid to Bilbao

Showing times and prices for Jan 21

Fastest Journey

5 h 6 m

Average

5 h 6 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.

These direct trains cover the 323 km distance in an average of 5 h 6 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 6 m .

The slowest trains will take 5 h 7 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
04:10PMMadrid Chamartín5h06 09:16PMBilbao-Abando
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$571One-way
2nd Fastest
08:10AMMadrid Chamartín5h07 01:17PMBilbao-Abando
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$571One-way

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Overview: Train from Madrid to Bilbao

distanceDistance200 miles (322 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 6 min
priceAverage train ticket price$54 (€45)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain providersRenfe

Trains from Madrid to Bilbao cover the 200 miles (322 km) long trip taking on average 5 h 6 min with our travel partners like Renfe. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $54 (€45), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $44 (€37). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Bilbao-Abando.

Train providers: Renfe from Madrid to Bilbao trains

For as little as $44 (€37) you can travel by train to Bilbao from Madrid with Renfe. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this route.

Renfe

Renfe is Spain’s national train company offering a multitude of domestic routes and international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe is known for its range of ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also has discount cards for qualified travelers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can use on Omio. When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination. These train types include Renfe AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for routes along the stunning Mediterranean coast, Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.

    Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Renfe train ticket between Madrid and Bilbao:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
    • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
    • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

    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 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

    What is the price of the cheapest train from Madrid to Bilbao?

    Train tickets to Bilbao from Madrid for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $44 (€37)  one way in the next 7 days.

    How much is the train from Madrid to Bilbao on average?

    The train price from Madrid to Bilbao is on average $54 (€45)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.

    How far is it from Madrid to Bilbao by train?

    The Madrid to Bilbao train distance is approximately 200 miles (322 km).

    How many hours is the train time from Madrid to Bilbao?

    The Madrid to Bilbao train duration is on average 5 h 6 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.

    What station does the train from Madrid to Bilbao depart from? Which Bilbao train station do I come into from Madrid?

    Some of the Madrid train stations to Bilbao you can start your journey from include Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Bilbao include Bilbao-Abando and Bilbao-Concordia.

    When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha   and arriving in Bilbao-Abando.

    Where is the departure train station in Madrid located? Where is the arrival train station in Bilbao located?

    Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and need to travel around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the city center to get to this train station.

    Passengers arriving in Bilbao most often arrive at Bilbao-Abando and need to travel around 0.2 miles (339 m) from this train station to the city center.

    Which train providers can get me from Madrid to Bilbao?

    When taking a train from Madrid to Bilbao, you can count on Renfe for the best way to get you to Bilbao. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service from Madrid to Bilbao and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

    Can I buy a direct train from Madrid to Bilbao?

    Yes, there is 1 direct train from Madrid to Bilbao per day with Renfe Alvia  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time traveling to your destination.

    How many train services are there to Bilbao from Madrid a day?

    On average, there is 1 train a day from Madrid to Bilbao. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

    What time is the earliest train from Madrid to Bilbao? What time is the last train from Madrid to Bilbao?

    The earliest train departing from Madrid to Bilbao leaves at 7: 10 AM. The last train departing from Madrid to Bilbao leaves at 3: 10 PM. You can find the latest Madrid to Bilbao train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

    When should I buy the Madrid to Bilbao train for the best deals on tickets?

    If you book a train ticket from Madrid to Bilbao within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $54 (€45) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Madrid to Bilbao are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Madrid
    Bilbao
    Madrid-Puerta de Atocha 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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    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +34 912432343
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Sun: 10: 00 - 20: 00
    Public transit options for Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
    Metro lines: 1
    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