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 Bilbao to Madrid will cost around £ 29 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 29.
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It's difficult to get from Bilbao to Madrid without changing at least once.
Alsa and FlixBus coaches will get you between Bilbao and Madrid from £29. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best coach times and tickets for your trip.
Alsa is the main provier of coach travel in Spain. As a subsidiary of the UK coach operator National Express, Alsa offers a plethora of regional, national and international routes and transports more than 300 million passengers per year. Alsa has an impressive fleet of coaches with different levels of comfort and amenities on offer. Aside from the Alsa Normal coach with free WiFi, toilets, footrests and entertainment on board, the Alsa Supra, Alsa Eurobus and Alsa Premium coaches provide more luxurious services when travelling by road, depending on the specific route. Apart from the Standard ticket, Alsa offers other coach tickets like Minimum, Reduced and Flexible fares on select routes.
Alsa has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by coach between Bilbao and Madrid:
Coaches from Bilbao to Madrid are the next best alternative to taking a flight as no direct trains operate between these two cities. An average of 26 different connections are active every day and departure times are staggered throughout most of the day. All services are direct with the fastest taking four hours and five minutes to arrive at its destination.
There are no changeovers required for any of the coaches from Bilbao to Madrid. However, there is some disparity in terms of journey time. The fastest services take just over four hours, while the longest can take as long as five hours and ten minutes. While there is no absolute rule for why this is the case, journeys from the less usual start point, Cruz Roja Ereaga, tend to involve a longer journey time.
On average, there are 26 coaches from Bilbao to Madrid to choose from each day. While services do not depart around the clock, most are staggered throughout the day starting from the latter hours of the morning. Departures usually continue until just before midnight, with more connection times clustered during the afternoon hours than any other period.
Departure bus station: There are two start points for coaches from Bilbao to Madrid. The first is the main bus station, Bilbao Intermodal (formerly called Termibus), from which the majority of coaches to Madrid depart. It is just under one mile from the city center and trams and metro stops are nearby as well as food services and hostels. The second start point is Cruz Roja Ereaga, a pick up point in the town of Getxo, which is located eight miles outside of Bilbao.
Arrival bus station: The majority of connections terminate in Madrid Interc. Av América or Avenida de America station. This station houses both trains and buses and is located very near the city center. As first and foremost a transport hub, it does not offer many services but passengers can take a variety of metro lines, buses or taxi services from here. The second termination point is terminal 4 of Barajas Airport, where buses, taxis, currency exchange and a pharmacy are all available.
All coaches from Bilbao to Madrid are operated by Alsa, a provider that operates throughout Europe with a large number of routes covered in Portugal, France and Germany. It also offers connections between most Spanish cities. Alsa also connect to a number of important airports and indeed some connections from Bilbao to Madrid disembark at one of the city's major airports, Barajas.
Alsa buses depart from Bilbao for Madrid throughout the day. While the vast majority of these services are considered by the company to be 'normal' buses with limited onboard facilities, a number of what are called 'Premium' routes are also available. These offer a significantly extended list of facilities on-board.
Alsa coaches from Bilbao to Madrid are divided into normal and premium routes. Normal services are standard buses that offer free WiFi and an onboard toilet. Premium buses offer more comfortable seats, a touch-activated tv screen, tables, power sockets and other service options. Luggage allowances on Alsa buses extends to a maximum of 30kg per passenger with overhead storage for small bags and undercarriage storage compartments for larger items. There are usually four bike storage spots on each bus that must be booked in advance. Pets that weigh less than 10kg can also travel but must be kept an appropriate carrier and booked in advance. Guide dogs are exempt from this but passengers must bring suitable paperwork for the dog and keep it on a leash. For those requiring special assistance, Alsa has in place what they call their Accessibility Plan. This is a comprehensive service designed to make their coaches as accessible as possible. Options include the reservation of seats near doors where necessary and a dedicated phone service for locating buses with lifting platforms for those confined to or in need of a wheelchair.
There are a few coach stations in Bilbao to start your journey from including Bilbao, Zorroza, Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses and Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses. In Madrid you have a few coach station options to choose from for your arrival including Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83, Madrid, Estación de Moncloa and Madrid, Méndez Álvaro - Terminal.
Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Bilbao-Abando and arrive in Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
The most popular departure coach station with passengers for this trip, called Bilbao-Abando, is located 0.2 miles (339 m) from the city centre of Bilbao.
The most popular arrival coach station, Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83, is located 1.9 miles (3.1 km) away from the city centre of Madrid.
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