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 £ 32 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 29.
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Of the 17 buses that leave Madrid for Bilbao every day 13 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct buses cover the 323 km distance in an average of 5 h 15 m but if you time it right, some buses will get you there in just 4 h 10 m .
The slowest buses will take 7 h 20 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.
Travel between Madrid and Bilbao from £29 with Omio’s coach partners Alsa and FlixBus! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.
FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost coach providers in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travellers in both continents the option to take a long-distance coach at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight coaches on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one hand luggage and one hold luggage bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long coach journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.
Please follow the recommendations outlined by FlixBus when booking your coach tickets to Bilbao from Madrid due to the coronavirus:
Buses from Madrid to Bilbao are operated by Spanish provider, ALSA with up to 14 departures a day. The first bus leaves in the early hours of the morning, with the last departure at around 8:30 p.m., with a journey time of about 4 hours.
Buses from Madrid to Bilbao leave from the Intercambiador de Transporte Bus Station, located on Avenida de America, which has good local transport links by bus and Metro to the rest of the city and the suburbs. Madrid's efficient and extensive transport network is supplemented by regular night bus routes. Taxis are available at the bus station.
Bilbao is a bustling port and the capital of Vizcaya in the Basque Region of Northern Spain, and is situated on the tidal Nervión River. Bilbao enjoys a mild climate, more temperate than much of Spain and has become increasingly popular, with visitors enjoying the art and architecture of the modernist Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry. Other attractions are the Basque Museum and La Ria Maritime Museum. The Old Town, or Casco Viejo, of Bilbao has seven streets full of interesting shops and cafes. Buses from Madrid to Bilbao arrive at the TermiBus Station, which is linked by tram to central Bilbao. Bilbao has plenty of public transport options, including a Metro line, frequent Bilbobus City buses, one EuskoTran tram line, and the BizkaiBus service which covers surrounding regions and coastal towns. Bilbao has a weekend night bus service and taxis are available at the station.
There are a few coach stations in Madrid to start your journey from including Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83, Madrid, Estación de Moncloa and Madrid, Méndez Álvaro - Terminal. In Bilbao you have a few coach station options to choose from for your arrival including Bilbao, Zorroza, Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses and Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses.
Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Bilbao, Zorroza.
You can find the most popular departure coach station for this route, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city centre of Madrid. The most popular arrival coach station in Bilbao, called Bilbao, Zorroza, is located around 2.5 miles (4 km) away from its city centre.
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