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Train Information to Bilbao from Barcelona

distanceDistance289 miles (466 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 32 min
priceAverage train ticket price£49 (€55)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain providersRenfe

Trains from Barcelona to Bilbao cover the 289 miles (466 km) long journey taking on average 6 h 32 min with our travel partners like 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 £30, but the average price of train tickets is £49. Travellers depart most frequently from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Bilbao-Abando.

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Travel with Renfe between Barcelona and Bilbao

Renfe trains will get you between Barcelona and Bilbao from £30. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Renfe

Looking to travel comfortably from Barcelona to Bilbao? Enjoy the Barcelona to Bilbao train with Renfe, Spain’s national train operator offering a wide range of domestic routes and international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Omio shows you Renfe train timetables and tickets available for the 289 miles (466 km) Barcelona to Bilbao trip to help you find the best deals on Renfe train tickets. You can select Renfe ticket types like Promo, Promo+ and Flexible for the ideal journey by train between Barcelona and Bilbao. You can also find Renfe’s discount cards, such as the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, and use these to purchase Renfe tickets on Omio.

As the main operator of train services in Spain, Renfe offers a wide range of train types with different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel. These train types include: AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia for domestic routes in Spain, Altaria for domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed for routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant regional commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.

Operator ticket policies for COVID

  • 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.


Renfe trains from Barcelona to Bilbao

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Renfe is Spain's national train operator and connects the country's main points of interest. In addition, Renfe has the largest high-speed network in Europe with AVE and Alvia trains. Other Renfe train types are Altaria, Euromed and Talgo. All Renfe trains are equipped with an on-board bistro, toilets, air conditioning and many of them with Wi-Fi.

At Omio you can easily check the Renfe timetable for your trip and book cheap Renfe tickets from Barcelona to Bilbao. When booking, you can choose different classes (Tourist, Tourist Plus, Preferred and Club), the seat and the type of ticket you want (Promo, Promo+, Flexible or Round Trip). If you have a Renfe discount card, you can specify it when you buy your ticket at Omio and take advantage of many offers. For information on ticket cancellation, please visit our Help centre.


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Travel Tips

Trains from Barcelona 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 Barcelona to Bilbao.
FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train between Barcelona and Bilbao?
Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest train between Barcelona and Bilbao for the next 7 days starting from £30  one way.
What is the average cost of a train from Barcelona to Bilbao?
If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Barcelona to Bilbao train to cost on average £49  one way.
What is the distance from Barcelona to Bilbao by train?
You should expect to travel around 289 miles (466 km)  from Barcelona to Bilbao by train.
How long is the train between Barcelona and Bilbao?
The train time between Barcelona and Bilbao is on average 6 h 32 min  for the 289 miles (466 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Barcelona to Bilbao by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
What station does the Barcelona to Bilbao train leave from? Which Bilbao train station do I come into from Barcelona?

There are a few train stations in Barcelona to start your journey from including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França. In Bilbao you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Bilbao-Abando and Bilbao-Concordia.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Barcelona Sants   and arrive in Bilbao-Abando.

Where is the train station in Barcelona to go to Bilbao? Where is the train station in Bilbao located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Barcelona Sants, is located 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the city centre of Barcelona.

The most popular arrival train station, Bilbao-Abando, is located 0.2 miles (339 m) away from the city centre of Bilbao.

What train companies go from Barcelona to Bilbao?
If you're looking for trains from Barcelona to Bilbao, you can rely on Renfe to get you to Bilbao. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Barcelona to Bilbao trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Are there any direct trains between Barcelona and Bilbao?
Yes, there is 1 direct train per day from Barcelona to Bilbao, and you can find a direct train for this trip with Renfe Alvia  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
How many trains are there to Bilbao from Barcelona a day?
The average number of trains departing Barcelona for Bilbao is 1 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Barcelona to Bilbao? When can I take the last train for the day?
If you prefer early morning trains from Barcelona to Bilbao, the first train leaves at 07: 50. If you prefer late night trains from Barcelona to Bilbao, the last train of the day leaves at 07: 50. Omio shows you the latest train from Barcelona to Bilbao schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
How far in advance should I book train tickets from Barcelona to Bilbao for the best deals?
You can find a train between Barcelona and Bilbao to cost on average £49 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 journey. You’ll see tickets for the Barcelona to Bilbao train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Barcelona
Bilbao
Barcelona Sants is the most popular Barcelona railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Barcelona for your journey to Bilbao.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+34 934956020
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 06: 00 - 22: 00
Public transport options for Barcelona Sants
Metro lines: L3, L5
Bus lines: A1, A2
Train lines: AVE, Alvia, Euromed, Talgo, Trenhotel, TGV, Avant, Intercity, R1, R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud, R3, R4, RG1, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, R17