Cheap train tickets from Bilbao to Madrid

Showing times and prices for 9 Dec

Cheapest

£36

Average

£39

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 £ 39 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 36.

Cheapest
17:00Bilbao-Abando5h06 22:06Madrid Chamartín
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£361One-way
2nd Cheapest
09:20Bilbao-Abando5h08 14:28Madrid Chamartín
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£411One-way

Train schedule Bilbao to Madrid

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09:20Bilbao-Abando5h08 14:28Madrid Chamartín
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17:00Bilbao-Abando5h06 22:06Madrid Chamartín
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Wed
8 Dec
£60Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£83Iberia
Thu
9 Dec
£36Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£69Iberia
Fri
10 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£63Iberia
Sat
11 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
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£39Air Europa
Sun
12 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£66Iberia
Mon
13 Dec
£27Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£62Air Europa
Tue
14 Dec
£23Renfe Alvia
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Wed
15 Dec
£23Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£61Air Europa
Thu
16 Dec
£27Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£61Air Europa
Fri
17 Dec
£36Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£63Iberia
Sat
18 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£35Air Europa
Sun
19 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£50Air Europa
Mon
20 Dec
£27Renfe Alvia
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Tue
21 Dec
£23Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£46Iberia
Wed
22 Dec
£27Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£52Iberia
Thu
23 Dec
£32Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£46Iberia
Fri
24 Dec
£27Renfe Alvia
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Sat
25 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£61Air Europa
Sun
26 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£106Iberia
Mon
27 Dec
£32Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Air Europa
Tue
28 Dec
£23Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Air Europa

Fastest train times from Bilbao to Madrid

Showing times and prices for 9 Dec

Fastest Journey

5 h 6 m

Average

5 h 7 m

Trains per day

2

Distance

323 km

Of the 2 trains that leave Bilbao for Madrid 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 7 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 8 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
17:00Bilbao-Abando5h06 22:06Madrid Chamartín
0 changes
£361One-way
2nd Fastest
09:20Bilbao-Abando5h08 14:28Madrid Chamartín
0 changes
£411One-way

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Overview: Train from Bilbao to Madrid

distanceDistance200 miles (322 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 6 min
priceAverage train ticket price£38 (€43)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesRenfe

Trains from Bilbao to Madrid cover the 200 miles (322 km) long route 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. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £23, but the average price of train tickets is £38. Travellers depart most frequently from Bilbao-Abando and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

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Travel with Renfe to Madrid from Bilbao

Buy your official Renfe train tickets between Bilbao and Madrid from £23 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient route.

Renfe

Renfe is Spain’s national train operator 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 travellers 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.

    Renfe has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train from Bilbao to Madrid:

    • 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 Bilbao to Madrid

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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 Bilbao to Madrid. 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 Bilbao to Madrid
    Travel by train to Madrid 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 Bilbao to Madrid.
    FAQs
    What is the cost of cheap trains from Bilbao to Madrid?
    You can find a cheap train from Bilbao to Madrid for some dates and times for as low as £23  one way in the next 7 days.
    How much is a train ticket from Bilbao to Madrid?
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket from Bilbao to Madrid is £38  one way.
    What is the distance between Bilbao and Madrid via train?
    You should expect to travel around 200 miles (322 km)  to Madrid from Bilbao by train.
    How long does it take from Bilbao to Madrid by train?
    On average the Bilbao to Madrid train time is 5 h 6 min  covering the 200 miles (322 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
    When travelling by train from Bilbao to Madrid, which train station in Bilbao do I depart from and which train station in Madrid do I arrive in?

    There are a few train stations in Bilbao to start your journey from including Bilbao-Abando and Bilbao-Concordia. In Madrid you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.

    Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Bilbao-Abando   and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

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

    Passengers board the train most frequently from Bilbao-Abando, which is located around 0.2 miles (339 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city centre.

    What train companies offer a service from Bilbao to Madrid?
    When taking a train from Bilbao to Madrid, you can count on Renfe for the best way to get you to Madrid. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between Bilbao and Madrid and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
    Are there any Bilbao to Madrid direct trains?
    Yes, there is 1 direct train per day from Bilbao to Madrid with Renfe Alvia, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.
    How many trains per day are there between Bilbao and Madrid?
    On average, there is 1 train a day from Bilbao to Madrid. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    When can I take the first train from Bilbao to Madrid? When can I take the last train for the day?
    The first Bilbao to Madrid train departs at 08: 20   and the last train from Bilbao to Madrid leaves at 16: 00. Check out the most up-to-date Bilbao to Madrid train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
    How far in advance should I book train tickets to Madrid from Bilbao for the best deals?
    The price of a one way train ticket from Bilbao to Madrid is on average £38 if you purchase within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets between Bilbao and Madrid available a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Bilbao
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    Bilbao-Abando is the most popular Bilbao 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 Bilbao for your journey to Madrid.