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.
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5 h 6 m
5 h 7 m
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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.
|Distance||200 miles (322 km)|
|Average train duration||5 h 6 min|
|Average train ticket price||£38 (€43)|
|Train frequency||1 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there is 1 direct train a day|
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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