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from Madrid to Bilbao

You can get from Madrid to Bilbao by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Madrid to Bilbao on 8 Dec we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

11:15Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T44h30 15:45Bilbao
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£291One-way
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11:15Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T44h30 15:45Bilbao
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£291One-way
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10:00Madrid4h40 14:40Bilbao
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£291One-way
11:00Madrid4h45 15:45Bilbao
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£291One-way
16:00Madrid4h45 20:45Bilbao
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£291One-way

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Wed
8 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£83Air Europa
Thu
9 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£75Iberia
Fri
10 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£67Air Europa
Sat
11 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Air Europa
Sun
12 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Air Europa
Mon
13 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£70Air Europa
Tue
14 Dec
£36Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£70Air Europa
Wed
15 Dec
£32Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£67Air Europa
Thu
16 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Air Europa
Fri
17 Dec
£36Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£57Air Europa
Sat
18 Dec
£36Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Air Europa
Sun
19 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Air Europa
Mon
20 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
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Tue
21 Dec
£32Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£70Air Europa
Wed
22 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£70Air Europa
Thu
23 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£83Air Europa
Fri
24 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£58Iberia
Sat
25 Dec
£32Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£55Iberia
Sun
26 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£48Iberia
Mon
27 Dec
£41Renfe Alvia
£29Alsa
£55Iberia

Travel Information from Madrid to Bilbao

distanceDistance200 miles (322 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£29 - £80
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £29 • 4 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £80 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Iberia or Renfe

Take a coach, flight or train to travel 200 miles (322 km) between Madrid and Bilbao. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £29. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Alsa, Iberia or Renfe among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Madrid to Bilbao.

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Travel from Madrid to Bilbao
Travel 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 Madrid to Bilbao.
FAQs
How do I travel from Madrid to Bilbao?

There are 3 ways to get from Madrid to Bilbao: coach, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way from Madrid to Bilbao?

The cheapest way from Madrid to Bilbao is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £29 compared to other travel options to Bilbao:

A coach journey is usually £51 less than a journey to Bilbao by plane, which costs on average £80 for the same trip.

A coach is about £12 less than a train, which costs on average £41 for this trip.

What is the fastest way to Bilbao from Madrid?

The fastest way from Madrid to Bilbao is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h.

Other travel options to Bilbao from Madrid can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 4 h 30 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 5 h 4 min   on average.

How many miles from Madrid to Bilbao would I travel?

You should expect to travel around 200 miles (322 km) from Madrid to Bilbao.

How many services a day are there from Madrid to Bilbao?

The average frequency per day from Madrid to Bilbao is:

  • Around 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Madrid and Bilbao as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do I depart from Madrid? Where do I arrive in Bilbao?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Madrid to Bilbao:

  • Coaches from Madrid to Bilbao most often leave from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and arrive in Bilbao, Zorroza.
  • Flights most often depart from Madrid at Madrid Barajas Airport and arrive in Bilbao at Bilbao.
  • Trains mostly leave from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and tend to arrive in Bilbao-Abando.
Which travel companies can take me from Madrid to Bilbao?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Madrid to Bilbao:

  • You can take a coach from Madrid to Bilbao with Alsa. Cheap tickets can be found for £29 with Alsa from Madrid to Bilbao.
  • You can travel by plane to Bilbao from Madrid with Iberia, and you can find Iberia Madrid to Bilbao tickets for £80 on Omio.
  • You can go to Bilbao from Madrid by train with Renfe. You'll see cheap train tickets for £41 with Renfe from Madrid to Bilbao on Omio.
What is another destination I should add to my tour from Madrid to Bilbao?
Omio customers who travel from Madrid to Bilbao often also extend their holiday to go to Barcelona, Donostia-San Sebastian or Pamplona. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Bilbao and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I buy Madrid to Bilbao tickets online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Madrid to Bilbao, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this trip is on average £29 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket is £80 one way on average for this journey.
  • The price of a train ticket for this trip is on average £41 one way.

But we recommend booking Madrid to Bilbao tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.