There are 8 ways to get from Bilbao to Madrid by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus ALSA  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Madrid

$30 - $50

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Madrid - South Station Ouibus

$19 - $26

6 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Madrid-Chamartin A

$58 - $73

Rideshare  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Bilbao to Madrid 248.1 miles

$23 - $26

Drive  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Madrid 249.1 miles

$45 - $70

Fly from Bilbao  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Madrid (MAD) BIO - MAD

$44 - $195

Bus to Santander, fly  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander
  2. Fly from Santander (SDR) to Madrid (MAD) SDR - MAD

$60 - $381

Bus to San Sebastian, fly  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to San Sebastián
  2. Fly from San Sebastian (EAS) to Madrid (MAD) EAS - MAD

$83 - $378

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Madrid is to bus which costs 15€ - 23€ and takes 5 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bilbao to Madrid is to fly which costs 35€ - 170€ and takes 3 h 2 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Madrid is 323 km. The road distance is 398.5 km.

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The bus from Bilbao to Madrid takes 4 h 40 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Madrid. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 4 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bilbao to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Bilbao-Abando and arriving at Madrid Sol via Madrid Chamartín. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 19 min.

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What companies run services between Bilbao, Spain and Madrid, Spain?

ALSA operates a bus from Bilbao to Madrid once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 4 h 40 min. Alternatively, Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Bilbao to Madrid 3 times a day. Tickets cost $55 - $75 and the journey takes 5 h 6 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Santander to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from San Sebastian to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Madrid - South Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Bilbao to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao to San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
iberocoach.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $26
Book at
blablacar.es

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