There are 6 ways to get from Bilbao to Madrid by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Madrid, Madrid N1160

20€ - 45€

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Train  •  5h 24m

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

36€ - 45€

Rideshare  •  4h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Bilbao to Madrid 397.6 km

20€ - 22€

Drive  •  4h 3m

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Madrid 398.7 km

40€ - 65€

Fly from Bilbao  •  3h 20m

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

29€ - 292€

Bus to Santander, fly  •  4h 47m

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

45€ - 237€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Madrid is to rideshare which costs 20€ - 22€ and takes 4h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Bilbao to Madrid is to fly which costs 29€ - 300€ and takes 3h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao, Bilbao and arriving at Madrid, Madrid. Services depart twice daily, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4h 45m.

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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 Sol via Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 24m.

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The distance between Bilbao and Madrid is 323 km. The road distance is 398.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Madrid without a car is to bus which takes 4h 45m and costs 20€ - 45€.

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The bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Madrid, Madrid takes 4h 45m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Bilbao to Madrid bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bilbao, Bilbao station.

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Bilbao to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Bilbao-Abando station.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Madrid is to bus which takes 4h 45m and costs 20€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 35€ - 45€ and takes 5h 24m, you could also fly, which costs 29€ - 300€ and takes 3h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 323 km
  • Duration: 4h 45m

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

FlixBus operates a bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Madrid, Madrid every 4 hours. Tickets cost 20€ - 25€ and the journey takes 4h 45m. ALSA also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Bilbao-Abando to Madrid-Chamartin twice daily. Tickets cost 30€ - 40€ and the journey takes 5h 8m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 290€
Flights from Santander to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 220€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 220€
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Madrid, Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
20€ - 25€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Santander, Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
20€ - 22€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Bilbao to Madrid bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Madrid, Madrid station.

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Bilbao to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Madrid-Chamartin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Madrid is 399 km. It takes approximately 4h 3m to drive from Bilbao to Madrid.

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Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Bilbao Airport to Madrid Airport.

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Book your Bilbao to Madrid bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Busbud.

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There are 4157+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bilbao and Madrid. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Bilbao Airport is to bus which takes 34 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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