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There are 7 ways to get from Bilbao to Madrid by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Madrid

30€ - 45€

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Rideshare  •  4h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Bilbao to Madrid 396.7 km

20€ - 22€

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Train  •  5h 23m

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

36€ - 45€

Bus via Vitoria-Gasteiz  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estacion/Geltoki L7 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Madrid N1158

24€ - 33€

Drive  •  3h 57m

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Madrid 397.1 km

35€ - 60€

Fly from Bilbao  •  3h 21m

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

32€ - 152€

Bus to Santander, fly  •  4h 42m

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

37€ - 117€

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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 30€ - 160€ and takes 3h 21m.

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

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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 23m.

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It is 323 km from Bilbao to Madrid. It is approximately 397.1 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Madrid without a car is to bus which takes 4h 40m and costs 30€ - 45€.

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

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Bilbao to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from 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 40m and costs 30€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 35€ - 45€ and takes 5h 23m, you could also fly, which costs 30€ - 160€ and takes 3h 21m.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 323 km
  • Duration: 4h 40m

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

ALSA operates a bus from Bilbao to Madrid once daily. Tickets cost 30€ - 45€ and the journey takes 4h 40m. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Bilbao-Abando to Madrid-Chamartin once daily. Tickets cost 30€ - 40€ and the journey takes 5h 8m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 170€
Flights from Santander to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
26€ - 190€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 160€
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
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
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 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
6€ - 10€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estacion/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
5€ - 7€
Website
Autobuses La Union
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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€
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blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Bilbao to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at 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 397 km. It takes approximately 3h 57m 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 and Busbud.

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There are 5774+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 75€ 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 25 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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