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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  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Madrid

$30 - $50

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Bilbao to Madrid 248.1 miles

$23 - $25

5 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 19 min

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

$58 - $73

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 37 min

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

$74 - $403

Bus to Pamplona, fly  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to PAMPLONA/IRUÑA Ida - Estación
  2. Fly from Pamplona (PNA) to Madrid (MAD) PNA - MAD

$101 - $476

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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Madrid is to rideshare which costs 20€ - 22€ and takes 4 h 47 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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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 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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The distance between Bilbao and Madrid is 323 km. The road distance is 398.5 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Madrid without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 40 min and costs 26€ - 45€.

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

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Bilbao to Madrid train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Bilbao-Abando station.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Madrid is to bus which takes 4 h 40 min and costs 26€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 50€ - 65€ and takes 5 h 19 min, you could also fly, which costs 35€ - 170€ and takes 3 h 2 min.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 201.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 40 min

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 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Santander to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from Pamplona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
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)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
renfe.com
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to PAMPLONA/IRUÑA Ida - Estación
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
La Union
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $25
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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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 Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Madrid-Chamartin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Madrid is 399 km. It takes approximately 4 h 4 min 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 ALSA.

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There are 3751+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at $53 USD 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 15 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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