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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  2h 41m

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

€37 - €130

Cheapest option

Bus via Vitoria-Gasteiz  •  9h 33m

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

€26 - €38

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao

€32 - €48

Train  •  7h 17m

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

€37 - €49

Drive  •  4h 3m

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) 409.2 km

€40 - €60

Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) by walk, train and bus

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Bilbao Airport (BIO) is around 6h 47m and covers a distance of around 520 km. The fastest journey normally takes 6h 44m. Operated by Renfe Cercanias, Renfe Viajeros and BizkaiBus, the Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) service departs from Madrid Atocha Station and arrives in Aireportua/Aeropuerto. Typically 12 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
6h 47m
Fastest journey time:
6h 44m
Journey distance:
520 km
Services per week:
12
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
28 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:38
Last service departs at:
15:41

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) walk, train and bus schedules

Madrid Atocha Station → Bilbao Airport (BIO)
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) is to bus via Vitoria-Gasteiz which costs €25 - €40 and takes 9h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) is to fly which costs €35 - €130 and takes 2h 41m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO). However, there are services departing from Reina Sofía and arriving at Aireportua/Aeropuerto via Madrid and San José Plaza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 39m.

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Bilbao Airport (BIO) is 329 km. The road distance is 409.2 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) without a car is to bus which takes 6h 39m and costs €30 - €50.

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It takes approximately 2h 41m to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO), including transfers.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) is to fly which takes 2h 41m and costs €35 - €130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €50 and takes 6h 39m, you could also train, which costs €35 - €50 and takes 7h 17m.

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

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Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO).
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  • Distance: 328.7 km
  • Duration: 2h 41m

What companies run services between Madrid Atocha Station, Spain and Bilbao Airport (BIO), Spain?

Air Europa and Iberia fly from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) 5 times a day. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Bilbao twice daily. Tickets cost €30 - €45 and the journey takes 4h 15m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €150
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 Madrid-Chamartin to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
5h 4m
Frequency
Twice 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 Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
alsa.com
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 Madrid to Vitoria-Gasteiz
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€19 - €24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€6 - €8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Vitoria/Gasteiz-Estacion/Geltoki to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
Autobuses La Union

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO) is 409 km. It takes approximately 4h 3m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Bilbao Airport (BIO).

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

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