There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Bilbao 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 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao

$30 - $50

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  6 h 11 min

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

$18 - $27

7 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 14 min

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

$56 - $77

Rideshare  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Bilbao 248.2 miles

$26

Drive  •  4 h

  1. Drive from Madrid to Bilbao 248.3 miles

$45 - $70

Fly to Bilbao  •  2 h 51 min

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

$43 - $195

Fly to Santander, bus  •  4 h 20 min

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

$60 - $403

Fly to San Sebastian, bus  •  5 h 1 min

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

$83 - $294

Fly to Pamplona, bus  •  5 h 25 min

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

$100 - $480

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Bilbao is to bus which costs 15€ - 23€ and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Bilbao is to fly which takes 2 h 51 min and costs 35€ - 170€.

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The distance between Madrid and Bilbao is 323 km. The road distance is 397 km.

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The bus from Madrid to Bilbao takes 4 h 15 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 4 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Bilbao. However, there are services departing from Madrid Sol and arriving at Bilbao-Abando via Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 14 min.

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

ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Bilbao twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 4 h 15 min. Alternatively, Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Madrid to Bilbao 3 times a day. Tickets cost $55 - $75 and the journey takes 5 h 4 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Pamplona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Madrid - South Station to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from PAMPLONA/IRUÑA Vuelta - Estación to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
La Union
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26
Book at
blablacar.es

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