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Madrid to Bilbao by bus

The journey from Madrid to Bilbao by bus is 200.9 mi and takes 5 hr 5 min. There are 56 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:30 AM and the last at 11:45 PM. It is possible to travel from Madrid to Bilbao by bus for as little as $30.48 or as much as $89.27. The best price for this journey is $30.48.

Lowest Price$30.48
Journey Duration5 hr 5 min
Connection per Day56
Lowest Price$30.48
Highest Price$89.27
First Departure12:30 AM
Last Departure11:45 PM
Distance200.9 mi
DepartureMadrid
ArrivalBilbao
CarriersRenfe, Alsa

Madrid to Bilbao Bus Times

Departure date
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024

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How much will I pay for bus tickets from Madrid to Bilbao?

When you're traveling from Madrid to Bilbao, you can expect to pay an average of approximately $48.82. You might be able to find prices as low as $30.48, but it all depends on how you travel. Some forms of transport are cheaper than others, and prices will vary according to time of day, day of the week, season, and other factors. For the cheapest bus tickets, make your reservation well in advance. If you can, travel at an off-peak time, as bus ticket prices will often be reduced. You might also be able to save money by booking a connecting journey, rather than a direct route. Be sure to check the conditions of the ticket before booking, as sometimes cheaper bus tickets cannot be changed or refunded. Use Virail to check your options before booking, to ensure that you find the lowest price for your journey.
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The prices for bus tickets from Madrid to Bilbao vary depending on a range of factors including how far in advance you're booking, your travel dates, and the type of transport you want to use. On certain routes, there may be different classes available, which will also affect the price. The average bus ticket price is approximately $48.82. For the lowest prices, it is usually best to book as far in advance as possible and look out for low-cost options, such as non-refundable tickets or traveling outside of peak hours. Be aware that some providers do not offer refunds or changes on their lower priced tickets, so it is advised to check before completing your transaction.

How long does it take to get from Madrid to Bilbao by bus?

The distance between Madrid to Bilbao is approximately 200.9 mi. In general, it will take you about 5 hr 5 min to complete the journey between the two cities. However, it is important to remember that journey times may vary according to a number of factors, including seasonal weather conditions, local events or diversions, and the type of terrain that must be crossed. Keep this in mind if you are intending to make a later connection, and always plan accordingly. The journey between Madrid and Bilbao by bus usually takes 5 hr 5 min to cover a distance of 200.9 mi. The shortest journey from Madrid to Bilbao will take you 3 hr 55 min. Remember, as always, that this time does not include any delays that might occur due to weather conditions, construction, or unexpected diversions and disruptions. If arriving in Bilbao quickly is a priority for you, look for express or non-stop services. You may also find that a connecting route reaches your destination faster than some direct journeys. Virail will allow you to explore all your options and come to a decision that suits your needs.

How many times a day do journeys run from Madrid to Bilbao?

The route from Madrid to Bilbao is served by providers including . From this list of transport providers, there are up to departures each day. However, this exact number will vary. On average, journeys depart from Madrid 56 times per day. This number includes all the transport providers that serve the route. When traveling from Madrid to Bilbao, you may choose to use an indirect route, involving connections. If you prefer not to do this, you will find an average of 51 direct journeys each day. However, indirect routes open up more possibilities for flexible travelers. On average, there are 5 journeys with one change or more each day. These numbers are all averages. They can slightly vary depending on the day of the week, the season of the year, local festivals, and other factors. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Madrid to Bilbao. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap bus tickets from Madrid to Bilbao
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Madrid to Bilbao.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Madrid to Bilbao, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Madrid to Bilbao.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Virail Pro Tip ✌: Booking 10 days in advance save 10% on average

Price as departure date approaches

Bus companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $16.29 to $39.31 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 59% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap bus tickets from Madrid to Bilbao

The cheapest Madrid - Bilbao bus tickets can be found for as low as $31.96 if you’re lucky, or $36.57 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $39.47.

Find the best day to travel to Bilbao by bus

When travelling to Bilbao by bus, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

Alsa, founded in 1923, is a prominent Spanish bus company that operates national and international routes. The company has grown to become one of the largest bus companies in Europe. Alsa provides a comprehensive range of services, including regular and express routes, luxury buses, and sleeper buses. Alsa, dedicated to sustainability, reduces its carbon footprint by using alternative fuels and energy-efficient technologies.

Services on board Alsa and FlixBus from Madrid to Bilbao
Compare services on board when travelling from Madrid to Bilbao by bus.
Facilities Alsa FlixBus
wifi WiFi check check
luggage Luggage check check
bicycle Bicycle check cross
power_sockets Power sockets cross check
food_and_drink Food and drink cross check
air_con Air conditioning cross check

Madrid to Bilbao CO2 Emissions by Bus

Ecology
Train
22.63kg
Bus
24.25kg
Flight
64.67kg
Car
51.73kg

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bus ticket from Madrid to Bilbao?
A bus ticket from Madrid to Bilbao is $48.82. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $30.48.
What's the cheapest bus ticket from Madrid to Bilbao?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Madrid to Bilbao is $30.48. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Madrid and Bilbao by bus?
Madrid to Bilbao is 200.9 mi.
How long does the bus between Madrid and Bilbao take?
Madrid to Bilbao is on average 5 hr 5 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 3 hr 55 min.
Which companies operate from Madrid to Bilbao?
The bus journey from Madrid to Bilbao is covered by 2 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Renfe, Alsa and FlixBus.
How many bus connections per day go from Madrid to Bilbao?
Madrid to Bilbao has 56 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first bus from Madrid to Bilbao leave?
The earliest bus from Madrid to Bilbao departs at 12:30 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last bus from Madrid to Bilbao depart?
The latest bus from Madrid to Bilbao departs at 11:45 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Madrid to Bilbao in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest bus ticket we have found is $30.48 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Madrid to Bilbao?
There are on average 51 direct connection(s) from Madrid to go to Bilbao.
What's the fastest journey time between Madrid to Bilbao by bus?
The fastest journey time by bus between Madrid and Bilbao is 3 hr 55 min.
Is there a direct bus from Madrid to Bilbao?
Yes, there is a direct bus between Madrid and Bilbao.
What are the CO2 emissions for Madrid to Bilbao by bus?
The bus journey from Madrid to Bilbao creates 24.25kg of CO2 emissions.

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