Train Bilbao - Barcelona prices from $21.96

04/17/2024
+ Add return
Stay with Booking.com
Start From
$21.96

Bilbao to Barcelona by train

The journey from Bilbao to Barcelona by train is 290.46 mi and takes 7 hr 38 min. There are 2 connections per day, with the first departure at 10:30 AM and the last at 3:20 PM. It is possible to travel from Bilbao to Barcelona by train for as little as $21.96 or as much as $123.47. The best price for this journey is $21.96.

Lowest Price$21.96
Journey Duration7 hr 38 min
Connection per Day2
Lowest Price$21.96
Highest Price$123.47
First Departure10:30 AM
Last Departure3:20 PM
Distance290.46 mi
DepartureBilbao
ArrivalBarcelona
CarriersAlvia, RenfeMore

Bilbao to Barcelona Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024

Get from Bilbao to Barcelona with Virail

Planning to travel from Bilbao to Barcelona? Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start - but that's where Virail comes in. Our powerful search engine will explore all the options available for your trip, combing through more than 2000 transport companies all over the globe. All you have to do is enter your travel dates. In an instant, we'll show you a thorough list of possible routes, with all the information you need to make your decision. Choose from buses, trains, and more, connecting or direct, one-way or round trip - whatever you prefer. When you see your results, select your chosen option and Virail will redirect you to the provider's website, where you can complete your booking. Let us do the legwork for you, and you can just sit back and enjoy your trip.

How can I get the cheapest train tickets to travel from Bilbao to Barcelona?

On average, a train ticket from Bilbao to Barcelona will cost you $74.19. However, there may be cheaper alternatives available. Virail will show you the lowest prices available for your chosen travel dates, which could be as little as $21.96. If you are trying to stick to a budget, there are several ways you can seek out lower ticket prices. For example, if your travel dates are flexible, you might find that some days of the week are cheaper than others. Traveling during peak season will usually cost more, so avoid that if you want to save money. Even the time of day can affect the price of tickets sometimes. You can also look for an indirect route, which may be cheaper than a direct connection. Often, the cheapest train tickets can be found by booking well in advance. However, be mindful that many companies do not offer refunds or exchanges on their cheapest tickets.
Unfortunately, no price was found for your trip from Bilbao to Barcelona. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find price results.
When you're traveling from Bilbao to Barcelona, you can expect to pay an average of approximately $74.19. 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 train tickets, make your reservation well in advance. If you can, travel at an off-peak time, as train 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 train 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.

How much time will it take to go from Bilbao to Barcelona by train?

The distance between Bilbao and Barcelona is approximately 290.46 mi. In general, it will take you about 7 hr 38 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. Keep this in mind if you are intending to make a later connection, and always plan accordingly. In order to get from Bilbao to Barcelona faster, consider looking for an express service that makes fewer stops along the way. Conversely, a connecting route may, in some circumstances, be faster than a direct journey. The fastest routes between Bilbao and Barcelona will complete the journey in 7 hr 0 min. On average, it will take you about 7 hr 38 min to travel the 290.46 mi between Bilbao and Barcelona.

What time are the first and last departures from Bilbao to Barcelona?

If you want to set off early, take the first departure of the day from Bilbao to Barcelona, which usually leaves at 10:30 AM. The last scheduled departure of the day is normally at 3:20 PM. These timetables may vary depending on the day of the week, or at different times of year. The first journey of the night departs from Bilbao at 10:30 AM. If you prefer to travel later in that night, the last departure will leave at 3:20 PM. Remember, these are the general times of journeys between Bilbao and Barcelona. However, they are somewhat changeable as they may be affected by local events or holidays, peak seasons, or other factors. Always check your travel dates in advance to be on the safe side.

Which stations can I use to travel from Bilbao to Barcelona?

There are different options to choose from when traveling between Bilbao and Barcelona. You can start your journey in Bilbao at stations such as Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses,Bilbao Abando,Bilbao - Kastrexana. These connect to stations including Barcelona Paseo de Gracia,BARCELONA SANTS,Barcelona-Sant Andreu Comtal,Barcelona Franca,Barcelona El Prat Airport T2,Barcelona-Clot-Arago,Barcelona Placa de Catalunya,Barcelona Nord in Barcelona. There may not be a direct connection between all the stations in the two locations. Some providers will only serve a selection of the stations, and you may have to travel from one station to another in the same city after arrival to reach your ultimate destination. Virail will show you both all direct routes and any connecting services which you can take to get from Bilbao to Barcelona.

How many journeys from Bilbao to Barcelona are there every day?

If you want to get from Bilbao to Barcelona, you can travel with providers such as . You will find a maximum number of departures per day. On average, there are 2 departures per day. Book in advance to make sure that your journey will run smoothly and you depart at a time that suits you best. When you travel, you can look for direct journeys or other routes which offer connections and changes. On average, there are 2 direct journeys between Bilbao and Barcelona. If you don't mind changing along the way, you may find more options available to you. There are usually 0 journeys with at least one change. These numbers may vary depending on the time of year or day of the week. Some travelers prefer direct routes, particularly if they are carrying heavy suitcases or concerned about missing a connection. Others enjoy the flexibility offered by connecting journeys. Whatever you prefer, Virail can help you find the right options to suit you. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Bilbao to Barcelona. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

Show full descriptionHide full description

Compare prices and tickets from Bilbao to Barcelona

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

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Bilbao to Barcelona, 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 Bilbao to Barcelona.

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.

Show tickets by
Best time to book Bilbao to Barcelona travel

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

Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $42.80 to $112.61 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 62% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Bilbao to Barcelona

The cheapest Bilbao - Barcelona train tickets can be found for as low as $38.01 if you’re lucky, or $57.61 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $69.43.

Find the best day to travel to Barcelona by train

When travelling to Barcelona by train, 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.

AVE stands for "Alta Velocidad Española", which means "Spanish High Speed". AVE is a high-speed train service operated by the Spanish national railway company Renfe. With the AVE trains you can travel to many major cities in Spain, including routes to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, and Zaragoza.

Avlo trains were introduced in 2020 as a high-speed train service operated by Renfe, Spain's national railway company, as a more affordable alternative to the high-speed train service AVE. Avlo trains, unlike the AVE, offer a single class of seating and have fewer onboard services to offer more passenger capacity. The main stations are Barcelona Sants, Madrid Atocha, and Zaragoza-Delicias.

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.

Alvia, operated by Renfe, is a high-speed train service in Spain. With speeds of up to 250 km/h, Alvia trains, slightly slower than the 300 km/h maximum AVE trains reach, offer comfort and amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and power outlets. They seamlessly connect regional stations to major cities, ensuring efficient travel. The three train models available are Class 120, Class 130, and Class 730.

Ticket types and facilities from Bilbao to Barcelona

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by AVE and AVLO when traveling from Bilbao to Barcelona.

Básico

The Basico are the most affordable tickets, but they come with certain restrictions, such as no changes or refunds. They also typically have limited availability and must be purchased well in advance.
wifi WiFi
quiet_zone Quiet zone
power_sockets Power sockets
luggage Luggage
accessibility Accessibility
air_con Air conditioning
bicycle Bicycle

Elige Estándar

The Elige tickets provide enhanced flexibility for exchanging or canceling your reservation. Elige Estándar," provides travelers with the standard, regular seating arrangement known as the "Estándar seat." Additionally, you can choose your preferred seat by paying an extra fee, and upgrading to Premium is also possible.
wifi WiFi
quiet_zone Quiet zone
power_sockets Power sockets
luggage Luggage
accessibility Accessibility
food_and_drink Food and drink
air_con Air conditioning
bicycle Bicycle

Elige Confort

If you go for "Elige Confort," you get the bigger and likely more comfortable XL Confort seat. The Elige tickets provide enhanced flexibility for exchanging or canceling your reservation. Additionally, you can choose your preferred seat by paying an extra fee, and upgrading to Premium is also possible.
wifi WiFi
quiet_zone Quiet zone
power_sockets Power sockets
luggage Luggage
accessibility Accessibility
food_and_drink Food and drink
air_con Air conditioning
bicycle Bicycle

Prémium

Renfe AVE's Premium tickets are the priciest but also the most flexible, limited to Confort class only. They allow free train changes and provide the benefit of boarding the next train for free in case you miss your scheduled one.
wifi WiFi
quiet_zone Quiet zone
power_sockets Power sockets
luggage Luggage
accessibility Accessibility
food_and_drink Food and drink
air_con Air conditioning
bicycle Bicycle

Economy Class

You can travel with the standard "economy class" ticket on Avlo trains, which refers to the standard, basic level of seating available on the train. With this ticket you have access to basic amenities such as overhead luggage racks, reading lights, restrooms.
wifi WiFi
power_sockets Power sockets
luggage Luggage
accessibility Accessibility
air_con Air conditioning
bicycle Bicycle

Facility Description

Find out more about the different facilities available onboard with each carrier on this route.

air_con Air conditioning open icon close icon
Travel in comfort as all AVE trains are air-conditioned.
wifi WiFi open icon close icon
Stay connected at high speeds with PlayRenfe, AVE's complimentary WiFi service, ensuring you remain online even at 300 km/h.
quiet_zone Quiet zone open icon close icon
The Silent Carriage is available exclusively for standard seats on AVE trains, excluding the AVE International route between Spain and France, as well as Euromed trains. Due to its popularity, early ticket purchase is advised.
power_sockets Power sockets open icon close icon
Every AVE seat is fitted with power sockets and at-seat radios for your convenience.
accessibility Accessibility open icon close icon
AVE provides a complimentary care and assistance service for individuals with limited mobility. To utilize this service, please reach out to AVE directly.
luggage Luggage open icon close icon
On AVE trains, you're welcome to bring along 3 bags, each not surpassing 85 x 55 x 35 cm and 25 kg (55 lbs) in weight. Moreover, instruments are considered hand luggage if they're within 30 x 120 x 38 cm and safely tucked in a case.
food_and_drink Food and drink open icon close icon
Visit the onboard AVE bar carriage for a treat or wait for the food trolley that travels through the train. Prémium Ticket holders can enjoy in-seat dining featuring Chef Ramón Freixa's expertise. Please ensure you request special menus, from vegetarian to Halal, at least 12 hours before departure to enjoy a tailored meal experience.
bicycle Bicycle open icon close icon
You can bring along your bike or scooter, just make sure it's folded and snug in a case. Don't forget to remove the pedals and give those handlebars a 90-degree turn. If your case's total dimensions are under 180cm, it counts as hand luggage. Anything larger falls into the special luggage category but keep it within 120 x 90 x 40 cm.
wifi WiFi open icon close icon
Stay connected on Avlo with free WiFi via PlayRenfe. Enjoy movies, TV shows, and various reads at your fingertips.
power_sockets Power sockets open icon close icon
Every seat on Avlo is equipped with a power outlet for your convenience.
luggage Luggage open icon close icon
You can bring a piece of hand luggage with no weight limit, such as a bag, backpack, or similar item, with dimensions up to 27x36x25 cm, and a piece of checked luggage with no weight limit, such as a suitcase, with dimensions up to 55x35x25 cm, without paying an additional fee on top of the ticket price you pay under the Basic fare.
accessibility Accessibility open icon close icon
Avlo provides assistance for passengers with reduced mobility. Reach out to Avlo for more details.
food_and_drink Food and drink open icon close icon
While Avlo doesn't offer a dining service, you can find vending machines stocked with a range of drinks and snacks. Keep in mind, these machines only accept card payments.
air_con Air conditioning open icon close icon
Travel comfortably as Avlo trains are air-conditioned.
bicycle Bicycle open icon close icon
You may bring folding bicycles and scooters on board, as long as they adhere to the maximum dimensions for luggage: 55x35x25 cm (as a carry-on bag with no weight limit, included in the price of the Basic Fare), or 85x60x35 cm, or a maximum of 180 cm overall (as additional luggage for an extra fee). To comply with regulations, all bicycles and scooters must be folded and stored in their respective carrying cases.
Services on board AVE, Alsa and AVLO from Bilbao to Barcelona
Compare services on board when travelling from Bilbao to Barcelona by train.
Facilities AVE Alsa AVLO Iryo
quiet_zone Quiet zone check cross check cross
wifi WiFi check check check check
power_sockets Power sockets check cross check check
luggage Luggage check check check check
accessibility Accessibility check cross check cross
food_and_drink Food and drink check cross check cross
air_con Air conditioning check cross check cross
bicycle Bicycle check check check cross

Bilbao to Barcelona CO2 Emissions by Train

Ecology
Train
32.72kg
Bus
35.06kg
Flight
93.49kg
Car
74.79kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Bilbao to Barcelona by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Bilbao and Barcelona are 32.72kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Bilbao and Barcelona? By taking the train between Bilbao and Barcelona you will save 60.77kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 2.34kg compared to a bus and 42.07kg compared to a car.

Anything we can improve?

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Bilbao to Barcelona?
A train ticket from Bilbao to Barcelona is $74.19. 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 $21.96.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Bilbao to Barcelona?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Bilbao to Barcelona is $21.96. 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 Bilbao and Barcelona by train?
Bilbao to Barcelona is 290.46 mi.
How long does the train between Bilbao and Barcelona take?
Bilbao to Barcelona is on average 7 hr 38 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 7 hr 0 min.
Which companies operate from Bilbao to Barcelona?
The train journey from Bilbao to Barcelona is covered by 5 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Alvia, Renfe, AVE, Alsa, AVLO and Iryo.
How many train connections per day go from Bilbao to Barcelona?
Bilbao to Barcelona has 2 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Bilbao to Barcelona leave?
The earliest train from Bilbao to Barcelona departs at 10:30 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 train from Bilbao to Barcelona depart?
The latest train from Bilbao to Barcelona departs at 3:20 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 Bilbao to Barcelona in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $21.96 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 Bilbao to Barcelona?
There are on average 2 direct connection(s) from Bilbao to go to Barcelona.
What's the fastest journey time between Bilbao to Barcelona by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Bilbao and Barcelona is 7 hr 0 min.
Is there a direct train from Bilbao to Barcelona?
Yes, there is a direct train between Bilbao and Barcelona.
What are the CO2 emissions for Bilbao to Barcelona by train?
The train journey from Bilbao to Barcelona creates 32.72kg of CO2 emissions.

Go local from Bilbao

Trending routes

Weekend getaways from Bilbao

International routes from Bilbao and nearby areas

Other destinations from Bilbao

Main routes to Barcelona

Related routes

Other popular routes