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Madrid to Bilbao

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1 suggested route to go from Madrid to Bilbao by flight, train, car, bus

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Trip Madrid Bilbao

Modes of transportplane, carpooling, bus, train
Distance199 mi
Direct lineYes

How to get from Madrid to Bilbao?

We are suggesting 1 routes by train, bus, carpooling, plane to plan your trip Madrid Bilbao. Routes displayed are sorted depending on a performance indicator (calculated from number of changes, expected duration, distance between an airport and the center of the city it serves...). You'll be able to:
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All modes of transport Madrid-Bilbao

For your trip from Madrid (Spain) to Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) with a distance of 199 mi you will be able to take 4 modes of transport, eventually by combining plane, carpooling, bus and/or train, and according to which the duration of the journey will be significantly different.
You are lucky, there is a direct intercity bus line Madrid-Bilbao that often turns out to be the most economical solution.
You will board a coach of ALSA in Madrid. The bus will drop you off at Bilbao (Termibus station) bus station (1.1 mi from Bilbao, Spain). Please make sure to show up on time at Madrid Sur bus station (1.9 mi from Madrid) at least 15 minutes before the time of departure for Bilbao.
The train Madrid Bilbao is a direct bound.
Trains Alvia of Renfe to Bilbao leave from Madrid-Chamartin railway station in Madrid. Arrival in Bilbao will take place at Bilbao-Abando station (2.2 mi from the city centre).
With Blablacar you will probably find drivers sharing a ride on the itinerary Madrid-Bilbao.
The direct flight Madrid > Bilbao will be the fastest way to get to your destination.
Leave Madrid and arrive early enough (at least 2 hours before the departure time) at Adolfo-Suárez de Madrid-Barajas MAD airport, 8.1 mi away, to check in your luggage for the flight to Bilbao (Bilbao airport, IATA code: BIO) operated by Iberia.

Which carriers to travel between Madrid and Bilbao?

Depending on the requested date, Blablacar can display an offer to share a ride Madrid-Bilbao (200.1 mi)
Bus companies
The bus company ALSA operates the intercity service from the bus station of Madrid Sur in Madrid and to the one of Bilbao (Termibus station) (Basque Country Spain)
FlixBus is the bus operator that allows to travel on the lines between the city of Madrid (serving Madrid Sur bus station at 1.9 mi from centre) and the city of Santander where the coach will drop you off at Santander station situated at about 0.1 mi from Santander city centre. and from the bus station of Santander in Santander and to the one of Bilbao (Termibus station) (Basque Country Spain)
Railway companies
Renfe provides a rail connection Madrid-Bilbao with the train Alvia from Madrid-Chamartin railway station (4 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Bilbao-Abando at arrival (2.2 mi from centre)
Ryanair carries out a flight from Adolfo-Suárez de Madrid-Barajas MAD airport situated 8.1 mi away from the city centre of Madrid to Santander (arrival at Seve Ballesteros-Santander SDR airport)
Iberia flies on the route from Adolfo-Suárez de Madrid-Barajas MAD airport (located 8.1 mi from Madrid, Spain) to Bilbao (serving Bilbao BIO airport)
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