Shortest travel time:
4 h 32 m
Longest travel time:
4 h 43 m
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The lively capital of Spain boasts quite a few busy train hubs. Check out everything you need to know about railway stations in Madrid.
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Madrid train stations
Pta. Atocha - Almudena Grandes
Plaza Emperador Carlos V, 28045, Madrid, Spain
Agustín de Foxá, 40, Madrid, Spain
Madrid - Atocha Cercanias
28045 , Madrid, Spain
Principe Pio
Paseo del Rey, 1092, Madrid, Spain
Madrid Estacion Sur
Calle Méndez Álvaro 84, 28045, Madrid, Spain
491 km
Bilbao train station
Bilbao railway station
48003 , Bilbao , Spain

Madrid to Bilbao Train Information

Traveling through the breathtaking Spanish countryside on a high-speed train is always a memorable experience and among the best ways to admire the beauty of the incredible country. The train designers believed that the comfort of the passengers is just as important as high speed and good safety records, so the trains running on the route provide everything you might need for a stress-free ride. The check-in procedures are fast, easy and are taken care of before boarding, the only thing you need to do on your way to Bilbao is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the video screens, complimentary newspapers/magazines or the audio system.

What are the train operators between Madrid and Bilbao?

Renfe Operadora is the only company operating Madrid to Bilbao passenger trains. They use modern bullet trains, achieving the top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) as well as boasting short travel times and great onboard amenities.

How long is the train ride from Madrid to Bilbao?

A comfortable and well-equipped Madrid to Bilbao high-speed train can take you between the cities in approximately 5 hours and 10 minutes.

What train station in Madrid to go to catch a train going to Bilbao?

If you’ve decided to travel between the cities on a train, first you need to make your way to the Chamartin Station in Madrid. There you can catch a fast Renfe train to Bilbao, famous for its punctuality and top-notch service. You’ll find yourself on the Bilbao Station right in the city center in a bit over 5 hours.

Madrid to Bilbao Train Timetable

Train type
Fastest trip
Longest trip
Morning trains
4 hrs 32 min
4 hrs 32 min
Afternoon trains
4 hrs 43 min
4 hrs 43 min

Trains on Madrid - Bilbao Route

Brand name
Train type
Travel time
Price from
High-speed train
4 hrs 32 min

Madrid to Bilbao Train Review & Rating

We had no issues whatsoever, very nice transport option

Clara T. about traveling from Madrid to Bilbao