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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £18.50
  2. 30 day advance £25.00
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    6hr 49m
  1. The train from Bilbao to Barcelona connects two areas of Spain that strongly assert their own cultural and linguistic identity: the Basque region and Catalonia. Direct Alvia trains serve the route twice daily, taking 6 hrs 40 mins. These trains cut inland through the hills behind Bilbao, passing along the way through pretty countryside. At Miranda de Ebro the route joins the Ebro Valley, following it downstream as far as Zaragoza. Beyond Zaragoza the pace increases as the train speeds along a new high-speed line to Barcelona. If you want a little extra comfort on the train from Bilbao to Barcelona, opt for preferente rather than turista class.

    Booking for this route usually opens 120 days in advance and it pays to book early if you are looking to get the cheapest tickets. The Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches; if you're having trouble finding trains, contact us and we'll email you as soon as booking opens.


    Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona

    The direct trains from Bilbao to Barcelona leave from Abando station in the Basque city. That's handy as Abando is the principal hub for local metro and suburban rail services. In Barcelona, these trains terminate at Sants station. The Alvia services which ply the Bilbao to Barcelona route stop eight to 10 times along the way, always including stops at Miranda de Ebro and Zaragoza. The two daily trains leave Bilbao in the early morning and in the afternoon, each taking about 6 hrs 40 mins for the journey.

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The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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