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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 $18.74
  2. 30 day advance $31.45
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    5hr 6m
  1. Direct Alvia trains from Bilbao to Madrid normally operate twice-daily on this route. The first half of the journey is slow but scenic: once past Valladolid your train joins a new high-speed line that skirts Segovia and then tunnels under the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains to reach Madrid.

    Booking for this route normally opens 90 days in advance, which is when you'll find the cheapest tickets. Note, however, that the Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches, so if you're having trouble finding trains, contact us and we'll email you when booking opens.

    If the timings of the direct Alvia trains from Bilbao to Madrid do not suit your plans, you may find additional options requiring one change of train at either Zaragoza or Miranda de Ebro.


    Bilbao-Abando to Madrid

    The direct high-speed Alvia trains from Bilbao to Madrid leave from Abando station, one in the morning and the other late afternoon. That's handy as Abando is the principal hub for Bilbao's metro and suburban rail services. The journey takes five hours and trains stop five times along the way, including Burgos and Segovia. In Madrid, the trains terminate at Chamartin station, which is in the northern suburbs of the Spanish capital. Chamartin is well served by Madrid's efficient Cercanías (ie. local train) network.

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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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