Trains to Bilbao Find train times and tickets

Catch the train to Bilbao, the largest city of the Basque province, to discover the other side of Spain. The Basque region is a world apart from the sunny south, and Bilbao makes the perfect base for exploring this part of Spain. The stunning Guggenheim Museum pulls the crowds, but make time too for the Old Town (Casco Viejo). It's over 20 years since the Guggenheim opened (in 1997), but that one museum continues to have a huge impact on the city's creative industries. Bilbao is the major cultural centre in the Basque region. But the town also packs a culinary punch, and foodies rate Bilbao as one of Europe's top destinations.

It is now possible to reach Bilbao by train in a long day’s travel from London. The city has a good range of direct trains from elsewhere in Spain. Twice-daily Alvia services from Barcelona take just over six hours. Madrid is just under five hours away. There is a daily direct train from Bilbao to Vigo on the coast of Galicia. Closer to hand, Bilbao is at the hub of a comprehensive local rail network, with FEVE trains running west to Santander and Euskotren trains and trams heading east to San Sebastián, Irun and across the French border to Hendaye. Journeys on these local services cannot be pre-booked; just buy your ticket at the start of the journey.

The principal railway station is Bilbao-Abando, locally often referred to Estación del Norte. This is the departure point for all long-distance Renfe trains. Bilbao-Abando is adjacent to Concordia station, which is served by local trains.

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Madrid to Bilbao by train

from $19.02

Avg 0 changes 5hr 4m

Barcelona to Bilbao by train

from $24.92

Avg 0 changes 6hr 34m

Miranda de Ebro to Bilbao by train

from $6.56

Avg 0 changes 1hr 28m

Palencia to Bilbao by train

from $19.67

Avg 0 changes 3hr 37m

Zaragoza to Bilbao by train

from $13.12

Avg 0 changes 4hr 30m

San Sebastián to Bilbao by train

from $17.05

Avg 1 change 3hr 59m

Irun to Bilbao by train

from $39.35

Avg 1 change 4hr 17m

Valladolid to Bilbao by train

from $11.80

Avg 0 changes 3hr 46m

Logroño to Bilbao by train

from $8.52

Avg 0 changes 2hr 31m

Burgos to Bilbao by train

from $8.52

Avg 0 changes 2hr 36m

Paris to Bilbao by train

from $80.66

Avg 1 change 11hr 26m

Santander to Bilbao by train

from $27.54

Avg 1 change 6hr 32m

León to Bilbao by train

from $25.57

Avg 0 changes 4hr 48m

Tudela de Navarra to Bilbao by train

from $14.43

Avg 0 changes 3hr 48m

Seville to Bilbao by train

from $64.92

Avg 1 change 8hr 58m

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Valencia to Bilbao by train

from $38.69

Avg 1 change 8hr 36m

Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao by train

from $72.13

Avg 0 changes 10hr 26m

Tarragona to Bilbao by train

from $21.64

Avg 0 changes 5hr 56m

Narbonne to Bilbao by train

from $102.30

Avg 1 change 10hr 41m

Ourense to Bilbao by train

from $41.97

Avg 0 changes 9hr 22m

Bordeaux to Bilbao by train

from $125.90

Avg 2 changes 9hr 41m

A Coruña to Bilbao by train

from $51.15

Avg 0 changes 11hr 2m

Málaga to Bilbao by train

from $64.92

Avg 1 change 9hr 11m

Montpellier to Bilbao by train

from $68.85

Avg 1 change 10hr 34m

Hendaye to Bilbao by train

from $16.39

Avg 1 change 16hr 24m

Marseille to Bilbao by train

from $62.30

Avg 2 changes 12hr 59m

Alicante to Bilbao by train

from $56.39

Avg 1 change 9hr 29m

Lyon to Bilbao by train

from $68.85

Avg 1 change 14hr 10m

Pamplona to Bilbao by train

from $17.71

Avg 1 change 3hr 50m

Castejon de Ebro to Bilbao by train

from $20.98

Avg 0 changes 3hr 24m

Toulouse to Bilbao by train

from $101.64

Avg 2 changes 12hr 20m

Oviedo-Llamaquique to Bilbao by train

from $44.59

Avg 1 change 16hr 7m

Nîmes to Bilbao by train

from $104.27

Avg 1 change 11hr 8m

Ponferrada to Bilbao by train

from $42.62

Avg 0 changes 6hr 48m

Vitoria/Gasteiz to Bilbao by train

from $11.80

Avg 1 change 2hr 23m

Granada to Bilbao by train

from $67.54

Avg 2 changes 13hr 47m

Brussels to Bilbao by train

from $141.64

Avg 2 changes 23hr 3m

Córdoba to Bilbao by train

from $60.99

Avg 1 change 8hr 20m

Jerez de la Frontera to Bilbao by train

from $81.31

Avg 1 change 9hr 50m

Almería to Bilbao by train

from $47.87

Avg 1 change 12hr 52m

Lleida Pirineus to Bilbao by train

from $19.02

Avg 0 changes 5hr 20m

Segovia to Bilbao by train

from $16.39

Avg 0 changes 4hr 34m

Algeciras to Bilbao by train

from $120.00

Avg 1 change 12hr 33m

Valence to Bilbao by train

from $140.33

Avg 1 change 12hr 53m

Cádiz to Bilbao by train

from $74.10

Avg 1 change 10hr 26m

Castellón de la Plana to Bilbao by train

from $40.00

Avg 1 change 9hr 52m

Murcia to Bilbao by train

from $36.72

Avg 1 change 10hr 56m

Antequera to Bilbao by train

from $53.77

Avg 1 change 10hr 29m

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