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 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.

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 £14.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 4m

Barcelona to Bilbao by train

from £23.00

Avg 0 changes 6hr 34m

Irun to Bilbao by train

from £12.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 17m

Valladolid to Bilbao by train

from £9.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 46m

Logroño to Bilbao by train

from £6.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 31m

Santander to Bilbao by train

from £29.50

Avg 1 change 6hr 32m

San Sebastian to Bilbao by train

from £13.50

Avg 1 change 3hr 59m

Burgos to Bilbao by train

from £6.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 36m

Zaragoza to Bilbao by train

from £9.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 30m

Paris to Bilbao by train

from £47.50

Avg 2 changes 11hr 26m

Miranda de Ebro to Bilbao by train

from £5.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 15m

Palencia to Bilbao by train

from £15.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 37m

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