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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 $23.62
  2. 30 day advance $40.21
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    6hr 34m

Travelling from Barcelona to Bilbao by train

Fast trains from Barcelona to Bilbao take around 6 hours and 34 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 466 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Barcelona and Bilbao.

Are there direct trains from Barcelona to Bilbao?

Direct trains from Barcelona to Bilbao have been found.

We usually find around 3 direct trains on the route from Barcelona to Bilbao every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 2 departures.

How long is the train journey from Barcelona to Bilbao?

The Barcelona to Bilbao train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 34 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

What are the Barcelona to Bilbao train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Bilbao is usually scheduled to depart Barcelona around 07:30 and the last train is around 15:30. This is the same at the weekend.

What's the Barcelona to Bilbao train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Barcelona to Bilbao are $23.62.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $40 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $31. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Barcelona to Bilbao train tickets?

Trains in Spain usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Barcelona to Bilbao by train.

Which train companies operate between Barcelona and Bilbao?

Alvia is the train company that operates on the route from Barcelona to Bilbao.

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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  1. The train from Barcelona to Bilbao connects two areas of Spain that strongly assert their own cultural and linguistic identity: Catalonia and the Basque region. Direct Alvia trains run west from Barcelona on a high-speed line as far as Zaragoza, beyond which the pace becomes slower as the train heads up the Ebro Valley to Miranda de Ebro. The final section of the route is the most scenic, as the train runs through the hills to Bilbao (known as Bilbo in the Basque language). If you want a little extra comfort on the train, opt for preferente rather than turista class.

    Barcelona to Bilbao-Abando

    The direct trains from Barcelona to Bilbao leave from Sants station in the morning and the afternoon for the run to the Basque region. In Bilbao, you'll arrive at Abando station, which is a hub for local metro and suburban rail services. The high-speed Alvia trains make eight to 10 stops along the journey, including Zaragoza and Miranda de Ebro.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and 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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