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Bus Madrid to Bilbao: Trip Overview
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Price is for a one-way ticket for one passenger and based on past searches.
To save money and be sure you have the best seat, it's a good idea to buy your bus tickets from Madrid to Bilbao, as early as possible.
You can expect to pay from $40 to $83 for a bus ticket from Madrid to Bilbao based on the last 2 days. You can expect to find the cheapest price for the trip at $40 which is on 2023-11-30.
Usually ALSA Supra will charge you higher prices for tickets closer to the departure date. To find the best prices, you should be flexible on your date of travel.
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User reviews from travelers who booked a bus ticket from Madrid to Bilbao
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Tony M.September 19, 2023
James M.July 17, 2022
Mary F.May 15, 2022
Kerry C.February 6, 2020
Maggie T.December 5, 2019
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According to customer reviews, the bus service is efficient, comfortable, and always on time. However, there have been complaints about some drivers not knowing the way and missing stops in Burgos and Bilbao. It would also be helpful if passengers were informed in advance whether or not buses have bathrooms.
ALSA Madrid Bilbao recent customer reviews
Bus driver did not know the way! at intermediate stop in Burgos and final at Bilbao he passed the station, had passengers yelling instructions to him! Would also be nice to let passengers know in advance, like during booking if busses have bathrooms. This one did not. Difficult for old bladders...
Very organized. On time. Safe driving. The break in the middle was fantastic to get something eat and drink. Although this wouldn't have been necessary if there had been drinking water in the bus, and we were allowed to eat snacks. The conductor was a little grumpy, and refused to let us eat on the bus or even put our handbags on the floor. Otherwise good trip. We all arrived safe and sound.
Great way to travel inter- city. Comfy bus, reclining seats & entertainment screen. Didn’t notice the time pass.
Madrid to Bilbao Buses
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|Earliest and Latest Bus Departures||2:00AM - 10:15PM|
|Average Ticket Price||$46|
|Minimum Trip Duration||3h55m|
|Average Bus Trip Duration||4h45m|
|Distance||194 miles (312 km)|
|Bus Companies on This Route||ALSA|
Frequently asked questions for your trip Madrid - Bilbao
You can travel between these two cities by bus or train. The two options are easy and eco-friendly ways to reach Bilbao. Another option is using carpool services and riding with fellow travelers.
The average travel time from Madrid to Bilbao is about 4h 45m, but the fastest bus can get you there in about 3h 55m. This is the time it takes to travel the 201 miles (324 km) that separate the two cities.
The distance between the two cities is 201 miles (324 km).
On average, there are 25 daily departures on this route, offered by ALSA. Depending on the day of the week, the number of buses available from Madrid to Bilbao may vary. Busbud can make your trip from Madrid to Bilbao a breeze! Simply check the schedules and pick the bus that matches your needs and budget. It's that easy!
The first bus leaves at 2:00 AM and the last one leaves at 10:15 PM.
The majority of buses traveling from Madrid to Bilbao start their journey at Madrid Airport and wind up at Estación Autobuses. These are the primary departure and arrival locations on this route, but you could find others that could be a better fit for your travel plans.
The average bus ticket price from Madrid to Bilbao is $46. In the past 30 days, prices have fluctuated between $44 and $90, so it's best to compare them to make sure you get the best deal.
Once in Bilbao, you can start exploring the city and discover its surroundings. The top sights and things to do are Climbing Pagasarri and Ganekogorta, The Bizkaia Bridge, Bilbao Maritime Museum, The Guggenheim Museum and Plaza Nueva - Plaza Barria.
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Bus Travel Tips
If you're abroad, study some local language. Not only could it get you out of a pickle during your bus trip from Madrid to Bilbao but it'll also be endearing to native speakers who will surely appreciate your effort.
Start sightseeing the minute your bus leaves the station. If you're on the night bus from Madrid to Bilbao, get comfy and count the stars.
Buses have one of the smallest carbon footprints of motorized transport modes. A bus going from Madrid to Bilbao will emit less CO2 than a car or an airplane.
Create your own real life musical score by curating a personalized bus travel playlist - the perfect accompaniment to your bus ride from Madrid to Bilbao.
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