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Bus Madrid to Bilbao: Trip Overview

Bus Madrid to Bilbao: Trip Overview

Average ticket price$46
Average bus trip duration4h 45m
Number of daily buses25
Earliest bus departure2:00 AM
Distance194 miles (312 km)
Latest bus departure10:15 PM
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Price is for a one-way ticket for one passenger and based on past searches.

Best price found
The cheapest trip from Madrid to Bilbao was searched and found on Nov 30, 2023 with a price of $40

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.


See what travelers are saying about the trip from Madrid to Bilbao

4.4 out of 5 stars

User reviews from travelers who booked a bus ticket from Madrid to Bilbao

Ratings and Reviews (261)

The bus was clean and comfortable and arrived pretty much on time.

Tony M.

September 19, 2023
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...

James M.

July 17, 2022
Efficient ,comfortable and exactly on time !

Mary F.

May 15, 2022
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.

Kerry C.

February 6, 2020
What a good safe driver.

Maggie T.

December 5, 2019

Madrid to Bilbao Buses

Information on this bus route

Daily Buses25
Earliest and Latest Bus Departures2:00AM - 10:15PM
Minimum Price$41
Average Ticket Price$46
Minimum Trip Duration3h55m
Average Bus Trip Duration4h45m
Distance194 miles (312 km)
Bus Companies on This RouteALSA
Frequently Asked Questions

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.

About Bus Travel

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.

Did you know?

The word 'bus' is an abbreviation of 'omnibus" which means 'for all' in Latin as buses were meant to be transportation for everybody.

It takes 27 hours to go by bus from Lima to Cusco, one of the craziest bus trips on the world. This route is used daily by locals and backpackers.

The bus driver with the longest career in the world drove more than 2,000,000 miles and is a happy World Record holder.

Will you be returning to Madrid by bus?

Bus from Bilbao to Madrid

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Train from Madrid to Bilbao

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