Bilbao to Barcelona by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe 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 $23.81
  2. 30 day advance $54.63
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    6hr 49m
  • Distance
    466 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    6hr 53m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Bilbao to Barcelona by train

Fast trains from Bilbao to Barcelona take around 6 hours and 49 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 466 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Bilbao and Barcelona.

1. Are there direct trains from Bilbao to Barcelona?

Direct trains from Bilbao to Barcelona have been found.

We usually find around 2 direct trains on the route from Bilbao to Barcelona every weekday.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

2. How long is the train journey from Bilbao to Barcelona?

The Bilbao to Barcelona train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 49 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Bilbao to Barcelona train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Barcelona is usually scheduled to depart Bilbao around 06:30 and the last train is around 15:20. This is the same at the weekend.

What's the Bilbao to Barcelona train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Bilbao to Barcelona are $23.81.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $54 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $37. 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 Bilbao to Barcelona 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 Bilbao to Barcelona by train.

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Which train companies operate between Bilbao and Barcelona?

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

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

Barcelona to Bilbao by train

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The train from Bilbao to Barcelona connects two areas of Spain that strongly assert their own cultural and linguistic identity: the Basque region and Catalonia. Direct Alvia trains cut inland through the hills behind Bilbao, passing along the way through pretty countryside. At Miranda de Ebro the route joins the Ebro Valley, following it downstream as far as Zaragoza. Beyond Zaragoza the pace increases as the train speeds along a new high-speed line to Barcelona. If you want a little extra comfort on the train from Bilbao to Barcelona, opt for preferente rather than turista class.

Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona

The direct trains from Bilbao to Barcelona leave from Abando station in the Basque city. That's handy as Abando is the principal hub for local metro and suburban rail services. In Barcelona, these trains terminate at Sants station. The Alvia services which ply the Bilbao to Barcelona route stop eight to 10 times along the way, always including stops at Miranda de Ebro and Zaragoza.

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