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How to travel from Bilbao to Almería by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Bilbao to Almería? Look no further.

You'll usually find 1 train per day running between Bilbao and Almería, which usually take 20 hours 52 minutes to complete the 711 km journey. It can take as little as 20 hours 52 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Almería from Bilbao, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be traveling with AVE, Avlo or Renfe, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Bilbao to Almería if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $34.09. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Bilbao to Almería by train

It takes an average of 20h 52m to travel from Bilbao to Almería by train, over a distance of around 442 miles (711 km). There are normally 1 train per day traveling from Bilbao to Almería and tickets for this journey start from $34.09 when you book in advance.

First train

17:35

Last train

17:35

Departure station

Bilbao

Arrival station

Almería

Journey time

20h 52m

Distance

711 miles (442 km)

Frequency

1 train per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $34.09

Train and bus operators

BAM, Renfe, ALSA, OUIGO, iryo

Bilbao to Almería train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bilbao to Almería for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
16:35 13:27 20h 52m, 1 change

AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe trains from Bilbao to Almería

You can travel from Bilbao to Almería on AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

Operating since the end of 2022, iryo is a new high-speed train company in Spain. It’s a consortium between the Spanish airline Air Norstrum and the train company Trenitalia, one of the greatest leaders in European rail transport. The first private Spanish high-speed company to operate, iryo runs high-speed services on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona route and connects Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia/Alicante and Madrid – Cordoba – Seville/Malaga. They are doing this all with a fleet of ETR1000 model trains that offer the highest level of comfort in Spain, with a combination of advanced propulsion and highest quality onboard services, including WiFi connection and catering service. 98% of the parts of the trains are 100% recyclable, making this trip sustainable as well!

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

Cheap train tickets from Bilbao to Almería

The price of train tickets from Bilbao to Almería starts at $34.09 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Bilbao to Almería by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Bilbao to Almería

Want to know more about your journey from Bilbao to Almería? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Bilbao to Almería take?

The average journey time by train between Bilbao and Almería is 20 hours and 52 minutes, with around 1 train per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Bilbao and Almería by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bilbao to Almería is 20 hours and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Bilbao to Almería cost?

Train tickets from Bilbao to Almería can start from as little as $34.09 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Bilbao to Almería?

No, there are no direct train services from Bilbao to Almería. Travelling from Bilbao to Almería by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Bilbao to Almería leave?

The first train from Bilbao to Almería leaves at 17:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bilbao to Almería leave?

The last train from Bilbao to Almería leaves at 17:35. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Bilbao and Almería by train?

Trains travelling from Bilbao to Almería cover a distance of around 442 miles (711 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Almería to Bilbao.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bilbao to Almería for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 03/13/2023 for travel on 03/13/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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