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Tarragona to Bilbao by train

It takes an average of 9h 32m to travel from Tarragona to Bilbao by train, over a distance of around 260 miles (419 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from Tarragona to Bilbao and tickets for this journey start from $25.42 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 1m
PriceFrom $25.42
Distance260 miles (419 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train06:21
Last train07:00
Departure stationTarragona
Arrival stationBilbao
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, Hife

Tarragona to Bilbao train times

Check out the next trains departing from Tarragona to Bilbao for Wednesday Jun 23rd 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:21 Tarragona Estació15:22 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15022 Renfe Get tickets8h 1m, 1 change
07:49 Tarragona Estació18:12 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15030 Renfe Get tickets10h 23m, 2 changes
08:00 Tarragona Estació18:12 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15405 Renfe Get tickets10h 12m, 3 changes
06:59 Tarragona Estació15:22 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15034 Renfe Get tickets8h 23m, 1 change
07:49 Tarragona Estació18:12 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15030 Renfe Get tickets10h 23m, 2 changes
07:21 Tarragona Estació15:22 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15022 Renfe Get tickets8h 1m, 1 change
07:49 Tarragona Estació18:12 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15030 Renfe Get tickets10h 23m, 2 changes
08:00 Tarragona Estació18:12 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15405 Renfe Get tickets10h 12m, 3 changes
07:26 Tarragona Estació15:22 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 18090 Renfe Get tickets7h 56m, 1 change
07:49 Tarragona Estació18:12 Bilbao AbandoRegional Exprés 15030 Renfe Get tickets10h 23m, 2 changes

Renfe and Alvia trains from Tarragona to Bilbao

You can travel from Tarragona to Bilbao on Renfe and Alvia 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.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

Renfe's Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.

Cheap train tickets from Tarragona to Bilbao

The price of train tickets from Tarragona to Bilbao starts at $25.42 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 Tarragona to Bilbao 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 Tarragona to Bilbao

Want to know more about your journey from Tarragona to Bilbao? 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 Tarragona to Bilbao take?

The average journey time by train between Tarragona and Bilbao is 9 hours and 32 minutes, with around 3 trains 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 Tarragona and Bilbao by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Tarragona to Bilbao is 8 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from Tarragona to Bilbao cost?

Train tickets from Tarragona to Bilbao can start from as little as $25.42 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 Tarragona to Bilbao?

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

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

The first train from Tarragona to Bilbao leaves at 06:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Tarragona to Bilbao leaves at 07:00. 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 Tarragona and Bilbao by train?

Trains travelling from Tarragona to Bilbao cover a distance of around 260 miles (419 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bilbao to Tarragona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Tarragona to Bilbao for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/23/2021. 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 09/20/2021 for travel on 09/20/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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