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Taking the train from Bilbao to Barcelona

As soon as you step off your train from Bilbao to Barcelona into the large and bustling Barcelona-Sants Station, you'll get a taste of the vibrancy that is Barcelona. With the city's excellent local transport network of both local and metro trains as well as buses, you'll soon be sampling its tourist delights. Put a stroll down the Ramblas and a tour of Gaudi's spectacular La Sagrada Familia Cathedral right at the top of your itinerary.

With both morning and afternoon departures and direct servicea, taking the train from Bilbao to Barcelona is far less stressful than long motorway drives. There's very little security to worry about so check-in times are brief and once in your comfortable Alvia train, you can watch the ever-changing Spanish countryside whisk by.

Seats slide to face the direction of travel and you'll have your own power socket, light, footrest and table. You'll be amazed by the reasonable ticket prices! Keep reading for an extensive list of useful route information, including journey FAQs, or bypass the questions and book your ticket straight away to enjoy the cosmopolitan delights of Barcelona.

Bilbao to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 8h 02m to travel from Bilbao to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 291 miles (469 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from Bilbao to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €23.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 6h 45m
Price€23.40 - €191.60
Distance291 miles (469 km)
Frequency6 trains per day
Departure stationBilbao
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

Bilbao to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bilbao to Barcelona for Saturday 31st Oct 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
06:30 Bilbao Abando13:20 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 433 Renfe Get tickets6h 50m, direct
09:20 Bilbao Abando18:40 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 4186 Renfe Get tickets9h 20m, 1 change
09:20 Bilbao Abando19:15 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 4186 Renfe Get tickets9h 55m, 1 change
06:30 Bilbao Abando13:20 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 433 Renfe Get tickets6h 50m, direct
09:20 Bilbao Abando18:40 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 4186 Renfe Get tickets9h 20m, 1 change
09:20 Bilbao Abando19:15 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 4186 Renfe Get tickets9h 55m, 1 change
06:30 Bilbao Abando13:20 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 433 Renfe Get tickets6h 50m, direct
09:20 Bilbao Abando18:40 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 4186 Renfe Get tickets9h 20m, 1 change
09:20 Bilbao Abando19:15 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 4186 Renfe Get tickets9h 55m, 1 change
06:30 Bilbao Abando13:20 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 433 Renfe Get tickets6h 50m, direct

Renfe and Alvia trains from Bilbao to Barcelona

You can travel from Bilbao to Barcelona 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 Bilbao to Barcelona

Train tickets from Bilbao to Barcelona start at €23.40 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €117.89.
lowest price found
from23.40
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price94.94
on the day
avg. single price117.89

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 Barcelona 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Bilbao and Barcelona is 8 hours and 2 minutes, with around 6 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 Bilbao and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bilbao to Barcelona is 6 hours and 45 minutes.

How much does the train from Bilbao to Barcelona cost?

Train tickets from Bilbao to Barcelona can start from as little as €23.40 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 Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bilbao to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Bilbao to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Bilbao to Barcelona leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bilbao to Barcelona leaves at 15:20. 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 Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Bilbao to Barcelona cover a distance of around 291 miles (469 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to Bilbao. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bilbao to Barcelona.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bilbao to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 31/10/2020. 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 26/10/2020 for travel on 31/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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