Want to find out more about taking the train from Santander to Bilbao? Look no further.
There are around 2 trains per day running between Santander and Bilbao, which usually take 14 hours 21 minutes to complete the 46 miles (74 km) journey. It can take as little as 9 hours 10 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 Bilbao from Santander, you'll just need to make 2 changes along the way.
You can save money on train tickets from Santander to Bilbao if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £31.35. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
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It takes an average of 14h 21m to travel from Santander to Bilbao by train, over a distance of around 46 miles (74 km). There are normally 2 trains per day travelling from Santander to Bilbao and tickets for this journey start from £31.35 when you book in advance.
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46 miles (74 km)
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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 Santander to Bilbao by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Santander and Bilbao is 14 hours and 21 minutes, with around 2 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Santander to Bilbao is 9 hours and 10 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Santander to Bilbao can start from as little as £31.35 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
No, there are no direct train services from Santander to Bilbao. Travelling from Santander to Bilbao by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.
The first train from Santander to Bilbao leaves at 09:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Santander to Bilbao leaves at 16:15. 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.
Trains travelling from Santander to Bilbao cover a distance of around 46 miles (74 km) during the journey.