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Take the train from Santander to Bilbao in 11 hours 7 minutes

If you want to travel from Santander to Bilbao by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Santander to Bilbao by train to take around 11 hours 7 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 11 hours 7 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 1 train per day running on this route, which spans 46 miles (74 km). You’ll have to make 2 changes along the way on your journey to Bilbao.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Santander to Bilbao start from €22.60 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Santander to Bilbao by train

It takes an average of 11h 7m to travel from Santander to Bilbao by train, over a distance of around 46 miles (74 km). There are normally 1 train per day travelling from Santander to Bilbao and tickets for this journey start from €22.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 11h 7m
PriceFrom €22.60
Distance46 miles (74 km)
Frequency1 train per day
First train07:05
Last train07:05
Departure stationSantander
Arrival stationBilbao
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsALSA

Santander to Bilbao train times

Check out the next trains departing from Santander to Bilbao for Saturday 4th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:10 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4092 Renfe Get tickets9h 2m, 2 changes
09:10 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4092 Renfe Get tickets9h 2m, 2 changes
09:10 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4092 Renfe Get tickets9h 2m, 2 changes
07:05 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4072 Renfe Get tickets11h 7m, 2 changes
09:10 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4092 Renfe Get tickets9h 2m, 2 changes
16:10 Santander Estación13:04 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4162 Renfe Get tickets20h 54m, 2 changes
07:05 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4072 Renfe Get tickets11h 7m, 2 changes
07:05 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4072 Renfe Get tickets11h 7m, 2 changes
09:10 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4092 Renfe Get tickets9h 2m, 2 changes
09:10 Santander Estación18:12 Bilbao AbandoAlvia/Avant 4092 Renfe Get tickets9h 2m, 2 changes

Cheap train tickets from Santander to Bilbao

The price of train tickets from Santander to Bilbao starts at €22.60 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 Santander 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Santander and Bilbao is 11 hours and 7 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 Santander and Bilbao by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Santander to Bilbao is 11 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Santander to Bilbao cost?

Train ticket prices from Santander to Bilbao can start from as little as €22.60 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.

Is there a direct train from Santander to Bilbao?

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.

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

The first train from Santander to Bilbao leaves at 07:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Santander to Bilbao leaves at 07:05. 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 Santander and Bilbao by train?

Trains travelling from Santander to Bilbao cover a distance of around 46 miles (74 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bilbao to Santander. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Santander to Bilbao.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Santander to Bilbao for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/04/2021. 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 10/28/2021 for travel on 10/28/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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