Guggehnheim Museum in Bilbao

How to get from Bilbao Airport to the City Center

Bilbao is a lovely city in the province of Biscay in the northern Basque country. It is a lovely stop, known mainly for its museums and beautiful countryside, and, with San Sebastian, it is the most popular city in the Basque Country. The town grew due to port activity and today it is one of the most populous towns in Northern Spain.

City of Bilbao Landscape

There are numerous transportation methods near the city: you can take a taxi, a bus or rent a vehicle. If you don’t have time for a rental car, the other options will be enough. This article will explain how you can get a taxi or a bus from the airport to the city center.

Travelling by Taxi

You can get around the city by taxi, and you will get to see lovely places in the city at your convenience.

The airport is just 15 minutes away from the city if you get a taxi.

You can hire two taxi services: Radio Taxi Bilbao and Tele Taxi Bilbao. Taxis in Bilbao don’t have fixed rates. They use a taximeter to calculate how much you have spent.

Bilbao Townhall in the centre of the city

Travelling by Bus

Bilbao’s public transportation is top-notch. Since the city center is only 12 km from the airport, using a bus is a sensible option and you can use the bus line A3247 from Bizkaibus. The bus ride would only take you 20 minutes to the city center.

You need to pay attention to the bus schedules, so you won’t miss your bus. From the airport to Bilbao, there is one bus every 15 minutes from 6.15 am to midnight. If you choose to go back to the airport, there is a bus from 5.15 am to 10 pm.

Where to Stay in Bilbao

After your short trip to the airport, you need somewhere to relax after touring Bilbao’s city center. You may not tour Bilbao in a day, that’s why you need to choose a hotel that stands out and offers the best services to people who visit Bilbao.

The Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao is one of the most comfortable hotels in Bilbao, which is well connected to the rest of the city. The hotel is a four-star hotel located in the center of Bilbao. It is located opposite Doña calsida Park, a good recreational spot for visitors.

Catalonia Gran Via Bilbao Room

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Guggenheim Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the art and culture of Bilbao. This hotel is also near the Euskalduna conference center, the largest auditorium in the Basque region.

The hotel is located on the Gran Via Don Diego Lopez Haro Horoko Kale Nagusia, known in Bilbao as the Gran Vía, which is a good place where you can experience the city’s hospitality by visiting bars and restaurants on the avenue. Also, you can get to know the main shops and tourist attractions in Bilbao.

The Gran Vía, as well, is full of buildings with great historical value and is part from the Ensanche de Abando, a popular neighborhood in Bilbao.

If you are on your way past Bilbao make sure you visit the city center by using the available transportation methods. Don’t miss out on beautiful places such as the Plaza Nueva, La Ribera Market, and the Old Town where you will see a maze of small streets with shops and bars. And if you do not know what to visit in Bilbao, do not miss our itinerary about what to do in Bilbao for 3 days.