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General Information

Information and maps can be found on the Bilbao Tourist web site at http://www.bilbao.net/WebBilbaonet/home_i.jsp?idioma=i.

You may be interested in buying a Bilbao card for your stay in Bilbao. These are sold at all BIT offices around the city. The cost for this card is 6 Euros for one day, 10 Euros for 2 days and 12 Euros for 3 days. These cards provide you with access to public transport in Bilbao (Bilbobus, the Artxanda Funicular, the Salve elevator, Euskotran and the Metro) and offers discounts at museums, performance shops restaurants and other activities.

Useful Phone Numbers:

Bilbobus (central Bilbao) - 944 484 080
Bizkaibus (intercity) - 902 222265
Bilbao-Ariport-Bilbao bus service - 902 222265
Euskotran (Tramway) - 900 151206
Information Service - 010 (locally), 944 241700 (from outside Bilbao)
Bilbao Airport - 944 869663


How to get to Bilbao

By Air

There are numerous daily connections with Madrid and Barcelona.

Bilbao is united with different European capitals, six Companies "on line" have direct flights with the International Airport of Bilbao. With these European points it is easy to connect with diverse destinations.

Bilbao Airport is located 12 kilometres from Bilbao, in the city limits of Loiu.

Bilbao enjoys unbeatable connections with the northern area of Spain:the A-8 road, which leads to Santander in the West, and to San Sebastian, Irun and France in the East; and the AP-68, which connects with Vitoria, Logroño, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Burgos and Madrid.

Bus - The A3247 Bizkabus departs from the airport every 30 minutes between 6 AM and 10.30 PM and goes to the Plaza Moyua. The A3247 Bizkabus departs from Plaza Moyua, 3 (every 30 minutes) between 6 AM and 10.00 PM. The cost is 1.50 Euros. This bus is easily found as soon as you leave the arrivals area at the airport, just past the taxi rank, there is a large yellow sign to mark where the bus collects from and you can pay by cash when you board the bus.

Taxi - There is also a taxi rank as soon as you leave the arrivals area which usually has many taxis available. The taxis have meters and will be more expensive than the bus (please note there is usually a charge per piece of luggage on top of the price on the meter).

By Car

Bilbao is well-connected to France and other major Spanish cities by road.

From Madrid take the autovía A-1 to Burgos and then the AP-1 motorway from there. Journey time is approximately 4 hours.

The A-8 motorway also connects Bilbao and San Sebastián (Donostia), which is less than 1 hour away, from where it soon becomes the A-63 and crosses into France.

Note that the motorway tolls in Spain are fairly high.

Please consult this useful on-line route planner before your journey: http://www.guiacampsa.com/

By Bus

This is the main bus station in Bilbao: TERMIBUS.

Buses to/from Madrid, Barcelona, Burgos, etc. are with different companies (e.g. Continental Auto, ALSA, La Unión, ANSA, Bizkaibus, Pesa, etc.).

Buses to/from Madrid are with Continental Auto: http://www.continental-auto.es/index.do

On their website, you can search schedules on-line from MADRID to BILBAO-BILBO.

The cost of a one-way ticket is 23.90 euros.

This is the currently available timetable for buses from Madrid to Bilbao

By Rail

Bilbao has several train lines and about a dozen stations, three of which are important:

Abando Station (tel. 90 224 02 02, RENFE), near the Plaza Circular, which connects to France, Barcelona, Madrid and Galicia.

Santander Station, also known as La Concordia (tel. 94 423 22 66, FEVE), is next to Abando Station, at Calle Bailén 2, which connects with Santander and Oviedo.

Atxuri Station (tel. 94 433 95 00, EUSKOTRENBIDEAK), at Calle Atxuri 6, which connects with Donostia-San Sebastián (via Durango, Zumaia and Zarautz). A separate line serves Gernika, Mundaka and Bermeo.

By Sea

Bilbao is accessible by the British port of Portsmouth by a maritime line that travels with the ferry "Pride of Bilbao" twice a week. P&O Telephone: 08705202020

How to Travel around Bilbao

Local Buses

Most local buses operate on a flat-rate-fare basis, regardless of how far you travel. You can usually buy a 10-trip Bonobús or Metrobús ticket from bus information offices and estancos at a discount rate. After boarding the bus, you should insert the ticket into a slotted machine that you will find behind the driver.

Bilbao Metro and Tram

Rather than buying single or return tickets, for BUS(Bilbobus/BizkaiBus), METRO or TRAM journeys, it is more economic to purchase a CREDITRANS ticket worth 5, 10 or 20.

It is a ticket that can be used for multiple journeys without a time limit (i.e. it is valid for several months). Every time you travel, the cost of the journey is deducted from the card.

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