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Bilbao

Banks of the Nervión, Bilbao

Practical Info about Bilbao

Getting around the city

Bilbao has a comprehensive public transport network that consists of a two-line metro system, a city bus service and a single-line tram system. Those using public transport regularly should consider investing in a CreditTrans card which can save commuters up to 50 percent on travel. While it is possible to hire a car in Bilbao, it is not necessary as public transport covers much of the city. It is actually fairly difficult to drive in Bilbao thanks to the city's complex network on hilly one-way streets and construction projects that contribute to heavy traffic congestion. Taxis in the city are run by a single operator, Taxi Bilbao. Vehicles are metered and reasonably priced for short journeys.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards are widely accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.

Communication

The international access code for Spain is +34. Pay phones are either blue or green and accept either coins or phone cards, which are sold at post offices, tobacco shops and newsagents. Mobile phone operators provide thorough GSM 900/1800 coverage throughout the country and the Balearic and Canary Islands. Email and internet access is available at internet cafes in most towns and resorts.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Year’s Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Assumption of Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
Hispanic Day 12 Oct 12 Oct
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Constitution Day 6 Dec 6 Dec
Immaculate Conception 8 Dec 8 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec

Climate

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The climate of Bilbao is oceanic, rather humid and often rainy, but without extremes of temperature. Bilbao doesn't enjoy the hot, dry and well-defined summer common to Spain, and the city has quite fluid seasons. The average temperatures in summer, between June and August, range between 55°F and 78°F (13°C and 25°C), making the city unusually cool by Spanish standards. The winters are similarly mild, with temperatures between December and February averaging between 40.5°F and 56°F (5°C and 13°C). The average annual rainfall is high, but is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, with the most rain being experienced during spring and autumn. November and April are usually the rainiest months. Light snow is possible in winter, but sleet is far more common. Summer is the most popular time to visit Bilbao, partly because it is by far the most popular time to visit Spain in general. During the warm summers the beaches around the city are at their best. The most festive month of the year is August, when fireworks and parades are common as the city celebrates Semana Grande, giving tourists another reason to travel to Bilbao in summer.

Bilbao Airport

www.aena-aeropuertos.es

Getting to the city

Buses are available to the city centre and cost €1.40 for a one-way ticket. Buses operate every 30 minutes between 5:25am and 9:55pm.

Car rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available from the airport to the city centre. Taxis charge a minimum charge and a waiting charge.

Facilities

Airport facilities include restaurants, a cafeteria, children's play area, police services, ATMs, baggage wrapping and post boxes.

Parking

The airport offers both long-term, general and short-term parking.

Internet

Wifi is available throughout the terminal building with a free 15 minutes of browsing.