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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 due to the city's complex road 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.


GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).


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


Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro 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.


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


Bilbao Airport

Getting to the city

Buses are available to the city centre and cost €1.45 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 have a minimum charge and a waiting charge.


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


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


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