GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and October).
Electrical current is 220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.
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.
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.
|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|
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 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.
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 companies represented at the airport include Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Taxis are available from the airport to the city centre. Taxis charge a minimum charge and a waiting charge.
Airport facilities include restaurants, a cafeteria, 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 a free 15 minutes of browsing.