Getting around Bilbao

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Public transport

The easiest way to travel around Bilbao using public transport is by purchasing a Barik card, on sale for € 3 at metro vending machines, which you can top up with credit (from € 5) and use on the metro, tram and bus lines. One card can be used for multiple people, and the card pays for itself after five uses. Single tickets can also be purchased from metro machines.

Another good solution for travelling around the city and the rest of the province is the Bilbao Bizkaia Card which also gives you access to a wide range of discounts. Once you have activated your Bilbao Bizkaia Card on any transport network, you can travel free-of-charge for 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on the type of card you buy. You can purchase them at the Tourist Offices or buy them online.

By metro

The Metro Bilbao was designed by Sir Norman Foster. It allows you to get around the city in comfort, to visit numerous nearby towns such as Santurtzi or Portugalete, or to visit the beaches of Sopela and Plentzia. The website provides clear information in English.

By tram

There is one tram line in Bilbao, the Atxuri-Basurto route, which crosses the Abandoibarra area, stopping at the Euskalduna Palace (the Congress venue), the Arriaga opera house (for the Old Town), the Guggenheim Museum, and the San Mamés stadium.

By city bus

You can also travel within the city by using one of 43 city bus lines. The website provides information in Spanish/Basque only.

By train

Abando Indalecio Prieto station has three Cercanías suburban railway lines (C1, C2 and C3) connecting Bilbao and its metropolitan area with the rest of the Bizkaia province and some towns in the neighbouring province of Álava.

By bicycle

Bilbao has a municipal Bike Share Service, “Bilbaobizi”, for the individual rental of electric bicycles. The website provides information in English. There are also numerous rental companies for conventional and electric bicycles. Contact the Tourist Office for more information.

Tourist transport

By boat

The company Bilboats offers two maritime-cultural visits, around Bilbao or up to the sea.

Artxanda Funicular

The funicular provides access to the top of Mount Artxanda from where there are beautiful views onto Bilbao and its surroundings. The lower station is next to the Campo Volantín Walk.


All taxis are metered and rates rise after dark. Expect to pay around € 10 to cross central Bilbao. A taxi costs approximately € 24-29 from/to the airport.

Taxis from the Femade Auto Taxis Association operate at Bilbao airport, with 64 vehicles in the arrivals area every day.

You can book a taxi by telephone (+34 944 800 909) or by filling in the booking form on their website.

There are three taxi companies in Bilbao; any one of them can take you to the airport:

Radio Taxi Bilbao: +34 94 444 88 88
Radio Teletaxi: +34 94 410 21 21
RadioTaxi Nervión: +34 94 426 90 26

Ride-sharing services like Uber are not currently available in Bilbao.

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