How to get to Bilbao

By Air

satelliteFrom the Airport to Bilbao

A 20-minute journey through the Artxanda tunnels or along the BI-631road separate the airport from the centre of Bilbao. The traveller has several options of ways of making the journey:

Bus A3247 BILBAO-Airport: operates every day of the year, with services every 20 minutes in Summer, and 30 minutes in Winter, connecting with TERMIBUS, the Bilbao bus and coach terminus. Before reaching the end of the route, this bus makes three stops in the city centre,14 Alameda Rekalde, Plaza Moyúa  and at 74 Gran Vía.

For prices and frequency of services, click here
Contact 902 222 265

Taxi: Femade Radio Taxi provides 24-hour service every day of the year and allows the traveller to book in advance.
Consult here for prices and to make bookings.
Contact: 944 800 90


By Land


France: Bilbao is 8 hours from Paris by car, with connections to other important cities along the route: the nearby Donostia-San Sebastián (100 km.), Bayonne (150 km.), Biarritz (150 km.), Pau, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Limoges, Tours…

Madrid and central Spain: Madrid is a 4 hour drive away, passing by the nearby Vitoria-Gasteiz (60 km.) and Burgos (150 km). The capital of Spain connects Bilbao with the Castilian Plateau, a region where the cities of Valladolid, Segovia, Salamanca and Toledo are located.

Barcelona and the Mediterranean: It takes a 6-hour journey to travel to Barcelona, along a route that passes by Logroño (130 km.) and Zaragoza or alternatively Pamplona (150 km.). The capital of Catalonia opens up Bilbao to the Mediterranean axis, both in Spain (Valencia, Mallorca and Ibiza, Costa Brava, Costa del Sol…) and in France (Montpellier, French Riviera…)

Cantabrian (Bay of Biscay) area: Only one hour from Bilbao, travelling westwards, lies Santander (100 km.) with onward connection from there to cities like Oviedo, Gijón, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo, very close to Portugal.


A network of railway lines converges in Bilbao. This, together with its excellent motorways and dual carriageways, makes land transport a good option. The High Speed Train, which will connect Bilbao to Madrid in 2 hours and to Paris in less than 6, will help to improve connectivity in the future.

By Sea


The Port of Bilbao, one of the most important transport and logistics centres on the Atlantic Arc, makes the Bay of Biscay a real highway to the city through a regular ferry line from England, with the vessel Cap Finistère. This Brittany Ferries shipping company ferry moors 20 minutes from the city centre, at the dock in Zierbena (quay A3). Twice a week it transports people and vehicles to and from the city of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. The crossing takes 24 hours, or 32 if you choose the option with a stopover in the French port of Roscoff.