Last Updated on 02/06/2022 by Alfred
This guide on how to get from Bilbao Airport to the city center will help you transfer to reach your hotel most comfortably and quickly.
Bilbao Airport, located 12 kilometers away and the most important airport in northern Spain, is well connected by public or private transport to the city center and other cities in the Basque Country such as San Sebastian.
Based on the experience of the times we have visited the capital of Biscay and landed at this airport, we show you all the options to transfer from the airport to the center of Bilbao, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Let’s start!
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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao Airport to the center is to take the Bizkaibus bus line A3247, which takes 25 minutes and costs 3 euros.
This bus, which leaves every 15 minutes from 5:15h to 0:00h, has several significant stops such as Alameda Recalde 14, Plaza Moyúa (Gran Vía 46), and Gran Vía 74 until it reaches its final stop Bilbao Termibus.
Note that if you want to go to San Sebastian, although it has a small airport, it is usual to land in Bilbao and take the DO50B bus that will take you to its bus station, located near the historic center, in 1 hour and 15 minutes for 17.10 euros.
Private transport to get from Bilbao Airport to the city center
The most comfortable way to get from Bilbao airport to the city center is to book a private transfer, where a driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the terminal, holding a sign with your name on it.
The journey time is about 15 minutes, depending on traffic and the location of the hotel and the price in a 4-seater car is 35 euros and in a 7-seater vehicle, 55 euros.
At the exit of the arrivals terminal, you can take a cab at the official cab rank that will take you from Bilbao airport to the center in about 15 minutes. The cab fare is about 25 euros and 170 euros if you want to go to San Sebastian.
Once you know how to get from the airport to the center of Bilbao we recommend you book a hotel near the old town with the maximum time in advance to have more options and get better prices.
One of the best options is the Hotel Abando, located 300 meters from the historic center, near the pintxo area, and 500 meters from the Guggenheim. In addition to its magnificent location, this accommodation has a good breakfast, friendly staff, and is one of the best value for money in the city.
Another good option is the Hotel Bilbao Plaza, located a 10-minute walk from the historic center and the Guggenheim.