Bilbao Airport is located around 9km north of the city centre.
After landing there in December 2012, we used the Bizkaibus #3247 to travel between the airport and our hotel on Gran Via.
The following information was correct as of December 2012:
Buses run every 30 minutes from 06:15 to 23:15 during the winter months. They run every 20 minutes during the busier summer months.
The cost of a one way ticket is €1.35 and tickets are purchased from the driver when boarding the bus.
The bus departs from immediately outside the airport arrivals area. It stops on Alameda Rekalde (close to the Guggenheim Museum), Plaza Moyua, Gran Via (just before Plaza Sagrado Corazon) and finishes its journey at the Termibus station in the San Mames area of the city. Tickets are one set price regardless of which stop you alight at.
We caught the bus at 11:15am on a Friday morning between Christmas and New Year. The roads weren't very busy and the journey to Plaza Moyua took around 18 minutes. From there, it took us 5-10 minutes to walk to our hotel, NH Vila de Bilbao, on Gran Via. In hindsight, we should have stayed on the bus for one further stop; the bus stops almost directly opposite the hotel!
The bus has no undercarriage for storing luggage, so all suitcases must be taken on board. The luggage storage area on board wasn't large enough to cope with the associated luggage of a full bus of passengers. So instead, an area of the bus devoted to wheelchair-bound passengers had to be used to stack the luggage up. This would have been a problem had there been any disabled passengers on the bus.
Buses from the city to the airport leave Termibus station every 30 minutes (every 20 minutes in summer) from 05:25 to 21:55 and follow the reverse of the route outlined above.
At the end of our journey we caught the bus outside "Ecuador Travel Agents" on Gran Via. This was just a couple of minutes walk from our hotel and was the second stop on the route. It was a little after 5pm on New Years Day and the bus had left the Termibus station completely empty; we were the first passengers to board. One more passenger boarded at the next stop (outside Hotel Carlton on Plaza Moyua) and that was it. There were no problems storing luggage in the dedicated storage area this time!
As on the journey from the airport, we purchased tickets for €1.35 each from the driver.
The journey took a little under 25 minutes and the bus dropped us off directly outside the entrance to the airport check-in building.
A simple and cheap way to get to and from the centre of Bilboa from the airport is to take the Bizkaibus.
The local buses are found just outside of the arrivals hall. The bus takes about 20 minutes to get into the centre and you get a nice view of the Guggenheim museum as you come over the bridge.
It cost me 1.30 Euros, in March 2012, and I jumped off at Plaza Moyua, although the full journey is to the bus terminal.
I flew from Bilbao to Seville by Vuelling. I'd booked my flight online prior to departing the UK.
A bus to the airport leaves regularly from San Mames Bus station (every 20 minutes). Service 3247. Purchase your ticket from the ticket office. The journey takes less than 20 minutes.
I was looking forward to seeing the airport terminus that had been designed by Santiago Calatrava.
to be continued.....
Bus from airport.
There is a bus service (Bizkaibus) from the airport every 30 mins, starting at 6:15 am, last bus at 00:00. Cost for single ticket: 1.25 euros. So pretty cheap. It is quite fast, about 15 minutes to town centre (Plaza Moyua).
Itinerary is Airport- Almeda Rekalde 14 (near the Guggenheim museum), Plaza Moyua (central hub with a lot of Bilbao bus stops and a Metro station), Gran Via 74, and the last stop is at Termibus, the intercity bus terminal and also some local buses, tramway and a metro station. Total travel time about 25 mins.
All airport buses have a ramp for disabled access.
To get to San Sebastian, the bus company is called PESA. There are buses every 1/2 hour in the mornings and evenings and every hour during the day during weekdays, fewer at weekends but still quite a few. Single ticket 9:20 euros. Journey time 1:20 mins or so. Last bus 22:00. First bus. 6:30 am
The train link to San Sebastian is narrow gauge and much much slower, although very picturesque. So if you have time and it is daylight, you might want this option, the train starts at Atxuri, and most trains stop at all the towns on the way. About one train every hour, starting 3 minutes to the hour, and journey time is over 2:30 hours. If you do want to catch the train, it is easier if you stay on the airport bus until the last stop at TERMIBUS, and then transfer to the Tramway (San Mames/Termibus stop), which will take you to Atxuri. The tramway route is a good sightseeing route as well.
Bilbao greets its visitors with signature architecture, as Bilbao's airport, located in Loiu, is also an attraction in itself for its stunning design by Santiago Calatrava. The passenger terminal is reminiscent of a flying dove, while the control tower seems to be inspired by a hawk. As it happens with many of the works of that architect, the airport is also rather controversial, as many functional aspects have been sacrificed for the sake of aesthetics (for instance, people in the arrival area have to wait outdoors in a rainy city as Bilbao is), although some of these problems are already being solved.
The airport has connections with the major Western European cities. This airport makes of Bilbao the major hub in Northwest Spain.
The accessibility to the airport, however, leaves a lot to be desired. The only means to reach it without private vehicle are taxis and a Bizkaibus line. A project for a railway line to the centre is still under consideration. When completed, it would allow to reach the airport from the Old Town in less than ten minutes.
The airport bus is only about 1.20 Euro and takes 20 - 30 minutes to the centre of town from the airport. It runs half-hourly. Much much cheaper than the taxis, but make sure you don't try and pay with a 50 Euro note!
The bus route has changed now, starting at the coach station (San Mames) but still calling at Moyua, next to the Carlton Hotel.
NB the bus is a yellow Bizkai bus.
Flights from Stansted to Bilbao, under ?30 return if you book in advance!!!!! Hooray for budget airlines! Leaves very early from Stansted (before 7 o'clock last time I went!)... only takes an hour and a half maximum! Bilbao airport is small but has an excellent bar/cafe! Alas I always have a beer or four whenever I leave an airport... it's only proper!
There are buses from Bilbao Airport to Bilbao city center every half an hour (at :15 and at :45 - more or less).
Bus departs from outside the departures exit (taxis are also there), and takes about 20 minutes to Bilbao.
Get off at Moyua square (second stop from the airport).
To go from Moyua to the main train station, ABANDO, from where Renfe trains leave:
It takes about 10 minutes: you can go along GRAN VIA street, until PLAZA CIRCULAR, and then you already see the building of ABANDO station.
B) Take the Metro in the same Plaza Moyua, (any metro going to Etxebarri) and get down 1 stop later in ABANDO station - exit Renfe.
To go to ESTACION DEL NORTE, from where FEVE trains to Cantabria leave:
Continue from ABANDO station a couple of blocks further, follow the signals.
There are buses from Bilbao Airport to Bilbao city center every half an hour (at :15 and at :45 - more or less, from 6:15 to 23:15 and at 00:00.
Bus departs from outside the departures exit (taxis are also there), and takes about 20 minutes to Bilbao (same time as taxi ride).
From 22.12.2004, the bus still makes a stop (second in the picture) at Moyua square, and then continues along Gran Via and ends at the bus station (Termibus).
Timetables from Bilbao to the airport: at :25 and :55 from 5:25 to 21:55
Bilbao airport looks great, but unfortunately this cannot hide some flaws. Some flights go before the first bus service to the airport, the shopping is poor, and there is a lack of space airside. The coffee bars open at 6.15am for you early travellers.
The new Sondika´s airport situated in Lujua, was constructed by the spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it represents a dove. Small but very nice and modern, is the new hub among the basque area airports.
Bilbao has a brand new airport designed by the spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
There are mainly 2 ways to get to the centre from the airport:
1.- Airport - Plaza : there are buses from 6:30 to 22:30 each 30 minutes to the centre of Bilbao (25 minutes, 1 euro). You have to get off at PLAZA MOYUA.
2.- Airport - Termibus (bus station): From Plaza Moyua you have to take the metro towards PLENTZIA and get off in the 1st stop (SAN MAMES, the soccer stadium, 5 minutes, 1 euro). As you go off, look for signs of TERMIBUS, the main bus station in Bilbao.
3.- If you prefer a taxi, it would be 18-20 euros airport-Termibus (or to the centre).
Flying to Bilbao is not as cheap as other destinations in Europe can be. Low cost airlines serving Bilbao (BIO) are Volareweb (from Rome Ciampino and Milan Malpensa in Italy) and Easyjet (from London STN), Hapag LLoyd Express (from Hannover, Koln/Bonn and Stuttgart).
Other carriers serving this city are Air france , Iberia .
When you land in Bilbao (BIO) airport you can take a cab to the city for about 15/20 euros (relatively cheap compared to most european destinations), but there is also a shuttle service to the city center for just 1 euro. The bus runs from 6 am to 10 pm.
From the airport you can catch a train into the old town but you need to walk away to the station. The easiest route is to walk stright out of the doors and there is a bus that takes you into the centre for E1. get of at the last stop at a big roundabout. there is a tube station there and you can buy a ticket for 5 journeys for almost nothing. I think it's 3 stops to the old town.