The FEVE terminal is located by the River (opposite the Theatre Arriaga) and close to Abando (RENFE) Station).
FEVE was originally set up to supply raw materials to the industrial cities of the north.
FEVE provides commuter access to local villages, going as far as Balmaseda.
There are even trains as far as Leon.
Be warned though:
a) FEVE trains are SLOW (12 hours to Leon)
b) FEVE trains stop at every lampost
c) FEVE trains often have no toilets or buffets
Bizkaia buses provide frequent and cheap travel in Vizcaya. The buses go out to Gernika, Elantxobe, and other towns and villages.
The yellow buses/coaches are part of the creditrans network. The buses leave from all over Bilbao (there does not appear to be one central terminal) so best to check the website for routes.
Bilbobus serve the city of Bilbao. It offers cheap and frequent services, and is part of the creditrans network.
Stops in the city centre are now computerised telling you when the buses are due.
The buses are also mostly disabled and pushchair friendly.
There are many companies taking you to Bilbao by bus.
From Madrid, take the "Continental Auto" bus in the Avenida de America bus station.
The main bus station is called Termibus. You will find timetables and prices at the web:
Abando Station, on Plaza Circular (Espana) is the main (RENFE) railway station in Bilbao. This terminus offers daily trains to Madrid, Alicante, Barcelona, and other long distance destinations.
The station is also the terminus for the shorter "commuter" trains that serve Bizkaia.
While you are there, look at the stained glass window!
The station is both on the Metro and Tram at Abando.
If you are a few days or longer in Bilbao, buy a creditrans. These tickets, available from Metro Stations, Newpaper kiosks, etc. can be for 5, 10, or 20 Euro and can be used on Metro, Tram, Bus, Puente Colgante, Furnicular Railway.
They cannot be used on RENFE trains or inter-city buses.
Travelling with a creditrans is usually much cheaper than buying single tickets and are very flexible.
Taxi is a nother great way to move around Bilbao.
You can usually stop them at the street, but in case U might need to phone one in advance, here are some phone numbers:
RADIO TAXI. Tf.: 944 448 888
RADIO TAXI BIZKAIA. Tf.: 944 269 026
R.T. NERVION. Tf.: 944 269 026
SONDIKA Y AEROPUERTO. Tf.: 944 530 991
TAXI MINUSVALIDOS (Lagun Taxi). Tf.: 907 478 064
TELE TAXI. Tf.: 944 102 121
The trip from San Sebastián (Donostia) to Bilbao is very nice; the highway runs through a beautiful landscape: mountains, beaches, small villages...
El viaje desde San Sebastián (Donostia) hasta Bilbao es precioso; la carretera atraviesa un hermoso paisaje, salpicado de montañas, playas y pueblitos...
Bilbao is very easy to get around. If you don't wish to venture outside the centre, then walking is the best way to go, as the main central areas are quite compact. However, the bus network is extensive and cheap should you wish to travel to the outer areas of Bilbao and there is also a small metro system by which it is possible to reach Bilbao's beaches. I hired a car for a few days to get out and about around the Basque Country but I found driving in Bilbao to be a bit of a nightmare due to loads of one-way streets and my general lack of a sense of direction.
I took the P & O Ferry from Portsmouth to the port of Santurtzi (about a 20 minute drive from Bilbao). The crossing takes 36 hours so it is not for the faint hearted but there is plenty to keep you occupied whilst onboard.
The strategic location of the Basque Country, located in the most eastern area of the Cantabrian coast, with boundaries with the south eastern areas of France, and its important network of communications and road, railway and air transport, enable easy and prompt access to the same. Its international airports and rail, road or sea connections, link our community to the rest of the world.
I recommend the train system (RENFE).
Metro Bilbao operates from 6:00 to 23:00. Trains leaving Bolueta serve San Inazio every 5 minutes, Bidezabal every 5-10 minutes, Larrabasterra every 10-20 minutes and Plentzia every 20 minutes during daytime hours. On Saturdays the Bilbao Metro operates every 30 minutes all through the night. On Fridays service is extended until 2:00. A ride from Bolueta to Plentzia takes 45 minutes.
The Bilbao metro line is divided into 3 zones (Zone A Bolueta - Astrabudua, Zone B Leioa - Berango, Zone C Larrabasterra - Plentzia)
Prices shown are for one zone (1), two zones (2) or three zones (3), in 2001 (in Euro - 1 EUR = 166 Spanish pesetas)
Ocasional - Single (1) 0.90 - (2) 1.05 - (2) 1.20
Mensual - Monthly Pass - (1) 22.24 - (2) 27.05 - (2) 31.85 (metro only!)
Super50 - 50 rides in 30 days - (1) 18.33 - (2) 21.64 - (2) 25.84
Bono Metro - 10 rides - (1) 5.41 - (2) 6.13 - (2) 7.51
Stations were designed by Norman Foster and are identical between Santutxu and Deusto. Sarriko and San Inazio have a similar though not round cave design but a large square hall. All stations are fully accessible with elevators, and escalators usually are also installed between vestibule and street level but not down to the platforms (which can be a bit annoying at Abando (Railway Station) where the lift doesn't take you directly to the railway station complex!
From the street most stations are accessed through 'Fosteritos', typically designed glass entrances and named after the architect. Casco Viejo station is situated in the mountain and can be accessed almost at grade from the central Plaza Miguel de Unamuno or via an elevator from the top of the mountain Begoña.
Flying from London, GO operate a cheap scheduled service from Stansted to Bilbao's beautiful, clean and welcoming 'Paloma' airport (thats just a local nick name!). A treat in itself.
There is a regular bus service from Bilbao to San Sebastian for about £5 each one way. It runs along the tollway and takes an hour. It leaves every half hour. In Bilbao they have a well laid out, modern (almost futuristic) metro system designed by British Architect, Sir Norman Foster. I love the 'stand by' lighting mode at the stations. The lights only fully illuminate when a train is on the platform, thus saving energy!
This rather ornate looking train station links Bilbao with Santander.
It's worth the three hour trip from Santander by train for the chance to visit the station.
If you want to cross the river, the ferry is an option. Located near to the transporter bridge, the fare is 25 cents.
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