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    Elevators and Funiculars

    by DanielF Updated Dec 5, 2007

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    Being located in a valley, the city had to expand beyond the slopes of the hills that surround it. Thus, there is a system of funiculars and elevators that connect the city centre with neighbourhoods like Begoña or Artxanda.

    Most of them offer great eye-bird views of the city, in particular the one from the top of the Artxanda Mount.

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    From Airport by Bus

    by Stevo68 Written Dec 22, 2005

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    This is Easy, bus goes every 30 minutes from the airport to San Mames Bus Station, so plenty of time for many beers in the airport! Cost 1.10 euros... bargain! Beware on the round trip to the airport the bus does not leave from the bus station, it leave from the main round about in the centre of Bilbao (not far away, two stops via metro!)

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    Bilbao to Donosti/San Sebastian by train

    by Javi-EH- Written Jul 17, 2005

    If you are interested to visit San Sebastian from Bilbao... You can choose the train. The duration is around 2h40 mins.

    You can see the Bilbao Station in the picture, it is located in Atxuri, Encarnación area. And the best way to arrive there is by tram because the first station is there.

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    Creditrans

    by RudoElCojonudo Written Apr 12, 2005

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    If you are going to be traveling all around Bilbao you´ll probably have to take different transports.
    If I were you I would buy a 5, 10 or 15€ Creditrans ticket depending on your needs.
    The price of the travel will be dicounted from the ticket in each travel and more than one people can travel with the same ticket if you discount the credit from the Creditrans ticket.
    You´ll pay less money for the same travel with the Creditrans.
    It can be used with the following transports:
    * Metro Bilbao
    * Tranvia Bilbao
    * Bilbo Bus
    * Bizkai Bus
    * Artxanda funicular.
    * Hanging Bridge
    * Lujua Buses

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    Euskotren

    by timtregenza Written Apr 11, 2005

    The Euskotren network is a predominantly commuter setup providing easy access into the centre of the town (focused on the station in the Casco Viejo with a metro interchange, but also running from Artxuri).

    A word of warning, no destination maps are shown in the train carriages, so you have to pay attention to the stations!

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    FEVE

    by timtregenza Written Mar 22, 2005

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    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

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    Bizkaibus

    by timtregenza Written Mar 21, 2005

    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.

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    Bilbobus

    by timtregenza Written Mar 21, 2005

    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.

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    Getting there by bus

    by SirRichard Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    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:

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    The Central Station

    by timtregenza Written Oct 27, 2003

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    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.

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    Creditrans

    by timtregenza Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    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.

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    Taxis

    by SirRichard Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    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

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    From San Sebastián to Bilbao

    by andal13 Updated Jun 30, 2003

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    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...

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    Metro and Buses

    by Bricamb Updated Oct 19, 2002

    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.

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    I took the P & O Ferry from...

    by flyingkiwi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    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.

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