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Distances from BIO to:

San Sebastian 100 km
Pamplona 169 km
Madrid 407 km

Nearest Major Airports:

Santander Airport 105 km
Barcelona Airport 614 km
Girona Airport 688 km

Car Hire Bilbao

Bilbao Airport Guide

Bilbao is a port city where modern and ancient architecture sit side by side. The Guggenheim Museum is iconic in that it represents the maritime history of the city in its design. There are plenty of museums and art galleries to keep you busy, including the Museum of Bullfighting and the Museum of Sacred Art. Explore the ‘seven streets’ of the old town and see the gothic 14th century Cathedral of St James, the city’s patron saint. Take a walk along the river and see the graceful but modern Zubizuri Bridge and after have ‘Pintxos’ (Basque tapas) in Plaza Nueva.

Bilbao Airport Directions

Take your car hire Bilbao from the Alameda Recalde and after La Salve Bridge turn left into the Atrxanda Tunnel. From this exit, the airport is clearly signposted.

Bilbao Airport Parking

The airport has 2 car parks, one for long stays (P2) and one for general parking (P1). The P2 car park does get very busy at peak times, although it has 664 spaces. P1 has 2,924 spaces and is connected to the terminal.

Bilbao Airport Flight Information

Both scheduled and budget airlines fly from Bilbao Airport with domestic and European flights available. The airport is unusual in that it doesn’t have an arrivals area and the check-in area is in a fan style arrangement.

Hotels Near Bilbao Airport

There are many hotels to choose from in the city, however the Holiday Inn Express Bilbao is the nearest to the airport and just a 2 minute drive away with your car hire Bilbao Airport.

Bilbao Time Zone

Bilbao is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Meantime and in the Central European Time Zone (GMT+1).

Bilbao Info

The Airport is well known for its unusual design in white concrete and glass - from its centre it has two wings and resembles a bird, hence its nickname. Facilities for the traveller include a currency exchange booth and 5 ATMs. There are a few restaurants and coffee shops, if you get hungry and a VIP lounge is available. The airport has a gift shop and newsagent as well as a boutique and delicatessen for all those last minute buys. Duty free shopping can be found at Aldeasa.

Bilbao Airport Trivia:

  • Bilbao Airport is the most important airport in the Basque region.
  • The airport is nicknamed ‘the dove’ or ‘la paloma’ due to its design.
  • It is located 9 km to the north of the city of Bilbao.
  • The airport and the Zubizuri Bridge were both designed by Santiago Calatrava.
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