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Culture Corner

Getting Around Bilbao

The majority of central Bilbao is easily accessible on foot, but there are also many other transportation options to help you access the greater Bilboa area.

To learn more about the different ways to navigate Bilbao, please read the descriptions below.

Types of Transportation

The modern and efficient metro system has two lines. A convenient way to travel, the metro is also of architectural interest with several stations designed by architect Sir Norman Foster. A single-ride ticket costs €1.45 or students can buy ten-ride or unlimited monthly passes that offer a discounted rate. Click here to be redirected to the Metro Bilbao website.

The city has 43 Bilbobus lines, 28 for normal buses, seven micro-buses for zones of the city that a normal bus can't access, and eight night lines. The city bus network has been recognized for its efficiency and quality of service. In addition, there are also many regional lines connecting Bilbao with almost every point in the Biscay Province and parts of Álava. Click here to be redirected to the Bilbobus website.

A tram system was opened in 2002. Running along the Nervión River through all of the central parts of the city, it is an affordable and efficient means of transportation. Click here to be redirected to EuskoTran's website.

Taxis are readily available throughout the city; although it is helpful to keep the taxi company's phone number handy to call for a cab if necessary.

The Bilbao Airport is located just over seven miles fromt the city center. Through major as well as low-cost airlines, the airport connects Bilbao to the rest of Spain as well as major European destinations. Click here to be redirected to the Bilbao Airport website.