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Bilbao. How to get there by bus, train, car from Madrid, Santander, France


A relaxing, pleasant city … full of determination, like its population.
Bilbao is a place that conquers little by little
Rich in charm and traditions, it is deeply tied to its origins, of which it is extremely proud.
The symbol of the city, and of all the people, could be the San Mames. Much more than just a football stadium. Because in these parts, even sport, turns into something magical. Single. Just like this place.

Today, visiting the Basque city, you can admire beautiful buildings and museums. Of these, the Guggenheim is somewhat the symbol and, probably, the most famous in northern Spain.
You can stroll through its splendid Casco Veijo, the historic center with the famous seven streets.

You can contemplate the charming charm of the Cathedral of Santiago, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Bilbao Airport



The international airport that serves the Basque city is about 10 km away. It is well connected, with direct flights, to various European destinations. More than 5 million passengers pass through here every year. Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Seville, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris are the busiest routes.
As soon as you leave the airport, you can use the A3247 bus, with stops at Gran Vía 79, Plaza Moyua and Alameda Recalde 11.
The journey takes approximately 25 minutes, and the ticket costs €3.00 per person (€1.14 with Barik Card).

Alternatively, you can call at Biarritz and Santander-Ballesteros. The latter is about 100 km away. To get to Bilbao, you will need to reach the center of Santander, and continue with the convenient ALSA bus. Another option that you could consider is to stop at the big Madrid airport, always going by bus or train.


Buses are a more convenient and economical way to get to Bilbao.
ALSA, an Iberian transport company, is the main point of reference in road connections throughout the country.
With ALSA buses you can travel on modern and comfortable vehicles at extremely advantageous rates. On all vehicles, the wifi line is available all the way. Furthermore, by booking online with adequate advance before the departure date, you can take advantage of discounted rates.
From Santander, you can arrive in about 90 minutes, via Laredo and Castro Urdiales, at a cost of €6.89 per adult.
From Madrid, it takes over 4 hours to reach its destination, passing through Barajas airport. In this case, tickets from €32.25 per person.


Bilbao-Abando is the name of the central railway station, located in the center, and easily accessible on foot and by public transport.
The station is connected to the L1 and L2 lines of the metro. Furthermore, numerous local Bilbobus bus lines and the Bizkaibus regional lines pass through here.
The railway connections, with the rest of the country, are managed by ALVIA of the RENFE group. From Madrid, every day, there are two connections, with journey times of 5 or more hours. Prices range from a minimum of €42.50 to a maximum of €64 per person.


The city is crossed by the Autopista AP68, also known as the Basque motorway, which connects Miranda de Ebro, Logrono, Tudela, Zaragoza. The latter, to the south-east, is about 300 kilometers, located halfway from Barcelona.
From the capital, you have to travel 400 kilometers between A1 and AP68, passing through Burgos.
Beyond the border, the Portuguese port is about 700 kilometers away. Bordeaux and Toulouse, in France, are 330 and 440 kilometers away respectively. In both cases, therefore, you can easily take a trip by car.

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