Getting around Bilbao
Public transport, and in particular the metro, are extremely reliable and allow you to move around Bilbao with ease.
Taxis, however comfortable, are quite expensive.
For the center, and along the main points of interest, you can easily move on foot. From Casco Viejo to the Guggenheim Museum, for example, you have to travel a distance of about 1800 meters; you can walk in less than half an hour.
Here are some valuable information for getting around Bilbao.
AUTO AND TAXI
Traveling by car, for many, is a real nightmare, with unique senses, traffic, and ongoing work in progress. Better to leave the car in one of the city’s many parking lots, and then continue on foot.
Alternatively, you can use the taxis, which are comfortable but quite expensive.
Quick. Reliable. Efficient. The metro is the most practical and fastest solution for getting around the city, center and suburbs. Three lines are active (L1, L2 and L3), every day, from Monday to Sunday, including holidays.
Lines L1 and L2, from Etxebarri to San Ignazio, share the same route, before separating. The Zazpikaleak-Caso Viejo station is an interchange hub for the three metro lines.
Line L1 connects Etxebarri with Pletzia. The L2 line, on the other hand, runs from Basauri to Kabiezes. Finally, the L3 line runs from Kukullaga to Matiko. With only 7 stops, Line L3 is the shortest of the three.
Lines L1 and L2, are active every day from around 06:00 to around 23:00. The frequencies vary from 5 to 10 minutes on weekdays, up to a maximum of 20’ on Saturdays and Sundays.
FUNICULAR OF ARTXANDA
Over 100 years of history, for one of the most fascinating and suggestive public transports. In operation every day of the year, it is active in winter from 07:15 in the morning, until 22:00; in summer, from 08:15 to 23:00.
The funicular connects the lower part with the summit of Mount Artxanda. It is worth taking a look especially for the splendid view it offers over the city. More info from this link.
Bilbobus manages the local bus transport with 35 daytime lines, and 8 night lines. Buses run every day, including Sundays and holidays, from around morning until about 22:30.
BizkaiBus, on the other hand, is the company that manages long-distance connections, connecting the external areas of the city, such as Bilbao’s international airport.
GETTING AROUND BILBAO WITH THE PUBLIC MEANS OF NIGHT
Friday, Saturday and holidays, there is a convenient night service for lines L1 and L2.
Friday, and holidays, there are rides every 30′, from about 10:30 pm until 02:00 am at night. On Saturday, however, the two metro lines run all night, with rides every 15 and 30′, until 06:00 in the morning.
On Saturday, the L3 line also does a non-stop service for 24 hours, until 06:00 in the morning the following day.
To reach the areas not covered by the metro, you can use the night buses. Like the metro, they are active only on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, with a non-stop service, every 30 minutes, on Saturdays. You can choose between the 8 night bus lines, identified by the letter G and the progressive number from 1 to 8.
To travel on all public transport in Bilbao it is preferable to purchase the special Barik Card. It is a non-nominative rechargeable card, equipped with a chip, with which you can travel on discounted vehicles.
You can buy it for €5, including the €3 of the card. This cost will only be deducted on the first purchase. Later, you can load it with the preferred amount, in denominations of 5.
The tariff system is based on the number of zones crossed. With the metro, you can cover up to three zones at most.
The ticket valid for a single journey by metro, with Barik Card, costs €0.93 for an area, €1.10 for 2 zones, and €1.20 for 3 zones.
The paper ticket valid for a ride on one of the three underground lines, costs €1.65, €1.85 and €1.90 from one to 3 zones.
The Bizkaibus tariff system is based on the same method as the metro, with 5 different rates depending on the area. The price, with Barik Card, varies from a minimum of €0.99 (1 zone) to a maximum of €2.45 (5 zones). The price of the paper ticket, on the other hand, ranges from €1.35 to €3.35.
A single ticket with Bilbobus, with Barik Card, costs €0.66. Alternatively, you can buy the classic paper ticket, on board the vehicle, at a cost of €1.35 to forgive; in this case, banknotes over €20 are not accepted.
De acuerdo con las reglas vigentes sobre COVID19, recuerde siempre mantener una distancia segura y usar, cuando sea necesario, la máscara adecuada. El horario puede verse reducido o sujeto a variaciones.