Bilbao is perfect for getting around on foot and strolling through the city streets, as the main tourist areas are fairly close together. However, the city also has a full range of public transport services (city buses, trams, taxis and metro) linking all the different areas and allowing you to get around quickly and conveniently.
How to get around
The metro in Bilbao connects the main points in the city. Travellers can use its two lines to get to beaches and attractive towns and villages within the metropolitan area. The metro station entrances were designed by the prestigious architect Sir Norman Foster, and can be identified by a post with three interlinked red circles. Metro services run from 6 am every day, although the last service varies: Monday-Thursday until 11 pm, Fridays and eves of public holidays until 2 am, as well as continuous service all weekend until 11 pm on Sunday.
The urban bus network in Bilbao, Bilbobus, covers all the districts in the city. It runs from approximately 6 am to 11 pm, although it varies depending on the line. It has a frequency of between 10 and 30 minutes. To get about at night at weekends there are night buses, known as Gautxoris, which run until 2:30 am on Fridays and all night on Saturdays.
www.bilbao.net/bilbobus At night it is a good idea to use taxis for convenience and speed. Taxis can be found every day at any time, and are white with their license number and a red stripe on the side. There are ranks in the busiest spots of the city, and you can also flag down a taxi in the street when they have the green light on, or order them by telephone. Tariffs are displayed inside the taxis and comprise the minimum fare, flag-down charge, kilometre charge and other extras such as night service, public holidays, and station or airport service. Radio Taxi Bilbao (+34 944448888). Radio Taxi Bilbao as also designed taxi tours lasting 2, 3, 4 hours or a whole day for a fixed price. They offer four different routes to acquaint visitors with Bilbao and the surroundings.
The most convenient option
There are several different tickets and fares available. The single ticket is valid for one journey (€1.25 for the bus and €1.50 for the metro) and can be purchased on the bus itself or at vending machines in the metro stations. The metro also has transferable return tickets; costing €3; 1-day travelcards; (€4.60), allowing unlimited use of the network for a day; and group tickets for multiple users (minimum 20 people), with varying prices.
One option is the Creditrans barik anónima prepayment card, which enables up to 10 people to travel together and has a price of €3. Before use it needs to be topped up, starting at €5 euros, at the vending machines in Metro Bilbao, the Bilbobus and Bizkaibus ticket kiosks, or in over 450 establishments carrying the Barik logo. Another option is the Bilbao Bizkaia Card, offering attractive benefits such as unlimited use of public transport, as well as discounts for shops, restaurants, shows and leisure attractions. It costs €30-€40, depending on its validity (one to three days).
Other ways of getting around
There are other ways to get around Bilbao, including the tram (fare: €1.50), funicular railway and lifts, which link the centre with the suburbs.
Other transport options for tourists include thesightseeing bus. Tickets are purchased at the route's departure point (Alameda Mazarredo, 67, beside the Bilbao Turismo) or at any of the stops. It is valid for 24 hours and allows you to get on and off as many times as you want. http://www.busturistikoa.com/cas/bilbo_info.php
Another option is the Bilboats (a one-hour cruise down the Nervión estuary to see the Guggenheim Museum, Euskalduna Palace, Zubizuri bridge, the Town Hall... and which departs from the pier at Plaza Pío Baroja square, opposite the Town Hall). There are other sightseeing boats such as the Euskal Herria boat or the Txinbito (both travel to Portugalete).
Excursions in a period train. www.bilbaoturismo.net/BilbaoTurismo/es/transportes-turisticos/excursiones-en-un-tren-de-epoca
Bikes. Some of the bike rental companies include Alquimoto (C/ Jon Arrospide 14-16), Hotel Miró (Alameda Mazarredo, 77) and Hostel Ganbara (Prim, 13 bajo). Others are Urban Bike (Villarias, 3), Ibilbi (Eugenio de Olabarrieta nº 1) and Tourné Bilbao (Villarías, 1). Segway. www.segwaybizkaia.com Kichbikes. www.ibilbi.com
Bilbao Town Council (www.bilbao.net)