How to get to the Basque Country
- Region: Basque Country
The Basque Country is in northern Spain beside the border with France, in the sightseeing area known as Green Spain. There are a range of transport options available to get to this area.
A-1 motorway From Vitoria to Madrid, about 350 kilometres. From Bilbao to Madrid, about 400 kilometres, with connection via the AP-68 motorway. From San Sebastián to Madrid, about 450 kilometres, with connection via the AP-1 motorway. A-63 and A-64 motorways Connection to France. Regular coach services International connections to countries such as Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Switzerland and Romania. National connections to cities all over Spain.
Bilbao Airport: Connections: Direct flights to numerous points all over Spain and to major European cities in countries such as Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic among others. Location/services: It is 12 kilometres outside the city of Bilbao. Bus and taxi service. Rates: Bus Single ticket to Bilbao: around €1.35. Single ticket to San Sebastián: around €16.50. Other destinations: Zarautz, Eibar, Bergara, Arrasate. Taxi Transfer to Bilbao, around €25. Tour around San Sebastián, around €145. Transfer to Vitoria, around €110. San Sebastián Airport: Connections: Direct flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Location/services: It is located 22 kilometres outside the city of San Sebastián. Bus and taxi service. Rates: Bus Single ticket to San Sebastián: around €2. Single ticket to Irún and Hondarribia: around €1.50.
From Bilbao: Direct connections to other cities in Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona, A Coruña, Burgos, Malaga, León, Logroño, Segovia, Salamanca, Valladolid and Saragossa. From San Sebastián: Direct flights to Madrid and Barcelona, among other national destinations. From Vitoria: Direct connections to Madrid and Barcelona, among other national destinations. International connection to Paris. From Irún: Direct connections to Lisbon, with stops in Vitoria and San Sebastián. Renfe Spain Pass: card offering travel around Spain for all non-residents. This system is very practical, as it can be used on all AVE long-distance and mid-distance high-speed trains. The Renfe Spain Pass is valid for one month from the first trip and comes in two formats (Business/Club and Tourist). It can be purchased up to six months in advance, and is available for 4, 5, 8, 10 or 12 journeys. For more information or to purchase it directly online, go to the following link: http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/viajes_internacionales/spainpass/index.html Sightseeing trains This area is home to the Transcantábrico sightseeing trains in their Classic and Grand Luxe versions. The route begins in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) and passes through a large part of Green Spain. Another option is the Sightseeing Trains of the North, which offer attractive routes around Asturias, Cantabria, Castile-León and the Basque Country.
Port of Bilbao Connections: Twice-weekly direct route to Portsmouth (United Kingdom). Departure and stopover for pleasure cruises.