How to get around Bilbao
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.
Bilbao's metro covers the main points of the city. Travellers can use its two lines to get to beaches and attractive 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 time of the last train varies: from Monday to Friday the Metro closes at 11 pm, and at weekends it is open non-stop 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 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 has also designed taxi tours lasting 2, 3, or 4 hours or a whole day for a set price. They offer different routes around Bilbao and the surrounding area.
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There are several different tickets and fares available. The single ticket is valid for one journey (€1.30 for the bus and €1.60 for the metro) and can be purchased on the bus itself or at vending machines in the metro stations. Travel cards The Creditrans Barik Anónima prepayment card enables up to 10 people to travel together and costs €3. Before use it needs to be toppped up, starting at €5, at the dispensing machines in Metro Bilbao, the Bilbobus and Bizkaibus ticket kiosks, or in over 450 establishments carrying the Barik logo.
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. There are also other transport options for tourists such as the sightseeing bus. Tickets are purchased at the route's departure point (Alameda Mazarredo, 67, beside the Bilbao Turismo) or at any one of the stops. It is valid for 24 hours and allows you to get on and off as many times as you want. Another option are the Bilboats (a 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). Bicycles. 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). More information: Bilbao Town Hall