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Flights to Bilbao

The home of the Guggenheim sits proudly in the Basque Country, located in northern Spain. To experience fine art, beautiful landscapes, and excellent cuisine, consider taking a flight to Bilbao. Flights stop at Bilbao Airport, the largest airport in the Basque Country and northern Spain. The airport receives flights from Madrid, Barcelona, Germany, France among other locations. To get to the city centre, travellers can use the buses running throughout the day.

Which is the main airport in Bilbao?

Bilbao Airport is the main airport in the city. It is around 7.5 miles (12km) from the city and easy to reach via buses and taxis. While the airport has lounges for passengers to rest in, they must purchase passes regardless of the class. Other amenities available at the airport include duty free shops, eateries and Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, there are no currency exchanges at the airport. It is, therefore, essential to make money exchanges before taking flights to Bilbao. All the public bus transfers from the airport operate under Bizkaibus and run throughout the day. The buses on Line A3247 leave the airport four times every hour and take approximately 25 minutes to reach the city. There are several stops along the way at Alameda Rekalde, Gran Via, Moyua Plaza, and finally, Bilbao bus station. travellers can purchase tickets from bus drivers or at the ticket office in the airport terminal. To lower transportations costs, travellers should consider acquiring the Barik Card. For those traveling with lots of luggage, there are plenty of taxis on standby at the arrival terminal. travellers can also organize direct transfers to their hotels or hire a rental car and explore Bilbao alone.

Which airlines offer flights to Bilbao?

Several major airlines offer affordable flights to Bilbao. Some of the airlines include Air Portugal, JetBlue Airways, White Airways, Iberia, American Airlines, Delta, Air France, Lufthansa, and Air Canada. Most flights fly indirectly and have layovers in Lisbon, Madrid Barajas Airport, and Brussels.

Why travel by plane to Bilbao?

The fastest and most convenient way to reach Bilbao from the US is by plane. US residents also only require a passport to enter the city. No visas are necessary for travellers staying no more than 90 days. Although there are no direct flights to Bilbao, passengers can book the shortest flights from New York and board at La Guardia, Newark Liberty and JFK airports. The fastest flights to Bilbao take around nine hours and 40 minutes, but the longest can take more than a day. Most flights have stopovers in different cities including Lisbon, Amsterdam, and Istanbul. It is wise to check out the amenities available at each airport when booking flights to Bilbao. For those living near the San Francisco area, there are indirect flights from San Francisco Airport. Passengers in Washington DC can book flights and board at Dulles International Airport or Washington International Airport. travellers can also catch flights from Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Before you travel to Bilbao by plane- good to know!

Bilbao offers an opportunity to dive into fine living. Art enthusiasts flood the Guggenheim before taking walks in the parks and plazas that dot the city. Bilbao is also home to Michelin star restaurants, pintxo bars and family restaurants to dine in. For those with time, consider exploring the city on the Eustroken Tranbia, a tram that runs in two directions. The fare is affordable, and passengers can hop on and off by purchasing the Bilbao card. The card also grants access to public transport, the museum and several discounts. On the tram, travellers venture along the Nervion River, past Guggenheim, and Casco Viejo.

How to Get to Bilbao by Plane

Bilbao is located in Northern Spain, nine miles south from the Bay of Biscay. It is popular with holidaymakers and business travellers many of whom enter the city by plane. Flights to Bilbao from the UK are available from the airports of Manchester, London Stansted and London Heathrow. Airlines operating flights from the UK to Bilbao are easyJet and Vueling. Bilbao Airport is just six miles north of the city and has public bus transport available every thirty minutes throughout the day. The journey from the airport to the city centre only takes about twenty minutes. There are also taxis available outside the terminal building and hire car rental kiosks inside. Some of the larger city hotels also provide airport shuttle services.


When travelling to the Spanish city of Bilbao expect to see wonderful architecture especially in Casco Viejo, the old town. Have a stroll around and take your camera to capture one of the city's most enchanting buildings, Teatro Arriaga, an amazing theatre which holds operas and plays. If you are staying in town on a self-catering basis visit the Mercado De La Ribera, an exciting market place that's packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, many of them local to the area. After your short flight from the UK, chill out on one of Bilbao's spectacular beaches near Sopelana to the east of the city. You can get there by Metro which is cheap and very convenient to use. Business tourism is also popular in Bilbao with many people from the UK who choose to book cost-effective flights to Bilbao online.

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