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About Bilbao Airport (BIO)

Bilbao Airport serves the capital of Spain’s Biscay province,  Bilbao, in the country’s Basque region. It is known for its distinctive main terminal, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava. Our guide to the airport is a useful resource for travellers, with information regarding terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.


Information points are located on the first floor on the baggage reclaim hall and the third floor in the check-in hall.


Driving directions:

From central Bilbao, head north on Artxanda-Salbe Tunela and at the junction take a right onto N-637 towards Aireportua. From here, take the exit onto the BI-631, and finally, take exit 11 for N-633; this road leads to the airport terminal. The total drive time from central Bilbao to the airport is approximately 10 minutes.

Airport Info



Bilbao Airport is located approximately 11km (6.5 miles) north of Bilbao city centre.

No. of terminals:

+34 91 321 1000

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus: Bizkaibus (tel: +34 902 222 265; operates service A3247 between the airport and the city centre. Buses depart every 30 minutes and a single-trip ticket is €1.45. Other routes run from the airport to San Sebastián, Zarautz, Arrasate, Bergara and Elbar.

Taxi: Metered taxis are readily available outside the terminal on the first floor. Journey time into the city is about 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions, and a minimum charge of 5.87 - €6.45 applies.

Terminal facilities


There are ATMs available in the departures and arrivals halls.


There are two full-service restaurants in the departures area, along with a Burger King. A restaurant in the arrivals area serves prepared salads and snacks.


There is a large shopping centre in Departures, offering duty-free goods to passengers leaving the EU.


A lost property office (tel: +34 944 869 801) is situated in the baggage reclaim area. Luggage trolleys are provided, and a baggage wrapping service is also available. Left luggage services are not available at the airport.


There is a children’s play area in the arrivals hall on the first floor.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

There are no meeting rooms in the airport, but the Bilbao VIP lounge offers PCs and basic business facilities. Conference facilities are offered by some nearby hotels.

Communication Facilities:

Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout Bilbao Airport. A post box is available on the third floor of the check-in area.

Disabled facilities:

The terminal is fully wheelchair-accessible, and pre-arranged assistance is available for all aspects of the airport’s service.

Car parking:

Short-stay parking lots are located past the departures and arrivals area. The main car park is about 100m (328ft) away from the terminal and connects to the main building through a tunnel. The long-stay car park is also very close to the terminal, and is also linked by a covered walkway.

Car rental:

Car hire companies: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt are represented at the airport. Desks are located in the parking area opposite the terminal.

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