About Bilbao Airport (BIO)

Bilbao Airport serves the capital of Spain's Biscay province 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.

Airport news:

A large-scale plan to expand the terminal and airport car park have been put on hold by authorities.


Information points are located in the check in hall and in baggage reclaim.


Driving directions:

From central Bilbao, head north on Artxanda-Salbe Tunela, and at the junction, take a right onto the eastbound N-637 towards Aireportua. From here, take the junction 18 exit onto the BI-631 and finally a left turn onto the N-633; this road leads to the airport terminal. The total drive time from central Bilbao to the airport is approximately 15 minutes.

Airport Info

, Carretera Aeropuerto, Bilbao, 48180

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. Journey time is 20 minutes and the single fare is €1.45. Services operate every 30 minutes from 0615-0000. Other routes run from the airport to San Sebastián, Zarautz, Arrasate, Bergara and Elbar.

Taxi:Metered taxis (tel: +34 944 800 909; are readily available outside the terminal. Journey time into the city is about 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions, and the average fare is around €25.

Terminal facilities


There are ATMs available both in Departures and Arrivals.


There is a full-service restaurant in Departures, along with a fast food outlet offering Mediterranean-style snacks. In the boarding area, there is a self-service cafeteria, and there is another café in the public zone.


There is a large shopping centre in Departures, offering duty-free goods to passengers leaving the EU. Additionally there is a women's fashion outlet, a delicatessen selling regional foods, and a choice of newsagents and bookstores.


A lost property office (tel: +34 91 321 1000) is situated in the check-in area of the airport. Luggage trolleys are provided where required, 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

Disabled facilities:

The terminal is fully wheelchair-accessible, and pre-arranged assistance is available for all aspects of the airport's service (tel: +34 91 321 1000). A wheelchair drop-off/pick-up space is provided outside the terminal entrance.

Car parking:

Short-stay parking (up to 30 minutes) is located opposite the terminal. The main car park is about 100m (328ft) away, and connected to the building via tunnel – it has capacity for nearly 3,000 vehicles. 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.