Book your next car hire from Bilbao Airport through Auto Europe, and you will have the whole north of Spain at your fingertips! Visit Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum and the city's other myriad architectural delights, or tour the Basque coastal towns - either way, Bilbao Airport is the perfect place to start your journey, offering numerous attractive deals with our partner car rental companies. Explore the Basque Country during a road trip with our latest guide!
Bilbao Airport (BIO)
Official Name: Bilbao Airport
Address: 48180 Loiu, Bizkaia, Spain
Location: The airport is located within Biscay, inside the Loiu municipality. The distance from the airport to central Bilbao is about 5.5 miles.
Airlines operating at Bilbao Airport: Bilbao Airport is an important hub for Vueling, and offers flights to many European destinations. Flights from the UK are offered by British Airways from London-Heathrow, easyJet from London-Stansted and Manchester, and by Vueling from London-Gatwick.
The airport has one passenger terminal, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened as recently as 2000. Due to the elegant winged shape of the terminal building, it has been nicknamed "The Dove".
There are two main floors to the terminal building. Arrivals are on the ground floor, and departures, including check-in, are on the upper floor. Boarding gates are divided between the ground floor and the mezzanine.
To pick up your car hire at Bilbao Airport, head over to the car rental desks on the car park's P0 floor. You can access this floor through the passageway in the terminal's underground P-1 level. Remember to bring your driving licence, credit card and car hire voucher with you, as these will be necessary for picking up your vehicle.
|Alamo and Enterprise||Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 11.30 pm
Saturday-Sunday 7am to 11pm
|Avis and Budget||Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 11.30 pm
Saturday-Sunday 7.30am to 11.30pm
|Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty||Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 11.59 pm
Saturday-Sunday 7.30am to 11.30pm
|Europcar and Keddy||Monday-Friday 7.30 am to 11.30 pm
Saturday-Sunday 8am to 11.30pm
|Goldcar||12.01 am to 1:00 am and 6:00 am to 11.59 pm|
|Rhodium||12.01 am to 1:00 am and 6:00 am to 11.59 pm|
|Sixt||12.01 am to 12.30 am and 7:00 am to 11.59 pm|
Most of the dining options at Bilbao Airport are located airside in the departures area, where you can find multiple cafés and restaurants, as well as a delicatessen. A cafeteria is also located in the arrivals hall. Similarly, shopping opportunities, including a duty free shop, a shop offering women's clothing and accessories, and a newsagent's, are located airside within departures. In the departures public area you will find a kiosk for smaller snacks and travel accessories.
There are cashpoints in both the arrivals and departures halls. You may enjoy free use of the Wi-Fi, available throughout the airport, for the first 30 minutes, after which access must be purchased. You can make use of the airport's information services at service points located in baggage reclaim and in the departures hall.
You can get to centralBilbao in a flash from the airport - the drive along the N-637 takes only about 15 minutes. Other coastal destinations in northern Spain can also be reached easily. San Sebastian is about an hour's drive in the eastern direction on the AP-8, whereas Santander can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes heading west on the A-8. More itineraries in Spain and useful driving tips can be found here.
In terms of public transportation, there are bus services to central Bilbao and the region. Bizkaibus offers a service to Bilbao every 20 minutes during the day, which stops on Gran Via, Paza Moyua, and Alameda Recalde. Regional buses are operated by Pesa. The service to San Sebastian departs every hour, and the service with stops in Arrasate, Bergara and Eibar departs six times a day. All the buses have stops at both the arrivals and departures levels.
When parking in Bilbao, you either have the option of using on-street parking, which operates on a pay and display basis, or one of the underground car parks. Make careful note of signs, as in some parts of Bilbao parking is reserved for residents.