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    Car hire in Bilbao - Find Your Perfect Rental

    Bilbao is the largest city of the Basque Country and the tenth largest in Spain. It is a city of history and architecture, blending together the mountains and the sea. This mix makes Bilbao very welcoming. A car hire in Bilbao enables you to roam the Basque country at your leisure. Car hire from Auto Europe will allow you to explore not only the city, but also the beautiful countryside in the Basque country. Whilst in Bilbao, you have to visit the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry. The chrome and metal building houses a large collection of both modern and contemporary art. You can also enjoy an opera play in the Eudkalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, or just marvel at the architecture of this famous building, and many others in Casco Viejo, Bilbao's old town. If you get hungry or thirsty, you are welcome to try some local tapas, cider or wine. You can drive your hire car out to the Artxanda Mountain for a spectacular view of the whole city or along the coast to visit the seaside towns. Plan a visit tothe region with our guide to a road trip in the Basque Country. For peace of mind, take a look at the comments posted by some of our previous customers on our Bilbao car hire reviews page.

    Traffic and parking

    Driving in Bilbao, due to its layout and hills, may seem challenging. The city sprawls down both sides of the river and has 13 bridges crossing it. There are 3 key access routes into Bilbao; the AP-8, which comes from Irun and France, or Santander. On the way from Madrid you may want to take the AP-68, or the A-636 from Burgos. Find out more about driving in Spain in our guide.


    There are many underground car parks in Bilbao. Alternatively you can park your car rental in the street using the Pay and Display option. Some areas of the city are designated for residents only parking, just be careful.

    Geographic Information

    Bilbao, located in the north central part of Spain, is about 12 miles away from the Bay of Biscay. It lies between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees. The weather in Bilbao is normally warm and dry in the summer. Autumn and winter do not see much snow, but rainy weather can be quite common.

    Bilbao Airport

    Bilbao Airport is located approximately 6 miles north of Bilbao. It is a busy airport with about 4 million passengers travelling though it yearly.

    Bilbao Airport (BIO)
    Website: Bilbao Airport
    Telephone: +34 91 321 10 00
    Address: 48180 Loiu, Vizcaya, Spain

    Public Transportation

    Bilbao is a great city for walking and cycling since most of the tourist attractions are close to one another. The metro runs to all the key points in the city centre along with the outlying suburbs. It operates daily from 6am until 11pm apart from weekends and holidays. Bilbao is well-connected with Madrid, Barcelona and Galicia by train. Regular bus service runs to Santander, San Sebastian and Madrid as well.

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