Transportation to and from Bilbao Airport


What is the distance from Bilbao Airport to the centre of Bilbao and San Sebastian?

The centre of Bilbao is relatively close, the distance between Bilbao Airport and Old Town (Casco Viejo) and New Town (Abando) is 13 kilometres / 8.1 miles. By car, it takes about 15 minutes to reach both places. San Sebastian is located 100 kilometres / 62.1 miles from Bilbao Airport, the driving time is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

From BIO Airport to Bilbao City centre by Car
13 km
15 min

Public transport

Bus to Bilbao

Four times per hour a bus leaves in the direction of the city and Bilbao Airport, this is Bizkaibus line A3247. A journey from the airport to Bilbao Termibus takes 25 minutes, the stops Alameda Recalde 14, Moyúa Plaza (Gran Vía 46) and Gran Vía 74 are located in the centre of the city (Abando). The bus station Bilbao Termibus lies in the west of the city, very close to the new football stadium of Athletic Bilbao and metro station San Mamés.

Bus tickets
The price of a ticket is € 3.00 per person, for sale at the bus driver and the ticket office in the public area of the terminal. It’s more economical to travel by public transport in Bilbao if you’re in possession of a Barik card. The first bus from the city departs at 05:15 hours, the last bus from the airport at midnight. Please consult website Bizkaibus for more information.

Bus services

Pesa/Lurraldebus to San Sebastian

Every 30 minutes (1 July until 31 August) to 60 minutes (1 September until 30 June) bus DO50B departs from the airport to San Sebastian and vice versa. The terminus in Donostia-San Sebastián can be found at the new bus station of the city, east of the river Urumea. From here you can walk to the centre of San Sebastian or transfer to a bus or train. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver and online through the website of Pesa. The bus ride between Bilbao Airport and San Sebastian takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The last bus from the airport leaves at 23:45 hours. The first bus from Donostia-San Sebastián leaves early in the morning, especially during the summer months. Tourists and surfers who want to visit the coastal town of Zarautz are lucky. On the way to San Sebastian, the bus stops in Zarautz if there is sufficient interest, after about an hour. Please consult website and timetable Pesa/Lurraldebus for more information (Loiu = Bilbao Airport).

Prices Single Return
Adults € 17.10 € 34.20
Children € 17.10 € 34.20


Bilbao 3-Day Package: Guggenheim, Hotel Stay and Bike Tour

€ 203

This combination package is ideal for first-time visitors to Bilbao. It includes a 3-day/2-night stay at a very centrally-located 4-star hotel, an admission ticket for a visit to the iconic Guggenheim Museum and also a guided tour of the city by bicycle.

From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 7-Day Coach Tour

€ 780

Discover the highlights of the Basque Country on a 7-day tour of Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria. Get back to nature in the Rioja wine producing region, the oak forests of Ayala and the ancient salt flats of Salinas de Leniz.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

€ 62.50

Embark on a 2-hour tour of the collections and learn about the history of the Guggenheim Museum. Admire the work of many postmodern artists and enjoy the magnificent architecture of the Frank Gehry-designed building. Benefit from skip-the-line access.


Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

€ 32

Discover all the main sights of Bilbao, including the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, on a 3-hour guided bike tour. Cycle down pedestrianized streets and along bike lanes for an easy tour with stops at the Euskalduna Palace, Arriaga Theater, and more.

From Bilbao: Elorrio, Oñati, and Sanctuary of Arantzazu Tour

€ 65

Discover the Basque Country - rural villages, palaces, historical buildings and a breathtaking landscape. Visit the oldest University of the Basque Country and see the medieval tower houses.

Bilbao: Basque Cooking Lesson

€ 231

Enjoy a fun interactive class in a nice and relaxed format by the hand of one of the most known chefs in Bilbao.

Tours and transport

From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

€ 65

This half-day tour takes place each Saturday and gives you the opportunity to explore the stunning Basque coastline from Bilbao.

Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

€ 30

Transform your way of discovering Bilbao with a customized guided tour. This is as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Make your time in Bilbao more memorable as you get to know the city and experience it as a local does.

From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

€ 75

It is a full day excursion with guaranteed departures for two or more people on Sundays at 09:00 o'clock in the morning from Bilbao in order to visit Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian.


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