Bilbao Airport


Bilbao airport serves not just the city of the same name but the majority of the Basque region and northern Spain. It should be noted that for goods and freight the airport of Vitoria is used so keeping Bilbao free of cargo and a pleasant experience for passengers.

As an important city in Spains industrial north the airport in Bilbao has a good selection of direct flights to international and domestic destinations with major flag carriers of European countries offering business links. Indeed if the passenger is travelling from the USA it is possible to make one change in Frankfurt of Paris and fly direct to Bilbao.

Finally for the tourist visitor to Spain intending to "start at the top" and work their way down through Spain one would do well to begin in Bilbao.

Transport to and from

As expected of a Spanish regional airport expected to provide fast links to the business community the airport has excellent road and public transport infrastructure serving the whole of the North east of Spain incluiding the Pais Vasco provinces of Gipuzcoa, Vizcaya and Alaba.

  • By road: Nothing more than leaving the terminal building one can see the nearby Motorways (A-8 and AP-68) that connect Bilbao to nearby San Sebastian, Irun and Pamplona. The same motorways connect to the A-1 and onto the capital, Madrid, in around 4 hours.
  • By Taxi: Taxis are available just outside the terminal doors and fares start at around 20€ to Bilbao city center.
  • By Bus: Two bus routes depart from the stops outside the terminal building. The Bilbao airport Bilbao bus provided by Bizkaibus takes around 30 minutes to the center of Bilbao and operates every 30 minutes between 0615 and 0001. At 1,30€ for the trip its a genuine bargain.

    A second bus route provided by the coach company Pesa connects central San Sebastian with Bilbao airport. Journey times are an hour and a quarter but the stunning scenery of Northern Spain makes time fly. Tickets can be purchased inside the airport terminal and cost 15€ in each direction.

Bilbao airport terminal

Airlines and destinations

As well as enjoying a healthy number of frequent flights to varied destination the airport in Bilbao also has a unique terminal design intended to mark the difference between airports in passengers minds.

Domestic airlines and destinations

Domestic flights to multiple destinations throughout Spain are operated many times daily offering passengers a number of convenient timings to choose from.

  • A Coruña flights by Air Nostrum / Iberia - Regional
  • Alicante flights by Air Nostrum / Iberia - Regional
  • Barcelona flights by Iberia, Spanair and Vueling - Low cost and Legacy
  • Fuertaventura flights by Air Europa - Legacy
  • Gran Canaria flights by Air Europa and Spanair - Low cost and Legacy
  • Lanzarote flights by Air Europa and Spanair - Low cost and Legacy
  • Madrid flights by Iberia, Spanair and Quantum Air - Mix of low cost and legacy
  • Malaga flights by Vueling and Quantum Air - Low cost
  • Palma de Mallorca flights by Air Berlin, Air Europa and Quantum Air - Low cost
  • Santiago de Compostela flights by Air Nostrum / Iberia - Regional
  • Sevilla, Seville flights by Air Nostrum, Vueling and Quantum Air - Regional and low cost
  • Tenerife North flights by Air Europa - Legacy
  • Tenerife South flights by Air Europa and Spanair - Legacy and low cost
  • Valencia flights by Air Nostrum / Iberia - Regional
  • Vigo flights by Air Nostrum / Iberia - Regional

International flights and destinations

Connections from Bilbao airport to Europes international hubs:

  • Brussels flights by Brussels Airlines
  • Dusseldorf flights by Lufthansa
  • Frankfurt flights by Lufthansa
  • Lisbon flights by TAP air Portugal
  • London Heathrow and Stansted flights by Easyjet and Vueling
  • Munich flights by Lufthansa
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle flights by Air France
  • Stuttgart flights by Lufthansa

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