Hello, bilbao

One of the jewels of northern Spain, Bilbao is a city full of surprises and delights. It boasts a unique blend of tradition and modernity, which is reflected in its stunning architecture, rich cultural heritage, and outstanding cuisine. At its heart lies the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, one of the most impressive structures in the world. Its streets are alive with the sound of Euskara, Europe's oldest and most enigmatic language while the Casco Viejo (Old Town) is full of traditional bars for sampling pintxos.

City Information

Essential Information about the city

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Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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Bilbao Airport (BIO)

Bilbao Airport (BIO) is located 6 miles (9,6 kilometres) northwest of the city. BizkaiBus A3247 departs outside the main terminal to Plaza Moyua and Gran Vía (central Bilbao) every 30 minutes from 6:15am–midnight. The journey takes around 30 minutes. Taxis from the airport to and from the centre of town can be hired easily.

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Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

Best Time to Visit

The Basque Country can get chilly and rainy during the winter, so the best time for visiting Bilbao is during the summer months. To avoid the bulk of tourist masses, plan your trip for late April / May or from September to early October, when temperatures are still pleasant and outdoor activities can still be enjoyed.

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Public Transport

Bus Bilbobus covers all the districts in the city. Each line has its own timetable, but the service starts between 6 am and 7 am. The last service departs between 10 pm and 11 pm. The buses leave every 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the lines. Tram The tram is an efficient means of transport in Bilbao. The company Euskotren offers services between 16 stations from Bolueta to La Casilla, passing through Guggenheim.Metro Bilbao has an excellent underground train network. The city's reputation for cutting-edge design even extends to its means of transport. The sleek entrances to Bilbao's metro stations were designed by acclaimed architect Norman Foster.

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Radio Taxi Bilbao+34 944 44 88 88www.taxibilbao.comRadio Taxi Nervión+34 944 26 90 26

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Letter hanging from the ceiling


The Main Post Office is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 8:30pm. There is also a post office at Paseo de Arenal.

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Pharmacy sign in Spain


Pharmacies can be identified by the lit-up green crosses outside of them. A pharmacy on each side of the river:Farmacia Ortopedia Garmendia PurroyFika Kalea, 65, Bilbao+34 944 33 10 38Daily 9am–10pmFarmacia IndautxuAlda Urquijo, 60, Bilbao+34 944 41 14 47Daily 9am–10pm

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Old telephone


Country code: +34Area code for landlines: 94

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