Bilbao Airport (BIO) is in Loiu, just over 5 miles north of Bilbao’s city centre. In keeping with Bilbao’s designer-conscious spirit, the passenger terminal has two elegant ‘wings’, earning it the local nickname ‘La Paloma’ (the dove). You’ll find a wide range of convenient hotels near Bilbao Airport, offering ideal accommodation for business travellers and for visitors with an early flight to catch.
Facilities at Bilbao Airport
Each year around 4 million passengers travel through Bilbao’s airport. You can take advantage of the business facilities in the Iberia VIP lounge at the terminal, and there are conference and meeting facilities on hand at nearby hotels. There is free WiFi available throughout the Bilbao Airport’s terminal building, and interactive screens offer tourist information 24 hours a day. If you’re settling in to wait for a flight, departure lounge facilities include a children’s play area and a wide range of restaurants and cafes.
How to Get to and from Bilbao Airport
Bilbao Airport offers easy access to both downtown Bilbao with its museums, hotels and attractions, and to the Bilbao Bay area with its world-class conference and exhibition centre facilities. If you’re travelling by public transport, the Bizkaibus bus service runs half-hourly from 05.25 to 21.55, and takes around 20 minutes to travel between the airport and Bilbao city centre. Taxis also operate on a fixed rate tariff from the terminal, and there are a number of car hire firms with bases at Bilbao Airport – but as always, it’s worth reserving a vehicle in advance of your trip.
Finding a Hotel near Bilbao Airport
If you’re looking for hotels near Bilbao Airport, the surrounding suburbs offer up a wide range of business and leisure accommodation, from extended stay apartment-hotels to familiar names such as Holiday Inn. Heading to the centre of the city there’s even more choice; the Casco Viejo Old Town is a cobblestone maze of cafes, restaurants, charming artisan shops and markets which dates back to the 1400s. You’ll find many independent guesthouses, B&Bs and hostels here with plenty of luxe touches. The affluent Indautxu neighbourhood has plenty of four- and five-star options with spas, fitness centres, swimming pools and fashionable bars and restaurants.
Things to do in Bilbao
Since the Guggenheim Museum opened in 1997, Bilbao has transformed from a mostly industrial port city to a bustling cosmopolitan centre of arts and culture. No matter whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, a visit to the iconic gallery is a Bilbao essential. Afterwards, take a stroll through the arcaded Plaza Nueva in the Casco Viejo – it’s one of the best places to discover the delicious pintxo (tapas) bars, which will give you a real taste of local life Bilbao-style.
Green Spaces and Bird’s Eye Views
For a relaxed morning in Bilbao, take a stroll in the leafy Doña Casilda Iturrizar park, famous for its fountains and pond. Then head over to the Old Town and hop onto the funicular railway to Artxanda Mountain, where you can admire superb views of Bilbao over a glass of the local sparkling txacoli wine.