Bilbao hitchhiking and transport tips

Red arch of La Salve Bridge over River Nervión, taken on Campa de los Ingleses Kaia - Bilbao, Spain (89)

Bilbao hitchhiking and transport tips


Bilbao airport is 12 km north of the city and offers international flights to Paris, London, Frankfurt and a host of other places.

The city’s metro, inaugurated in 1995, has two lines (a third is under construction), which connect both banks of the metropolis area. A map can be found by following the link here.

There are three main train stations in Bilbao. The RENFE Abando station (Calle Hurtado de Amézaga 1) is a short walk across the river from Bilbao’s Casco Viejo (old town). From here there are twice daily trains to Madrid (€32.80, 6¼ hours) and Barcelona (€38, nine hours). Next door is the FEVE Concordia station (Calle Bailén 2) which runs services to Cantabria and Asturias. A mile up river is the Euskotren Atxuri station (Calle Atxuri, 6-8) with trains to Mundaka (€2.25, 70 minutes) and hourly to San Sebastián (€6, 2¾ hours).

Close up of city Bilbobus, taken on Navarra Kalea - Bilbao, Spain (19), Bilbao hitchhiking

Bilbao Bus Terminal (Gurtubay Kalea, 1) is located to the west of the city centre near the San Memes train and metro stations, There are regular bus services which run to Barcelona, Madrid, Pamplona and San Sebastian.

City buses are run by Bilbobus who offer numerous city-wide lines and even night buses. Tickets cost 1.25€.  A useful map of all the lines can be downloaded by following the link here

Bilbao lies on the coastal A-8 motorway connecting it with Santander to the west. To the east the E-70 provides a road border to France. The southerly E-804 runs to Logrono and beyond.

Hitch-hiking Out

Red arch of La Salve Bridge over River Nervión, taken on Campa de los Ingleses Kaia - Bilbao, Spain (89), Bilbao hitchhiking

West towards Santander & Oviedo

tested by HitchHikersHandbookWith this one we did have a little help if we are honest as the dad of the person with whom we were couchsurfing, gave us a ride to the Petronor petrol station on the A-8 Autovía de Cantabría. From here it took us around 45 mins to get a ride. For those with no such luck you can take the A3335 to Muskiz from the main bus station, alighting in the village of Abanto y Ciérvana. From here you can walk to the petrol station. Be warned though it doesn’t look like a quick bus ride.

East towards San Sebastian

From the bus station take a bus towards Lekeitio getting off at the Boroa stop (it takes around 20 mins). From here follow the direction of the bus and then take the next left and at the roundabout take another left and walk down to the petrol station. The bus schedule is pre-programmed into google maps here.

Any direction

In the summertime this spot can be quite popular due to its central location. We wouldn’t think it would work ourselves but others seem to have had some success.

written by: Jon

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