Car Hire in Bilbao Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Hiring a car form Bilbao Airport can take you into the heart of Basque country in just a few minutes – here are the best prices on the car hire companies in Bilbao Airport. See the top 10 beaches in Spain.
Where to hire a car in Bilbao Airport
Europcar, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt have branches in Bilbao Airport. All of the desks are located within the car park on the ground floor of the terminal building, so you won’t have to walk far to pick up your new car.
Petrol stations close to Bilbao Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
You won’t have to head far to top up the car – the petrol station is just 6 minutes away. Head out of the airport on the N633, and turn right on San Esteban Auzoa. Take the 3rd exit on the roundabout to stay onn San Esteban Auzoa, then turn right into the station.
Driving around Bilbao Airport
Bilbao Airport is based just outside of Bilbao city centre, on the eastern side. To the east of the airport, you have the rest of the Basque country, and to the west you have the city – and even more of the Basque country. It’s fairly easy to drive around the country roads here, but it can get busy in the town centres. There has been some regeneration, but there are also the odd small narrow, one way streets in Bilbao. There are plenty of parking faciltiies in Bilbao, especially around the exhibition centre.
Popular destinations to drive to from Bilbao Airport
The city still has that rough and ready feel, but it’s been polished of with the influx of creative looking for the Guggenheim museum. Slip away from the beach for a few hours to soak up some Spanish design instead.
Exit the airport using the N633, and continue 2.4km. Take the exit towards the E70 toward Bilbao, and merge onto BI-631, then take exit 9 for 4km. Continue to take exit 14 for Bilbao, using Túnel Artxanda-La Salve – but beware, this is a toll road. Stay left to stay on this road, then continue onto Salbeko Zubia to get to the centre of Bilbao.
Admittedly, Barakaldo is better known for it’s football team than anything else but it’s still a great area to stay in Biscay.
Exit the airport using the N633 and merge onto the N637 for 9km, then use the exit for Barakaldo. Merge onto Ibañez de Betolaza Playabarri Auzoa, and follow the signs for the city centre. There’s plenty of parking spaces around the football stadium, as well as a few pay and display options in the centre.
There are plenty of places to visit around Biscay, and many travellers choose to road trip along the coast using the A8 up to Santander. The coast here is rough and rugged, but the villages inland are warm and charming with plenty of opportunities to try a glass of Rioja. Alternatively, you could drive east to San Sebastian.