There are metro stations at all the main focal points of El Ensanche and at Casco Viejo. Tickets cost €1.60 to €1.90 (€0.90 to €1.20 with a Barik card), depending on distance travelled. The metro runs to the north coast from a number of stations on both sides of the river and makes it easy to get to the beaches closest to Bilbao.


Bilbao’s Eusko Tren tramline is a boon to locals and visitors alike. It runs to and fro between Basurtu, in the southwest of the city, and the Atxuri train station. Stops include the Termibus station, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and Teatro Arriaga by the Casco Viejo. Tickets cost €1.50 (€0.73 with a Barik card) and need to be validated in the machine next to the ticket dispenser before boarding.

Tickets & Passes

You can save money by purchasing a Barik card for €3 at metro vending machines, topping it up with credit (from €5) and using it on the metro, tram and bus lines. One card can be used for multiple people, and the card pays for itself after five uses. Single passes can also be purchased from metro machines.


Bilbao is a fairly bike-friendly town, though you don't see that many cyclists about. The best bike lanes are along the riverfront. There are several bike hire outfits in town, including Tourné.


Bilbobus runs citywide bus services and has dozens of different lines, although in general most places of tourist interest are within walking distance of one another.

Car & Motorcycle

If you’re simply staying put in Bilbao then forget about hiring a car. It will cost a lot in parking fees and you won’t need it in the city. If, however, you’re planning on making a number of day trips, a car is handy as intercity buses and trains can be irregular.


As in any city, taxis are convenient and generally more expensive. Expect to pay around €10 to cross central Bilbao. Rates rise after dark. Ride-sharing services like Uber are not currently available in Bilbao.