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Bilbao airport car hire

Airport Code: BIO

If you're looking to avoid the heavy traffic and longer lines that come with flying into a major airport, you may want to consider Bilbao Airport for your next trip to Spain.  Bilbao is a public airport located 9 km north of Bilbao, in the municipality of Loiu.  It is the most important airport of the Basque Country and northern Spain, with around 4 million passengers per year.  You can reach the city easily on your arrival with a Bilbao Airport car hire.

Bilbao's terminal is quite notable for its sleek design, featuring two symmetrical "wings" and a sharp tip at its centre which is especially visible when approaching the terminal from the sides.  This unique design earned the airport the nickname of "La Paloma" (The Dove), and to complete the look the exterior was constructed using white concrete and glass.  The interior of Bilbao's terminal is an open and luminous space, with a much airier feel than most airports.

The city of Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión river.  Bilbao and the Basque Country have a milder climate than most other parts of the peninsula, still oceanic yet with cooler temperatures in the summer and more rain.  This supports the lush green hills of Bilbao.  There are many fantastic museums and places of interest in the area, which has less traffic than the larger cities of Spain and is much easier to navigate with car hire from Bilbao Airport.

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Car hire companies operating in Bilbao Airport include:

  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • National Atesa
  • Europcar

Find discount car rental options by booking with us your cheap car hire vehicle in Bilbao Airport.

You'll get amazing discounts and car rental deals for 7 seater, 9 seater, luxury cars or any other type of vehicle required for your car rental needs in Bilbao Airport.

For further information on booking your rental car, visit our section How to book a rental car in Bilbao.

Additional Airport Information

Airport Name: Bilbao, Spain

Airport Code: BIO

Telephone: +34 913 21 10 00

Distance: Bilbao city || 7 Miles / 12 km / 25 minutes by rental car from Downtown Bilbao

Address: 48180 Loiu / Vizcaya, Bilbao, Biscay, Spain

Timezone: GMT+1

Population: 353,340


Teatro Arriga

Reminiscent of the Opera House in Paris, the theatre features an ornate façade and a beautiful interior. Both the theatre and the square in front of it were named after a famous composer from Bilbao, Juan Crosótomo de Arriaga.

Mercado de la Rivera

Visit this market when you drive over to see the Iglesia de San Antón as they are situated close together on Rivera Street.  This is one of the biggest covered markets in Europe, where you can find fish and other fresh produce every morning.  Bring all your goodies back to your hotel in your hire car.

Palacio de la Diputación

Situated on the Grand Via, this ornately decorated palace was built in 1897 to serve as the seat of the Diputación Foral de Bizkaia.  A Baroque-style monument, its interior is just as lavish as its exterior, featuring stunning stained glass windows.


Day Trips

Doña Casilda Iturrizar Park

Spend the afternoon strolling through this lovely park, admiring the ponds and gardens.  Here you can also visit Bilbao's Fine Arts Museum

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Park your Bilbao car hire near the docks and set out on a daytrip by boat to the breathtaking island between Bilbao and Bermeo.  San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a small but notable chapel situated on the island, but it's the entire trip which makes the visit worthwhile.


Reserve a cheap car hire in Bilbao, Spain and take a day trip to explore the beautiful countryside through the lovely Basque Country.  With its tidal rivers, its two majestic mountain ranges, and its lush green plains, this area is definitely one deserving of time spent to admire its scenic views.  Take the Transporter Bridge from Getxo to get to the charming little town of Portugalete.


Hotel Ilunion Bilbao

C/ Rodriguez Arias, 66

48013 Bilbao

Tel: +34 902 42 42 42

Hotel Petit Palace Arana

Bidebarrieta, 2 Bilbao (Biscay)

48005, Spain.

Phone: +34 944 156 411

Fax: +34 944 161 205

Don't miss our detailed section on Bilbao Hotels for a better look at your options.

Airlines Providing Airport Services to Bilbao, Spain

  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Berlin
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Air Nostrum L.A. Mediterráneo
  • Brussels Airlines
  • EasyJet
  • Iberia
  • Lufthansa
  • Spanair
  • Tailwind Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Vueling
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