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Last minute flights to Bilbao

Departure Tue, 17 Mar Return Tue, 24 Mar
STN London
SDR Santander
return from £14
Departure Sat, 07 Mar Return Sun, 08 Mar
LGW London
BIO Bilbao
return from £62
Departure Wed, 25 Mar Return Sun, 29 Mar
MAN Manchester
SDR Santander
return from £64
Departure Mon, 02 Mar Return Mon, 09 Mar
CDG Paris
SDR Santander
return from £92
Popular flight routes to Bilbao
London - Santander
return from £22
Manchester - Bilbao
return from £54
Edinburgh - Santander
return from £49
Birmingham - Bilbao
return from £147
Bristol - Bilbao
return from £121
Newcastle - Bilbao
return from £172

Trips to Bilbao

Bilbao travel

Shaking off its reputation as merely an industrial port town, Bilbao is now one of Spain's most visited cities, stocked with dazzling art galleries, architectural splendour and a revolutionary food scene. The cosmopolitan city is situated about 10 miles inland from Spain's northern coast, surrounded by green hills. Visitors come to admire the undulating form of the Guggenheim Museum that pays tribute to the city's appreciation of contemporary art and design, be immersed in Basque culture and taste exquisite cuisine - this small city has a seemingly limitless array of high-quality restaurants. The city hums with action around the clock, but there are also plenty of wide open green areas in which to relax. Check out our offers flight + hotel to Bilbao!

Things to do and places to see in Bilbao

Bilbao draws crowds for its shimmering Guggenheim Museum, filled with innovative art. Jockeying for position is the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses a superb collection of paintings by European Masters. The bustling Casco Viejo is Bilbao's atmospheric Old Town, centred around the narrow Las Siete Calles (seven streets) and dotted with 14th century churches, 19th century squares and enticing eateries.

When visiting Bilbao, be sure to:

  • Marvel at Frank Gehry's titanium topped architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum
  • If classical art is your thing, the Museum of Fine Arts boasts collections by El Greco, Goya and Cézanne
  • Tuck into dishes such as bacalao al pil pil (cod slow cooked with garlic) or squid cooked in ink
  • Catch the 100-year-old Funicular de Artxanda up to the top of Artxanda Hill for city panoramas
  • Check out the Modernist Mercado de la Ribera food market, a feast for the eyes and belly
  • Visit during August's "Semana Grande" to witness processions and street parties
  • Savour a meal at one of the city's highly acclaimed restaurants
  • Learn about Basque culture and history at the Bilbao Basque Museum
  • Escape the city hustle and bustle in the leafy gardens of the Doña Casilda Park
  • Understand Bilbao's rich seafaring history at the Bilbao River Maritime Museum
  • See a concert at the Euskalduna Music and Conference Hall
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Bilbao airports

Bilbao, Spain is located close to two airports, Bilbao Airport in the nearby municipality of Loiu, and Santander Airport close to Santander in the region of Cantabria.

  • Bilbao Airport

    Top airlines

    A number of airlines operate cheap flights to Bilbao including: Iberia, Vueling and easyJet.


    Bilbao Airport is located approximately 7 miles from the centre, in the municipality of Loiu.

    Transport options

    The Bizkaibus Line A3247 runs between Bilbao Airport and Bilbao Termibus, via Gran Vía 79, Plaza Moyua and Alameda Recalde 11. Taxis are available in the arrivals area and there are numerous car rental agencies. By car access the city centre via the Artxanda tunnels or the BI-631 road.

  • Santander Airport

    Top airlines

    A number of airlines operate flights to Bilbao via Santander Airport including: Ryanair, Iberia and Vueling.


    Santander Airport is approximately 60 miles west of Bilbao city centre.

    Transport options

    There are car rental agencies in the terminal and Bilbao can be accessed via the A-8 motorway. Alsa buses operate between Santander and Bilbao city centre.

FAQ's about Bilbao

🔍 How can I find cheap flights to Bilbao at Opodo?
At Opodo you can find flights from £14 to Bilbao. Our offers are the result of a combination of different technologies, machine learning algorithms and real searches form our customers in our platform, so you can get the options that better suits your needs when flying to Bilbao.
🖱️ When's the best time to book flights to Bilbao?
The top month to book flights to Bilbao is August, based on our Opodo UK customers. The next most popular booking period for Bilbao flights is July. In third place: September. By this we mean when travellers book their tickets. For the best time to actually travel to Bilbao, read on.
📅 When's the best time to go to Bilbao?
We checked our customers' flight searches, and the winner of best time to fly to Bilbao is... August. The next best month to travel to Bilbao is July. And let's not forget September, the third top choice for when to go to Bilbao. However if you prefer things on the less busy side, we can also tell you (quietly) that the least popular month for flights to Bilbao is January.
✈️ Which airlines fly to Bilbao from the UK?
Airlines flying direct from the UK to Bilbao include:
- Vueling, which flies from London and Birmingham to Bilbao plus from Manchester
- Easyjet, which has flights from London and Manchester as well as Bristol to Bilbao
- British Airways, with flights from London to Bilbao and Glasgow

Indirect flights from the UK to Bilbao include:
- Lufthansa, which flies from London and Manchester and also from Birmingham
- TAP Portugal, with flights from Manchester and London to Bilbao
- Brussels Airlines, which has flights from Birmingham and Edinburgh as well as from London to Bilbao
🕑 How long before a flight to Bilbao should I be at the airport?
If you want to be on time for your flight to Bilbao, make sure to be at the airport at least two to three hours in advance. Check-ins, security controls, customs and boarding the airplane can take some time. At Opodo you can find the best deals for flights to Bilbao departing from over 50 cities and choose from a variety of services that will improve your time at the airport and guarantee a much better travel experience, such as priority boarding and additional luggage. For more convenience, when booking your flight to Bilbao at Opodo you can also add insurance or opt for a refundable fare and have a problem-free trip!
🛄 What is the name of Bilbao’s airport?
Bilbao is served by 2 airport[s]. Bilbao Airport operates flights towards both domestic and international destinations within 50 cities, such as London, Manchester and Paris, the most popular routes.
📌 How far is Bilbao’s airport from the city centre?
Bilbao’s airport Bilbao Airport is located 3 miles from the city centre.
💶 How much is the trip from the airport to Bilbao’s city centre?
By Public transport: The price for the trip is about 1.28 GBP per person. By taxi: If you have more budget and prefer to take a taxi from Bilbao Airport , for example, the average price for the ride to Bilbao centre is around 3.41 GBP per km. By car: For more convenience and freedom during your stay, Opodo has the best offers of car rentals in Bilbao. Pick your preferred car type and get from Bilbao Airport to Bilbao city centre on your own terms.
🗺️ How to get from the airport to Bilbao city centre?
There are many ways to get from Bilbao Airport to central Bilbao:
🚗 Driving:
If you go by car or decide to take a taxi, be aware of traffic. The average travel time from Bilbao Airport to Bilbao city centre when driving is 12 mins, but it may vary depending on the time of the day.
By bus:
Another way to go to Bilbao city center is by bus. On average, it is possible to get there in around 16 mins.
By Bus:
Commuting from Bilbao Airport to central Bilbao by Bus takes around 16 mins, depending on the time and the day of the week.
💳 How much should I budget for a trip to Bilbao?
If you are going to Bilbao, here is a list with an average price of some goods:
  • - Inexpensive Restaurant: 10.24 GBP
  • - Mid Range Restaurante: 34.14 GBP
  • - Cheap Restaurant: 6.83 GBP
  • - Domestic Beer: 2.56 GBP
  • - Imported Beer: 2.56 GBP
  • - Coffee: 1.30 GBP
  • - SoftDrink: 1.78 GBP
  • - Water: 0.93 GBP

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