Car hire Bilbao: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Bilbao

Bilbao city centre
Bilbao Airport (BIO): 3 mi from city centre

Car hires in Bilbao: practical information

Where to rent a car in Bilbao

Basque Country is calling! Are you planning a holiday in Bilbao? The city and surrounding region are rich in cultural and natural treasures and the best way to explore is without a doubt with a Bilbao rental car.

The cheapest car hires in Bilbao are from the airport. You’ll find all the usual contenders like Hertz, Budget, Atesa, Sixt, among others.

Driving in Bilbao: parking and other tips

Bilbao itself can be tricky to drive in for first-timers. Hilly, one-way streets are common. As for parking, there are several underground car parks which are ideal for longer stays. Street parking is metered and strictly enforced.

Ideally, choose a hotel in Bilbao that offers free parking. This will make your holiday much more stress-free!

Road trips from Bilbao: what to do, what to see

Guernica

Bilbao to Guernica

Guernica is an important place for Spanish history. It was site of the first air bomb during the Spanish civil war. The attack inspired one of Picasso’s most famous paintings, called Guernica which is on display in Madrid. Sights to see include the Gernika Peace Museum Foundation, Euskal Herria Museum and the Park of the Peoples of Europe.

San Sebastian

Bilbao to San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a treat and features one of the best in-city beaches in Europe. There are few others places where you can sunbathe on golden sand right next to major historical museums and churches. Don’t miss a hike up to Monte Igueldo for a view over La Concha! For art fans, head to the western end of Playa de Onderreta to see Eduardo Chillida’s sculpture called “Wind Combs.”

Sopelana

Bilbao to Sopelana

Located just a short distance to the north of Bilbao, Sopelana boasts some amazing beaches, upscale resorts and fabulous surfing. The city’s two best beaches are Barinatxe and Arriertara and have great breaks for surfers as they’re exposed to the Bay is Biscay. When you’re not on the beaches in Sopelana, take the chance to enjoy some pintxos, Basque-style tapas.

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Interrent
£9 per day Verify
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Volkswagen Up Mini, 2/4 Door, Manual
Goldcar Rental
£9 per day Verify
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Smart Forfour Mini, 2/3 Door, Manual
Leasys
£9 per day Verify
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Ford Ka Mini, 2/4 Door, Manual
Ok Rent a Car
£11 per day Verify
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Fiat 500 Mini, 2/3 Door, Manual
Alamo Rent a Car
£15 per day Verify
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Toyota Aygo Mini, 2/4 Door, Manual
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
£18 per day Verify
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Seat Ibiza Economy, 4/5 Door, Manual
Alamo Rent a Car
£18 per day Verify
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Ford Focus Compact, 2/4 Door, Manual
Ok Rent a Car
£20 per day Verify
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Renault Clio Economy, 2/4 Door, Manual
Keddy
£21 per day Verify
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Citroen C1 Mini, 2/4 Door, Manual
Free2Move
£22 per day Verify
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Citroën Berlingo Intermediate, Van, Manual
Sixt
£23 per day Verify
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Opel Corsa Economy, 2/4 Door, Manual
Free2Move
£26 per day Verify
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Opel Crossland X Compact, Monospace, Manual
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
£27 per day Verify
Seat Leon Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto
Rent a car
£29 per day Verify
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Peugeot 308 Compact, 4/5 Door, Manual
Free2Move
£32 per day Verify
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Peugeot 208 Economy, 4/5 Door, Manual
Ok Rent a Car
£35 per day Verify
Volkswagen Golf Compact, 4/5 Door, Manual
Budget
£38 per day Verify
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Opel Economy, 4/5 Door, Manual
Free2Move
£44 per day Verify
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Citroën Jumpy Cabine Approfondie FullSize, Commercial, Manual
Europcar
£90 per day Verify
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Nissan Micra Economy, 2/3 Door, Manual
Sixt
£259 per day Verify
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Citroen C3 Economy, 2/4 Door, Manual

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