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


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.”


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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