Car Rental Bilbao

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$26.65 / per day
Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$27.26 / per day
Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$27.67 / per day
Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$28.30 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Pulsar or similar
Nissan Pulsar
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Rhodium
$28.90 / per day
Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$29.07 / per day
Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$30.15 / per day
Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$30.26 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
EUR
Country code
34
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$35.52 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Bilbao?

Bilbao is a great place to explore by car. Developed and modern, yet with a touch of exciting history, it offers plenty to see. Its proximity to other great cities, traditional villages, stunning natural areas, and some of Europe’s best surfing spots make it a great base for exploring the rest of the Basque region as well.

Top ways to enter Bilbao

  • Bilbao Airport: Located just 9km (5.4 miles) north of Bilbao city center, the largest airport in the Basque country hosts many flights to and from Southern and Western Europe, as well as some flights to the northern and eastern parts of the continent. One of the best airports in Spain according to various surveys, it served 5.5 million travelers in 2018.
  • Santander Airport: Serving the capital city of the neighboring Cantabria region, Santander Seve Ballesteros Airport is much smaller than its counterpart in Bilbao, yet offers many flights by low-cost carriers. The airport is just an hour’s drive west of Bilbao along the Bay of Biscay.
  • Biarritz Airport: Another small and cozy airport near Bilbao, Biarritz Airport is located in nearby France. It offers convenient connections to Paris, Lyon, Geneva, London, and other Western European destinations. Biarritz Airport is just a 90-minute drive from Bilbao, but keep in mind that you’ll be crossing an international border, so first make sure your car rental provider permits it.
  • Pamplona Airport: The capital city of the neighboring Navarre region is only served by two airlines, but offers year-long flights to and from Madrid and Frankfurt, as well as seasonal flights to the Balearic Islands. Pamplona Airport is less than two hour’s drive southeast of Bilbao.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Bilbao by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Bilbao Train Station, Bilbao-Abando.
  • By sea: If you arrive in Bilbao by ferry, you can easily pick up your rental car at the Port of Bilbao.

Useful city facts

  • Bilbao enjoys an oceanic climate. Its summers are warm (but rarely extremely hot) and quite dry, while its winters are mild and wet. The average temperature is 21°C (69°F) in August, the warmest month, and 9°C (48°F) in January.
  • Because of its proximity to the Bay of Biscay, the average altitude of Bilbao is only 19m (62ft). However, there are two impressive mountain ranges nearby, the Cantabrian Mountains to the west and the Pyrenees to the east. Both offer excellent hiking, skiing, and wildlife-watching opportunities.

 

Top destinations and activities

  • Guggenheim Museum. A landmark of Bilbao, it is also one of the most famous modern art museums in the world. Paying homage to Bilbao’s many sailors and fishermen, the museum’s largest gallery was projected to resemble the fins of a fish (and was for a time, indeed, called the Fish Gallery). Works by Mark Rothko, Francesco Clemente, and many other famous artists can be found inside. A visit to Bilbao is incomplete without seeing the Guggenheim.
  • La Ria Maritime Museum. Located in the former shipyard of the city, this museum is made up of both indoor and outdoor exhibitions telling the story of the proud Basque seafaring history. Even if you’re not particularly interested in the topic, seeing this unique building is an awesome experience.
  • Santiago Cathedral. First built during the 12th century and heavily enlarged over later centuries, this gothic church is named after the patron saint of Bilbao. In the center of a larger architectural complex that also includes a fountain and a square, the cathedral is also an important milestone for those who walk the Way of Saint James (the Camino de Santiago).

Traffic and parking tips

  • Speed limits - 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas, 90km/h (56mph) on most standard roads, 100km/h (62mph) on standard roads that are either one-way roads, roads with more than two lanes for at least one direction of traffic and roads with shoulders more than 1.5m wide, and 120km/h (74mph) on motorways (called autovías in Spain).
  • Despite being close to the sea, Bilbao is a surprisingly hilly city. Many of its streets are very steep and narrow, so be extra cautious, especially if you’ve chosen a large vehicle.
  • The car’s registration and insurance documentation always have to be inside the vehicle.
  • The driver and all passengers are required to wear seatbelts.
  • Children up to the age of 12 and measuring less than 135cm traveling in the front seat of a car must be seated in a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight.
  • Unnecessary use of audible warning devices (horns) is prohibited.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
  • The emergency number is 112.

 

Toll roads

Most of the roads in Spain are toll-free. Toll roads are called ‘carretera de peaje’. On maps and road signs, all toll roads have to include a letter P after the road type. The acceptable payment methods may vary depending on the road, but most will accept cash. Regardless of the region, the average estimated price is €9.5 ($11.25) per 100km by car. See the official website for prices and more information.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • San Sebastián. Located on the French border and also known by its Basque name Donostia, this city is famous not only for having the most Michelin three-star restaurants per person in Europe, but also for its long impressive promenade, history of human settlement dating back as far as 25 thousand years, and as an important center for Basque language and culture. San Sebastián is about 100km (62 miles) east of Bilbao, a distance that can be traveled by car in a little more than 1 hour.
  • Vitoria. Also known as Gasteiz, the capital of the Euskadi Province gets less attention than its other two cities, Bilbao and San Sebastian. It is nevertheless a charming and relaxing place to visit thanks to its Medieval town center, modern museums, and many cultural events. Located just a 45-minute drive south of Bilbao, it’s easy to go there and see for yourself. 
  • Mundaka. An otherwise calm, pretty, and quiet place like many other small towns in Spain, Mundaka also offers some of the best surfing opportunities in Europe. The impressive waves coming from the Bay of Biscay have set some serious records and are an impressive sight to behold, let alone surf; however, beginners can also find plenty of opportunities in the area. Mundaka is just a 40-minute drive northeast of Bilbao.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental cars in Bilbao are the Nissan Pulsar, the Ford Fiesta, and the Opel Corsa, while the most popular rental car types are compact, economy, and intermediate.

Further destinations

  • Cantabria. Less populated and more remote than the neighboring Basque Country, Cantabria is famous for its beautiful natural areas, from its long, pristine beaches to the green Cantabrian mountains that have wildlife like European bison, brown bears, and wolves. More than anywhere else in Spain, it feels like true wilderness. The area also has a unique culture and set of beliefs that are still alive in small villages and can be learned about in its towns. Santander, the region’s capital, is just 100km (62 miles) west of Bilbao.
  • Biarritz. Located in the Basque country, but on the other side of the border, Biarritz feels both similar and different to places like Bilbao and San Sebastián. While undoubtedly Basque, its French influences are also clearly noticeable when it comes to food, buildings, and lifestyle. Traveling further up the coast, you’ll soon reach France proper, starting with the famous city of Bordeaux. Coming from Bilbao by car, Biarritz can be reached in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Keep in mind that you’ll have to cross a national border, so first, ask your rental car provider if they permit it.
  • Madrid. Large and modern, Madrid is one of the very few European capitals that can also feel extremely cozy and accessible. Come here in June or July when most local inhabitants are away on their summer vacations, and you’ll have the city’s impressive boulevards, museums, and churches practically all to yourself. Madrid is exactly 400km (250 miles) southwest of Bilbao and can be reached by car in four hours. 

How can I save money on my rental car?

Try these tricks to get a great car rental deal in the Basque Country:

  • Compare  the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Bilbao is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 70% cheaper than the yearly average and an entire 85% cheaper than renting a car in April. Come visit the Basque coast in winter!

Top 20 Cities near Bilbao

  1. Barcelona Car Rentals from $17.68 per day
    466.8 km / 290.1 miles away
  2. Madrid Car Rentals from $15.32 per day
    318.0 km / 197.6 miles away
  3. Malaga Car Rentals from $6.47 per day
    749.1 km / 465.5 miles away
  4. Alicante Car Rentals from $10.19 per day
    591.8 km / 367.7 miles away
  5. Seville Car Rentals from $16.95 per day
    701.2 km / 435.7 miles away
  6. Valencia Car Rentals from $12.33 per day
    469.7 km / 291.9 miles away
  7. Girona Car Rentals from $19.35 per day
    489.5 km / 304.1 miles away
  8. Granada Car Rentals from $26.36 per day
    683.7 km / 424.9 miles away
  9. 449.1 km / 279.1 miles away
  10. A Coruña Car Rentals from $22.35 per day
    442.3 km / 274.8 miles away
  11. Santander Car Rentals from $26.92 per day
    74.8 km / 46.5 miles away
  12. Jerez Car Rentals from $13.02 per day
    776.6 km / 482.6 miles away
  13. Asturias Car Rentals from $18.71 per day
    253.9 km / 157.8 miles away
  14. Vigo Car Rentals from $39.19 per day
    481.4 km / 299.1 miles away
  15. Almeria Car Rentals from $48.41 per day
    719.4 km / 447.0 miles away
  16. Reus Car Rentals from $33.78 per day
    412.3 km / 256.2 miles away
  17. Valladolid Car Rentals from $35.62 per day
    238.3 km / 148.1 miles away
  18. Murcia Car Rentals from $11.35 per day
    629.4 km / 391.1 miles away
  19. Cadiz Car Rentals from $35.20 per day
    806.1 km / 500.9 miles away
  20. Zaragoza Car Rentals from $23.06 per day
    245.4 km / 152.5 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Bilbao

  1. Bilbao, Downtown Car Rentals from $33.50 per day
  2. Bilbao Airport Car Rentals from $26.65 per day
    4.8 km / 3.0 miles away
  3. 74.5 km / 46.3 miles away
  4. 74.7 km / 46.4 miles away
  5. 115.7 km / 71.9 miles away
  6. Pamplona Airport Car Rentals from $47.20 per day
    117.6 km / 73.1 miles away
  7. 232.7 km / 144.6 miles away
  8. 234.0 km / 145.4 miles away
  9. 243.1 km / 151.0 miles away
  10. Asturias Airport Car Rentals from $18.71 per day
    253.2 km / 157.3 miles away
  11. 309.6 km / 192.4 miles away
  12. Madrid Airport Car Rentals from $15.32 per day
    313.2 km / 194.6 miles away
  13. 316.2 km / 196.5 miles away
  14. Reus Airport Car Rentals from $33.78 per day
    411.0 km / 255.4 miles away
  15. 419.2 km / 260.5 miles away
  16. 441.0 km / 274.1 miles away
  17. 443.6 km / 275.6 miles away
  18. 447.4 km / 278.0 miles away
  19. 466.1 km / 289.6 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Bilbao?

Car rental prices in Bilbao vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Bilbao
$14.59
January
$82.32
February
$30.74
March
$115.82
April
$56.56
May
$52.97
June
$93.24
July
$59.60
August
$36.90
September
$35.09
October
$38.10
November
$38.10
December
The best month to rent a car in Bilbao is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $14.59). This is 73% cheaper than the yearly average and 87% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $115.82 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Bilbao?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 6 days in October, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Bilbao
6
January
5
February
4
March
4
April
4
May
6
June
5
July
4
August
5
September
3
October
4
November
4
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Bilbao?

While travelers visit Bilbao year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is October.
Bilbao Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
93%
January
93%
February
100%
March
89%
April
117%
May
140%
June
180%
July
157%
August
89%
September
October
71%
November
70%
December

Top 15 Suppliers for Bilbao in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.3
0034 871 180 192
Aeropuerto Bilbao. Planta 3. Salidas Puerta Embarque 4, 48180, Vizcaya
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
0034 944 533 340
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, AEROPUERTO DE LOIU
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
0034 944 533 340
Aeropuerto de Loiu, Barrio Gaztanaga, 48180 Bilbao
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
0034 944 533 340
Aeropuerto de Loiu, Barrio Gaztanaga, 48180 Bilbao
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.8
0034 902 105 055
Bilbao Airport, P1 car park 48180 Loiu, Vizcaya
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
0034 911 505 000
Bilbao Airport, P1 car park 48180 Loiu, Vizcaya
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0034 902 101 780
Aeropuerto De Bilbao - Loiu Car Return: 4th Floor
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
0034 902 101 780
Aeropuerto De Bilbao - Loiu Car Return: 4th Floor
Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Excellent 8.1
0044 8 435 081 118
30 Errotazarre Pab Poligono Astikene, 48160 Derio, Bizkaia
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.7
0034 965 233 425 / 0034 965 233 166 / 0034 918 344 064
Holiday Inn Express Bilbao, Zarandoa, 5, 48160 Derio, VIZCAYA
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.5
0034 965 233 425 / 0034 965 233 166 / 0034 918 344 064
Holiday Inn Express Bilbao, Zarandoa, 5, 48160 Derio, VIZCAYA
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.2
0034 965 343 186 / 001 877 822 3872
Zarandoa, 5, 48160 Derio, Vizcaya
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.1
0034 911 501 183 / 0034 965 233 166
Holiday Inn Express Bilbao, Zarandoa, 5, 48160 Derio, VIZCAYA
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
0034 666 425 221
Bilbao Airport Loiu 48180 Bizkaia
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7
0034 965 233 425 / 0034 965 233 166 / 0034 918 344 064
Holiday Inn Express Bilbao, Zarandoa, 5, 48160 Derio, VIZCAYA

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