Car Hire Bilbao

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Hertz at Bilbao

The great colourful city of Bilbao is northern Spain’s cultural and economic centre. Perfectly suited for discovering its wealth of galleries and museums, or enjoying a spot of shopping and sightseeing, Bilbao begs to be explored to the fullest. As well as the famous titanium-clad Guggenheim gallery and beautiful sandy beaches of Getxo, Bilbao is also the perfect base for trips along the spectacular coast and countryside.

Discover the best of Bilbao with the convenience of a pick-up point at Bilbao De Loiu airport. Alternatively, stop by at our location on Plaza de San Pio X, a major intersection just north of the river.

Whether you’re visiting Bilbao on business or want to pack in as much sightseeing as possible, it’s our pleasure to get you out on the road as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Pickup Locations Bilbao

  • Bilbao Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-2400, Sa-Su 0730-2330

    Address: De Loiu Airport

    Phone: +34 94 4530931

  • Plaza Pio X

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1300 1630-1900, Sa 1030-1300, Su closed

    Address: Plaza Pio X, 2, , Puente de Deusto

    Phone: +34 94 4153677

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Driving in and around Bilbao

Bilbao and the surrounding Basque region are very well connected thanks to a comprehensive road network. The roads are generally of a high quality and traffic conditions can be relaxed.

If you pick up a hire car at Bilbao Airport, you’ll start off around seven miles north of the city but well-connected to Bilbao by fast-moving trunk roads. The easily-accessed N-637 runs west to east, allowing you to get to all parts of the city. You’ll also find that the AP-8 motorway performs a similar by-pass function along the south side of the city, linking many of Bilbao’s most-visited destinations including the football stadium and the Guggenheim.

When driving around Bilbao city centre, it helps to know that the old city is largely built on a grid pattern, while the rest of the city streets wind up and down along both sides of the river. The N-634 road is famous for its coastal views – if you’re lucky enough to arrive via the N-634 then getting into the city centre is easy.

Parking is well catered for: there are plenty of underground car parks dotted around the centre, and lots of on-street parking using pay-and-display machines.

If you have a hire car you’ll be able to take adventures out of the city too of course. The Basque coast is full of fabulous rocky coves and fishing villages in both directions, and if you head inland you’ll soon find yourself exploring unspoilt countryside amid fabulous green hills and mountains.

A quick guide to Bilbao

With the ambitious construction of the world-famous Guggenheim museum, Bilbao is fast becoming one of Europe’s leading tourist destinations. Here are just some of the reasons why.

The Guggenheim

The shimmering silver metallic curves of Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum have become more than just a major visitor attraction. The modern art gallery has become a symbol of the whole city.

This extraordinary construction dominates the south bank of the river Nervión, and helped to lift Bilbao to become a major tourist destination.

The outside may be spectacular, but the cathedral-like interior houses some of the world’s most magnificent pieces of art.

Bilbao’s other museums

With more than a dozen top museums spanning the city, Bilbao has all the ingredients for a great cultural short break. Browse the best of Spanish art at the Fine Arts Museum, where the collection is just as comprehensive and interesting as the Guggenheim’s.

The Museum of Sacred Art meanwhile has a different sort of collection, displaying a selection of powerful religious art through the ages.

Best of Bilbao

The atmospheric old town is known as Casco Viejo to locals. It’s an area of narrow streets, colourful bars and cafes, and quirky independent shops.

Other highlights include discovering the Renaissance carvings at the ancient Gothic cathedral, and browsing the colourful flea market in nearby Plaza Nueva.

Many business visitors head to Bilbao’s thriving commercial event scene, including modern venues like the Euskalduna Conference Centre built in the former riverside shipyards, and the futuristic Bilbao Exhibition Centre, a short drive away in Barakaldo.

Head to the coast

Bilbao’s closeness to the coast makes it ripe for exploration – if you have a hire car there are some great coastal trips to be had. On the east side of the river mouth are the beaches of Getxo. Look out for the nearby ‘Hanging Bridge’ - a Victorian relic that once allowed people to cross the river mouth without stopping cargo ships sailing through. The old iron structure has become an unlikely tourist attraction and has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Or head to the west to find the charming medieval coastal town of Castro Urdiales, where narrow streets wind beneath the wooden balconies of historic houses. There’s a decent sandy beach here too.

Drive inland

Drive south to discover the rolling green hills of the Basque country. It might not be the stereotypical view of hot dry Spain but this charming region is full of lush orchards and old stone farmhouses. Admire the views presented on the country roads, and stop to sample the acclaimed local food at simple country restaurants.

Highlights of the countryside beyond Bilbao include the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve to the east - a well-known protected scenic spot full of wildlife - and, to the south, the beautiful wooded slopes of the Obarenes Mountains Natural Park.