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Car Rental in Bilbao

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Bilbao, Spain
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$3.51 per day
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Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$4.13 per day
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Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.40 per day
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Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.46 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$4.49 / per day
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Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$4.56 / per day
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Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Record-go
$4.66 / per day
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Bilbao Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.67 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:31 on 2022-01-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
EUR
Country code
34
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%
Rating
9.5

Why rent a car in Bilbao?

Bilbao is one of the most interesting cities in Spain. Sophisticated and modern, yet with a touch of exciting history and some of the best restaurants in the country, it offers something for every visitor. Better yet, its proximity to other cities like San Sebastian and Pamplona, traditional villages, stunning mountains, and some of Europe’s best surfing spots makes it a great hub from which to explore the rest of the Basque region and northeastern Spain.

One-Way Car Rentals in Bilbao

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Bilbao and drop off in another city include:

  • From Bilbao to Barcelona - 101 offers from € 17.74 per day
  • From Bilbao to Madrid - 101 offers from € 18.88 per day
  • From Bilbao to Malaga - 154 offers from € 18.88 per day
  • From Bilbao to Santander - 61 offers from € 16.58 per day
  • From Bilbao to A Coruña - 98 offers from € 18.88 per day

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).
  • The Basque Museum. Known for a unique culture and a language that’s not related to any other living tongue, the native inhabitants of the Basque region are considered to be one of the oldest cultures in Europe. From archaeological findings to national costumes, this small, but interesting museum is dedicated to all things Basque. In 2021, the museum celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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.
  • Pamplona. Home of the Running of the Bulls and the capital of the neighboring Navarre region, Pamplona is one of the most interesting cities in northeastern Spain. The famous festival takes place during the second week of July, but there’s also plenty to enjoy during the rest of the year, including the city’s interesting architecture that includes the Pamplona Cathedral, a gem of Gothic architecture. The drive from Bilbao takes about an hour and 50 minutes.

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. 
  • The Pyrenees. Forming a natural frontier between Spain and France, the Pyrenees is a stunning place to visit. A large part of the mountain range is located inside Basque Country and can be easily reached from Bilbao. Other attractions, like the Valles Occidentales and Ordesa y Monte Pedro National Parks, are a three-to-four-hour drive away.

Car Rental Prices in Bilbao

  • Station wagons - from $47 per day
  • Large cars - from $51 per day
  • Medium cars - from $37 per day
  • Vans - from $71 per day
  • Premium cars - from $135 per day
  • Small cars - from $29 per day
  • SUVs - from $38 per day

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 19 Cities near Bilbao

  1. Malaga Car Rentals from $142.53 per day
    738.8 km / 459.1 miles away
  2. Madrid Car Rentals from $3.69 per day
    313.4 km / 194.7 miles away
  3. Barcelona Car Rentals from $4.92 per day
    467.5 km / 290.5 miles away
  4. Alicante Car Rentals from $3.60 per day
    588.8 km / 365.9 miles away
  5. Seville Car Rentals from $3.09 per day
    696.3 km / 432.6 miles away
  6. Valencia Car Rentals from $4.93 per day
    473.9 km / 294.4 miles away
  7. Girona Car Rentals from $17.96 per day
    490.9 km / 305.0 miles away
  8. Granada Car Rentals from $11.81 per day
    679.3 km / 422.1 miles away
  9. Jerez Car Rentals from $16.97 per day
    771.8 km / 479.5 miles away
  10. 446.1 km / 277.2 miles away
  11. Asturias Car Rentals from $12.53 per day
    251.8 km / 156.5 miles away
  12. Santander Car Rentals from $30.52 per day
    73.4 km / 45.6 miles away
  13. A Coruña Car Rentals from $22.40 per day
    442.3 km / 274.8 miles away
  14. Oviedo Car Rentals from $18.76 per day
    235.7 km / 146.5 miles away
  15. Vigo Car Rentals from $21.65 per day
    477.9 km / 296.9 miles away
  16. Zaragoza Car Rentals from $16.45 per day
    244.2 km / 151.8 miles away
  17. Valladolid Car Rentals from $26.69 per day
    233.4 km / 145.0 miles away
  18. Almeria Car Rentals from $17.86 per day
    715.5 km / 444.6 miles away
  19. Marbella Car Rentals from $18.92 per day
    768.7 km / 477.7 miles away

Top 15 Locations near Bilbao

  1. Bilbao Airport Car Rentals from $3.45 per day
    5.0 km / 3.1 miles away
  2. 73.1 km / 45.4 miles away
  3. 115.4 km / 71.7 miles away
  4. Pamplona Airport Car Rentals from $28.32 per day
    118.9 km / 73.9 miles away
  5. 244.2 km / 151.8 miles away
  6. Asturias Airport Car Rentals from $12.53 per day
    251.8 km / 156.5 miles away
  7. 306.0 km / 190.1 miles away
  8. 311.5 km / 193.5 miles away
  9. Madrid Airport Car Rentals from $3.69 per day
    313.4 km / 194.7 miles away
  10. Madrid Torrejon Car Rentals from $32.35 per day
    315.2 km / 195.9 miles away
  11. 316.2 km / 196.5 miles away
  12. 316.3 km / 196.5 miles away
  13. 321.7 km / 199.9 miles away
  14. 322.0 km / 200.1 miles away
  15. 323.7 km / 201.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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
$14.84
January
$83.73
February
$31.26
March
$117.81
April
$57.53
May
$53.89
June
$94.84
July
$60.62
August
$35.72
September
$35.70
October
$37.76
November
$37.76
December
The best month to rent a car in Bilbao is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $14.84). This is 73% cheaper than the yearly average and 87% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $117.81 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
6
September
3
October
4
November
4
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Bilbao is January, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Bilbao by Monthly Searches
430%
January
342%
February
415%
March
2%
April
2%
May
2%
June
3%
July
3%
August
September
October
November
1%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Record-go Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Record-go Fiat 500 2 2 Small cars
Record-go Seat Leon 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Rent A Car Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Ace Rent a car VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Goldcar VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Record-go Opel Mokka 5 2 SUVs
Ok Rent A Car Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Netherlands
VW Golf
October 4, 2019
Not if you only stay in Bilbao, because parking in downtown Bilbao is difficult and expensive

Top 13 Suppliers in Bilbao in 2022

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.3
+34871180192
Euskadi Plaza, 4, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+34944533340
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, AEROPUERTO DE LOIU
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
+34944423290
Estacion Tren. Pza Circular, 2 Entrada Parking, Bailén Kalea, 22, 48003 Bilbo
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
+34944423290
Estacion Tren. Pza Circular, 2 Entrada Parking, Bailén Kalea, 22, 48003 Bilbo
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.8
+34911505000 / +34648980686
Gurtubay Kalea, 1006, 48013 Bilbo, Bizkaia
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+34648980686
Gurtubay Kalea, 1006, 48013 Bilbo, Bizkaia
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
944533340
Enterprise Rent A Car
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:08:45-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Record-go
Record-go
Excellent 8.2
+34662354028
Errota Zaharra número 8, Parque empresarial Astikene, 48160 Derio Bilbao
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Excellent 8.1
+448435081118
Zarandoa Kalea 5, 48160 Derio
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.2
+34902360636 / +34971084916
Orroño kalea, 25, 48160 Derio, Bizkaia
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.1
+34918340262 / +34965233166
Holiday Inn Express Bilbao, Zarandoa, 5, 48160 Derio, VIZCAYA Temporary address: From 15.11.21: P.I ASTIKENE, C/ ORROÑO NAVES 33 Y 35, 48160 DERIO, BIZKAIA
Working hours
Mon:07:30-21:30
Tue:07:30-21:30
Wed:07:30-21:30
Thu:07:30-21:30
Fri:07:30-21:30
Sat:07:30-21:30
Sun:07:30-21:30
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+34680317643 / +34666425221
Centro Comercial Makro, Carretera Lutxana Asua, Erandio 4895
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7
+34918341400
Holiday Inn Express Bilbao, Zarandoa, 5, 48160 Derio, VIZCAYA Temporary address: From 15.11.21: P.I ASTIKENE, C/ ORROÑO NAVES 33 Y 35, 48160 DERIO, BIZKAIA
Working hours
Mon:07:30-21:30
Tue:07:30-21:30
Wed:07:30-21:30
Thu:07:30-21:30
Fri:07:30-21:30
Sat:07:30-21:30
Sun:07:30-21:30
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