How to arrive

How to arrive and transport

Getting to Bilbao

Bilbao International Airport

The city of Bilbao can be easily reached through its international airport. There are direct connections to several of the most important cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome...

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Warning: Baggage claim at the airport

Baggage claim has two zones at Bilbao airport: one for flights coming from the Schengen area, and another one for flights from outside this area. The two zones are divided by a crystal wall.

Be careful if you are in this situation: if your flight begins at a country outside the Schengen area, but you have a connection at an airport inside the Schengen area (without checking in your baggage again); for example, a flight US-Madrid-Bilbao. In that case, you will find yourself in the zone for Schengen baggage claim, but your suitcase will be delivered in the other zone. So you have to cross the crystal wall to pick up your luggage.

Termibus - Bilbao Central Bus Station

Bilbao is connected by bus with many other Spanish cities. All buses leave from/arrive in Termibus, the Bilbao Central Bus Station, which is situated near the city centre. The "San Mamés" station of Bilbao underground is just outside Termibus and can be used to get  to other areas in the city.

External link to Termibus - Bilbao Central Bus Station

From Bilbao Airport to Bilbao centre

Regular bus service

You can find the bus stop for Bilbao centre to the right when you leave the arrivals terminal of the airport. Buses run from 6:20 to 00:00 every 20 minutes (:20/:40/:00). These buses have the number 3247 displayed on the front screen of the bus. They have four stops in Bilbao: Alameda Recalde, 14; Moyua Plaza; Gran Vía, 74; and Termibus-Bilbao Central Bus Station.


There is a taxi stop in front of the arrivals terminal of the airport.

From Bilbao centre to the Faculty of Science and Technology

Regular bus service

There is a regular bus service between Bilbao centre and the Leioa campus, running all day through. There are two main routes, which can be identified by the number displayed on the screen at the front of the bus:

  • 2318 - This leaves from Pérez Galdos street, outside Termibus-Bilbao Central Bus Station,near the crossing with Gurtubay street. This bus goes directly to the Leioa Campus. It takes around 15 minutes to reach there, and runs from 7:00 to 18:00 every half an hour, except for Friday, July 10th, when the service reduces to an hourly frequency.

External link to Google Maps for the 2318 bus stop near Termibus

  • 2314 - This is most convenient for people staying at the Miguel de Unamuno Student Residence. It stops right in front of the residence, and takes around 20 minutes to get to the Leioa Campus. It runs every half an hour from 7:30 to 17:30; these are approximate passing times, and we recommend to be at the stop some time in advance.


There is a stop called 'Leioa' in the Metro Bilbao system, but it is situated 3 km away from the Leioa Campus. We do not recommend it to get to the campus.

From the Faculty of Science and Technology to Bilbao centre

Regular bus service

These buses leave from the stops in front of the Faculty of Science and Technology. There are two main routes:

  • 2318 - This goes directly to Termibus-Bilbao Central Bus Station. It takes around 15 minutes, and runs from 10:00 to 21:00 every half an hour. On Friday, July 10th, the schedule changes and buses will run from 10:30 to 20:30 every hour.
  • 2314 - This is most convenient for people staying at the Miguel de Unamuno Student Residence, since it has a stop right in front of it. It takes around 20 minutes, and runs from 10:00 to 20:30 every half an hour.

From the Faculty of Science and Technology to Bilbao Airport

There is no regular bus service connecting the Leioa Campus and Bilbao Airport, and there is no permanent taxi stop inside the campus. If you want a taxi from the faculty to the airport, you can call the following company:

Radio Taxi Leioa - +34 94 491 53 53

From Bilbao centre to Bilbao Airport

Of course, you can ask for a taxi, but take into account that you can easily get to the airport by public transport, as indicated below.

Regular bus service

Buses run from 5:20 to 22:00 every 20 minutes (:20/:40/:00). They are identified with the number 3247 on the front screen, and leave from inside Termibus-Bilbao Central Bus Station. They have three more stops in Bilbao centre: Gran Vía, 79; Moyua Plaza, 3; Alameda Recalde, 11.