Bilbao Airport is a public airport and also the largest airport in Basque Country and northern Spain. It is also a major international gateway to Bilbao. It is at a distance of 9 km to the north of Bilbao, in the municipality of Loiu, in the province of Biscay. The Bilbao airport users are mostly travelers who are traveling to Donostia-San Sebastián. It served 5,469,453 passengers in 2018, making it the busiest airport in Basque. The airport has a single terminal for its passengers; this terminal is a reason for its popularity as it is designed by Santiago Calatrava, in the shape of a pigeon (La Paloma). It opened in 2000.
The following airlines are the ones that fly to and from Bilbao Airport:
The airport has two runways and acts as a focus city for Iberia Regional, Volotea, and Vueling.
The airport offers easily accessible parking lots for travelers. These parking lots have the staff assist you as well as security to keep your vehicles safe and secure. The parking zones include short term and long term car parks at affordable prices. There is the P1 car park, which is the general car park, premium car park, p2, which is a long term car park, and the express car park.
The airport has short term parking lots for travelers who need to park their vehicles for a short period. You can find one of these in the arrival area and the departure area.
The express car park is used for short term parking. It operates 24 hours a day. If travelers need to park for longer than 60 minutes, they recommend using other car parks such as P1. Customers can use the express car park for picking and dropping passengers. There are a total of 38 parking bays out of which two are for those travelers who have any disabilities. At the express car park, you can find automatic payment machines to pay for the car park. The maximum cost for a day is €50. The rate per minute is €0.05.
The P1 car park is the closest parking from the terminal. It can also be used to pick up or drop off passengers; the first 15 minutes are free. It is the ideal option to use for a stay of fewer than four days. The maximum charges for four days are €15.00, the maximum for the fifth day and onwards is €11.90.
There are a total of 3000 parking spaces. It is at a distance of 100 meters from the terminal towards the north side. It has five floors and 2,924 parking spaces. To get to P1, you can use the tunnel. The maximum height of the vehicle can be 2.10 meters.
The premium car park needs to be pre-booked to be used. The car park has a total of 60 spaces on the ground floor of the P1 garage. It has direct access to the terminal to avoid any discomfort.
There are long term parking spaces available at the Bilbao airport. A total of 664 spaces. For travelers wanting to take a longer trip, the airport’s P2 car park is the ideal option. It offers a good price for a longer period.
The P2 car park is used for longer stays and ideal if you plan to leave for a long vacation as the pricing is quite competitive and the cheapest option out of the rest of the car parks. It has 3,400 spaces to park in. It is close to the terminal, at a distance of just 5 minutes on foot. To get to it, you have to go through the covered walkway. The parking is outdoor but covered. However, 13 parking spaces are not covered for those vehicles that have a higher height. There is 24 hours security to ensure the safety of traveler’s vehicles. Pre-booking can give you rates as low as €38.60 for four days.
There are reserved parking spaces for travelers with any disabilities. You can find signs that lead you to these spots. It is preferable to bring your disability permit to avoid any conflicts. There is airport staff available at the parking zones to help such travelers. It is requested to call the airport 48 hours before your flight if you need these services.
You can pre-book the car parks for better rates. During the holiday season and other busy times of the year, passengers should book beforehand.
The car parks at Bilbao airport offers other services and facilities for traveler vehicles too, such as:
There is interior washing, polishing, and cleansing with special soaps that do not cause any damage to your vehicles and ensure customer satisfaction.
There are dashboard and interior plastic cleaning. The charges for this are €20. There is an internal sanitizing vehicle to smell completely new and fresh and disinfectants to kill germs. The charges for this are €10.
The parking lot management offers car washes. These include internal as well as external washes. There are polishing and cleansing available too.
You can get the staff to get your car from in front of the terminal and park it at the airport parking for you; there is 24-hour surveillance as security is a top priority. When you return from your trip, you can inform the staff, and they will deliver your car directly to you from the airport parking to the airport’s terminal.
There is a shuttle service provided through minibuses; this operates from the airport’s terminal as well as to it. It has no fixed timings, you can contact them and give them a time suitable to you, and it will then be available at your requested time.
Notify the airport at least 48 hours before your flight’s departure to get assistance and help. There is staff available 24 hours to help you and attend to your needs.