Unique ways to discover Bilbao

We have made a list with some of the most special ways of visiting Bilbao and getting to know every corner

1. Watch the city unfold around you on our Bilbao City View sightseeing  bus 

Enjoying a panoramic view while discovering Bilbao, its streets, buildings and sky is now possible thanks to Bilbao City View. The official Bilbao tourist sightseeing bus offers a route with 11 stops at the most iconic sights and help you to discover the city in a comfortable and dynamic way. During the following 24 hours after purchasing the ticket, you will be able to hop-on hop-off as much as you like. The audio guides are in 8 languages (Basque, Spanish, Galician, Catalan, English, German, French and Italian) and is, without doubt, a great choice for those who are short on time. Service is offered all year round! 

2. Sailors, it's time to cast off!

Nervión River is both Bilbao's main artery and the main scene of the town's conversion. Thanks to Bilboats and El Bote Tours, you will be able to visit the Estuary and the heart of our industrial past, the old shipyards (where the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Euskalduna are currently located), the Olabeaga workshops and the Blast Furnaces of Bizkaia.  In its last part, just before it flows into the Bay of Biscay, you will pass under the Bizkaia Bridge, the oldest bridge-transporter in the world, our particular triumphal arch. Today, the estuary offers great possibilities for leisure, activities and water sports such as kayaking, canoeing or Stand Up Paddle.

 3. Bilbao, a great pedestrian-friendly city

There is no better way to discover a city, its soul and its heartbeat than to be guided by our traveler's instinct. An instinct that will help us to get lost in the narrow and charming streets of the Old Town, along the Paseo del Arenal, along the Gran Vía and many other unique corners. There is nothing better than a walk to get to know the daily life of a town. Bilbao has many pedestrian areas, parks and squares that you should discover. Don't miss out the walking tours of Bilbao Tourism to know the Old Quarters and the Ensanche with the best experts!

4.  Riding on two wheels!

In Bilbao Bizkaia we believe in the use of the bicycle as a means of transport. Hence, we have routes for all the ages and levels of demand. Moving around Bilbao by bike is a fun, fast and healthy option. 100% recommended, particularly,  during the spring and summer season. During your walk along the Rover, don't forget to stop at some of the landmarks such as the Arriaga Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum , the Euskalduna Bilbao or the Itsasmuseum

5. Tour for the most demanding palates

Bilbao Bizkaia is a small but really world-class temple of gastronomy. Tasting new foods and authentic dishes is an important part of the journey. In Bilbao, gastronomy is present everywhere and 24 hours. Therefore,  a gastrotour is a wonderful idea to explore the city - and a treat for the palate, of course!

A cooking class at the highest level or Txakoli tasting are other culinary experiences in demand. 

6. From the air

The most daring visitors should not miss the chance to fly over Bizkaia in a light aircraft and get some unusual and unique views from the air. You will discover the peace of the picturesque villages that lie between our mountains and the wild Cantabrian seahttps://www.visitbiscay.eus/en/seaside. Take-offs are from Loiu airport. 

An invitation to admire a land full of contrasts from the air!

7. The most ecological option, of unlimited use

In Bilbao Bizkaia we encourage all tourists to leave their car and use public transport. Travelling around Bilbao Bizkaia got easier than ever with the Bilbao Bizkaia Card. Thanks to this card, you can use public transport throughout the Territory without any restrictions (24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on the card), visit all the places of tourist interest, visit the museums without queues or delays, carry out some activities and guided tours free of charge and enjoy discounts from associated establishments and companies. 

Don't wait any longer to book your Bilbao Bizkaia Card and get around in comfort!

Unique ways to discover Bilbao

  • Bilbao City View sightseeing bus

    All the year round

    Tickets are valid for the next 24 hours

    Tickets can be purchased on the bus or booked though the web

    55 minute-tour, 11 stops

    Fares:

    • Adult  14 € 

    • Pensioner 12 €

    • Student 12 € 

    • Minor (from 6 to 12) 6 €

    Contact:

    • E-Mail: bilbaocityview@bilbao.eus

    • Address: C/Licenciado Poza nº 8

    • Phone:94 479 09 81

    Walking guided tours

    Departure: Bilbao Turismo Office located at  Plaza Circular, 1, 48001 Bilbao. 

    Advance booking is necessary, limited places

    Duration: 90 minutes

    • Casco Viejo/Old Quarter: Saturday and Sunday 10:00h

    • Ensanche: Saturday and Sunday at 12:00h

    Calendar

    Fare:

    More information here here or calling at 94 479 57 60

    Information on bikes and cycling tours

    Boat trips with Bilboats

    2 routes: 

    Sailing Bilbao (1 hour) 

    Sailin’ to the sea (2 horas)

    Departures from the dock of Pío Baroja, in front of the City Hall

    Tickets can be purchased at the Office or through the website 

     
    • Office:  Plaza Pío Baroja. 48001 Bilbao

    • Phone: 946 424 157 / 644 442 055

    • Email: bilboats@bilboats.com

     

    Boat trips with El Bote Tours

    2 routes:

    Bahía del Abra (24h valid ticket)

    Bahía del Abra and Ría de Bilbao (24h valid ticket)

    Departures from the dock of Pío Baroja, in front of the City Hall

    Tickets must be booked at the website

     
    • Phone: 605 014 365

    • E-mail: tours@elbotebilbao.com

     

    Activities and sports at the River (canoeing,, Stand Up Paddle amongst others)

    Bilbao Bizkaia Card

    Purchase the cards at: Bilbao Turismo Offices

    Book your card at the website

    Fare:

    • BBCard – 24h: 10€

    • BBCard - 48h: 15 €

    • BBCard - 72h: 20 €

    More information here