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Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

How much does it cost to travel to Bilbao?

You should plan to spend around $150 (€137) per day on your vacation in Bilbao. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $49 (€45) on meals
  • $28 (€26) on local transportation
  • $158 (€145) on hotels

A one week trip to Bilbao for two people costs, on average, $2,093 (€1,924). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Bilbao cost?

A one week trip to Bilbao usually costs around $1,047 (€962) for one person and $2,093 (€1,924) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Bilbao on average costs around $2,093 (€1,924) for one person and $4,187 (€3,849) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Bilbao will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Bilbao on average costs around $4,486 (€4,124) for one person and $8,972 (€8,248) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Bilbao has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Bilbao expensive to visit?

Prices in Bilbao are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Bilbao is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Cannes or Bressanone.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Bilbao Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Bilbao?

The average Bilbao trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Bilbao travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 145 ($158)
Local Transportation 1 26 ($28)
Food 2 45 ($49)
Entertainment 1 29 ($31)
Alcohol 2 11 - 32 ($12 - 35)
Accommodation Budget in Bilbao
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Bilbao is $79 (€72). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Bilbao is $158 (€145). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Bilbao

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Bilbao based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $92. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Bilbao
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Bilbao is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 (€26) per person, per day, on local transportation in Bilbao.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Bilbao
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Bilbao can vary, the average cost of food in Bilbao is $49 (€45) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Bilbao should cost around $19 (€18) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bilbao is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Bilbao
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Bilbao typically cost an average of $31 (€29) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Bilbao
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  • The average person spends about $23 (€21) on alcoholic beverages in Bilbao per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Bilbao on a Budget
Bilbao Bilbao, Spain
The industrial city of Bilbao is located on a port of the Nervión River in northern Spain, an important location of Basque country. While the downtown is filled with skyscrapers and innovative architecture, it sits between a river and mountains of natural allure. A city of hard-workers to the core, Bilbao displays remnants of its industrial past, though in more recent years it has transformed into a center for art. It is now a popular location for visitors looking to experience art galleries and museums.
Bilbao is famed for the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. While the museum interior houses modern and contemporary works from prominent artists, its titanium curvy exterior is a sight to see in itself. It is representative of a new age, where Bilbao has evolved from a city of industry to one of art and culture. The museum holds exhibits that are always changing as well as a world class restaurant for one seeking a unique dining experience. The nearby Museo de Bellas Artes is also worth a visit, with a collection that includes works by Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso. It is also known for its fine art pieces by Basque artists from the 12th century up until the present. Other museums include the Basque Museum of local history, La Ría Maritime Museum, the Bullfighting Museum, Museum of Sacred Art, and the Museum of Artistic Reproductions.

The architecture of the city is a sight to behold as well, laid out with many beautiful parks and plazas amongst towering churches like the Cathedral of Saint James, Iglesia de San Antón, Basílica de Begoña, Iglesia de San Nicolás, and Iglesia de San Vicente Martir. Each one stands enchanting onlookers with their renaissance, baroque, and gothic influences.
The modern downtown of Bilbao consists of the area that surrounds the city's Guggenheim Museum. It is very walkable with plenty of sidewalks that lead through pleasant plazas and parks and past examples of historical architecture. It is also a good location for shopping and dining. Just across the river, over the Puente del Arenal bridge, is the "Casca Viejo," Bilbao's old town. This part of the city also has much to see down its narrow streets filled with boutique shops, restaurants, food, gelato, and more. The beautiful plazas are lined with stunning architecture and it is also home to the Ribera Market, an indoor market where vendors sell fresh produces, meats, cheeses, and fish. The Plaza Nuevo in the old town is a hot spot for pintxos.

Bilbao is a great city for walking. Visitors can walk amongst the many museums and galleries, past churches and statues along charming narrow streets, walk amongst the bustle of the old town, through scenic parks, or stroll along the riverside that the city hugs. Sight-seeing, shopping, and dining can occupy much of one's days in Bilbao and it can all be done on foot.

As far as seasonal activities go, visitors can rent kayaks from Bilbobentura along the River Nervión, or even find yacht charter and sailing from International Charter Group. In the summer time, the Kiosko del Arenal El Arenal Parque (across from Plaza Arriaga) houses a stage that holds outdoor concerts. There is also a grand festival in August called the Aste Nagusia / Semana Grande which features music, street theater, and events with firework displays in the evening. Details on the event can be found at the tourist office in Teatro Arriaga.
Food and Dining
As is with many Spanish cities, Bilbao has its own version of tapas that are typical of the region. By the Basque name, they are called pintxos and consist of a variety of samplings from the local cuisine. Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular days for eating pintxos and visiting bars. The local custom for enjoying pintxos with a drink before sitting down to a meal is called "chiqueteo" and is available at many locations-kind of like happy hour. Bilbao is also known as the cod capital because some of its most famous culinary creations are made with the fish and many other mouth-watering ingredients. The downtown area has a great selection for Basque cuisine, while the Plaza Nuevo in old town is a great spot for trying Bilbao's pintxos small plates.

Bilbao Airport, the nearest international airport is served by Lufthansa, Air France, Air Berlin, TuiFly, AerLingus, Iberia, Air Europa, Vueling, Norwegian, and several other airlines. The downtown can then be reached by bus (for € 1.45) or by taxi (for € 25-30).

Regional buses leave from the TermiBus terminal with regular connections to Santander (75 minutes), San Sebastian (60 minutes), and Madrid (4-5 hours), amongst others.

By train, RENFE leaves from Abando Station with intercity routes to Madrid, Barcelona, and Vigo (Galicia). FEVE leaves from Santander Station with regional trains to Santander (3 daily), and Leon (1 Daily). EuskoTren runs a local service from Atxuri Station to San Sebastian, with connections there for Irun (on the Spanish-French border).

By boat, there is also a direct car ferry between Bilbao and Portsmouth, England. (Plan in advance)


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.