Bilbao (Spain)

Bilbao is a sizeable city in northern Spain, located at the banks of the Nervión River. The city's climate is exceptionally mild and in winter the temperatures are rarely dropping below 10 C. Although it rains far more throughout year than in the rest of Spain. Bilbao's by far most famous attraction is the Guggenheim museum, but the city area also has a few other fairly large museums and old churches and palaces. The city also offers river cruises to the estuary of the Bay of Biscay. The nearby 45 m high Viskayan Bridge, is the world's first gondola bridge. It was built in the 1800's and carries more than 6 cars at a time on one gondola wagon over river mouth.

Population: 351,629
Beach : Yes
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official language: Spanish
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: It is common to tip 10% in the big cities if the service has been good. There is no tipping for less than good service.
Time in destination: Dec 5, 2019, 9:10:58 PM

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Weather Forecast

Thu
05.12

Partly cloudy

50°F

Fri
06.12

Cloudy

54°F

Sat
07.12

Partly cloudy

54°F

Sun
08.12

Heavy rain

54°F

Mon
09.12

Rain showers

57°F

Tue
10.12

Partly cloudy

57°F

Wed
11.12

Rain showers

50°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 48.2 55.8 40.5 13
February 49.6 58.1 41.2 11
March 51.4 60.6 42.3 11
April 53.4 62.2 44.8 13
May 59.2 68.2 50.2 12
June 63.7 72.7 54.7 8
July 68.0 77.4 58.6 7
August 68.5 77.9 59.4 8
September 65.8 75.9 55.8 9
October 60.4 69.4 51.4 11
November 53.6 61.5 45.7 12
December 50.0 57.2 42.8 12

More information: Bilbao forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Bilbao is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $55.75, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $229.25, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $69.46
  • Hotel (3 stars): $65.87
  • Hotel (4 stars): $81.02
  • Hotel (5 stars): $100.47
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $10.64
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $17.40
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.77
  • Meal, McDonalds: $7.76
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.08

More information: Bilbao price level

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Safety

Bilbao has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 45.8 (weaker than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 51.0 (weaker than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 40.2 (a little weaker than United states average 41.3)

More information: Bilbao safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe