A world of benefits at your fingertips
The Bilbao Bizkaia Card is the smartest way to get round Bilbao and the rest of the province to discover all its tourist attractions. The card also offers substantial savings as it offers unlimited use of public transport. You can also enjoy exclusive promotions thanks to our partners’ offers.
Free use of public transport
Getting around Bilbao and the rest of Bizkaia has never been easier. Once you have activated your Bilbao Bizkaia Card in any transport network, you can travel free-of-charge for 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on the card you buy.
The Bilbao Bizkaia Card can be used on the following means of transport. You will have all the province’s tourist facilities at your fingertips:
- Railways: Metro (underground), Tramway, Euskotren on their routes through Bizkaia.
- Buses: Coaches (Bizkaibus), Bilbao city buses (Bilbobus).
- Cable: Artxanda funicular railway, La Reineta funicular railway.
Failure to validate the card at the validator machine for your journey may result in a fine. The cards can be validated as follows:
- Metro Bilbao underground: The ticket is validated at the start and end of the journey.
- Bizkaibus: The ticket is validated in the coach at the start and end of the journey.
- Bilbobus: The ticket is validated in the bus at the start of the journey.
- Tramway and Funicular Railway: The ticket is validated on the platform at the start of the journey.
Free guided tours
Free guided tours
Thanks to the Bilbao Bizkaia Card, the guided tours, organised by Bilbao Turismo, are free. Professional guides will help you discover the Casco Viejo (Old Town) and the Ensanche-Abandoibarra, two of the most iconic areas of Bilbao. You can sign up for the guided tours at the Bilbao Turismo offices on the day you collect your BBCard.
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Check the special timetables for bank Holiday weekends, Holy Week and summer. Places limited. Prior Booking necessary.
Casco Viejo (Old Town)
This interesting route will let you discover medieval Bilbao, with its cobblestone streets, districts, squares and delightful spots, that witnessed the intense trading and port activity driving the growth of the city. Over 500 years and history and a timeless urban vitality are contained in Its city walls, the gothic Cathedral of Santiago, the Plaza Nueva (New Square), the iconic Church of San Antón and the ancient ruins on which it stands, or the hustle and bustle of La Ribera market. The Casco Viejo is also a large retail area of 240,000 square metres right on the street, with hundreds of stores, bars and restaurants.
The tour showcases Bilbao’s urban development and its architecture from the 19th century to the present day. An insight into the beating heart of a city that oozes tradition and avant-garde. As you stroll through the Ensanche and Abandoibarra, you will discover the entrepreneurial spirit of Bilbao and its transformation. You can here enjoy the wide range of architecture with works by Frank Gehry (Guggenheim Museum), Arata Isozaki, Alvaro Siza, Norman Foster, Cesar Pelli… and a large open-air art gallery with creations by Chillida, Koons, Kapoor, Bourgeois…
Guided tours around the Bizkaia Bridge
A surprising fun tour of the Nervión estuary’s star feature, the Bizkaia Bridge, also known as the suspension bridge or “Puente Colgante” (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The tour explains the history and origins and the functions of the bridge past and present, and includes visits to emblematic locations in Getxo.
Dramatised guided tours of the Old Port
This marvellous entertaining tour around steep narrow streets will reveal the curiosities and customs of the picturesque Old Port.
The route features emblematic locations in the Old Port such as the “Erriberamune” parapet, the old San Nicolás hermitage and El Farol fountain.
Punta Begoña Galleries. (Autotour Itinerary)
The Punta Begoña Galleries, the work of architect Ricardo Bastida, is one of the 20th century’s major constructions in the province of Bizkaia and the Basque Country.
A rock fall precipitated the original decision to build the galleries, but instead of building a simple retaining wall, the architect went the extra mile to create an emblematic structure with many functions as a symbolic representation interacting with its location … which would serve to impress one and all.
The galleries are now rather dilapidated due to the passage of time and the lack of any maintenance work. This, in addition to its undeniable worth in terms of heritage, prompted a Restoration Project for the Punta Begoña Galleries (Getxo) by Getxo Town Hall and the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea.
Don’t miss the chance to go inside and find out about the work ongoing at this much appreciated and emblematic location in Getxo, a symbol of the era of economic transformation at the beginning of the last century.
FASTPASS: No queues at the major museums.
Agurtza Fishing Interpretation Centre
One of the last remaining traditional wooden fishing vessels on our coastline, forming part of our heritage. Discover the world of our arrantzales (fishermen), boarding this jewel in our heritage, an example of those vessels so popular in times gone by on the quay in Santurtzi. On the guided tours, we learn about the fishermen’s life on board and the different kinds of fishing tackle and nets.
Round off the trip with a visit to Santurtzi Itsasoa Interpretation Centre, to discover the link between Santurtzi and see from all angles: professional, social (not forgetting that a large part of the maritime heritage lies with the people), cultural and leisure.
Entrance free of charge
FASTPASS: No queues at the major museums
The Guggemheim Museum Bilbao and the Fine Arts Museum are the two major ones in the capital Bizkaia. These internationally recognised museums have become major tourist attractions. Thanks to the BBcard, you can access the two complexes without having to queue to pay the ticket. Thanks to the Fastpass, you will save time and get much more out of your day.
And many more benefits and promotions
Make sure you check out the guide with the Bilbao Bizkaia Card partner establishments and companies. The partners of the Bilbao and Bizkaia official tourist card have exclusive promotion and discounts for you. The more you use it, the more you will save. Our website has a list of partners according to type activity: museums, shows, restaurants, leisure establishments, etc.