• JUNE 1- 3. 2022
  • BILBAO - BISCAY

ABOUT

HOW TO PREPARE

Please find below the basic information you need to best prepare your trip to The Wellbeing Summit.

How to get there?

Bilbao-Biscay is a province of northwest Spain within the autonomous region of the Basque Country. The province, which sits roughly 400km north of Madrid and 600km west of Barcelona, straddles the Nervión river from the Cantabrian Sea to the Pyrenees Mountains to the east.

The city of Bilbao, located 16km from the Bay of Biscay, is its beating heart and its largest city.

By Plane

The city of Bilbao is served by Bilbao International Airport (BIO), which sits around 12km north of the city centre. This modern, mid-sized airport has many direct links, mainly across Europe. Facilities include; restaurants, cafes, left luggage and currency exchange. Most staff speak a good level of English.

To get from the airport to the city centre, a shuttle bus (A3247) takes just over 30 minutes, and tickets can be bought for €3 from the dedicated stall in arrivals. Otherwise, taxis normally cost around €30 and can be ordered from the taxi stall in the arrivals hall.

The airport itself is distinctive in design, thanks to the renowned Basque artist and architect, Santiago Calatrava, who was responsible for the rebuild in 2000.

By Train

There are numerous regional train stations in the city of Bilbao, which are ideal for exploring the Biscay region. For long distance train travel in and out of the city, the main train station (Bilbao Abando) welcomes RENFE train lines linking all of the other major Spanish cities, as well as cross-border routes to France and Portugal. Bilbao Abando station is located a short 10 minute walk from the Guggenheim.

By Car

Bilbao-Biscay is located off the A-8 highway. This is a toll road between the city of Bilbao and Irun. AP-68 connects Bilbao with the east and south of Spain, and A-1 connects Bilbao with Madrid.

There are many affordable rental car options and the roads in the area are in good condition. In Bilbao there are two main collection points for rental cars: the airport and the train station. Below are links to some of the car hire companies that operate from the airport: Alamo, Hertz or Sixt.

The Palacio Euskalduna has a conveniently located 24-hour car park with a maximum height of two metres. They offer special reduced rates if you negotiate to use the parking for extended periods, such as 5 days or a week, and you'll be allowed to go in and out as you may need. You can make your reservation using the website: https://parkimeter.com

By Bus

Alsa buses offer domestic travel throughout Spain.

A single ticket from Madrid to Bilbao cost in the region of €35 with a journey time of around four and a half hours. A ticket from Barcelona costs approximately €50, with a journey time of eight hours.

By Boat

Bilbao ferry port, located in the small coastal village of Zierbena, has regular ferry departures to Portsmouth in the UK, Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland, and Cherbourg in northern France. All ferries leaving Bilbao-Biscay are operated by Brittany Ferries.

Suggested Hotels

Please find here the list of our suggested hotels in Bilbao-Biscay.

Getting around in Bilbao-Biscay

The city of Bilbao has a very good network of public transportation, including the metro, trams, and buses. More information can be found in our Guide to Bilbao-Biscay, which will be provided to all of our attendees upon registration.

It is also possible to use Uber or local taxi numbers.

Most of the venues that we'll use during the Summit will be 5 to 20 minutes walking distance.