Public information help-line: 010. Full information about Bilbao.
To call other countries, dial 00, followed by the country code.
The usual mealtime hours are: Breakfast: From 8:00am to 10:00am
Lunch: From 13:30 to 15:30
Dinner: From 21:00 to 23:00
Banks and Saving banks: From Monday to Friday: 08:30 am to 14:00.
Saturday: 09:00 am to 13:00
Shops usually open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 13:30/14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00. Sunday closed.
The department stores, shopping centres and some big stores open at lunch time and until 21:00.
Department store in the city: El Corte Inglés on Gran Vía, 9 & Gran Vía, 20 (music, books, electronics).
The Metro Bilbao underground railway has 3 lines. Operating from 6:00 to 23:00, there are services with frequencies of six minutes or less at peak times during the day. On Sundays and holidays there are ten minutes between services. A night service is also provided on Fridays until 2:00 and all night on Saturdays.
Monday to Friday: From 06:30 until 23:45
Radio taxi – 944 448 888
Tele taxi – 944 102 121
Taxi nervion – 944 269 026
Parking in the streets of Bilbao is limited, with different colours marking different zones, each with its time limit and parking charges. Please look for the OTA/TAO signs. The Palacio Euskalduna convention centre has an underground car park.
The Basque country has 2 official languages: Basque (called Euskera) and Spanish. Signage on roads, airports, official institutes and streets are most of the time in both languages.
Here you will find a few common words and phrases in Basque and Spanish:
|Egun on||Buenos días||Good morning|
|Gabon||Buenas noches||Good night|
|Eskerrik asko||Muchas gracias||Thank you|