Practical Info

PRACTICAL INFO

TIME ZONE

TIME ZONE

The time in Bilbao is Central European Time (CET) which is GMT+1 hour, plus 1 hour in summer.
WEATHER

WEATHER

Bilbao has a humid oceanic climate with predominantly westerly winds that make temperatures milder and without extreme temperature changes between the seasons. More info on Euskalmet

LANGUAGES

LANGUAGES

The Basque Country has two official languages: Spanish and Basque (called Euskera). Signs on roads, in the airport, official institutions and on streets are in both languages.
CURRENCY

CURRENCY

Spain’s currency is the euro.
ELECTRICAL SUPPLY

ELECTRICAL SUPPLY

Spanish electrical plugs are European type F (220 volts, 50Hz).

PUBLIC WIFI

PUBLIC WIFI

Bilbao has an extensive WIFI network, BILBAO WIFI, which has more than 200 free hotspots around the city. These WIFI areas are in municipal buildings such as civic centres, sports centres and libraries, – and outside. 

BANKS AND POST OFFICES

BANKS AND POST OFFICES

Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 14:00.

Correos, the public postal company, has several offices in Bilbao.  

The head office is located in Alameda Urquijo, 19 and is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 20:30 and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 13:00.

EATING OUT

EATING OUT

The usual times for meals are: 

Breakfast: from 8:00 to 10:00.

Lunch: from 13:30 to 15:30.

Dinner: from 20:30 to 22:30.

SHOPPING

SHOPPING

Shops open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30/14:00 and from 16:30 to 20:00. Shopping centres, large department stores and some other shops do not close at lunchtime and are open until 21:00. All shops are closed on Sundays.

TIPPING

TIPPING

In Spain it is customary to tip for particularly good service. In restaurants, it is usual to tip 5% of the total bill, and in bars and cafés, round up to the nearest euro or leave some small change. 

VISA

VISA

Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland only require a passport or national identity document.

For stays of less than three months, a visa in not required for people travelling from: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela and special administrative regions of Macao and Hong Kong in the People’s Republic of China. 

Citizens of other countries should check with the Spanish Consulates or Embassies in their country of origin.

HEALTH & EMERGENCIES

HEALTH & EMERGENCIES

The phone number for the emergency services, including urgent medical care, ambulance, police and firefighters, is 112

Bilbao has an extensive healthcare network provided by the Basque Health Service, Osakidetza. Foreign visitors are provided with basic healthcare coverage through the interaction of national health systems or through health insurance.

EU citizens should ensure that your European Health Insurance Card is valid before travelling to Spain. All attendees are advised to make sure that your insurance policy covers you in Europe for medical care.

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