Transportation to, from, and around the city of Bilbao is easy to arrange. Bilbao has an underground network (Metro Bilbao), Bilbobus bus lines, a major international Airport, and seven commuter rail lines operated by three different companies. By far the most convenient way to get around the city is by Bilbao car hire, which can be waiting for your arrival at the airport. However, if you plan to travel to other areas of Spain before you visit Bilbao you may find the easiest and most affordable option is to arrive to the city by train.
Of Bilbao's 7 commuter rail lines, RENFE, the Spanish railway network, operates 3. The main train station for RENFE in Bilbao is the Bilbao-Abando, which features stunning architecture and an artistic design. Its three lines are the Cercanías lines in metropolitan Bilbao: the C1 runs Bilbao-Abando-Santurtzi, the C2 runs Abando-Muskiz, and the C3 runs Abando-Orduña.
The FEVE, or Spanish Narrow Gauge Railways, operate only one line. This line is called Abando and runs Concordia-Balmaseda.
The EuskoTren is the Basque railway network, a new addition to the city in 2002. There are plans to greatly expand the network over the coming decade, but for now it operates three lines within the city. These run Deusto-Lezama, Atxuri-Ermua, and Atxuri-Bermeo.
Depending on your travel plans, you may find it helpful to take a train over distances and then drive yourself around to the sites and places you would like to visit. You can have a car hire Bilbao waiting for you at any train station.