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In the past Bilbao was primarily seen as an industrial city, but tourism has grown significantly in recent years, and it is now a very popular destination for a city break. Although you can reach Bilbao by ferry, the crossing takes around twenty four hours, so many people prefer to travel by plane and pick up a hire car when they arrive at Bilbao airport.

Car Hire Bilbao on a Budget

Thrifty Car Rental provides the perfect solution for those travelling on a budget. We offer a range of high quality reliable models, including city cars and family cars, with transparent pricing, so there are no sneaky hidden charges.

Thrifty is an established international company, whose priority is to provide cheap car hire in Bilbao and other towns, making it affordable to people on all budgets. We supply to both business and leisure customers.

Thrifty Bilbao offers competitive prices all year round, but we also run our special hot deals, so keep looking out for what’s available.

Car Hire

When you touch down in the city, save money on transfers and get a great deal with Thrifty Bilbao Airport. Offering a convenient pick up and drop off point for your car hire, we have a limited but practical selection of cars available for all purposes. So whether you need a city car or a people carrier, we have the solution for you. Thrifty prides itself on being a reliable option for cheap car hire in Bilbao Airport, and we also regularly have promotions and sales to make us even more affordable.More about Bilbao Airport

Why choose Thrifty?
  • Convenient locations
  • Great value rates all year round
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees
  • No cancellation or amendment fees*
  • Choice of pre-paid or pay later rates
  • Trust our 50 years experience
  • *within seven days of booking being made.

The City Sights

By far the most famous and eye-catching landmark in Bilbao has to be the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by the award winning architect Frank Gehry, the bold titanium coated museum opened in 1997. Inside there are short term exhibitions as well as the permanent displays, which include works by artists such as Picasso and Andy Warhol.

The maritime museum is well worth a visit, particularly for families with young children, as there are plenty of opportunities to play and explore. Discover the maritime history of the city of Bilbao and of the broader Basque region.

In the centre of Bilbao stroll around the shops, take in the Gothic architecture, and relax in the cafes and restaurants of the old quarter. Those looking for a bargain may be interested in the dish of the day, a low cost menu option which all restaurants are required by local law to offer each day.

Exploring the Basque Country

Another city to visit in the area is San Sebastian, situated on the coast close to the border with France. There are many tourist attractions here including the Palacio del Mar, which is home to an aquarium, and was the first natural history museum in Spain. Thrill seekers should head to the Parque de Attraciones del Monte Igeldo. This theme park has various rides to suit all ages and nerves. San Sebastian also offers plenty of opportunities for shopping and has a lively nightlife.

In the Somorrostro Valley lies the grand Castillo de Munatones. The castle is just a short drive from Bilbao. Whether you want a city break or need a base to explore the surrounding Basque country, Bilbao is sure to fit the bill.

Photos of Bilbao