Travel and accommodation

Participants are advised to check on travel requirements for COVID testing, and arrange for tests if needed on their own. More info at Spain tourism and in the Spain travel health websites.

How to get to the venue

The underground railway in Bilbao is called Metro Bilbao. You may recognize the entrance to most metro stations by their characteristic “curved glass” structure (see photo). The nearest stop to the venue is Moyua. Once at Moyua Station, choose the exit Ercilla–Guggenheim. From the exit, walk down Calle Elcano towards the estuary (in the direction of Abandoibarra), keeping the Government House building on your left, and when you come to the roundabout of Plaza Euskadi, turn into Calle Ramón Rubial and continue until you come to the Bizkaia Aretoa UPV/EHU building. It is approximately a ten-minute walk.

The tram (streetcar) system in Bilbao is called Tranvía de Bilbao. It consists of a single line that goes back and forth between the two end stops of Abando and Uribitarte. The nearest stop to the venue is Guggenheim, which is right in front of the Bizkaia Aretoa UPV/EHU building. Just cross the street to arrive at the venue. It is a one-minute walk.

Municipal and regional buses

Bilbobus: LINES 1, 10, 13 and 18 stopping in the Plaza del Museo de Bellas Artes and on Deusto bridge (it is about a six-minute walk from both bus stops). Lines 13, 27, 38 and 48, stopping at Alameda Rekalde (it is about an eight-minute walk from here). Lines 11 and 71, stopping at the Universidad de Deusto (in this case, you have to cross the estuary via the Pedro Arrupe footbridge, which is about a three-minute walk).

Bizkaibus: Lines A2153, A2314, A2322, A3225, A3411, A3516, A3517, A3518, A3527, stopping at Plaza del Museo (with about a six-minute walk from here), Lines A3247 and A3414, stopping at Alameda Recalde (with about an eight-minute walk) and Line A3223, stopping at the Universidad de Deusto (in this case you have to cross the estuary via the Pedro Arrupe footbridge, which is about a five-minute walk).

Long distance buses (Bilbao Intermodal)

It is possible to walk to the Bizkaia Aretoa building from Bilbao Intermodal bus terminal in about 20 minutes or else to take the tram bound for Atxuri from the San Mamés tram stop.

Renfe: Abando station (also known as ‘Estación del Norte’) has a link to the underground (you should take any underground train from the platform for trains bound for Plentzia) and the Abando tram stop is right near there (take a tram bound for Basurto). Should you wish to walk from this station to the Bizkaia Aretoa UPV/EHU building, the journey would take just over 20 minutes.

FEVE: La Concordia Station (also known as ‘Estación de Santander’) is next door to Abando Station, and therefore the same routes mentioned above can be used to reach the Bizkaia Aretoa UPV/EHU building from here.

EuskoTren: Zazpikaleak/Casco Viejo station links up with the underground. Should you wish to walk from this station to the Bizkaia Aretoa UPV/EHU building, the journey would take about 25 minutes.

Arrivals at Bilbao-Loiu Airport:

To reach Bilbao or Bizkaia Aretoa from the airport, take the A3247 Bizkaibus, catch a taxi or hire a car.

Public transport card (Barik)

For symposium attendees who wish to use public transport we recommend the Barik Anonymous Card (it is white, no personal data or photo will be printed on it). Is a Card with a “contactless” chip that allows travel on all modes of public transport in Biscay. It provides numerous benefits:

  • It has the function of a wallet Card. The Barik Card costs 3 euros (it can be obtained on the Barik network*). To travel it will be necessary to make a minimum recharge of 5 € (maximum of 90 €).
  • It can be used by anyone (it is transferable). It allows up to 10 people to travel together.
  • To validate the trip, you only need to bring the Card close to the reader.
  • Is cheaper than buying occasional travel tickets for each trip. The current fares for each transport are shown in the table below:
1 zone 2 zones 3 zones 4 zones 5 zones
Metro 0.93 € 1.10 € 1.20 €
Tram 0.73 €
Bilbobus 0.66 €
Bizkaibus 0.99 € 1.14 € 1.39 € 1.80 € 2.45 €

More info about Barik Card

* Card vending machines (MEAT and miniMEAT) in Metro Bilbao, Renfe, EuskoTren and at the Abando Tram stop. Bilbobus and Bizkaibus cabins. More than 450 outlets including tobacco shops, kiosks and other commercial premises in Bizkaia where you can find the Barik sign.


Maps of public transport lines

Metro map

Tram map

Other maps

Bilbobus map

Bizkaibus map

Zonal public transport system of Bizkaia map (Metro+Tram+Train)


Several rooms in the below hotels have been reserved to provide convenient accommodation to attendees.

Hotel Silken Indautxu (****)

Hotel Mercure Bilbao (****)

Hotel Ibis Budget Bilbao City (*)

You must contact these hotels and make the bookings yourself (if you have any problems please contact us). Please note that rates may vary depending on property and the specific dates requested. To book and guarantee your room you must do it before the 25 April 2022. These is the booking procedure to make your reservation:

  • Use the promo code ISS2022BILBAO.
  • Provide them your telephone number and credit card details.

Other affordable accommodation is also suggested: Pohstel – Premium hostel ; Pil-Pil Hostel ; Bilbao Akelarre Hostel; Botxo Gallery – Youth Hostel; Bilbao Central hostel; Moon Hostel Bio.

If you have any questions or want to contact us for more information about accommodations, please contact