Cruises in Bilbao
In order to improve services for cruise passengers, the Bilbao Port Authority has built at a cost of 1.9 million euros, a new maritime station, which has been in operation since early September 2010. The building is divided into several distinct areas including baggage check-in, luggage collection, waiting room, services and tourist office.
Three companies operate from the Bilbao Port:
Ibercruceros with the ‘Grand Mistral’
MSC cruises with the liner ‘MSC Opera’
Pullmantur with the liner ‘Empress’
Getting By taxi from the hotel the cost is around 30€.
If you go by car the GPS coordenates are:
- Latitud 43º 20' 48''N
- Longitud 003º 01' 42'' W
Ferry Service to Portsmouth
Brittany Ferries operates since March 29th 2011 with the Cap Finistere, a 204-metre long ferry built in 2001. For the time being, it sails twice weekly in both directions. Once a week, it includes a call at the French port of Roscoff.
The Cap Finistere service improves the Bilbao link with the south of England since not only is sailing time reduced by three hours, but the vessel also provides more passenger comforts in addition to a greater capacity for lorry and trailer embarkation.
The new ferry berths at Dock A3 of the Port of Bilbao enlargement, close to the start of the Zierbena breakwater.
Terminal de Brittany Ferries
Puerto de Bilbao
GPS coordenates: 43.35378, -3.07035
By car, take the A8 heading to Santander and the exit number 130 to Santurtzi and Portua, after that follow the yellow signs to the port.