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Basque, Spain

Date of opening11 Nov 1995
Network length43.41 km (26.98 mi)
Lines2        Line history
Stations per line20.50
Avg. station distance1,113 m (0.69 mi)
Avg. line length21.71 km (13.49 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 31 Jul 2014
According to Metro Bilbao
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)247,000 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)5,680 (3,530)
Fare collectionGates
TrackLeft, gauge: 1000 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 1500 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
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Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 2 stars (silver)  Bilbao

Most new stations have been designed by Sir Norman Foster in 1995. The underground stations have striking roofed glass entrances. They are nicknamed 'fosteritos' after the architect and shelter escalators or stairways [], [], []. The corporate logo as well as the Rotis typeface, which is used for all signs and paperwork, are by Otl Aicher, 1989 [].

Photo: A fosterito at Abando station.
Foster about his spacious concrete vaults: "A tunnel dug by man through earth and rock is a very special place. Its shape is a reaction to the forces of nature and the texture of its construction bears the seal of man. This must be respected, not covered up to make the place look like any other building. One must be able to feel being underground, and make it a good, special experience" (quoted from Metro Bilbao's Touristic Guide Map).

Photo: Barakaldo station built in 2002.

Other Rail Transport in Bilbao

Cercanias (suburban metro)

Relationships with Other Metros

Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.

24-Hour Services

Saturday night

Reaching the Beaches

Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean): Line 1 to Larrabasterra (2 km from beach and surfing spot).

Departure Procedure and Sounds

There's a faint chirping sound while the doors are open and a series of warning beeps when they close. A pre-recorded female voice announces transfer stations in Basque and Spanish. For other stations the generic station name is announced only once.

Departing metro train.

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