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BizkaiBus is the name for bus services serving the province of Biscay, Spain. It is named after the Basque name of the province, Bizkaia. The buses can be identified by their distinctive green (until 2009 yellow) livery.

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Bizkaibus unit in Bilbao
LocaleBiscay, Spain
Service typebus service
WebsiteBizkai site
Two units in Leioa with the pre-2009 livery.

The bus network is integrated in the Creditrans ticket system.

CharacteristicsEdit

BizkaiBus is the result of the combination of several companies that offered bus travel services in the province of Biscay, TCSA, CAV, PESA, Encartaciones, Euskotren, Adnor and Autobuses de Lujua. The service is funded by the authority of Biscay or Diputacion Foral and operates as many as 100 bus lines. Some of the lines are seasonal, and only operate during certain months, for example a number of summer season lines to beach areas.

Various bus companies have steadily joined the Bizkaibus consortium over the years. The bus lines of EuskoTren joined in the year 2002, Adnor joined in 2005, and Autobuses de Lujua in 2006. Of the original companies offering bus public transport in Biscay Vigiola remains the only non-affiliated bus operator.

In 2006 the line between Bilbao and Castro Urdiales was excluded from Bizkaibus, as the line was solely funded by the Biscay local authority and the town of Castro Urdiales lies in the province of Cantabria.

Passenger numbersEdit

Ridership
Year Passengers

1996 28,349,207
1997 32,990,053
1998 35,619,186
1999 35,204,283
2000 36,062,000
2001 38,536,000
2002 35,320,286
2003 37,030,557
2004 36,875,775
2005 34,134,235
2006 32,809,996
2007 30,845,754

The service was used by over 30 million passengers during 2007, almost six per cent less than a year before. The expansion of Metro Bilbao along the left bank of the Greater Bilbao metropolitan area has affected Bizkaibus since the year 2002, when the first stations of the underground were opened in Barakaldo. Subsequent extensions to Sestao in 2005 and Portugalete in 2007 have also affected passenger numbers.

The busiest lines during 2006 were the following:

  • A3129: Lutxana - Cruces/Gurutzeta - Santurtzi : 1,874,251
  • A3135: Sestao - Kabiezes : 1,771,347
  • A3142: Santurtzi - Barakaldo - Retuerto: 1,421,398
  • A3115: Bilbao - Santurtzi : 1,419,939
  • A3621: Bilbao - Basauri - Galdakao : 946,658

Lines departing from BilbaoEdit

There are around 100 lines operated by Bizkaibus. The numbering system depends on the zone of Biscay. The routes in Uribe Kosta begin with 21, University routes begin with 23, the routes on the left bank of Greater Bilbao begin with 31, those of the right bank of Greater Bilbao are prefixed 34, the River Nervion area routes are designated with the number 36, the Encartaciones region 33, the routes operated by the company CAV the number 35, and PESA the number 39.

List of lines grouped by terminalEdit

  • from Bailén street:
  • from Biribila square/BBK:
    • A-3521 Bilbao - Santa Marina
  • from Zabalburu square:
    • A-2312 Zabalburu - UPV/EHU through Juan de Garay
  • from Abando Station/Hurtado de Amezaga st.:
    • A-2314 Bilbao - Erandio Goikoa - UPV/EHU
    • A-2322 Bilbao - Erandio - Astrabudua - UPV/EHU
    • A-2324 Abando - UPV/EHU through Enekuri
    • A-3115 Bilbao - Santurtzi; through: Barakaldo (Lutxana-Desertu), Sestao (La Iberia) and Portugalete
    • A-3122 Bilbao - Sestao - Errepelega; through: Barakaldo (Lutxana-Desertu)
    • A-3136 Bilbao - Gurutzeta - Barakaldo through Retuerto, Avda. Euskadi and Bilbao Exhibition Center
    • A-3137 Bilbao - Barakaldo through Hurtado de Amézaga and Lutxana
    • A-3144 Bilbao - Gurutzeta - Barakaldo through Ugarte, Max Center and Megapark
    • A-3336 Bilbao - Muskiz through Ortuella
    • A-3337 Bilbao - Muskiz through the N-634 road
    • A-3514 Bilbao - Zornotza - Gernika
    • A-3515 Bilbao - Zornotza - Gernika - Bermeo
    • A-3911 Bilbao - Galdakao Hospital- Lemoa - Durango
    • A-3912 Bilbao - Galdakao Hospital - Lemoa - Durango - Ermua - Eibar
    • A-3917 Bilbao - Galdakao Hospital - Lemoa - Zeanuri
    • A-3925 Bilbao - Lemoa - Otxandio - Ubide
  • from Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro (In front of the Corte Inglés):
    • A-3151 Bilbao - Santurtzi - Portugalete through freeway
  • from Termibus:
    • A-0651 Bilbao - Zalla - Balmaseda
    • A-2153 Bilbao - Loiu - Aiartza
    • A-2318 Termibús - UPV/EHU through freeway
    • A-3247 Bilbao - Bilbao Airport
    • A-3341 Bilbao - Sodupe - Arrespalditza
    • A-3342 Bilbao - Sodupe - Artziniega
    • A-3343 Bilbao - Sodupe
    • A-3414 Bilbao - Getxo through the Artxanda tunnel
    • A-3512 Bilbao - Lekeitio through freeway
    • A-3513 Bilbao - Galdakao Hospital - Gernika - Ea - Lekeitio
    • A-3523 Bilbao - Galdakao Hospital - Gernika - Lekeitio - Mendexa
    • A-3915 Bilbao - Durango - Ondarroa
    • A-3916 Bilbao - Ermua - Ondarroa
    • A-3923 Bilbao - Durango - Elorrio
    • A-3926 Bilbao - Ermua - Eibar through freeway
    • A-3927 Bilbao - Lemona - Zeanuri through freeway
    • A-3930 Bilbao - Galdakao through freeway
    • A-3933 Bilbao - Durango through freeway
  • from Arenal park (San Nicolas Church):
  • from Moyúa square:
    • A-3224 Bilbao - Derio- Technologic Park (Zamudio)
    • A-3250 Bilbao - Technologic Park (Zamudio) through the tunnel of Artxanda
    • A-3516 Bilbao - Mungia through freeway
    • A-3517 Bilbao - Derio - Mungia
    • A-3518 Bilbao - Mungia - Bakio through freeway
    • A-3527 Bilbao - Mungia - Bermeo through freeway
  • from 10 Henao street:
    • A-3411 Bilbao - Getxo through Erandio
    • A-3413 Bilbao - Getxo - Aizkorri

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