Cercanías Bilbao

Cercanías Bilbao (Basque: Bilboko Aldiriak) is a commuter rail network in Bilbao, serving the city and its metropolitan area. It is operated by Cercanías, as part of Renfe, the national railway company. It consists of three lines, named C-1, C-2 and C-3. All three of them start at Bilbao-Abando station, which is the central station of the city.

Cercanías Bilbao
Bilboko Aldiriak
Renfe Aldiriak.svg
Cercanías units at Bilbao-Abando
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines3
Number of stations44
Annual ridership10,180,000 (2017)[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website
System length67 km (42 mi)


Cercanías Bilbao follows the same patterns as other Cercanías networks in the country, as Cercanías Madrid or Cercanías Barcelona. The network consists of three lines, all of them starting at Bilbao-Abando and linking the center of Bilbao with other municipalities within the metropolitan area. There are three lines, named C-1, C-2 and C-3; the first two follow the Estuary of Bilbao, and the C-3 reaches municipalities outside the metropolitan area. The network has connections with Metro Bilbao (rapid transit), FEVE (commuter rail), Renfe (regional trains) and EuskoTran (tramway) and Bilbao's bus station, Termibus.


Line Terminals Stations in service Total stations Operator
C-1 Abando-Santurtzi 14 14 Cercanías
C-2 Abando-Muskiz 18 18 Cercanías
C-3 Abando-Orduña 22 22 Cercanías
Current Cercanías network.

Service frequenciesEdit

As of October 2011, there are the typical service frequencies for each line:[2]

  • Line C-1 - Trains each 30 minutes at early time in the morning and at late nights; trains each 20 minutes at peak times.
  • Line C-2 - Trains each 30 minutes at early time in the morning and at late nights; trains each 20 minutes at peak times.
  • Line C-3 - Two trains per hour early in the mornings at late at nights; up to three trains per hour at peak times.


Cercanías Bilbao serves the following stations:

Line C-1 Line C-2 Line C-3
  • Bilbao-Abando Station      
  • Zabalburu
  • Ametzola
  • Autonomía
  • San Mamés      
  • Olabeaga
  • Zorrotza
  • Lutxana-Barakaldo
  • Desertu-Barakaldo
  • Galindo
  • Trápaga
  • Valle de Trápaga-Trapagaran
  • Urioste
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Ortuella
  • Gallarta
  • Putxela
  • Muskiz
  • Bilbao-Abando Station      
  • Miribilla
  • La Peña
  • Ollargan
  • Bidebieta-Basauri
  • Basauri
  • Abaroa-San Miguel
  • Arrigorriaga
  • Ugao-Miraballes
  • Bakiola
  • Arrakundiaga
  • Arbide
  • Arakaldo
  • Areta
  • Laudio/Llodio
  • Luiando
  • Salbio
  • Amurrio
  • Iñarratxu
  • Orduña

Rolling stockEdit

Three UT446 units at Bilbao-Abando depot.

The rolling stock consists of UT 446 electrical multiple units built by CAF, each one formed by three cars.


Ametzola station.

These are the recent projects that have been developed or will be started in the network.

Southern rail branch (C-1 and C-2)Edit

Variante Sur in green, with former surface alignment in red

In year 2000 the network was renewed by the public company Bilbao Ria 2000, several new underground stations were opened in the city of Bilbao, a project that was called Southern rail branch (Variante sur ferroviaria).

This change implied the closing of Parke/Guggenheim and Bilbao-La Naja stations, on the line that run beside the river before that date. This cleared ground for the creation of new riverside avenues and the tramway. The tracks used for the new branch were used before for freight transport, these tracks were covered and a new avenue and the park of Ametzola were created on top of them. The stations on the new branch are:

  • San Mamés
  • Autonomía
  • Ametzola
  • Zabalburu

The former Bilbao-La Naja terminal station gave way to Bilbao-Abando, where C1 and C2 services arrive and depart now. Formerly this station was used only by C3 and long distance services, to cope with the increase of traffic two new covered platforms were added to the station, increasing the number of platforms from six to eight. The remains of Bilbao-La Naja station can still be seen beside the Arenal Bridge.

The Ametzola area was a rail yard, that was dismantled to create new parks and residential areas.

Santurtzi station (C-1)Edit

The new Santurtzi station.

The new Santurtzi station was built close to the old one by Bilbao Ria 2000 and inaugurated on July 10, 2003. The space that the old station occupied is used now as a parking lot, but will be renewed to extend the nearby park.

Miribilla station (C-3)Edit

This station was opened on December 16, 2008 and links the newly developed neighbourhoods with central Bilbao. This is Spain's deepest underground station, the access to the platforms is provided by high capacity elevators.

Amurrio Iparralde station (C-3)Edit

Works have started in the new Iparralde station, in the town of Amurrio.

Barakaldo station (C-1/C-2)Edit

This station will be renewed, 200 m of tracks will be covered, improving the newly developed neighbourhoods of Barakaldo.

Portugalete station (C-1)Edit

This station will be covered, a mall will be created on top of it and lifts will provide access from central Portugalete.

Vizcaya Bridge station (C-1)Edit

There is a proposal to build this underground station, intermediate between Portugalete and Peñota stations, that would provide a direct link to Vizcaya Bridge.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Los trenes de cercanías van casi vacíos y apenas superan la cifra de usuarios de hace diez años". 11 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  2. ^ Cercanías Bilbao Official Website

External linksEdit