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Clearing Customs in Bilbao BIO Airport

Vanozza

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I have walked part of the Camino Frances one and a half times. I ended in Sahagun in April 2019.
Can anyone tell me how long it’s taking to clear Customs in Bilbao BIO these days? I will be catching a train at Bilbao Abando and I’m not sure how much time to allow between arrival and catching a train.
 
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biarritzdon

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Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I have arrived in Bilbao many times and it was merely an issue of collecting my bag, the biggest problem is which carrousel it lands on most of the time. There are customs officials there and I have seen them question people and ask them to open their bags but it is never much of a hassle. The airport bus to the bus terminal downtown runs on a regular basis and then it is just a simple of matter of getting across town to the train station.
 

MJB

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Frances (in sections 2004, 2012, 2015); Portugues (from Oporto 2013); Primitivo (from Castroverde) 2012; Invierno (2016)
Seconds. Just go and get your bag. Besides the bus to town there is another direct to San Sebastian too.
 

Vanozza

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Past OR future Camino
I have walked part of the Camino Frances one and a half times. I ended in Sahagun in April 2019.
I have arrived in Bilbao many times and it was merely an issue of collecting my bag, the biggest problem is which carrousel it lands on most of the time. There are customs officials there and I have seen them question people and ask them to open their bags but it is never much of a hassle. The airport bus to the bus terminal downtown runs on a regular basis and then it is just a simple of matter of getting across town to the train station.
That has been my experience also in the past. But I am wondering if they are now checking vaccination certificates etc before allowing arriving passengers to leave the airport. That could result in long lines. Have you been there recently?
 

biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
No, I have not attempted to travel back to Bilboa/Biarritz since I left in mid 2019.
 
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