Arriaga Theatre (Teatro Arriaga)
Given its proximity to Bilbao’s Old Quarter, many full- or half-day city tours pass by the theater's neo-baroque exterior, although travelers keen to admire the interior should purchase show tickets. Alternatively, learn more about the theater’s turbulent history during a guided tour and gain access to facilities typically off-limits to the general public. While pre-booking admission tickets for shows and performances at the Arriaga Theater saves both time and potential disappointment, last-minute, on-the-day discounts are often available.
Things to Know Before You Go
A visit to the Arriaga Theater is ideal for spontaneous travelers, as several last-minute discounts are offered at the box office on show days.
Special rates are available for the over 65s, under 30s, the unemployed, and more—check the website for more information.
Guided tours are offered every weekend in Spanish, English, and Basque for a small additional fee.
There’s an on-site bar and cloakroom service, while children’s booster seats are available upon request.
The Teatro Arriaga is fully wheelchair accessible and there are designated spots for wheelchair users in the theater.
Hearing impaired visitors are catered to via hearing loops and sound amplifiers, while select performances offer simultaneous translation for the visually impaired.
How to Get There
The Arriaga Theater is situated on the east banks of Bilbao’s Nervión River in the heart of the Old Quarter. As such, it’s most easily accessible on foot, although there are also several public transit options. The most convenient metro station is Casco Viejo, while Bilbobus routes 56, 75, 77, 85, and A2 all stop outside. Alternatively, save the hassle of making your own way there and opt for a tour which includes transportation.
When to Get There
The Arriaga Theater box office is open daily from the mid-morning to the early evening throughout the year, closing only for lunch. In July, the box office closes completely on Sundays and public holidays. Book admission tickets in advance or arrive early to secure good seats if you’re buying your tickets on the day—they’re sold until the shows start. Otherwise, visit in November during the Zinebi Film Festival.
Culture in Bilbao
Bilbao is one of Spain’s most culturally rich cities, with plenty of musical and theatrical offerings. After touring the Teatro Arriaga, catch a show at the intimate art nouveau Campos Elíseos Theater or pay the Euskalduna Palace a visit. The latter is an opera house and theater known for its sleek design. Meanwhile, the BBK Exhibition Room is the perfect place to get weird with a roster of experimental performances.
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