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Getting around in Valencia: info, costs and tips

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Located along the southeastern coast of Spain, Valencia is known for its modernity, for its Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, which makes it futuristic and avant-garde together with its Planetarium, an oceanarium and many interactive museums. Valencia is also history and art with its numerous churches and the historic center full of magic with its Barrio del Carmen, the true and authentic Valencian heart of the city. Its beaches are huge and extremely clean, some of which are located within the Albufera park, a swamp reserve with a lake and hiking trails.

If you are planning a trip to discover this splendid metropolis and its most authentic beauties, here is one guide on how to get around in Valencia: info, costs and useful tips to make this adventure unforgettable.



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Valencia
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Valencia is an extremely avant-garde city, it offers a dense transport network managed by the company Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT). The best way to get around the center of Valencia is to walk: the most important attractions are a few hundred meters away from each other. For a first approach, the advice is to first take a guided tour in your language, to identify the landmarks and settle in with a local guide. Alternatively, there is the evergreen Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus.
The bicycle is also excellent: Valencia is a bike-friendly city thanks to the Valenbisi public service, which offers 156 km of cycle paths. Also in this case, to become familiar with cycling routes and paths, the advice is to take a guided bike tour first.

Metro and buses are instead indicated to reach the City of Arts and Sciences (buy the ticket online to avoid the long queues) and the Malvarrosa beach.
The purchase of the VLC Tourist Card is recommended, which allows free use of the entire urban public transport network (buses, metro and trams).



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bike, bus, metro, Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: VLC Tourist Card (from € 15,00 -), day ticket for public transport (from € 4,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Valencia

The city is served by the Valencia Airport, also called Manises, which takes its name from the town where it is located. It is theeighth Spanish airport and second in the region in terms of traffic.

It is about 10 km from the city center and is close to the A-3, the motorway that connects Valencia with Madrid. There are many public transports with which it is possible to reach it and reach the center. The fastest and most efficient is certainly the subway.

Aeroport de Valencia

  • Distance from the center: 10 km; average travel time 20 min
  • By metro: lines 3 and 5 / ticket cost: € 3,90
  • By taxi: average cost € 20,00 / travel time: 20 min
  • By bus: average cost € 1,50 / line 150

How to get around on foot

The historic center of Valencia is relatively small despite having many monuments and museums to discover, therefore it is recommended to visit it on foot, also to better appreciate attractions and views that would otherwise be lost. It is also rich in many limited traffic areas, therefore unreachable by means of transport.

If we choose to move on foot, with a precise itinerary, it is possible to visit the most important attractions in a day, precisely because of their proximity. To have one overview of the city and for a first approach the advice is to first take a guided tour in your language, to identify the landmarks and settle in with a local guide. Alternatively, there is the evergreen Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus.



Con i mezzi pubblici

In Valencia the network of public transport is very rich. You can choose between metro, bus (day and night) and the Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus. The latter is perfect for seeing as much of the city as possible even with little time available! In addition, there are many proposals ticket combinations which will allow you to visit the main attractions, such as the 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off and Oceanogràfic ticket, or the hop-on hop-off bus ticket and Bioparc!

They are all very efficient, but the fastest and most convenient way to get to the historic center is the bus, because the metro does not reach all its internal areas. If we have to discover the peripheral areas, the metro is recommended. To check bus and metro timetables, you can download and use the appropriate apps such as EMT Valencia. If you plan to travel several times, it is recommended to purchase the 24, 48 or 72 hour Tourist Card, which, in addition to discounts and benefits travel unlimited on all means of transport!

Metro

The metro in Valencia, inaugurated in 1988, is divided into 9 lines covering 4 different areas: A, B, C and D. Thanks to this organization, no city area remains uncovered, except for a very few areas in the center that are not served directly, but which are easy to reach on foot in a few minutes.

For tourist areas, line 3 (Maritim-Serreria) and line 5 (Rafelbunyol) are often used that allow you to reach the most interesting areas of the city, such as the City of Science. Precisely, line 5 is the closest to the sea.

There is no timetable for each line because it depends on the routes served, so it is always advisable to check the official website of Metro Valencia, the company that manages transport. Prices vary by zone, from € 1,50 in one zone up to € 3,90 for travel in all 4 zones.



  • Downloadable map: valencia-metro-map
  • usually from 5:30 am to 23:30 pm, they vary by line
  • Ticket / single ride cost: one zone € 1,50, 2 zones € 2,10, 3 zones € 2,80, 4 zones € 3,90
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: booklet of 10 tickets of € 9,00, daily € 4,00, 2 days € 6,70, 3 days € 9,70

bus

The bus network is very active and efficient. The lines are in operation every day from 4:00 to 22:30. After this time those at night start operating until 02:00 and 03:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays. Recommended for getting to the center and reaching all internal areas. The most used lines for the historic center are 5 and 5B.

Le rates they are the same as those of the metro. A single ticket costs € 1,50, but if you plan several trips you can buy the booklet of 10 tickets for € 8,50.

  • Downloadable map: bus-map-valencia
  • from 4:00 to 22:30, night buses from 22:30 to 02:00 or 03:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 9,00, daily € 4,00, 2 days € 6,70, 3 days € 9,70

Tram

There are some areas in Valencia that cannot be reached by metro or bus, so there is one tram network; there is a combined ticket with which you can travel on both bus, metro and tram. The three lines they are T4, T6 and T8 and the network extends for a total of almost 22 kilometers.

Le rates they are the same as those of the metro and the bus. A single ticket costs € 1,50, but if you plan several trips you can buy the booklet of 10 tickets for € 8,50.

  • Downloadable map: valencia-tram-map
  • every day from 6: 00 to 22: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 9,00, daily € 4,00, 2 days € 6,70, 3 days € 9,70

By car

If you are undecided on whether to rent a car or not, we we advise you not to do so if you are planning to visit only the city center: Valencia, as already mentioned, offers a vast network of public transport precisely to solve the traffic problem, characteristic of this great metropolis. By car you cannot access the historic center and in certain streets it is not possible to transit except with a special permit issued by the municipality.

In case you need to park your car and then move around on foot or by public transport, Valencia offers a lot underground pay parking, but also several areas specially designed for this purpose. It is therefore advisable to use the car only in case you are planning to visit the immediate vicinity of the metropolis such as Albufera or Sagunto.

Limited traffic area

The entire area of ​​the historic center is totally limited traffic 24 hours a day, 24 days a week: neither cars nor scooters can access, in fact the area is exclusively dedicated to pedestrians and those who travel by bicycle, only residents or those who are in possession of the ticket issued by the municipality of Valencia can access it.

Stops and parking

If you need to park your car, know that Valencia offers many underground pay parking, just on the border with the river there are at least 15, some of which can be booked well in advance even online. Also, if you prefer street parking, it is important to know that in areas marked with yellow or red lines you cannot park, areas with blue stripes instead they are used for limited time parking and for a fee from Monday to Friday 9: 00-14: 00 and 16: 00-21: 00, Saturday 9: 00-14: 00, on Sunday parking is free all day.

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