Guide To Transportation In Valencia
Transportation in Valencia is quite easy to navigate. In this post you will learn about the best ways to move around the city and about how to save money on transportation in Valencia.
With the metro network stretching out far outside of the city limits, this is the best means of long-distance transportation in Valencia.
Whether you are going to Alboraya to see tigernut fields or to the golden Malvarrosa beach – the metro is the quickest way to get there by public transportation.
How the metro works in Valencia
A train approaching the station in Valencia’s metro.
Valencia’s metro map is split into 4 zones: A, B, C and D.
You can buy a one-way ticket, a return ticket or a bono of 10 trips (a better deal) for zones A, AB, ABC, and ABCD. See the zoning on the maps located by the ticket machines or ask the operator working in the station booth (very limited English language skills though!).
Once you got the ticket of your choice and you find yourself by the ticket barrier, touch the ticket to the circle located on your right and pass through.
Save the ticket till the end of the trip, as you will need it to exit the destination station.
If there is a problem with your ticket and you cannot find personnel to help you (some of the remote stations are not staffed), you can contact an operator via a yellow intercom post, located before the exit barriers.
Use Google Maps to navigate the metro or download the Valencia Metro app.
Getting to Valencia from the Airport by metro
Getting to Valencia from the Manises airport by metro is ridiculously convenient. The trains leave from the airport building itself.
The metro line that serves the airport is the same one that leads to the center of Valencia (for example, the Colón station). And it only takes half an hour!
Valencia’s regular city buses are red and display a number and a destination street name or location in the front.
Some stations are equipped with an electronic display that provides info on the nearest buses arrivals.
Use Google Maps for buses approx. schedule and routes.
At night a different kind of bus system comes into effect: the buses are marked with the letter “N” and have a separate set of numbers.
There are also intercity buses. You can find more information on the EMT’s website.
Taxis in Valencia are painted in white color and display a green light on top when unoccupied
Cabs in Valencia are comparatively inexpensive. The distances in Valencia are not that big and you can cross the city in 20 minutes.
A taxi from the airport to the center of Valencia costs around 25 EUR.
The taxi drivers have to pay a hefty upfront license fee, so having companies such as Uber operate in Valencia has been contentious and has led to Uber not being allowed in Valencia.
Some of the cabs accept credit cards, but do not count on it. It’s better to have 20 EUR bills on hand for smooth payment.
Cabify is an app that allows you to book upscale cars with a professional chauffeur. All orders are done via the app, which is very convenient, because you can see exactly where your driver is on a real-time map.
The only drawback is that the minimal charge is 10 EUR, so perhaps Cabify is more suitable for longer transfers. They also serve the airport.
Car Rental & Driving In Valencia
It’s a real pleasure to drive around the pretty and uncongested city of Valencia.
There are 2 main areas in Valencia for car rental – the airport and the Joaquin Sorolla train station area (located within a walking distance from the center).
Some of the companies that claim to be in the “airport” are actually located within a 5 minute drive away and use shuttle buses to deliver the guests to the pick-up locations.
Valencia is considered one of the cities with least traffic congestion in Europe. Driving in Valencia is a breeze, and unless there is an accident, travelling times are highly predictable.
The main underground parking garages in the center of Valencia are:
- Plaza de la Reina
- San Agustín
- Mercado de Colón
- El Corte Inglés department stores
Familiarize yourself with the local traffic regulations at the rental office.
Biking has been gaining popularity in the recent years in Valencia.
There are abundant bike rental shops throughout the city, especially in the Old Town and Ruzafa.
Here are the 2 main biking arteries in Valencia:
- The old town perimeter – Colón street, Plaza de Tetuan, Xátiva street etc.
- The former riverbed Turia – now a beautiful park with bike lanes running on both edges
It’s useful to know that biking on the sidewalks is prohibited and can lead to a hefty fine. Use bike lanes – luckily, there are plenty of them in Valencia.
One of the Valenbisi stations.
Valenbisi is the city rental system, where you take a bike from one of the stations anywhere in the city and you can leave it at another one.
The shortest period of time you can buy a ticket for is a week. Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine at most stations (especially in the center of the city).
Valencia Tourist Card
Valencia Tourist Card allows the holders to get discounts at select museums, shops and restaurants, as well as use the city’s transportation for free during the designated time: 24, 48 and 72 hours. If you are planning to use public transportation a lot during your visit in Valencia, definitely consider purchasing the card.
If you are planning a trip to Valencia, perhaps you would be interested in having a truly local food experience? I take my guests to hand-picked vendors at the Central Market during my day time food tour, followed by more tastings in the Old Town. Breakfast and lunch are included!