getting to and around Valencia
Getting to Valencia
How to get to Valencia by plane
Valencia Airport is 9 km from the city center. The bus (Metrobus) to Plaza de Espana departs every 25 minutes and takes about 30-40 minutes (€1.45). The bus stop is a bit hidden, only a small sign in front of the parking lot at the level of the arrivals. The Metro goes directly to the town centre and links the Airport to the main train station, Estación del Norte (beside Xàtiva metro stop), running every 8 minutes and taking about 20 minutes. Valencia is served by Iberia, Air Europa, Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, AirFrance, TuiFly, Ryanair, Transavia, Vueling, and several other airlines.
How to get to Valencia by train
Many trains come from Madrid, Barcelona, and many other cities. The main train station, Estacion del Norte, is in the center of the city, near the Town Hall. Travel time by train from Barcelona Sants is about 3 1/2 hours while from Madrid by AVE (high speed rail) is 1 hour 33 minutes. The national train company is RENFE. The tickets can be booked online.
Getting around in Valencia
While Valencia’s public transport system is easy to navigate, renting a bike has become an increasingly popular way for visitors to explore this essentially flat city. Since 2010 the city offers public bicycle rentals at over 250 locations around the city. This service is called Valenbisi. For 14€ you get access to unlimited use of the bikes during 7 days, first half hour is free, then 1€ every 30 minutes extra. The extensive bike routes can be viewed here. You can purchase the ticket at any terminal at the stations.
For metro (subway and tram) and bus (EMT) transport it is possible to buy cards called bonos in kiosks and tobacco shops. These are used for 10 journeys. The cards are contactless, and can be topped up and changed to different types once empty. There are a few different cards, so make sure you get the right one for your trip. The Metro only paper tickets are sold at the metro ticket machines. For a plastic card that includes bus, you will need to buy at tobacconists, authorized kiosks, and Metro stations. An online journey planner can be found here.
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