Public transport in Valencia probably isn’t the first thing you thought of when you booked your visit, but you can rest assured that easy travel in Valencia is a bonus of choosing it as your holiday destination. And it’s even easier and budget-friendly with the Valencia Tourist Card.
Arriving at your chosen holiday destination is full of excitement but there are some practicalities to take care of. We have mapped out some of the things you might like to know to help you settle in and find your way around, including some key points about public transport in Valencia.
Valencia Airport is fairly small, so the process of disembarking can be very straightforward indeed, especially if you have your luggage with you and not in the hold. Either way, once you have walked or been transported by airport bus from your aircraft to the terminal, it’s a short trip through passport control, the luggage carousels and out into the open.
In any city, finding your way around can be part of the fun and Valencia Tourism publishes maps and seasonal guides to help. Car hire counters are easy to spot at airport arrivals. It’s left hand drive here, remember. If you don’t fancy navigating the roads, public transport in Valencia is in very good, clean condition with trains, metros and buses running frequently.
The taxi rank is right under your nose as you step outside the airport. Queuing here is still the norm, even though you have left the UK! Taxi drivers are taking lessons in English but if they don’t appear confident in speaking it to you, they are more than happy to take direction from a print out of your hotel booking or written address. All taxis have an authorisation number on to prove they are the real thing and they use meters, so you don’t have to haggle. Expect to pay between 20-30€ to get to the city centre from the airport.
If you would rather take the metro into the city, follow the signs inside the terminal. Touch screen ticket machines have a language selection button. You can expect to pay around 5€ for a single to Valencia Nord (the centre) or you can buy a Valencia Tourist Card before you have even left home and this journey will be paid for already.
Buses in Valencia are great for sightseeing, whether you book on to the tourist bus or stick to the regular buses. The Valencia Tourist Card gives you unlimited travel on public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours and has the added bonus of giving you discounts for attractions and restaurants. It comes in a plastic wallet with the card (for swiping, like an Oyster card), a map and a booklet of deals.
For more information on the Valencia Tourist Card, click here.