Valencia has a slightly confusing transportation network. After living here for 2 years, we finally figured out that the metro system seems to have been planned for reaching further away suburbs (or the airport) but not for getting around the city.
So, if you want to navigate the city centre, you’ll be much better off taking the bus. Just remember, the buses run in a circular route – which means that it doesn’t drop off and pick-up at the same spot; the bus you take to the old town might not drop you off anywhere near where you got on. You may need to ask a few locals to direct you to the right bus stop.
Essentially, public transportation in Valencia has really good standards and is clean and modern; like other Spanish ciites, we just found the organization a bit odd, especially coming from a place like Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Click here for transportation maps and routes.
The thing that throws us off each time is the schedule. The regular bus and metro routes finish up around 10:30pm all week long and not much of a warning when the busses don’t run (desviado) due to a fiesta or a race. Saving grace is the night bus….N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N9, N10, N89, N90 that run from 22:30 – 02:00
TIP: We recommend storing Google Maps (or any other rmap app) off-line during your visit so you always have a handy map with you.
When using the metro, the first thing that you will need to consider is what type of ticket you are likely to buy. When deciding this, you should take three things into consideration:
- How many days will you be in Valencia?
- How old are you?
- Are you travelling with your family?
If you are in Valencia for one day, you will either want to buy a single journey ticket (if you only plan on using public transport once) or a T-1(which will allow you unlimited access to public transport in the centre of town).
If you are staying for a weekend you may want to consider the T-2 or T-3 (like the T-1, but for two or three days respectively). If you are coming to Valencia for a longer period you may wish to consider the Bonometro (valid for ten journeys) or the TAT if you will be in Valencia for a whole month. These are all ways of saving money, rather than just buying individual tickets.
It is also worth noting that ticket prices vary depending on your age. If you are a student, you may have a Carnet Joven which saves you money on selected tickets and if you are over 65 you can get some impressive reductions on the monthly pass price.
There are special deals for families. If you have children who are aged six and under, they can travel for free. There is also a special family pass, the F2, that can be used at weekends.
Click here to download the Metro Valencia map.
VERY IMPORTANT: Keep your ticket handy because you will need to enter and exit.
We highly recommend using the Valencia public bus system. Depending on how many days you are staying and how many people are traveling, there are a few options. For example, if you are planning on staying in Valencia for more than 5 days, we suggest using a combination of the Valencia Tourist Card and the EMT Mobilis Card (public bus).VALENCIA TOURIST CARD 24, 48 and 72 hours (buy online to receive a 10% discount)
With the Valencia Tourist Card you travel for FREE on buses, metros and trams, get FREE entry to some municipal museums and monuments and enjoy special discounts in Valencia’s main tourist attractions.
There are three types of card, 24, 48 or 72 hours, offering:
1. Free public transport around the city. Bus, Metro and Tram zones ABCD. Including the journey Valencia-Airport-Valencia (L3, L5).
2. Free entry to Public Museums and Monuments
3. Discounts of up to 50% on 130 participating tourist and leisure services and in shops and restaurants.
4. We give you a free Map of Valencia and a discounts guide.
5. You are invited to enjoy two tapas and two drinks.
The EMT website has a route planner and a very useful (although not always entirely clear) overview of ticket prices and the various types of travel cards recommended for visitors to the city (see the image on the right). You can buy and top-up the card at a variety of places like Tabacos shops or just head straight to the nearest metro ticket office. The options can be a bit confusing when you first read through it but basically, it is split into 3 main options: Bonobus gives you 10 trips on the bus (a 50% saving over buying individual tickets), or Bono Travel Card which gives you a combination of bus and metro or Valencia Tourist Card (mentioned above) which gives you unlimited travel and connections on both the bus and metro for a defined period of time.
*NOTE* You can use one Bonbus or Bono Travel Card for more than one person. You simply need to tap the card based on the number of people travelling. For example, if there are 3 of you, you would tap the card 3 times on the card reader and repeat the same on the trip back.
As with many other European cities, Valencia offers an option to rent bicycles through Valenbisi, a perfect option for those who prefer getting around on two wheels.
- Weekly Hire Ticket fee: 13,30 €.
- First ½ hour of use: free.
- 30 to 60 minutes: 1,04 € every 30 extra minutes.Every 60 extra minutes: 3,12 € for every 60 extra minutes.
- Annual Hire Card fee: 25.00€.
- First ½ hour of use: free.
- 30 to 60 minutes: 0,52 € every 30 extra minutes.
- Every 60 extra minutes: 2,06 € for every 60 extra minutes.
The taxi service we highly recommend is Victor’s taxi service. He offers extremely reliable, competitively priced, English speaking service from the airport and to anywhere in and around Valencia. For better service, make sure to send a WhatsApp in advance.
Book him now at:
booking phone (WhatsApp): +34 637 28 55 97