Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and it can be confusing for tourists and travellers trying to get around and see the sights, but we’re here to give you a quick guide for getting around this stunning city.
For a city of its size, Valencia’s airport is going to be smaller than you’re expecting. However, the airport is well-managed and never crowded; the check-in procedure is always very quick, and you shouldn’t experience any issues. Of course, you’ll probably have a layover in Madrid, Barcelona, or perhaps Mallorca before you reach this amazing city.
The most used airport for Valencia is in Manises, about 10km outside of the city centre. It is connected by the city’s metro, but if you have a lot of luggage, you can easily find a taxi to get you into the city centre for around 20 euros. There’s another airport, Alicante Airport, an hour to the south in the Comunidad Valenciana. Alicante is the bigger airport in the area, but it will take you much longer to get to Valencia’s city centre if that’s where you’re looking to go.
You could also take a high-speed train from Madrid’s airport to Valencia, if you’re looking for a different travel plan. Other options are regular trains, or by cruise ship – as Valencia is one of the major destinations on Mediterranean cruises.
Getting around Valencia
Now that you’re in Valencia, it’s time to explore and get where you need to go. The metro in Valencia may not be the most extensive, with only five operating metro lines, but it’s appropriate for the size of the city and works well. It’s a cost-effective way of getting from A to B in Valencia’s four metro zones, and most stops within the city are in Zone A.
The metro isn’t the only way around the city. Valencia’s trams are an extension of their metro services, though they are limited to the neighbourhoods that are north of the Turia riverbed. They run down the length of Valencia’s extensive university campus and provide a quick way for you to get to the beach.
And finally, there’s Valencia’s bus system, called the EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes). The network is extensive, it seems like there’s always a direct line travelling near to your final destination, and tickets are cheap at €1.50 for a single adult fare. In the rare case that you still can’t find a public transport service to take you were you need to go, try Valencia’s MyTaxi app for licensed taxi drivers.
Travel tip: Looking for the fastest way from the city centre to El Cabanyal beach? Take the Green Line, L5 metro to Maritim Serreria metro station, and catch the tram to the Mediterrani tram stop. You’ll find yourself right next to the parking area behind El Cabanyal beach. The overall journey is less than 30 minutes. If you’re planning a trip to Valencia Marina, you’re in luck. El Cabanyal and the Marina are a quick 10-minute walk apart.