From Barcelona to Valencia
We drove to Valencia from Barcelona by excursion bus. The distance is 350 km. It took us 4 hours with a short stop for a coffee break.
The current navigator gives us the following road way.
10. Take exit 19 to merge onto B-20/C-32 toward Aeroport Continue to follow C-32 Partial toll road 58.1 km
11. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E-15/AP-7/Tarragona/València and merge onto E-15/AP-7
Partial toll road 260 km
12. Take the V-21 exit on the left toward Valencia Norte/Puçol/V-23/Sagunto 450 m
13. Keep left to continue on V-21 17.9 km
14. Continue onto Av. de Catalunya 1.2 km
15. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Av. Aragón Go through 1 roundabout 1.0 km
16. At Plaza Zaragoza, take the 3rd exit onto Pont d'Aragó 300 m
17. Turn right onto Plaça d'America Go through 1 roundabout 200 m
18. Turn left onto Carrer de Sorní/Carrer Sorni 450 m
19. Turn left onto Carrer Colón/Carrer de Colom/Carrer de Colón 84 m
20. Take the 1st right onto Calle Pérez Bayer 150 m
21. Continue onto Carrer de Sagasta 93 m
22. Continue onto Calle Correos 170 m
23. Turn right onto Plaça de l'Ajuntament 21 m
You can watch my 1 min 44 sec Video Barcelona-Valencia by bus part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
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València Nord Station
València Nord Station-(Valencian: Estacio del Nord, Spanish: Estación del Norte) is the main railway station of the Spanish city of Valencia.
Although the name suggests otherwise Station is south of downtown. Right next to the main entrance to the bullring.
In the future, València Nord a full central station where high-speed AVE trains stop. Especially for the interval  is 800 meters further south in 2010 the station Valencia Joaquín Sorolla opened under other since December 18, 2010 operational speed line Madrid-Cuenca-Valencia facilitates.  Between this temporary new station and train station València Nord drive shuttle buses.
The Valencia Bus Turistic.
You can find a tourist bus in lots of cities. These are buses that stop near the main sights. So you can get off, see the sigh, explore the area and take another similar bus. It is a good way to get to know the place if you can't spend much time there.
The Valencia tourist bus runs along two routes; A) The historical Valencia. B) The maritime Valencia. Each route lasts around 90 minutes each. The bus stops near the main sights ( see; Museo de Bellas Artes, Bioparc...) You can change a route into another when you like. The bus touristic has a multilingual audio system. You will be given a pair of earphones to listen to some explanations about what you are passing by.
You can buy discounted tickets for some attractions in Valencia, as the Bioparc, the Oceanografic, the Hemisferic, P. Felipe Science Museum from the bus driver.
The tickets for the bus touristic are sold from the bus driver, at some hotels; from the tourist offices and also on line.
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The metro in Valencia has five lines; including two tram lines (tranvia). Unfortunately there aren't any metro stations in the old city core. So if you are going there you have better go out at Colon metro stop; then walk for around 15 minutes to Plaza de la Reina. This is one of the main square in the city center.
A single ticket costs 1.40 euros (2011 price). You can save lots of money buying a Bonometro. This is a rechargeable ticket that includes 10 journey. It can be used by several people.
You can go from the airport to the city center by metro. You have to check lines 3 and 5.
Note; you must keep your ticket until you reach your final destination; otherwise you will not be able to get out of the metro station.
For the tourists - Bus turistic Valencia
The double decker bus ride offers a nice way to go around Valencia. Tickets are valid for 24 hours which would allow you to get off and hop on where ever you feel like doing so for around 12 Euros and 7 Euros for children under 11 years. You will visit most of the hot spots of Valencia with multi lingual audio explanations which are pretty good. There are different areas from where you can pick the bus. Go to their website where you will find an interactive service with good information on the sites that you can visit.
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Efficient and Economical
Two thumbs up for Valencia's public transport network. It will get you from the airport to the city and to most places within the city. Two things I find especially noteworthy: First of all, unlike other places (London), you will not get ripped off on your airport transfer. Secondly, major parts of the transport network are fully wheelchair accessible. Many metro stations have lifts and the major part of buses is equipped with ramps. We have heard lots of good things about disabled access in Spain during the recent years and there is full proof for this in Valencia. Sometimes, the buses will have problems lowering their ramps due to illegally parked cars, but the drivers will do their best.
Well the subway is a good way to move around Valencia. It is one thing that is really improving day by day. You have connections at the train station, centre and practically all the main towns on the outskirts of the city and soon to also till the aiport. This last one will be completed by beginning of next year, just before the celebration of the America´s cup.
You have several passes, one, 3 and 6 day pass combined with bus and tram.
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Tram to the beach
The tram, is i think the best way to get to the beach, while enjoying a bit of the atmosphere of the city. But i still believe while planning the tram they did a mistake, as the tram do passes almost by the beach, but just behind a row of houses. This makes you pracitcally impossible to enjoy the view of the sea while travelling on the tram. But still its a nice experience.
Soon there will be one till the port.
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Metro Valencia information.
The Valencia Metro system is clean, very safe and easy to use. Various types of ticket are available ranging from single journey to weekly or monthly passes. If you buy a single journey ticket don't forget to get it punched in the machine to validate it. These machines are on all Metro trains and trams.
The network is quite large and covers all the City and also goes out to the coast.
The web-site is very good and can give you all the information that you could need.
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The easiest and fastest way to travel to Valencia is by air. The airport is not very far from the city centre. The bus service to the city is very good, also to go by taxi is possible. In a few years time you can go by underground to the city. Lots of low carriers like Ryanair, Easyjet, Virgin and Veuling are flying to Valencia from a variety of european cities.
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Valencia’s metro is a brand new net that can take you even to surrounding villages. The city centre is quite “walkable” but if you happen to have the hotel a bit far, this is an easy and fast way to move around.
Single ticket: 0,90 (minimum). Increases depending on distances.
There are 10 tickets discounts, 1 month discounts, 1 day tickets, return…
Keep the ticket till the exit, U need it to go out!
GETTING AROUND VALENCIA MUCH EASIER NOW
Getting around Valencia has become much more fun, provided you know to ride a bicycle. A new service called VALENBICI similar to those offered in other major cities, rents out a bicycles
in conveniently located junctions around the city.
This is a very easy and cheap way to get around the city without having to worry about the traffic or parking. Pick up a cycle at t a junction, leave it when you get to your destination and enjoy your day out in this sunbathed fun city which has so many attractions to offer.
Get more information from their website - www.valenbici.com
Each post from where you can rent a cycle has clear operating instructions which are easy to follow before you ride your way to enjoy this fantastic city. All you need is a credit card and some spare cash in your account. Just as a cost reference the ANNUAL voucher costs just 18 Euros, so depending on your stay and your will to ride the city upside down, get your card.
One small suggestion, to avoid paying any extra amount, change your cycle every half an hour at any station you may pass by, when your trip is longer than 30 minutes.
HIGH SPEED LINK
the month of December 2010 saw a long time plan become reality finally. the high speed train link between Valencia and Madrid and vice versa was finally inaugurated. This train is supposed to be one of the most modern trains from around the world and as a Valenciano I am happy to have it connecting my home town.
The train takes 90 minutes to cover a distance of 360 kilometers between the 2 cities and the connection makes travel a perfect day trip from either of the cities. The train reaches speeds of 300 kilometers an hour. There are connections that are direct and there are others that stop in cities like Cuenca and Utiel.
the frequency of the trains are scheduled for one at the top of every hour starting at 6 in the morning and going on until 9 at night. The AVE will have two-class service in 12 coaches with 365 seats: four Club Class coaches with 71 seats and eight for Tourist Class with 294 seats.
Ticket costs vary and when purchased on the internet with some time in advance you can travel for just 35 Euros one way. So next time you are in Madrid or in Valencia consider this fantastic high speed day trip.
Just one more tip the Valencia (AVE) high speed station ins called JOAQUIN SOROLLA as the there is another terminal with a different entrance for other trains and this is called VALENCIA NORD, so for this train go to the JOAQUIN SOROLLA STATION.
Getting to and from Valencia Airport
1).- Valencia Airport is superbly linked to the city center by an all-underground metro since June 2007. Service runs every 7 minutes (mon-fri), or 10 minutes (weekends and august). The metro station is in the basement floor of the airport terminal, just under the arrivals floor.
First metro gets to the airport at 5:22 and the last one does it at 23:52 (mon-fri). There are two lines: Line 3 (red) that goes to the University area and Line 5 (green) that links the airport to the port. Both routes pass by the main Rail Station ("Xàtiva" metro stop) at the very center of the city.
2009 Prices are the following: €1,90 single way; €10,30 for the "Bonometro" -a ten-trip card that can be shared by several users-. Note that the standard metro ticket for the city (zone A) is not valid for the airport (zone AB). The Bonometro can then be refilled at the city with zone A trips.
More info at: www.metrovalencia.es
2).- There is also the Line 150 -yellow- bus that takes you to the main Bus Station, that can be reached also with the "Túria" metro stop. It passes by the bus stop on the second (departures) floor of the airport. Frequency is roughly one every half an hour. The old Aerobus -blue- that made the direct link to the Rail Station does not longer exist, due to the metro.
3).- Of course there is a taxi rack by the airport's entrance. Fares are €15 aprox. from the city center to the airport and €20-23 aprox. from the airport to the city -they charge a surplus.
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Taxi from airport
Taxis wait outside the Arrivals/ Departure Terminus, we paid 16 euros from the airport for the 10 minute journey to our hotel (Catalonia Excellsior) in the centre. It was 12 euros for the return journey!
There is an airport bus for about 3 euros which drops off in the centre too. (please see my previous tip)
When we returned to the airport, our hotel reception 'phoned for 2 taxis to take the 7 of us there.
Radio Taxi - 24 hour service Tel 00 34 34 96 3 703333
Tele Taxi - 24 hour service Tel 00 34 96 3 571 313
Taxis VIP Tel 00 34 609 623 811
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