We flew to Valencia with Ryanair for about £89 each including taxes and checking in 1 bag. Prices vary-You can get better prices than this when there are offers on.
Flew out Friday at 09.25 arrived Valencia at 12.55
Returned Sunday 13.20 arriving back to torrential down pour at EMA at about 14.55.
So this gave us quite a bit of time to explore, and get a taster of Valencia.
Airport to our hotel (Catalonia Excelsior in the centre) took about 10 minutes in a taxi. It is about 8km from the airport to city centre. (The cost is approx. 14 euros)
Taxi Rank is outside Departures Area.
Apparently, there is now a Metro connection - Line 5-3.
Tel info - 00 34 900 461 046
One of our party got the bus, then did a 5 min walk from the bus station.
Aero - Bus - Daily service runs 0800 - 2300hrs, every 20 minutes. Approx 2.50 euros
Stops at - Airport Departures Terminal,
-Av. del Cid/ Burgos Street (Local Police HQ),
-Bailen (G.V.Ramon y Cajal tunnel)
-Angel Guimera/ Juan Llorens Street
- Ave del Cid (in front of Police HQ
Sunday morning we had plenty of time to go out for a leisurely breakfast and pack, before setting off to the airport.
The airport had plenty of shops, cafes etc to keep us occupied while we waited for our flight home.
The metro from the airport is very convenient and drops you off a number of places including the main train station. This makes it very easy to get to the old town. Metro stop Xativa. The tourist information is right inside the train station.
Valencia has a very modern Metro, which we found especially convenient getting from the airport into town and back to the airport.
In March 2008 a single ticket (Zona AB) from the airport to Valencia Alameda station was 1.80 €. You can buy these tickets at a ticket counter or a ticket machine.
Two things we would like to bring to your attention:
1) after you get on the metro, do not throw away your ticket, because you need it to get out of the station again!
2) tickets from the vending machines are only valid on that particular day - so do not make the same mistake that we made, when we bought tickets ahead of time in order not to take any chances of broken machines or so at 5 a.m. in the morning! This was wasted money .....
For an idea of where the metros will take you, have a look at this pdf plan.
We flew to Valencia from Baden Karlsruhe on a Ryanair flight. There are quite a few budget airlines now flying to Valencia, so check it out!
The airport is very close to the city, so when approaching the city, you have spectacular views of Valencia!
The airport has a metro connection into Valencia, which makes it VERY convenient.
The company that offers bus service within the city of Valencia is called the E M T ( empresa municipal de transportes ) offers a very extensive network of routes that covers each and every corner of the city on very comfortable and modern buses. The website of this company will offer you detailed information on their routes which will help you to move around the city and discover all that you would like to see and visit during your stay in the city of Valencia. You can also get very helpful information on maps, how to get from one point to another, timetables and other information. If you plan to get around the city on many routes it would be recommendable t get a pass that is valid for 10 rides and is called the BONOBUS, it will surely save you a lot of money. This pass is available from any kiosk, bookstores, El Corte ingles etc.,
The cost of this pass for 10 rides today (January 2008) is € 5.65, compared to a single ticket which will cot you € 1.20, so the savings are huge. You can also share this pass with other people travelling with you. f you are already holding a 1 - 2 or 3 day VALENCIA CARD, the emt rides are already included.
The buses are user friendly for the disabled people. They have services on very special small electrical buses to take you around the old parts of the city where the streets are narrow. They are electrical to be environment friendly.
Valencia is a city that is very well connected in and out of the city by diverse means of public transport offered by the company calld ETM ( DO NOT CONFUSE WITH EMT )This company offers interurban transport to nearby towns etc., etc., For example of you want to get to Cheste to see some races, you will find information on the website of this company on how to get here , the timings, the freequencies etc.,etc.,
ok- as i've been here a while i should know better. Always ask the price first!
But, as we had just arrived back from the uk after christmas, we had 4 cases plus hand luggage, and we needed to get from valencia airport to the bus station in the cente of valencia to mosey on down denia way. i couldnt be arsed with the metro or bus, solely because we had far too much stuff, so we got a taxi from the airport. it cost us €18. THAT IS A RIP OFF. no doubt. i was too tired to argue.......
so, although the taxi drivers from Valencia airport are still complaining that the metro station should not have been allowed to open at the airport, they're ripping people off. the driver even had the cheek to tell me it was a few more euros extra because he had had to lift 4 cases into the boot instead of 2! well, i for one will never use the taxis at the airport again.
On a brighter note, if you're travelling into valencia from the airport there is no reason why you shoundn't use the metro (i know, i know-we did have loads of cases). It's cheap and quick. No idea how much the bus is these days, although i did use it last year from valencia to the airport for ony €1, so worth checking out too!!
It's a very cute ride as it goes round the old Turia River=The new park that goes throughout the city. We took it to go to the Town of Science. The ride is 1.15 EUR and you pay at the driver! Enjoy! It's a great ride if you do not have any strength left in your feet, just sit and it takes you through a wonderful part of the city!
The best way around Valencia would be by foot if you have time :o)
Otherwise metro is a great choice for:
1. airport >> 1.75 EUR (A+B zone ticket)
2. places that are further away from your hotel
A zone A ticket is 1.50 EUR and zone A+B is 1.75 EUR. I don't think you need more than that. There are machines in every station and they are all very easy to use.
It's more tricky if you wanna go to the sea side like we did...The metro changes to a surface tram and it's easy to take the wrong one...like we did...cause no Spanish local knew to direct us...loool. Anyway, doesn't matter, there are 2 trams...if you get on the wrong one, identify on the map the station closest to the one you need, and it's a 3 min walk to the beach from there on :o)
There is a website that offers you to travel from one Spanish city to another or even in the same city. It can be accessed at the following link - http://www.shareling.es/demands.html
All you have to do is well in advance post your demand or needs of travel indicating from which city to another you wish to travel and people who would be travelling the same route and looking for company or just simply wanting to do a good deed would contact you and share their vehicle with you. A good way of cutting costs and making friends while you are in Spain.
This is totally FREE to use unless you want to share some expenses at your wish with the owner of the vehicle.
Note: I have not tried this service, which seems to be new (November 2007) so kindly take the necessary precautions.
This website also allows the possibility of travelling between different countries.
Valencia is a city with a network of trams covering a good part of the city in a very comfortable and economic way.
Known as the TRANVIA, they were re-introduced In 1994 by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana as a surface Metro service. The Valencia tram offers high levels of comfort to passengers, with a lower floor at the same level as platforms which makes access fast and safe. It is equipped with an air conditioning system.
Metro Valencia currently has 20 trams with a capacity of 200 passengers each (65 seated).
Depending onthe duration of your stay in Valencia, ther are a series of passes available that can help combine with other transport systems. check this out at the station ticket office.
The Valencia METRO company has recently ( 2007 ) innaugurated a service that runs freequently ( every 8 minutes ) from the airport to the city center in about 20 minutes.
Once you have collected your baggage get to the arrivals lounge, go towars the regional travel terminal situated at the ground floor ( the same as the arrivals floor ) and you find indications that take you directly to the station. This service operates all the days of the year from 6 in the morning till 10 in the night.
You can get a map of the METRO network of Valencia at the following link - remember its line 5 that takes you from the Airpor to thte city
The company has a free phone for any assistance which is 900 46 10 46
With services improving by the day, there is another of going around the city of Valencia and this time without having any problems to have to look for parking or riding down narrow streets - HIRE A SCOOTER. Easy and reasonably cheap. A company called COOLTRA is offering this service. Dont forget to get your drivers licences ( in case you need it ). It is obligatory to wear a helmet to comply with the Spanish driving rules. You will need to give your credit card with a 500 Euro guarantee unless you prefer to do it in cash. The cost they charge includes the helmet and insurance. They also offer guided tours which includes a Paella - enjoy.,
Buses in Valencia city have two colors.
RED and YELLOW
Two different companies: EMT (red) and Fernanbus (yellow).
EMT goes within the city and Fernanbus out of Valencia to the suburbs.
All stops of the EMT's are well posted with where the spesific routes go. They even have screens announcing the name of the stop, the route it's driving and information about happenings and such.
Fernanbus is more of a puzzle but good information on their website.
There are 2 metro lines to get to/from the airport and the Central Railway Station (Valencia Nord). From there you can take any of the CERCANIAS commuter trains to many places along the coast.
Airport-Train Station takes 20-25 minutes and costs 1,20 euros.