How to get Valencia

Valencia by Plane

Valencia Manises Airport

The Manises Airport (Aeropuerto de Manises) is served by a barrage of national and low-cost carriers, with daily flights arriving from London, Dublin, Paris and Berlin among other destinations as well as from airports throughout Spain including the Balearic Islands. The airport has just one, triple-level terminal that comes with good passenger facilities. Cash machines and bureaux de change are located on the first two levels, along with a post office on the mid-level. There is also a café and three restaurants as well as a range of shops and duty-free outlets.

The metro line to the aiport has just been completed and this is now the easiest way to and from the airport, about 4 € (lines 3 and 5).

Alternatively, and if you don't want to take a taxi (16-17€ to the city centre), you can catch the bus shuttle. Once you are out of the departures, goes every 20 min from 6am to 10pm everyday, and costs, approximately, 2.50€. The bus will take you allmost to the centre in 20 minutes - just behind the train station. From there you can walk into the centre or catch the metro nearby (Xátiva Station).

Valencia by Train

Valencia Train Station

One of the best options for getting to Valencia from major urban centres in Spain is to take the train. The Spanish rail network offers a fast and efficient way to travel between major cities, with Euromed fast train from Barcelona, a 3,30 hours trip; a dozen high-speed Alaris trains from Madrid, a 3,30 hours journey; as well as services from Malaga on the Costa del Sol, which take nine hours. The main station at Valencia, Estación del Norte (North Station), is on Calle Xátiva 2, near the city centre, Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Valencia by Bus

Valencia Bus Station

Getting to Valencia by bus is a lot more arduous than any other transportation alternative in Spain if you are travelling long distance, although buses do present an affordable option for those who are on a budget. There are more than a dozen bus services each day that run to Valencia from Madrid, a 4,5 hours trip; 10 daily buses from Barcelona, a five-hour journey; as well as five services from Malaga, which take eight hours. Valencia’s main bus station is the Estació Terminal d'Autobuses on Av. de Menéndez Pidal 13, which is located north of the city centre. And you can take the Metro from there to any part of the city.

Valencia by Ferry

Estació Maritim Valencia

If you are on the Balearic Islands of Majorca or Ibiza, Transmediterránea ferries run services to Valencia throughout the week in the high spring and summer seasons; the journey takes six hours from Majorca and three hours from Ibiza. The Transmediterránea office is located at Estació Marítim at Valencia port and bus number 19 run to and from here to Plaza del Ayuntamiento in the city.


Valencia by Car


Valencia is well fed by roads from all compass points. The main A7 motorway approaches Valencia from the north and the south, with direct access from Barcelona and Alicante respectively. The A7 reaches as far north as the French border and links up with the French A9. When approaching Valencia from the north, fork off from the A7 and join the N221 or the N34 for the city. The N340 also comes in from the south from the A7. If driving from Madrid, take the busy E901/N111 and the A3, a three to four hour journey.