How to get around the city
Most of Valencia's monuments and important buildings are in the historic quarter, meaning that you can get about on foot if you wish. Another way to get to any part of the city is using the public transport system, which will take you to all the places of interest, such as the IVAM (Institute of Modern Art), the City of Arts and Sciences and the beach.
The metro system runs from 5.30 am to midnight, and station entrances are marked with the letter 'M'. Line no. 4 covers the main streets of the centre, the port and the popular beach of La Malvarrosa.
You can also use the city buses. They run from about 4:00 am to 10:30 pm, although timetables vary according to the route. In summer there are extra services to the beach. To get around by night there are night buses which depart from the Town Hall square. They can be identified by an 'N' in front of their number, and run every day between 10:30 pm and 2 am (3.30 am on Fridays and the eve of public holidays).
Nevertheless, many people prefer the comfort of taxis when travelling by night. They run all day and night, and are white with the city crest and their licence number on the side. You can flag them down in the street when the green light is on. Otherwise there are taxi ranks or you can order them by telephone using the radio taxi service. Tariffs are visible inside the cars, with the total price displayed on a meter, and include charges for flag-down, kilometres travelled and other special extras such as night service, public holidays, and train or airport services.
How much does transport cost?
There are several different tickets and fares available. For the metro, the one-way ticket costs €1.50. Return tickets are also available. They cost €2.90 and the return trip is valid up to 24 hours after purchase. Another option is the Bonometro ticket, which includes 10 journeys and costs €7.20. It can be shared between various people. It can be purchased at ticket windows and vending machines in metro stations, as well as in estancos (licensed tobacconists) and newspaper stands.
One-way tickets for the bus cost €1.50 and are available from the driver. The Bonobús pass can also be purchased in tobacconists and at newspaper stands. It is valid for 10 journeys, costs €8 and can be used by more than one person.
There are also combined tickets valid for both the underground and buses. This is the case of the T-1, T-2 and T-3 non-transferable cards, which permit unlimited journeys for one person, for one, two or three days respectively. They cost between €4 and €9.70.
Also available is the Valencia Card tourist card, which also offers unlimited use of bus and metro for one, two or three days. The price ranges from €15-€25 and it can be purchased at hotels, tourist offices and via the Internet (www.valenciatouristcard.com). It includes discounts for museums, leisure attractions, shops and restaurants.
Which is the best option?
The best option will depend on the number of journeys to be made, the transport chosen and the number of people travelling. Non-transferable tickets such as the T1 or Valencia Card offer unlimited use of buses and metro, but they are valid for a limited period and can be used by one person only.
Multi-trip tickets such as the Bonometro, Bonobús and Bono Transbordo BT card offer substantial discounts compared with single tickets. They have no time limit and are transferable, meaning they can be used by more than one person on the same trip.
Other ways of getting around
The tourist bus covers the old quarter and the city's most emblematic spots. It costs €17-€19, and there are discounts for groups and children. You can also discover Valencia from the sea, taking a trip in a 'golondrina' (a small motorised passenger boat) around the port.
For more information:
Valencia Metropolitan Transport (www.emtvalencia.com)
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