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 anywhere in 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 bus system. These run from 4.30 am to 10.30 pm (approx. – 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 (on Fridays and the eve of public holidays, until 3:30 am).
However, many people prefer the convenience of taxis when travelling by night. They run all day, and are white with the city shield and their license number on the side. You can hail them in the street when the green light is on. Otherwise there are taxi ranks, or you can order them by phone using the radio taxi service. Rates 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.
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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 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 shared by more than one person.
How much does transport cost?
There are several different tickets and fares available. For the metro, the single ticket costs €1.50. Return tickets costing €2.90 are also available, and the return trip is valid up to 24 hours after purchase. Another option is the Bonometro ticket, which has 10 journeys and costs €7.20. It can be shared between various people, and is available at ticket windows and vending machines in metro stations, as well as in estancos (licensed tobacconists) and newspaper stands.
Single tickets for the bus cost €1.50 and are available from the driver. The Bonobús; pass can also be purchased in estancos and at newspaper stands. It is valid for 10 journeys, costs €8 and can be used by more than one person.
There are also tickets valid for the underground and buses alike. 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 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 online (www.valenciatouristcard.com). It includes discounts for museums, leisure attractions, shops and restaurants.
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The sightseeing bus covers the old quarter and the city's most emblematic spots. It costs €16-€18, 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. Sightseeing bus: http://shop.turisvalencia.es/es/visitas-guiadas-bus-turistic/producto/autobus-turistico-valencia
For more information, visit:
Valencia Metropolitan Transport Authority (www.emtvalencia.com)