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Culture Corner

Getting around Valencia

Walking is generally the most common mode of transportation among locals and visitors alike in Valencia. It's the best way to learn street names, experience the personality of the city, and soak up the local culture. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk much more than you might be used to at home! If you get lost, don't be afraid to practice your Spanish.

Aside from walking, public transportation is also common when getting from one point to another in Valencia. Bus and metro transportation is the most economical way to traverse Valencia (aside from walking). One ride costs about 1.25€ and most people simply pay upon boarding the bus; however, "bonobuses" (10-ride cards) may be purchased in estancos (tobacco and newspaper stands) for about 6€. To learn more about the different ways to navigate Valencia, please read the descriptions below.

Types of Transportation

Buses
Extensive bus routes connect all Valencia neighborhoods, including the beach, and run frequently during the day. There are also several hourly night bus routes. A bus ticket costs 1.25 euros or students may purchase a 10-trip pass for 6.00 euros. For current schedules, pricing, and information, please consult the website by clicking here.

Metro
Valencia's modern and efficient subway system (metro) connects most parts of the city to the beaches and the outlying suburbs. The system is made of both underground trains and streetcars, and both run throughout the day. A one-trip ticket costs 1.60 euros or students may purchase a 10-trip pass for 5.85 euros. For current schedules, pricing, and information, please consult the website by clicking here.

Taxi
At night, many students choose to travel by taxi, an affordable and convenient way to move about town. Taxis are usually easy to hail on the street, but it is always a good idea to keep the local taxi service phone number handy if one cannot be found. A taxi ride across town generally costs between 5 and 10 euros. Remember, it is not necessary to tip taxi drivers in Spain.

Bicycle
Valencia has an extensive and safe system of bike lanes throughout the city. Students who are in Valencia for an extended period of time may find biking a convenient way to travel. Bike rental for daily use is also available. Valenbisi offers students the opportunity to purchase a weekly (10 euros per week) or an annual card (18 euros per year). The majority of the bicycle rental stations are located along Blasco Ibañez Avenue, near the Universitat de València. If you would like further information, visit Valenbisi's website: www.valenbisi.es.

RENFE
The national network is known as RENFE. Eurorail and student-rail pass are also valid for Spanish trains; Eurorail and student-rail passes may only be purchased in the US. RENFE has also established a series of special prices and discounts that make traveling by rail in Spain much more convenient. The AVE is a high speed train which runs from Madrid to Sevilla, amongst other locations. This is an excellent way to get to Central Spain and back although it can be expensive. Click here to view more information about RENFE.

Air
The Valencia airport is located approximately 8 kilometers west of the city proper and is easily accesible via metro or bus. Flying into or out of Valencia tends to be more expensive than flying into or out of Madrid, but is extremely convenient. Click here to be redirected to the Valencia Airport website.

Transportation Passes

Bonóbus
The bonobús offers two different types of bus passes: the transfer pass (bono con trasbordo) is approximately 7.45€ and the non-transfer pass (bono sin trasbordo) is approximately 6€. Each pass offers 10 journeys each and are rechargeable magnetic cards that may be purchased at many kiosks and tobacconists. The price of the travels using the transfer pass and the non-transfer pass is less expensive than using the individual ticket. Also, note that the bono con trasbordo works for both the bus and metro system. For more information on fares and restrictions, please visit the EMT website.

Bonometro
The bonometro offers 10 journeys in the indicated zones. Most bonometros are 6.50€, depending on the zone in which the passenger is traveling. For more information on fares and restrictions, please visit the Metrovalencia website.

Bonóbus Mensual
Many students choose to purchase a monthly transportation pass that includes unlimited travel on the bus, subway, and streetcars. A one-month pass costs 39.20€. For more information on fares and restrictions, please visit the Metrovalencia or the EMT website.