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Valencia Airport (VLC) is 9 km from the city center. The bus to Tùria station departs every 11 minutes and takes about 30-40 minutes. Additionally there is the Aerobus which goes directly to the city center, but costs a bit more. Local trains run every 20 minutes. Subway goes directly to the town centre from the Airport. A taxi ride should cost around 10€.
Valencia is served by Iberia, Spanair, Clickair, AirBerlin, TuiFly, Lagunair, Ryanair, Vueling and several other airlines.
Many trains come from Madrid (eg: Alaris), Barcelona (eg: Euromed or ARCO) and many other cities. The main train station Estacion del Norte is located in the center of the city, nearby the Town Hall. Travel time by train from Barcelona Sants is about 3.5 hours.
The national train company is RENFE. You can check tickets and book online. The first time you buy a ticket online, you have to collect it from a station and show ID, the 'localizer' ticket code, and the credit card itself. Ticket staff are unlikely to speak much English. Saying in Castellano Quiero recogerlo (I want to collect it) and showing your documents should work. The big stations have a system where you get a number and then sit back and wait your turn.
There are also many buses coming from almost every big city in Spain and most of the cities in the Valencia region. The bus station is located by the river in Valencia, about fifteen minutes walk from the center.
Direct ferry routes exist between Valencia and Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, and Mahon.
For train and bus transport it is possible to buy bonos in kiosks and tobacco shops. Both Bonobus (which as of 2006 costs 5.60€) and Bonometro allow for 10 rides. If you want to use two lines to reach your destination, you have to use a B-T.
Renting a bike is an increasingly popular way for visitors to explore this essentially flat city.
Do You Bike Calle Marqués de Busianos, 4 +34 96 315 55 51 10AM-2PM, 5-8PM €2/hour, or €7/day during the week, €10/day on weekends. Helmet and pump €1 http:/ youbike.com/en/index.php Rents bikes at relatively reasonable prices. Also a store on Calle Puebla Larga, 13 and Avenida Puerto 21.
Aside from going to the beach and the City of Arts and Sciences, exploring the hub of the city requires no public transportation. Much of this city can be done walking, stopping for a coffee or a beer and then walking more, all very leisurely. It´s not necessary to have the mindset of mastering a complex public transportation system. However, for longer trips, see below for some pointers.
The Metro Valencia consists of 5 lines (from which 1 is a tramway to the beach) and connects the suburbs with the city. As of 2008, a one way ticket costs 1.30€. This metro system is not extensive but can get you to major points within the city. If you want to get the tram, you have to buy a ticket from the machine, then validate it, before you get on the tram.
EMT runs buses to virtually every part of the city.