The Central Market is, as the name suggests, in a very central position in the ancient core of the city. Because of this privileged location, reaching it is very easy. Whenever you do decide to visit, remember the Market is open primarily in the first hours of the day.
The Market is only open during the week, in the morning and early afternoon. Access to the Central Market is always free and there are no tickets.
The opening hours are summarised in the following table.
|Opening time||7:30 am - 3:00 pm||Closed|
Due to the Mercat’s size, it can be useful to have a look at the map. This is especially true if you’re looking for a specific product or stand.
You’ll notice that to help you navigate this large building, the aisles have been given different names, just like streets in a city.
If you want more details about the booths and products available, you can check our article about shopping in Valencia’s Central Market.
The Mercat is located right in the heart of Valencia’s city centre, in the Ciutat Vella, the Old Town. It is right in front of the Lonja de la Seda and next to the Santos Juanes church, slightly west of Plaça de la Reina and the Cathedral.
The Market’s western side overlooks the Plaçadel Mercat street, while the back of the Market, to the east, looks towards Avinguda de l’Oest.
How to get there
Because of its location, the Market is rather easy to reach. If you are in the city centre or close to it already, we highly recommend you walk or bike there. If you are in a different part of the city, you might want to take public transport.
There are a few stops not far from the Central Market. Depending on where you are located, one or the other might be more convenient.
Àngel Guimerà is one of the most important stops in Valencia, as five lines (1, 2, 3, 5, 9) meet at this stop. The stop is only 650 m (8-minute walk, 0.4 miles) west of the Central Market (view map)
Your other two options are south of the Market. They are Xàtiva (view map), the metro stop in front of the main train station, and Colón (view map). They are respectively 750 m away (9-minute walk, a little over 0.4 miles) and 850 m away (11-minute walk, 0.5 miles) from the Market.
For detailed information about how this system works, you can read our article about the metro and trams in Valencia.
There are various buses stopping by the Market. They will all drop you off at the back of the building, where you can enter from the rear doors.
For detailed information about tickets and how to get them, you can read our article about buses in Valencia.
Here you have a summary of the bus lines, routes, and stops you should use to reach the Central Market.
|Stop||Mercat Central||Mercat Central||Editor Manuel Aguilar - Guillem Sorolla||Editor Manuel Aguilar - Guillem Sorolla||Mercat Central|
|Details||This line connects the south-western part of the Old Town with other southern neighbourhoods of Valencia, like Chinatown, the area surrounding the two train stations, and Russafa.||This line connects the south-western part of the old quarters with other southern neighbourhoods on the west side of the two train stations, including Chinatown and Jesús.||This line connects the south-western part of the old quarters with other neighbourhoods north of the centre, like Campanar, La Saïdia, and Rascanya.||This line connects the south-western part of the old quarters with neighbourhoods north-west of the city centre, like Campanar, Beniferri, and Benimàmet.||This line dwells mostly in the western part of the city, connecting the Old Town with neighbourhoods like l’Olivereta and Sant Isidre.|
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Cabs are obviously the most expensive option to move around the city, and in this case, they are not the most comfortable way to get to your destination.
As the Market is so central, we would only recommend this means of transport if your departure point is quite far from the old quarters, maybe in the outskirts of the city. It is normally quite easy to hail a taxi in the street in Valencia, but other options are also booking through a mobile app or through a phone call.
See detailed information on this in our article about taxis in Valencia.
Valencia is a very bike-friendly city, so we always recommend exploring it this way.
On the official map , you’ll see that there are bike paths circling the city’s old quarters. You can also cycle in the city centre and its pedestrian zones, as long as there is enough room for people to walk.
On the same map, you will also see that there are two Valenbisi stations right by the Market, and many others not too far away.
This complex is also a very popular stop for many bike tours offered in the city. This way you won’t be able to stop and visit the interior, but you’ll see how to get there from other parts of the city centre.
If you want to know more about cycling in the city, read our article about biking in Valencia.
Electric scooters are an ever-more popular transport solution in Valencia. They are ideal if you want to move independently around the city and you don’t want to get stuck in traffic, but you don’t like cycling or walking. Many scooter-sharing companies offer rental plans that let you pay per minute of use and nothing else.
You can park and drive your scooter within a designated area in the city’s urban zone. Generally, you are not allowed to park in the Old Town, and the Central Market is right in the middle of it. You will thus need to park nearby, just outside the no-park zone that you will see on your app’s map.
If you want to know more about this, you can check out our article about electric scooter rentals in Valencia.
Given that the Central Market is right in the middle of the city’s old quarters, it is normal that reaching it on foot is not difficult at all. In fact, if you are in the centre, going on foot is likely the easiest option.
From Estación del Norte, located at the southern end of the city centre, the Market is only 750 m away (about 820 yards –9-minute walk–). To reach it you will simply have to walk north, towards the heart of the Old Town.
If you want to get some interesting information while walking through the city centre, we have created self-guided itineraries that you can enjoy at your own pace. We have a wide selection of themed tours that include the Mercat Central. If this sounds like something you could enjoy, feel free to take a look at our Northleg itineraries.