Location and how to get there
Location and how to get there
The City of Arts and Sciences is a little away from Valencia’s centre and its main sights. Even though its location is not central, it is by no means isolated from the rest of the city and can be easily found.
The complex is located south-east of Valencia’s city centre, along the south-facing side of the Turia’s final sections (tramos in Spanish). In fact, it runs between three tramos (the 14th to the last one), and two whole streets.
The City’s first building, the opera house, can be found in Avenida del Professor López Piñero. The complex runs the whole length of this street until, at the height of the Pont l’Assut de l’Or, it changes name to Carrer d’Eduardo Primo Yúfera. The Ciudad runs the entire length of this street too.
The harbour can be found not too far from the Oceanogràfic, the last building in the complex.
How to get there
Even though the location is not central, the City of Arts and Sciences’ status as a complex of great interest and cultural value, ensures that it remains well connected to the rest of the city.
There aren’t many metro stops close to the City of Arts. In fact, the closest one would be Alameda, about 1.8 km away (20-minute walk). This modern metro station was designed by Santiago Calatrava, the same architect who designed the City of Arts and Sciences itself. Lines 3, 5, 7, and 9 all stop here.
Much closer to the City of Arts, you’ll find two stops belonging to tram line 10. The stations, Ciutat Arts i Ciències and Oceanogràfic, are in correspondence with the homonymous complex and its aquarium.
There are various bus stops by the City of Arts and Sciences. The main lines that stop in more than one spot along the street are lines 15, 24, 25, and 95, with a couple more lines making only one stop.
Here you have a summary of the bus lines, routes, and stops you should use to reach the Ciudad de Artes.
|Stop||Les Arts||Les Arts - Ciutat de la Justícia - Àgora - Oceanogràfic||Les Arts - Ciutat de la Justícia -||Ciutat de la Justícia -||Les Arts - Ciutat de la Justícia - Àgora - Oceanogràfic|
|Details||It connects a stretch of the Turia park (starting at the height of Alameda metro stop) with neighbourhoods to the south of the city centre, by the Turia river itself. On its way, it stops by the City of Arts and Sciences.||It connects the main train station and the Eixample neighbourhood with areas south of the city, by the Turia river mouth.||These two lines connect Valencia (from Puerta del Mar) to Albufera and the famous rice fields of the region. On their way out, they stop by the City of Arts.||It connects the main train station, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and the Eixample with the neighbourhoods that stand between the city and its beaches.||It follows the course of the Jardín del Turia in its entirety. Its route connects Avenida del Cid with Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and then Neptú, by the harbour.|
Cabs are obviously the most comfortable option to move around the city, but they are also the most expensive.
This means of transport is ideal if you want door-to-door service or you are tired from much walking around. Who knows, you might even get some good recommendations from the driver. 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, check our article about taxis in Valencia.
Valencia is a very bike-friendly city, so we always recommend exploring it this way.
There are various bike lanes leading to the City of Arts and Sciences, you can check them out on the official map. On the same map, you will also see that there are three Valenbisi stations across the street from the City of Arts and Sciences.
Remember that the complex is located by the last section of the Turia gardens, which means you can always cycle through the park to get to the City of Arts.
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 to visit each building on its own, but you’ll see how to get there from the city centre, usually going through the park.
If you want to know more about cycling in the city, read our article about biking in Valencia or our article about Valenbisi, Valencia’s public bike rental service (with video guides).
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, and luckily for you, the City of Arts and Sciences definitely falls within these limits.
If you want to know more about this, you can check out our article about electric scooter rentals in Valencia.
As mentioned, the City of Arts and Sciences is a little farther away from Valencia’s centre than other sights. It is located roughly between the city centre and the harbour, about half an hour walk in either direction. This means that if you intend to quickly pop by to check it out from the outside, walking should not be your first choice.
That said, if you are going to spend your day there, we recommend doing what many locals do. That is enjoying a relaxing walk along the Turia park, starting at any point you want, and slowly making your way to the last sections, where the City of Arts and Sciences is located.
For example, walking from the Torres de Serranos through the Turia park and until the Ciudad de Artes will take you about 40 minutes (about 3 km or about 1.8 miles).
If you want to get some interesting information while walking through the park, 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 Ciudad de Artes. If this sounds right for you, you can check out our Northleg itineraries.