Tickets and passes for Valencia's public bus network
Tickets and passes for Valencia's public bus network
Public transport discounts - 1st September to 31st December 2022
The Valencian government has introduced a discount on multi-journey transport passes.
The discounts bring the price of a SUMA 10 pass (valid across metro, trams, buses, and railways) down to €5.60 (one zone), €8.40 (two zones), and €14.00 (three zones).
Bonobus tickets are brought down to €6.00.
Single tickets remain the same.
Free Transport Under 30 - 9th October - 31st December 2022
Free public transport (metro, trams, and buses) is available in Valencia for people under 30.
To benefit from this initiative, users have to request their free transport card online. The only prerequisite is a Spanish DNI or NIE as proof of age.
While there are many options to get a bus ticket in Valencia, here we have gathered all the ones that would be most useful for a visitor. Of course, there are other transport passes available, like the monthly passes, that we have not included, as they would be of little interest for tourists and require additional paperwork.
Remember that in Valencia, on public buses, children under the age of 6 travel for free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. A maximum of two children per paying adult are allowed.
In our opinion, the most useful transportation pass system in Valencia is the SUMA. Any pass of this kind is valid across metro, trams, buses, and short-distance trains (Cercanias Renfe).
Remember that not all passes are valid for MetroBus services, and none of these passes are valid for long-distance buses.
Here is a breakdown of the most useful metro tickets and card options available.
|Ticket||Single tickets||Bonobus||SUMA 10||SUMA T and T+ passes||Valencia Tourist Card (24h, 48h, 72h)|
|Type||One-way ticket. Valid for bus only.||10-journey bus pass. Valid only for EMT buses (Zone A).||10-journey combination pass. Valid for metro, trams, buses, and short-distance trains.||One, two, or three-day unlimited passes valid for metro, trams, buses, and short-distance trains. Valid for zones A-B (SUMA T) or zones A-B-C (SUMA T+).||All-inclusive transport pass and discount card. Available in 3 options (one, two, or three days).|
|Price*||€1.50 (one zone)€2.80 (two-zones)€4.80 (three-zones)||€8.50||€8.00 (one zone)€12.00 (two zones)€20.00 (three zones)||€4.00/€8.00 for one day€6.70/€10.00 for two days€9.70/€12.00 for three days||€15.00 (one day)€20.00 (two days)€25.00 (three days)|
|Details||View details||View details||View details||View details||View details|
For more detailed information, you can also check our article about transport tickets and passes in Valencia.
In terms of price, duration and validity across methods of transport, the SUMA 10 is the best ticket you can get. We specifically recommend the Zone A SUMA 10, as you are not likely to move outside of this area during your stay. Getting a SUMA 10 allows you to get on any method of public transport that is most convenient for you at any given moment. You can also use this pass for more than one person at a time, as it is not personalised. The pass has virtually no expiration date, and once you run out of the 10 journeys, you can recharge the pass in many points throughout the city.
If however, you are heavily relying on transport for a short period of time, we recommend getting a SUMA T or a Valencia Tourist Card, which both allow an unlimited number of journeys within a time limit.
Single bus tickets
Single tickets (billete sencillo in Spanish) are useful if you are planning on only taking the bus and other means of public transport occasionally. Both EMT or Metrobus single tickets follow the same fare system and can be purchased directly on the bus from the driver. They are not interchangeable.
These tickets don’t normally allow transfers. You can also get virtual EMT single tickets through the EMTicket app. A ticket purchased this way is valid for one hour and has no transfer limits.
The tickets that you get from the bus driver are the only ones to come in paper and don’t need to be tapped on the readers (validated).
Remember that many buses do not have card readers on board, so it is always good to have cash with you if you are planning to travel this way. It is also good practice to keep coins or small bills, as the driver might not take bills bigger than €10.00. These tickets are single-use and can be discarded afterwards.
Prices vary depending on the number of zones in which you are travelling. You can see a breakdown in the following table.
|Zones||One zone||Two zones||Three zones|
The Bonobus, as the name suggests, is a bus-exclusive travel card. It is valid for 10 journeys on all EMT bus lines. Each trip allows unlimited transfers between buses for 1 hour since you first tap the card.
Remember that this pass is not valid for metro, tram, or MetroBus services (the yellow buses, like line 150 to the airport).
The Bonobus is not personal, so it can be used by more than one person at a time. Just remember to tap it as many times as there are people with you. This pass is ideal if you plan on mainly using the bus services in the city centre over all other public transport. However, we recommend other passes, like the SUMA 10, as they are cheaper and can also be used on other forms of public transport.
You can get this pass at a kiosk, tobacco shop, or EMT Customer Service office. On top of the Bonobus itself, which costs €8.50, you will also need to purchase a re-usable hard plastic card, which will cost €2.00. You cannot load this pass on a cardboard card.
The SUMA 10, is a 10-journey pass valid across all public transport in Valencia. This pass is probably your best option if you are travelling with someone else, as it can be loaded with up to 30 journeys at a time and it is not personal, meaning that it can be used by up to 15 people. Just remember to tap it as many times as there are people with you. It also allows one transfer between different bus lines or transportation methods. You should tap any time you transfer from one transportation method to the other or from one line to another.
The SUMA 10 is available in various area coverage options (one, two, or three zones). Remember that the SUMA 10 for Zone A does not include MetroBus 150 to the Airport, as it is located in Zone C.
However, we do not recommend you get a multiple-zone SUMA 10. As you will likely be moving in the city (and not the suburbs), we recommend you only get the one-zone SUMA 10 for Zone A.
Whenever you need to go somewhere outside Zone A, (to go to the Airport, for instance), you can just buy a single ticket that covers the areas you need.
Of course, prices vary depending on the number of zones covered by the card. You can see a breakdown in the following table.
|Zones||One zone||Two zones||Three zones|
|Details||The pass can either be for Zone A or Zone B||The pass can either cover zones A,B or B,C||Covers zones A, B, and C (including the airport). Not recommended as there are cheaper alternatives.|
You can get this pass at any metro station, kiosk, tobacco shop, EMT Customer Service office or Renfe Cercanias selling point. On top of the SUMA 10 itself, you will also need to purchase a cardboard (€1.00) or hard plastic (€2.00) card, on which to load the journeys. These cards are re-usable, so never throw yours away after you have run out of journeys.
SUMA T and T+ passes
SUMA T and T+ are unlimited travel passes for one person, valid for EMT and MetroBus buses, metro, trams, and Renfe Cercanias (short distance trains). They are valid in zones A-B (for T passes) or zones A-B-C (for T+ passes). For each type, there are three duration options.
T1 and T1+ are valid for one day, T2 and T2+ for two days, and T3 and T3+ for three days. As long as you tap your card within the limit hours, you can finish your journey after the card has expired.
Remember that out of the two, only T+ passes include Zone C, meaning they are valid for transportation between the airport and the city. Here too, prices vary depending on the number of zones covered by the pass. You can see a breakdown in the following table.
|Pass Type||T1 / T1+||T2 / T2+||T3 / T3+|
|Validity||24 hours||48 hours||72 hours|
|Price||€4.00 / €8.00||€6.70 / €10.00||€9.70 / €12.00|
On top of the SUMA T/T+ itself, you will also need to purchase a cardboard (€1.00) or hard plastic (€2.00) card, on which to load the journeys. These cards are re-usable, so never throw yours away after its validity has run out.
Both passes are available at tobacco shops, Renfe Cercanias, or authorised kiosks. You can also buy SUMA T in any metro station, but you can only get SUMA T+ passes in some metro stations, like at the Airport. Here you can check out all available selling points . If you have a Spanish phone number, you can also reload your card on the app RecargaSUMA (for Android) , previously known as RecargaMobilis.
Valencia Tourist Card
Another great option is the Valencia Tourist Card (VTC). This is a discount card valid for one, two, or three days. On top of discounts and free entries to museums, monuments, tourist services and restaurants, the card includes free public transportation.
This covers EMT buses (Zone A), as well as metro and trams (zones A-B-C). MetroBus (yellow buses, including bus 150 to and from the airport) and Renfe Cercanias (railway trains) are not included. Along with the card, you will receive a free map of the city with a discount guide.
The card’s cost per day decreases with the duration of the card, as detailed in the table below.
|In-person purchase - Adult|
|Online purchase - Adult|
|Online purchase - Children|
|Card type||VTC 24h||VTC 48h||VTC 72h|
|In-person purchase - Adult||€15.00||€20.00||€25.00|
|Online purchase - Adult||€13.50||€18.00||€22.50|
|Online purchase - Children||€12.75||€17.00||€21.25|
For in-depth information, you can check our article about the Valencia Tourist Card.