The metro is the option with the best price to time ratio. It is also a great option if your accommodation is on the outskirts of the city. Please, consider that it will take about 5-10 minutes to reach the metro stop from your terminal exit.
Getting to Valencia’s main train station (stop Xàtiva) will take about 20 minutes. The train station is very central, just a few minutes away from Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Another central stop in the city is Colón, right after Xàtiva station. Getting there by metro will take about 23 minutes.
Line 3 and 5
Both lines take a similar path when getting close to the urban area of Valencia, sharing several stops. The main stops in the city centre are Àngel Guimerà, Xàtiva, Colón, and Alameda. Xàtiva is the metro stop right in front of the main train station, (Estación del Norte). Colón, as mentioned above, is probably the most central metro stop in the urban area.
After crossing Valencia city centre, line 3 will continue towards other towns north of Valencia. It is thus a great option if your accommodation is north-east of Valencia city centre. The duration of the complete journey is about 56 minutes.
Line 5, instead, ends very close to the beach, so it is a good option if your accommodation is by the sea. The train reaches its final stop from the airport in 32 minutes.
In terms of frequency, it varies depending on the time. In any case, once you are at the station, there will be a train departing every 7 to 15 minutes, depending on the time you get there.
Relevant stations on metro line 3
The line runs a total of 26 stops, going from the airport to the urban area of Valencia, then going towards minor towns north of Valencia.
|Travel time*||20 min.||22 min.||24 min.||56 min.|
|Details||This stop is right in front of the main train station in Valencia and the bullring. Three lines meet here (3,5,9).||The most central stop on this line. It is near the old city centre, as well as the newer neighbourhoods, like Ruzafa. Four lines meet here (3,5,7,9).||This stop is located in the C-shaped park that hugs the city of Valencia, known as Jardín del Turia. Four lines meet here (3,5,7,9).||Final stop on the line, it is a town north of Valencia, and of little tourist interest.|
Relevant stations on metro line 5
The metro runs a total of 17 stops. From the airport, it heads straight down to the sea-side neighbourhoods of Valencia, after crossing the urban area of the city.
|Station||Xàtiva||Colón||Alameda||Marítim - Serrería|
|Travel time*||20 min.||22 min.||24 min.||32 min.|
|Details||This stop is right in front of the main train station in Valencia and the bullring. Three lines meet here (3,5,9).||The most central stop on this line. It is near the old city centre, as well as the newer neighbourhoods, like Ruzafa. Four lines meet here (3,5,7,9).||This stop is right in the C-shaped park that hugs the city of Valencia, known as Jardín del Turia. Four lines meet here (3,5,7,9).||It is the closest stop to the beach, in the proximity of El Cabanyal, a picturesque fishermen’s neighbourhood. It is also not far from Avenida Blasco Ibañez, which connects the Jardines del Real, the university area, and the seaside neighbourhoods.|
You can get your Metrovalencia tickets directly at the metro station, before getting to the platforms. You can either get your ticket from one of the attendants working at the station or from one of the automated machines. Be mindful of which machine you use, as some exclusively take cards or cash, not both.
When you purchase your ticket, the one-way journey from the airport will cost you €4,80 plus €1.00 for the card. If you already have a cardboard or plastic card, you can simply top it up and you will not be charged the extra €1.00. Keep in mind that you can load up to four single tickets on the same card, so if you are travelling with someone else, you won’t need to get two separate cards.
Getting a 10-journey transport card at the airport is not recommended. As the airport is located in Zone C, you would need a transport card covering Zones A, B, and C, which would cost you €20.00.
However, during your stay, you will probably only move through central areas (Zone A). A 10-journey ticket for Zone A would cost you only €8.00. Thus, if you choose to purchase a 10-journey ticket, do so when you are already in the city centre.
If you do not use the right ticket to travel by metro, you will not be able to leave the station upon arrival.
Another great option is the Valencia Tourist Card (VTC). This is a discount card with various duration options (24h, 48h, 72h). The card gives you free public transport (bus, metro, tram) in all zones, free entry to museums and monuments, and up to 50% discount on tourist services, shops, and restaurants.
For more information, check our article Tickets and passes for public transport in Valencia.
As mentioned before, the frequency of the trains depends on the time. Except in special cases or on particular days, the frequency of the trains is as follows:
- Every 30 minutes for each line between 5:00 am and 7:00 am, and then also between 9:00 pm until the last train.
- Every 15 minutes for each line between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.
Keep in mind that although some lines in Metrovalencia are roughly open between 5:00 am and midnight, the first train departing from the airport is around 5:30 am for line 3 and 6:20 am for line 5. The last trains leaving the airport are around 10:30 pm.
Location of the metro station
Once you exit the Arrivals gate, just follow the metro directions to your left. After a few minutes, you will find an escalator and elevator that will take you down to floor -1, where the underground entrance and ticket machines will be in front of you.
- There are no luggage restrictions on the metro, but you might want to take into account the fact that moving through some stations with a lot of luggage may be impractical.
- Valencia is, in general, a fairly accessible city for visitors with reduced mobility, but not all stations (especially the smaller ones) have lifts. For more information, and maps, as well as a list of stations with platforms that are accessible by elevator, visit the MetroValencia website .
- As for airport accessibility, you can request a support service on the Aena website. To guarantee the service can be provided, it is recommended to request assistance at least 48 hours before departure time. Aena also places a telephone helpline at your disposal 24 hours a day (+34 913 211 000).
For more information on wheelchair accessibility services at the Valencia airport, you can visit the Aena website .
Taking the metro is the best option if…
- You are looking to get to Valencia quickly without spending too much.
- You are travelling on a Sunday or bank holiday when the bus isn’t running.
- You are trying to get to an area that is not close to any of the Fernanbus (bus 150) stops.