Definitive guide

The metro and tram in Valencia

Valencia’s urban rail network counts a total of 138 stations, divided into nine active lines. With its total length of 156.4 km, it covers Valencia’s urban area thoroughly and it is a great way to move around the city.

Valencia’s urban rail system (Metrovalencia) connects various parts of the city with the surrounding towns and areas, Manises Airport included. Metro and tram lines are both considered to be part of this system, thus sharing the same fare system.

While only eight stations are close to the old city centre, the network is continuously expanding. In fact, there are at least three more lines planned to open in the upcoming years. The latest tram line (10) is launching in spring 2022.

Ruzafa Metro Valencia station under construction - line 10
As the network is continuously expanding, it isn’t uncommon to see a new Metro Valencia station pop up in the city. Here is a stop for tram line 10 under construction.

The urban rail system is a great way to move around Valencia, especially if you need to move from one end of the city to the other. The service is frequent (a train every five or ten minutes) and efficient, so you will be at your destination quickly, and without worrying about traffic. The trains are safe, clean and relatively new, with staff and security available at many stations in case you have any doubts or need help purchasing a ticket.

This is certainly your best option if you are moving between the airport and the city. However, if you are moving around the old quarters (within the old city walls), you will find there aren’t as many stops available as in other parts of Valencia. In this case, you might want to opt for a bus or for a private means of transport, such as a bicycle or a moped.

Valencia transport zones

For public transport use, the city is divided into three concentric areas (zonas in Spanish) and one overlap area.

  • Zone A is the biggest and most central one. It covers the city with its most important sightseeing spots, the old centre, the newer and trendy neighbourhoods, as well as the beach. The tram service runs mainly in this area. You will most likely be moving around zone A on your visit.
  • Zone A-B is the overlap area. Its function is to keep prices low for those that travel between bordering zones. People moving from these areas to the nearby zones A or B (and vice versa) will be able to get single-zone tickets. The municipalities belonging to this area are those of l’Horta - the larger urban area of Valencia.
  • Zone B is the area directly around A. It covers mostly small towns and municipalities belonging to the metropolitan areas of Camp de Turia (northeast of the city), Camp de Morvedre (north of the city), and Ribera (south of the city). You are not likely to visit this area, as it is of little tourist interest.
  • Zone C is equivalent to the airport. It serves the purpose of separating the airport from all other areas.
Map of the public transport zones in Valencia
Valencia’s transport zones A, AB, B, and C. As you can see, the city centre and the most relevant areas for tourists are all well within Zone A.
The metro and tram in Valencia