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Just like any other tourist, you surely would want to know how you can go around the city when you are traveling to the city of Valencia in Spain for a business trip or a vacation. You can choose to ride a taxi all the time or rent a car, if you have the money. However, if you are tight on budget or want to save some money, you should make use of the city’s public transportation, which is called as the Metro Valencia System. Here are the top 10 things that you need to know about such system.
1. Valencia Tourist Card
There is actually a transportation card that has been specifically designed for tourists. It is called the Valencia Tourist Card. With this card, a tourist like you can gain access to buses and trains within Valencia. You can also take advantage of free entrance to a number of city attractions. In addition, you may also be able to avail of certain discounts from specific restaurants, museums and shops, among others.
- Cards are available in lengths of time — 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours.
- The time starts on the first use of the card on any means of public transportation.
- When availing of discounts, you will have to let an authority stamp the card with the date and time.
- The price of the card may range from 15 euros to 25 euros.
- You can buy the card from the Tourism Information Office.
2. Three Considerations for Ticket Purchase
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There are various types of tickets that you can purchase in order to travel around the city with the use of the metro underground station. First, you will have to know how many days you are planning to stay in the city of Valencia. Second, your age is an important factor. Third, the number of companions who will accompany you in the visit is also an important factor in your decision-making process.
3. Various Tickets for Different Time Durations
When purchasing the tickets, you have to know that the tickets usually are made to last for a specific period of time. For instance, if you only will only use public transportation once, you can go with a single journey ticket. If you will stay in Valencia for one day, you can purchase a T-1 which allows you to have unlimited access to various means of public transportation within the city.
- T-2 and T-3 are also available if you wish to stay for two or three days, respectively, in the city.
- For longer periods of stay, say for ten days or a whole month, you can go with either Bonometro or TAT, respectively.
4. With Ticket Prices, Age Matters
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Age is a determining factor when it comes to the prices of the tickets. A Carnet Jove is a good idea to save money if you are a student who often uses public transportation. There is also a ticket that allows those individuals who are 65 years of age and above to take advantage of reductions on the prices of the tickets per month.
5. Deals for Families
If you are traveling with your family, then, there are also special deals that you can take advantage when using the public transportation around the city of Valencia. Your children can travel for free if they are 6 years of age and below. Every ticket that you purchase allows two kids under 6 years old to travel for free. You can also get the F2 which is a special family pass that you can use during the weekends.
6. Ticket Machines
There are available ticket machines which are located in almost each metro station. This is where you can also purchase the tickets if you are in a metro station. You do not have to worry with regards to the written instructions as there are machines that are available in the English language. You may buy your tickets via coins, bills, or cards.
7. Ticket Machine Assistance
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If you need help and assistance on how to operate a ticket machine, there are actually staff members from the station who will be able to lend a helping hand to you. They will operate the machine for you. Aside from that, there are also machines in a couple of stations that allow you to talk to a human operator in case you have any questions with regards to the ticket options.
8. Operating Hours
Generally, the Metro Valencia System is open from Monday to Saturday at 5:30am until 11pm. On weekends and holidays, the Metro is open from 6:00am to 11:30pm. There may be changes to the original schedules, depending on certain circumstances. For this matter, the best thing to do is to check their websites for the exact times with regards to the operating hours.
9. A Long Network
The metro is actually 156.4 kilometers or 97.2 miles long. There are 137 stations that are included in the Metro Valencia System. At least 27.3 kilometers or 17 miles of the network can be found underground. This consists of 35 stations. On the other hand, the remaining network consists of 102 stations and is around 129.1 kilometers or 80.2 miles long. It can be found at-grade.
- Inquiries : +34 900 461 046
- Address : Partida de Xirivelleta s/n 46014 Valencia
10. Six Lines
The whole network consists of six lines or routes. For instance, Line 3 and Line 5 allows you access to the center of the city from the airport and the port, respectively. On the map, these routes have their respective colors assigned to them. In this case, Lines 1 and 2 are yellow, Line 3 is red, Line 4 is blue, Line 5 is green, and Line 6 is purple.
Indeed, the Metro Valencia System is a boon for numerous tourists. This is the cheapest as well as the quickest way for you to be able to roam around the city. With this modern system, you can really enjoy traveling different attractions located in the city.
Have a good trip and travel!