In this article I will talk about the Valencia Airport and how to get to the city.
Valencia Airport: description, map, official website
Valencia Manises Airport (Manises), located in the same town, about 8 km from the center of Valencia. This is a major air port, accepting both domestic flights, flights from Schengen, as well as international.
Official website of Valencia Airport
All the necessary information that you will not find in this article can be found on the official website of the airport http://www.aena.es/en/valencia-airport/index.html
Map of the airport of Valencia
There are 3 terminals at the airport, they are located on 3 floors. The location of the gates, as well as the passport control zone, shops and restaurants can be seen in the diagram. See the interactive map on the official website at the link
Valencia Airport has everything you need for a comfortable stay while waiting for departure: restaurants, shops, play areas for children, ATMs, post office, etc. For arrivals – a large selection of rental offices to rent a car.
Tax Free at Valencia Airport
Judging by the reviews on the Internet, there is no Global Blue point at Valencia Airport. In case of departure to Russia or the CIS countries from Valencia, you must put the customs stamp on the Global Blue form (on the first floor to the right of the entrance to the security control zone), and put the envelope in a special box, and receive money at home – on a bank card, or cash through the bank.
How to get from Valencia Airport to the center
You can get from Valencia Airport to the city in several fairly classic ways: taxi or transfer, bus, metro and rented car.
Taxi and transfer from Valencia Airport
City taxis are at the exit of the terminal, the cost of the trip is 20-25 euros. You can also order a taxi to your hotel or apartment in advance, the cost will be a little more expensive (literally 10 euros), but you will certainly be met at the airport, even if the plane arrives with a delay, and will be delivered to the specified address. The language barrier will not be a problem, and you pay the amount in advance, and you don’t have to worry about whether or not the taxi driver will roll you around, spinning the counter. It seems that this is not often noticed by the Spaniards, but personally I always have this fear.
UPD 10/12/2018: On the second trip to Valencia in 2018, we ordered a kiwi-taxi transfer, here you can read my review.
Bus from Valencia Airport
Also, the city center can be reached by bus line 150 (operated by Fernanbus), the fare is 1.45 euros. In about 30 minutes you will reach the city center. Significant stops are Plaza Espanya and the Central Market (Mercado Cental). If you, like we arrive by Ryanair flight from Europe, do not book the transfer they offer, this city bus turns out to be this transfer in Valencia, the price is slightly higher, but it is incredibly confusing. By the way, the stop is a little to the left of the exit from the Terminal. There is a schedule on the stop, also see the schedule at the link. Buses run every 20-30 minutes. True, in the evening we drove from the airport almost alone. The only picture I found. On her left is the exit from the airport, directly (at the white gizmos, similar to a cube) – the bus stop. Fare for 2019: 1.45 euros.
To the city center by metro
The city can also be reached by metro. Entrance to the subway is easy to find by signs. The airport is the final stop for trains on lines 3 and 5. You can get to the station Xativa, located next to the North Station. The fare is 4.90 euros (of which 1 euro is payment for a card). If you are traveling four together, as we are on our second trip, it is more profitable to use a taxi or a transfer.
Car rental at Valencia Airport
For independent travelers who want to see as much as possible, I recommend renting a car. This can be done upon arrival – there are many rental offices at Valencia Airport. If you do not deal with this issue in advance, then upon arrival, you simply may not get the right car, or the prices will be too high. I book a car in advance via the Internet. Two services that I recommend when booking a car in Spain are rentalcars.com and autoeurope.ru . Prices are always lower than directly from the dealer. You can read the review about rentals here , and about my experience of booking a car in Valencia through autoeurope here .
Hotels at Valencia Airport
And finally, if you have a night transfer or late arrival to Valencia (early departure from Valencia), you can spend the night at a hotel located nearby. Near the Valencia airport there are hotels: Ibis Budget Valencia Aeropuerto and Travelodge Valencia Aeropuerto , a little further (you need to get a couple of stops by metro or taxi): Tryp Valencia Azafata Hotel and Hotel Manises , but of all I would recommend the first two (because close, budget, and reviews are good).
How to get from Valencia to Gandia
Gandia is a popular resort in the province of Valencia, it is famous, first of all, for its chic beaches with clear sea water and excellent climate. Also, as in Benidorm, here you can find hotels for every taste and budget – from economical b & b to luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels.
You can get to Gandia from Valencia both by public transport (bus, train), as well as by transfer / taxi and car. The bus route is served, like most others in Spain, by Alsa. You can see the schedule and buy tickets on the website https://www.alsa.es/en/ According to the experience of buying tickets in Benidorm at the Valencia bus station, I can say that there are no problems with buying tickets at the box office at the bus station, and not via the Internet must. Although in the summer season, it’s better to buy a ticket at the box office in advance, at least the day before. A Russian bank card (Mastercard) was accepted without problems. Buses run almost every hour, there is even a night flight departing from Valencia at 00:29. On the way – 1: 00-1: 20. Ticket price – from 7.30 €
In addition to the bus, this route can be reached by S-1 train. You can buy tickets at the station. Electric trains depart from the North Station (Valencia Estacio del Nord) every half an hour, which is very convenient (on weekends and holidays, as well as in the “low” season, there may be fewer flights). The train takes only 1 hour. The current schedule can be viewed at https://en.redtransporte.com/valencia/cercanias-renfe/linea-c-1.html
I also give the scheme of tariff zones for trains from Valencia (to enlarge the picture – “open the picture in a new window”):
As you can see, for a trip to Gandia, you need a ticket to all zones. Ticket price for 2019, depending on the zones (see the current price at https://en.redtransporte.com/valencia/tickets-fares.html ):
That is, the price of a one-way ticket is 5.80 €, round-trip – 11.60 €
If for some reason you don’t want to get to Gandia by public transport, or if you don’t have the opportunity, you can always take a taxi or transfer. If you arrive in Valencia in the evening, it is better to book a transfer in advance in order to quickly get to your hotel in Gandia. On average, it will cost from 110 euros.
If you are used to being mobile, or want to continue your trip to Spain later, it is better to rent a car. The distance is about 70 km, on the way – 40-50 minutes. There are toll roads along the way (you need to pay about 5-6 €), plus gasoline. The price of gasoline (95) in Spain for April 2019 is about 1.34 €. It’s better to rent a car through brokers – so you can compare in which rental offices rent is more profitable, as well as book 10-15 percent cheaper. I use rentalcars.com and autoeurope.ru services .
How to get from Valencia to Benidorm
If you have chosen Benidorm as your vacation destination and are flying to Valencia Airport, then the following information is for you. You can get from Valencia to Benidorm by public transport only by bus. The route is already served by the aforementioned Alsa company (https://www.alsa.es/en/) Tickets can be bought both online and at the box office ticket office. Buses depart from the Estación de Autobuses de Valencia bus station in Valencia and arrive at the Benidorm bus station. Here is the location of the bus stations on the map:
Travel time is about 2 hours, ticket price is 16.90 €.
If you need to get to the bus station from the airport, it is more convenient to do this by metro. From the airport you need to go to the Àngel Guimerà station, there, change to the yellow line in the direction of Bétera and go to Túria station.
By taxi / transfer it will be much more expensive (prices start from 200 euros per car), because the distance between cities is more than 100 km. Nevertheless, if there is such a need, it is better to book a transfer in advance, you can do it here
By car, you can get from Valencia Airport to Benidorm (almost 150km) in about an hour and a half (if you go on a toll motorway). The fare on toll roads on the route is about 13 euros.
That’s all, if you have any questions, ask in the comments.