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Do you like big cities? Not everyone does, but for sure there are many reasons to like them. You have great opportunities, the environment is multicultural, it is inspiring, you can meet new people. It has only one flaw. In order to move from a place to the other, you have to be well organized, judge the distances and use public transports.
Unless you don’t have a bike, a car or you live close to every place you have to reach, public transports are compulsory if you need to get around in large cities. Unless your home is far away from the city centre (hopefully, it isn’t), they are the cheapest and easiest way to go to the university or to go to work. What do you need? Easy, just a ticket or annual membership and a phone to check the timetable. Nonetheless, we will give you some suggestions, so that you know all the options you have in Valencia.
Whenever you move to another city, the first thing you have to check, beside a nice comfortable room in a shared flat with other students, are the transports: they are fundamental if you want to enjoy every moment in the city. Valencia offers three main means of transport: the bus, the metro and the bike.
Let’s start with the subway. It is smaller than the extremely well developed Metro in Madrid, but it stays the quickest transport in Valencia. It is well developed and it is efficient and… we like it! The metro in Valencia works very well and, when you’ll move here, you’ll experience it.
There are 9 lines (each one indicated with a different colour) and they’ll bring you both in the city centre and in the suburbs of the city. How to reach the airport? Line 3 and line 5 offer both a great service: they will bring you directly to there. We could describe all the lines, but we will just give you an advice. We will never get tired to suggest you to be careful when you look for a room: always check the location of the flat, before renting it!
What about the opening hours? The metro opens at 04.00 during the week and at 05.00 on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 23.30 during the week and at 00.30 on Saturday and Sunday.
The second mean of transport you’ll have to take in Valencia is the bus.
They literally go everywhere and if you find an accommodation in a street not covered by the EMT service, well, congratulations! All kidding aside, there are many lines and the service is offered during the night as well. You do not have any excuse not to join your friends for a pizza late in the evening.
Last but not least, the bike. There is a very well developed system of bike sharing in Valencia: a great way to exercise and to reduce pollution! All kidding aside, there are 2750 bicycles distributed in strategic parts of the city and, drumroll, the first 30 minutes are free. How does it work? You have to find a terminal close to your home, log, choose an available bike and, when you have reached your destination, relocate the bike in the nearest station. Easy, isn’t it?
It’s time to reveal more details! We are going to talk about two important topics: tickets and timetable…
What about the tickets?
The prices vary according to the area you choose to rent your room and, of course, each person has to decide if it’s better to buy single tickets or to have a pass that will let you travel by bike, bus and metro at a pretty convenient price. If you are under 26, it is extremely cheap and you can travel all zones.
And the timetable?
Another important thing to take into account when you have to go from one place to another, another problem to solve. Fortunately there are several apps that will help you to schedule your day and not to waste time waiting for the bus or the metro. The most downloaded are “EMT Valencia”, “Valencia Metro Map and Route Planner”, and “Moovit”. They will ease your lives!
Public transports are perfect in Valencia and you are spoilt for choice. It’s impossible to get stuck in a place, there is always a solution. Nonetheless, when you look for an accommodation, we suggest you, as said before, to check carefully the location of your new home and the transport services of the area. By selecting the best-connected locations, you won’t have problems during your stay and helpValencia will be happy to help you to orient in your new city by recommending you the best districts to rent your new room.
Welcome in Valencia!