You’re arriving soon and you are planning everything. Since you’re now with your trip prep, here you have our tips for having all set before coming, even some things you can have ready in advance. Don’t miss a thing, keep reading!
Explore your surroundings
I’m sure you’ve already done this but, just in case you didn’t, go to Google Maps and explore your new surroundings. Get to know your university area, how to get there, where your flat is located, your neighborhood, etc.
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You will need a way to move around the city. If you’re living in the center, you will probably go by walking to mostly all places, but if you’re studying or working, you will probably need a transportation card.
There are several tickets you can use, depending on what you want; in here, you will find the most used:
Sencillo: it’s the one ride bill for buses; during the day, it doesn’t allow commuting, but it does during night hours.
Bono: it’s a 10-ride bill and there are 3 different options for this: Bonobús, valid for bus only (it allows commuting within 1 hour); Bono Transbordo, valid for buses and metro A zone (it allows commuting –buses and metro– between 3 and 50 min); and Bono Transbordo AB, same as the previous one but it includes metro B zone.
T1/T2/T3: unlimited trips card for 1, 2 or 3 days. It’s an individual ticket, so just for one person, and valid for buses and metro A zone.
EMT Jove: it’s the monthly card most used among the young people, it’s like the transportation student card, for people younger than 25 years old and cheaper than the regular abono card. With it, you have unlimited trips within 30 days, just keep in mind you will need to have your ID card when you use it.
There are more options, as turistic cards, you can have all the information and fares by clicking here.
Besides the buses and metro, in Valencia you will see the public bike system, called Valenbisi. You will find all the information about the different tickets (long or short-term tickets) in the following link.
Also in Valencia we have a good Taxi service! You can download apps like MyTaxi or PideTaxi, which is one of the official taxi apps. We have also Uber and Cabify –similar service to Uber, but cheaper sometimes, depending on times and demand–.
Before coming, you can also check if your cell phone plan is valid in Spain. If you’re coming from a European country, it will probably work; however, if you’re coming from a country oversees, you will mostly need a new sim card.
If you like a prepaid sim card, we recommend you Lyca mobile, thew have super low fares! However, if you prefer to have a contract, there are several options: Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo, etc. Just check them all and find the best for you!
Also keep in mind the WiFi connection during your stay! Check if your flat already has a contract for it; in case it doesn’t have, contact your landlord since normally you will need to make a contract under your name for 6 months to 1 year, so it would be better that your landlord do it under his/her name if you’re not staying that long in Valencia.
In case of emergency
We hope you will arrive smoothly and your stay will be perfect. However, in case of emergency, there are some informations you should keep in mind, such as the embassy of your country in Valencia (phone number, address, etc.), the emergency number –which is 112–, the Police number, etc.
Some useful numbers are:
112: Emergency (any type! If something happens, call here)
091: National Police
092: Local Police
010: Citizen Care
(+34)96.386.06.38: water emergencies
(+34)96.313.40.82: streetlight emergencies (northern area)
(+34)184.108.40.206 : streetlight emergencies (southern area)
Also important: don’t forget to figure out about the healthcare system. We recommend you to check our partner’s quick guide, Citylife’s Spanish Medical System Guide.
Last but not least…
Enjoy your new city!