When buying a property one of the things you often consider first is the communications aspect, telephone, internet, metro and bus. Public transport in Valencia has a great system for getting around starting with an airport just five minutes away from the city itself. The airport has excellent links to many parts of Europe and acts as a hub for both Ryanair and Easyjet. There are even direct flights to the United States by Delta Air in the summer season.
Valencia’s metro system is extensive and growing. Next year it may reach Ribarroja and Villamarchante which should increase more their desirability as they will become commuter belt towns which currently they only are for people who like braving the early morning traffic into the city (Which actually isn’t too bad).
The metro is cheap in Valencia. It can get you into the city from the airport and around most areas of the city now. It goes near the City of Arts and Sciences, down to the beach and Port, right in the historical centre, a metro stop next to the central market is currently being built, and out to the towns surrounding Valencia.
When you consider it is backed up by an excellent bus service too it is surprising that people living and working in the city bother with a car with the associated problems of parking and costs. A metro and bus combined yearly ticket for the central part of Valencia can be had for as little as 90 Euros which isn’t bad. One day’s parking in the centre can cost you 24 Euros and a monthly garage space will cost a minimum of 90 Euros.
Consider the green aspect of mass transit too and you have something very attractive for those not needing a car during the week. Also if you want to rent a car and do it in advance to go away for the weekend then you can rent really cheaply too.
The railway system around Valencia is quite good too with the intercity services being fantastic. The AVE high speed train to Madrid takes just 1 hour and 40 minutes reaching speeds of over 300km/h. Barcelona takes just over 2 and a half hours and Alicante is also a shortish rail journey meaning even if you fly into those places that you can still easily get to Valencia.
Finally for those who want less of a passive existence you can rent bikes all over Valencia now and there are kilometres and kilometres of bike routes including through the riverbed park. Having a bike which is your own or renting one regularly not only is very healthy but is generally quicker through the central part of the city too.