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Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
Services from the UK include easyJet from London Gatwick, Iberia from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh (often via Madrid or Barcelona), and Ryanair from Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester and London Stansted. The flying time is around 2 hours.
If you're coming from elsewhere in Europe, there are flights from Berlin, Munich and Dusseldorf with Lufthansa, from Rome with Alitalia, from Zurich with Swiss International Airlines, from Lisbon with TAP, and from Amsterdam, Paris Orly, Brussels and Rome with Vueling. Ryanair operates services from Bari, Bologna, Brussels, Milan, Marseille, Oslo, Pisa, Porto, Rome, Venice and Dublin.
Delta Airlines has seasonal flights to Valencia from New York JFK, but if you're travelling from outside Europe your best bet is to fly via Madrid or Barcelona.
From the Airport:
Flights arrive at Valencia Manises Airport. From there it's a short taxi ride (15 minutes) into the city centre. Metro line 5 also connects the airport, the city centre and the port in less than 30 minutes. Alternatively, the Aero-Bus runs at regular intervals, stopping at metro stations Angel Guimera and Bailén (near the Estación del Norte train station).
BY TRAIN FROM THE UK
It's not a direct route, but you can catch a more carbon-friendly train to Valencia. The mid-afternoon Eurostar from London to Paris catches the sleeper from Paris, arriving in Barcelona's França station early the next morning. From Barcelona, take the train to Valencia.
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Services from the UK include easyJet from London Luton, London Gatwick, Bristol, Belfast and Liverpool, Iberia from London City and Aberdeen, and Ryanair from London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Bournemouth and Edinburgh.
If you're coming from elsewhere in Europe, there are flights from Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Dusseldorf with Air Berlin, from Milan, Rome and Lisbon with Iberia, and from Zurich, Paris Orly and Marseilles with Vueling. Ryanair operates services from Brussels, Nuremberg, Bologna and Milan.
From the Airport:
Flights arrive at Alicante Airport. If you're heading into the Marina Alta mountains, you'll need to hire a car (see opposite).
Don't bother with a car in Valencia - it's far better to stroll about the squares and streets of the city. Besides, it has an excellent transport system: frequent, fast and cheap. There are 5 lines on the metro, plus numerous EMT buses. There's even a tram - just one line, but it ends at the beach!
If you're going to explore inland or further along the coast, then you might want to hire a car - see our car rental recommendations.