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Key information about Valencia

Population

834,000

Country
Spain
Money
Currency
EUR - Euro (€)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 0.83 EUR
ATM fees

3 - 5 EUR per withdrawal (plus your bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted almost everywhere

Tipping

Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars

Airport
Main airport

Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)

Airport to city center

Metro (~5 EUR), official airport taxi (~22 EUR, meters always used)

Other options

Madrid and Barcelona are both 2 hours away by train

Transportation
Taxi apps

Cabify, FreeNow

Public transportation

Metro: 1.50 EUR per ride, purchase ticket at kiosk or customer service booth inside metro station
Bus: 1.50 EUR per ride, can purchase on the bus

Getting around

Buy an EMT Mobilis Card from a kiosk or newsagent, can be used on all public transport, top up with credit as needed, reduced rates on buses and metro

SIM card
Best options

Vodafone, Orange

Expected cost

15 EUR for 5 GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

Visit one of the network's official shops. 5-10 minutes needed. Bring your passport.

Language
Official language(s)

Spanish, Valencian

Level of English

Moderate

Food
Tap water

Drinkable

Overall cuisine

Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats

Local food specialities

Paella, fideuà, esgarrat, orxata, bunyols

Eat like a local

Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)

Vegetarian / vegan options

98 listings on Happy Cow

Food delivery apps

UberEats, Glovo

Supermarkets

Mercadona: Standard supermarket, many locations, average prices, delivery available
Lidl: Some fresh foods, mostly packaged and canned goods, inexpensive
Consum: Standard supermarket, several locations, average prices
Corte Ingles: Higher priced international and upscale food
Carrefour: One stop superstore, locations on edge of city, great selection, good prices
Herbolario Navarro: Vegan, organic and natural foods, several locations
Local markets: Several around the city, great prices and selection of produce, meat, seafood and more