Electricity is supplied at 220V - 50 Hz AC with European norm plugs.
Valencia enjoys year-round sunshine with an average annual temperature of 20ºC (68ºF). Summers are pretty warm (32ºC max - 24ºC min) and humid due to its Mediterranean location; however it cools by night.
Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Valencia accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club. Currency: € Euro
There are two official languages in Valencia: Valencian and Spanish. You will find that most people are not fluent in English, except hotel staff, but they will do their best to communicate with you.
There is a good range of shops in the city centre and also big suburban shopping centres. Shops are generally open from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:30, Mondays to Saturdays. Department stores and shopping centres stay open during lunch time and close around 21:00 to 22:00.
Spanish eating habits are characterised by late hours, we normally have lunch around 14:00 and dinner around 22:00. Most restaurants open from 14:00 to 16:00 for lunch and from 21:00 to 23:00 for dinner. However some tourist and informal places have longer opening hours.
How to reach the city
The Valencia airport is about 8 km from the city centre. It has direct flights with the following countries: Germany (5), Belgium (2), Bulgaria (1), France (3), The Netherlands (3), Ireland (1), Italy (9), Malta (1), Norway (1), Portugal (1), UK (4), Czech Republic (1), Romania (3), Switzerland (2), Turkey (2) and Ukraine (1). Although some of them are non daily, connections flights through Madrid, Barcelona, or Mallorca airports are just less than one hour flight.
You can reach the city centre from the airport by taxi, by bus or by metro.
A taxi takes about 15 minutes to the city centre and costs 20 euros (including the extra fee for service from the airport).
A bus service called Valencia-Airport line 150 departs every 26 minutes from 5.25 to 22:00 from Monday to Friday. Saturdays, from 5:25 to 22:05, every 35 minutes. The fare is 1.40 euros. The nearest stop to the city centre is Gran Vía Ramón y Cajal with Cervantes within a 20 minutes’ walk to most of the hotels booked by the organisation.
Metro. Underground service line 3 (red) and line 5 (green) from the airport to city centre stations (Xativa and Colon) depart every 10 minutes. Single fare to/from city centre: €3,90. Approximate journey time: 30 minutes. For further information on getting around with Metrovalencia: http://www.metrovalencia.es
There are comfortable trains from Madrid and Barcelona. Speed train AVE connects Madrid-Valencia in a trip time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.
The train station is located in the city center. For information on timetable and fares visit www.renfe.es
There are two major roads leading to Valencia, one from Madrid (A-3) and another from Barcelona and France (AP-7).
Transport in the city.
There is an extensive, low cost public transport network covering the city including bus, underground, tram and taxi. There are different tickets and fares available:
Bus: single ticket (on the bus) for 1,50 euros. Also availble "bonobus" (10 trips, bought at kiosks for 8 euros).
Metro: single ticket fare from 1,50 euros to 3,90 euros depending on the route. Also available at metro stations the "bonometro" of 10 trips (ranging from 7,20 euros to 20 euros). Combined bus-underground 1-3 day tickets are also available at kiosks.
Taxis: are not expensive (but there is a minimum fare of 4,90€ at daytime and 6€ after 22:00), and you can pick them up at taxi ranks or stop them in the street, or ask the reception desk to call one for you.
Bike: There are more and more cities offering to their citizens the chance to move by bicycle. Valencia now incorporates this modern initiative offering the citizens and visitors a total of 2.750 bicycles distributed in 275 stations, in close proximity to each other in different parts of the city.