Madrid to Valencia
Travel from Madrid to Valencia is easy by train from Madrid Atocha Station. The train station boasts excellent high-speed AVE train links to connect Madrid to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla Station in Valencia. Around 16 trains operate daily and average journey times are just shy of 2 hours. And because of Valencia Joaquin Sorolla Station’s central location, you’ll arrive in the heart of the city.
For more information on taking the high-speed AVE service from Madrid, see our guide to departing on the AVE from Madrid Atocha Station. But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Valencia with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain, which is worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.
Best in Valencia Travel
Valencia is the capital and biggest city of the Valencian Community in the east of Spain. The city makes a fantastic city break and is a good place to explore more of the region from. Valencia also has a couple of great city beaches so if you’re looking for a lively city to stay in with some beach life, Valencia is perfect. Even if you’re planning to travel straight to one of the beach resorts nearby, Valencia is definitely worth a visit for a day trip.
The city’s most famous attraction is the futuristic-looking City of Arts and Sciences. Comprising a small collection of buildings, the City of Arts and Sciences was designed by celebrated Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. It includes a Science Museum, concert venue, gardens and 3D cinema as well as the Oceanografic, Europe’s biggest aquarium. With its futuristic design, it’s hard to believe the buildings were completed over a decade ago.
Another unique attraction to Valencia is the Turia Gardens. It’s the largest urban park in Spain and it runs right through the city from the Bioparc (the city’s zoo) to the City of Arts and Sciences. About 9kms long, the Turia Gardens replaced the river that used to run through the park. Other top highlights in the city is the historic centre where you’ll find the Cathedral and Central Market (Mercado Central). You can climb the Miguelete Tower, which is part of the Cathedral, for some great panoramic views of the city.
Best Beyond Valencia
Valencia is one of the major gateways to beaches on the Costa Blanca and Costa Azahar. You’ll find some of the best nearby beaches around El Saler, Port Sagunto, Port Saplaya, Sagunto and Cullera. Another popular thing to do whilst in Valencia is to visit the Albufera Natural Park. The park boasts one of the largest wetlands in Spain as well as rice fields responsible for many of the rice dishes in the region. You can take a boat trip on the lagoon in the park and there are numerous hiking trails too.
Valencia Airport is the nearest airport. It’s located about 10kms west of the city centre. Like Valencia Joaquin Sorolla Station, the airport is another good place to return your a car hire if you’re ending your trip here.