Car Hire at Valencia Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Valencia is a wonderful city to explore, and so are its surrounding areas. A rental car will make it more convenient for you to travel further from the city centre, especially if you plan on visiting historical sites and ancient ruins. To get the best deal possible, try to search and book for a rental car in advance so you won't have to worry about transportation upon arrival at Valencia Airport.
Where to hire a car at Valencia Airport
There are only a handful of car rental companies located at the airport. These are Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Avis, all of which are situated on Floor 0 of the Terminal. Operating hours for all car rental service desks at Valencia Airport are from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM Mondays to Saturdays, and from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM on Sundays. The pick-up area for car rentals is located in the main car park opposite the terminal.
What to expect when hiring a car from Valencia Airport
Valencia Airport is located in the municipalities of Manises and Quart de Poblet, adjacent to the Autovía A-3 highway, which links Valencia with Madrid. It is also near the Autovía A-7 coastal route to Barcelona. At the end of your trip, you will most likely need to return the rental vehicle at the airport, unless you have a different agreement with the car rental company. To do this, head west of Valencia on National road N-220; this connects the westbound A-3 and northbound V-30 from Valencia and leads right to Valencia Airport.
Driving around Valencia Airport
Valencia has motorways that are in excellent condition. The catch is it can get very congested during rush hour. Parking on the streets can be difficult to find; note that yellow markings mean no parking. Blue markings next to a meter indicate pay parking for a limited period of time. There are also several paid car parks in the centre.
Getting to your destination
Sagunto, also known as Sagunt, is a town near the Costa del Azahar ont he Mediterranean Sea, 30 kilometres north of Valencia. The city is best known for the remains of Saguntum, the ancient Iberian and Roman city. The main attractions include the remains of the Citadel, a Roman theatre, the Gothic Esglèsia de Santa Maria or St Mary's Church, and Sagunto History Museum.
From N-220, get on V-30. Take E-15/A-7/AP-7 to N-340, then take exit 4 from A-23/v-23. Keep following N-340. Take Carrer Major to Carrer Autonomia in Sagunt.
Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary just 15 minutes away from the city centre, on the Gulf of Valencia coast. It is claimed to be the largest freshwater lake in Europe, and is a great place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is included in the list of wetlands of international importance for birds.
From the airport, you can either take V-30, V-31, or CV-500 to Albufera.
Buñol is a town and municipality in the Valencia province. It is the venue of La Tomatina, an interesting festival wherein participants throw tomatoes at each other in a large scale tomato fight for fun. The annual event is held on the last Wednesday of August.
Get on E-901/A-3 from V-11. Take exit 322, then take Ctra. Madrid-Valencia, N-III and Av. Pérez Galdós to Calle Velázquez in Buñol. The trip should take no more than 30 minutes without traffic.