Valencia is a major city in Spain. People are not used to seeing hitchhikers, but at the major petrol stations there are many foreigners whom you can ask for lifts. There are three main motorways to Barcelona ( ), Madrid ( ), and along the coast south towards Alicante, Granada and Sevilla (A7, AP7).
If you are coming from the north (e.g. from Barcelona) and wish to go south or west, ask your driver to leave you at the Sagunto service station (Area de servicio de Sagunto) where there is a large truck parking lot and a restaurant for drivers on long-distance journeys. The GPS coordinates of Sagunto service station are 39.64970, -0.30268.
North or South
- First option
There is a petrol station right on the A7 close to Sagunt, where you can get on either side, depending which direction you want to go. Heading north is very easy, normally it doesn't take long to get a good lift, maybe even directly to France, heading south is more difficult. Jeensg experienced both ways to be good.
You have to take the bus or train to Sagunt and walk like 3.5 km south-south-west - Carrer de la Pau, Cami de Gausa, Calle de Lliria. You should look it up on Google Maps or OpenStreetMaps to not get lost the first time you go there, because it is all through very tiny roads! Watch out that you don't get on the BP petrol station on the V-23.
- Second option
There is a new-built gas station just a little north of the division of the motorway into GoogleMaps or OpenStreetMaps, it's about a 4 km walk. Jeensg got a ride south directly to Granada, generally it's (good) regarding Spanish gas stations.and , close to Torrent. Take metro line 1 direction Villanueva de Castellón and get off at Realon or Sant Ramon, which is about a 25 minute ride from centre. There you have to go direction Santa Apolonia, check before on
North towards Barcelona
Going into direction Barcelona is possible at a drive-up way in the north of the town. Drop out at tram (tranvía) station Universidad Politécnica. Hitchhiker Buzz waited right beside the metal university tower. There is plenty of traffic leaving town in direction north.
guaka and Erga had a bad time hitching from that spot. Cars go fast and the cars on the right (driving direction) all go to the university. It worked out better about a 100 meters further where cars leave from the university's parking space. Still, don't forget that the Valencian students are much less cool than most universities in the world and most of them will drive straight past you, with surprised confused and sometimes even disgusted faces. Also, if you head North you need to stay on the right motorway (which didn't work out for guaka and Erga) get off somewhere at Pucol if someone is driving to Sagunto! Definitely avoid getting off anywhere other than a service station. Lemjok got a ride to Castellon and spent five hours standing there before deciding to take a train back to Les Valls.
Another way to travel North is to take the train towards Castellon, and get off the train at Les Valls (note that not all trains stop at every station.) There is a Peaje section on the AP-7 around 250m from the station which can be accessed by walking over the bridge and down a dirt track. This location works very well, and is well lit, meaning hitching at night is possible. A ride to Barcelona or France is easily possible from here, and guarantees a faster ride than taking the N340. The toll workers don't like seeing people hitchhiking on the motorway, of course, but you can compromise by waiting on the lawn next to the toll building. Quite a few truckers seem to stop for a pee there, and you can ask them for a lift to the next service station.
There is a roundabout just where the motorway starts in Valencia. This is a good place where cars can stop but it is at the edge of the city. Use a sign. You can get rides to Alicante, Granada and Sevilla, either by the 'national motorway' through the center or the toll-motorway along the coast .
The roundabout is located on the street Ave. de Ausias March in the south of the city, close to the river. It is a 15–20 minute walk from the main train station, and metro stations Jesus or Xativa. See here a map of the location of the roundabout in Valencia.
Steffi and Manu found it really hard hitch from that spot in January 12, very little people actually went for the petrol station.
West towards Madrid
Go to Avinguda del Cid, and cross the bridge and actually the A3 starts from here, but the problem is, that you cannot go there because there are fences everywhere. You can chose to hitchhike before the bridge where there is a bus stop or place for the cars to stop, or try this place. It is under the "bridge" that crosses above the A3, and there are two petrol stations, and lot of cars pass there (though, a lot of them are going to Manises). I've waited for a little more than an hour, but in Spain I usually count that you have to wait at least an hour. Go to El Ponte (The Bridge); they have a shower, WC,... Also; if you're staying there overnight, sleep on the concrete shed for whatever it is. It isn't dirty, it's bg, flat, temperature isn't a problem in the summer, you're up 2,5 meters, thus you won't be mugged. Had one of the best sleeps of my life there. Plenty of truckers coming from the north and heading to Madrid stop there!
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