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.
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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. jorenvanveen and his buddy Ruben had more difficulties, waiting 6 hours, before getting a small ride to Castellón.
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, Carrer 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. osm
- Second option
There is a new-built petrol 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 petrol stations. bailamoooos got a ride 100km south to Oliva, and from there reached Murcia by the end of day. Kossabossa got a ride in about an hour to Murcia, from where it was really hard to find a ride to Granada, so ended up spending the night in Murcia and using a blablacar the next day. Probably it depends also on the season and time of the week. (Wednesday, 27 September 2017)and , close to Torrent. Take metro line 1 direction Villanueva de Castellón and get off at Realón or Sant Ramon stations, which are about a 25 minute ride from centre. There you have to go direction Santa Apolonia, check before on
- Third option
Another way to travel North or maybe South (at least to Valencia) is to take the train towards Castellon, and get off the train at Les Valls (note that few trains stop at this 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.
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 or bus (9, 18, 29 or 41) and drop off at Tarongers avenue. 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.
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 Ausiàs March in the south of the city, close to the river. It is a 25–35 minute walk from the main train station, and metro stations Joaquín Sorolla-Jesus or Xativa. You can also take the buses number 6 (Ausias March-Na Rovella stop, 5 min. walking away), 7 or 13 (Fonteta de Sant Lluis-Riu Sec stop, 5 min. walking away), 8 or 64 (Boulevard Sud-Ausiàs March stop). The best choice is to go there by bus number 8, taking it at Plaça de l'ajuntament, Plaça de la Reina or Central train station on Nuevo hospital La Fe direction. See here a map of the location of the roundabout in Valencia. If you find it hard to get a lift from the roundabout, there is a petrol station very close by where you can try to ask for a lift from the people tanking up there.
Steffi and Manu found it really hard hitch from that spot in January 12, very little people actually went for the petrol station.
Another user was sent away from the petrol station and tried to hitchhike with a sign on the street that leaves the roundabout to the south, onto a bridge crossing the rails. There is a small road going off where people could stop, but only if they were on the right lane. Not the best spot, honestly. The exact coordinates are 39.444781, -0.369191.
West towards Madrid
Go to the furthest extreme of Avinguda del Cid. You can get there by metro, going to Mislata station and walking south 10 min, or by bus number 3 or 29 (dropping at Cid-Marcelino Oreja stop) or 71 (Alqueria Nova-Cortes d'arenós stop). If you decide to walk (that's what we did) it will take you around an hour but it's not recommended under the hot Valencian sun.
Once there you can hitchhike right before the bridge where there is a bus stop or place for the cars to stop.
*Updated* 10th August 2014: we went there before the bridge, there are a lot of cars on the way but it's quite impossible to take a lift here because they stop only for a second (literary) before a traffic light. I recommend you to cross the bridge and keep on walking until you see a petrol station (around 10 more minutes walking).
You can also try this place or cross the bridge and try to get to one of the Petrol stations where lot of cars stop (though, a lot of them are going to Manises) and there because there are fences everywhere in the middle.
*Updated 2018*: Can confirm, Manises is terrible to get out of. The A3 going west is enclosed by walls and other highways. There is a gas station, but only for the road back east.
If you need a shower, WC,... Go to El Pont (The Bridge). You can also reach El Pont (a.k.a. Nacional III, Área de servicio el Pont) by bus 260a or 260b from stop Àngel Guimerá in Valencia. This is a yellow bus run by MetroBus (not the same us the city buses) and will drop you right at the service station. Tickets are around €3 (buy them on the bus), but check the timetable or Google transit first because the buses only run every two hours or so.
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