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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.
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.
- 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'sand , 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
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- 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.
From Valencia to Barcelona I just follow signs and find high way to Barcelona, from city center you need about 25 minutes walk to high way for Barcelona. You just aks people and they will tell you in which direction to go to high way it is not so far away from Mestalla Valencia soccer stadium, few minutes of walk. When you come there, you cross street and there is a big crossroads and traffic light so cars need to slow down and they will see you. There is 5 lines and bus station near you, but a lot of people will just look at you because in Spain is not usual to hitchhike but do not get upset, just hitchhike there.
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.
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 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). Once there you can hitchhike right before the bridge where there is a bus stop or place for the cars to stop. 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. If you need a shower, WC,... Go to El Pont (The Bridge);
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