Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station was constructed to house the high speed AVE trains when the high speed line between the city and Madrid opened.
The city’s other main station Valencia Nord is widely considered to be the most beautiful station in Spain; it might just be our favourite station in Europe, but it would have required re-construction to accommodate the larger size of the AVE trains.
Hence the decision to build a second station in the city, this station, Valencia Joaquín Sorolla, which is only used by the AVE and Euromed train services to/from the city.
It is why the full name of the station is 'Valencia Joaquin Sorolla - Alta Velocidad'.
The upside of the decision to build Joaquín Sorolla , (named after the artist) is that Valencia Nord station has been preserved, but the down side of this new station is its location.
Valencia Joaquin Sorolloa station:
Jesus station is on lines 1, 2 and 7 of the Valencia Metro and on line 7 it’s a two station hop to Colon station in the heart of the city’s shopping area; take trains heading towards Maritim Serreria.
Though the metro doesn't penetrate the old town area, Colon station is on its eastern edge; and there also no direct metro trains between Jesus and Xativa, which is the metro stop at Valencia Nord station.
If you'll be heading to Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station from the area around Colon metro station, then taking the metro to Jesus is a good option; the train station is harder to miss when you’re walking towards it, though make sure when exiting the metro that you walk along Carrer de Rois de Corella.
So if you don’t want to take a taxi to/from Valencia Joaqin Sorolloa station, the best option is usually to hop on the free shuttle bus between Joaqin Sorolloa and Nord stations.
The shuttle bus stop at Joaquin Sorolla station is easy to find; it’s over to the right when you use exit from the station that’s ahead, when you walk away from the trains.
The shuttle bus doesn’t use public roads, so there’s no risk of getting stuck in traffic and the journey only takes 2 mins.
However, at Valenica Nord, it doesn’t arrive at/depart from the front of the station, instead it stops to the side of the station at the end of via (platform/track) 6.
So the shuttle bus stop is a 3 – 5min walk away from the main concourse, which is also where the access to the Xativa metro station is located.
If you’ll be transferring between Joaqin Sorolloa station and the old town, the area around Valencia cathedral, taxis are the best option – if you want to avoid a 25 – 35 min walk.
Valencia’s public transport system doesn’t penetrate the old town
To the area around the central market:
If you’ll be transferring between Joaqin Sorolloa station and the area to the west of the cathedral, around the central market and don’t want to walk or take a taxi, then the best option is:
To the City of Arts and Sciences:
For the City Of Arts And Sciences complex take the shuttle bus to Valencia Nord and use the steps outlined above to transfer to Bus Line 15 instead of bus line 7.
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