The public transport in Valencia is as good as it needs to be. It isn’t as flawless and ever-present as in Munich or Berlin, but it offers buses, trams, trains and a metro system in addition to its City Bikes program. It’s inexpensive, and honestly plenty of Valencians only use the tramway to get to the beach nice and quickly. It’s a good transport system and it runs well - not much left wanting, really.
Valencia Airport (AKA Manises Airport) is about 8km outside the city, or in more relatable terms, 25 minutes and €2-5 away. You can hop on the metro for €4.90 (the most expensive ticket) and be in the city centre within 25 minutes. There are also buses for either €2.50 or €1.05, though these both take longer than the metro.
If you’d prefer to get a taxi to your new lodgings (whether it’s your temporary or permanent accommodation) that will probably be €15, give or take a couple euro- taxis aren’t very expensive and are quite a well-respected profession in Spain, so they’re always a reliable option.
La Estación del Norte is the main train station which feeds Valencia, and is right in the city centre. There are high speed trains (AVE, run by RENFE) which go between Valencia and the major Spanish cities - Madrid is only an hour and a half away! The other station is Joaquín Sorolla, not far from the centre. Both have excellent links to the rest of the city, so if you come to Valencia by train, it’ll be easy as pie to get to your rooms.
Valencia has its own City Bike system, where you can rent a bike for up to half an hour for free, if you have a subscription. The Valenbisi costs €13.30 per weekly rental (or €25.00 per year). For this subscription, you get the first 30 mins of every rental for free, the second hour for €1 and any hours thereafter at €3/hr.
The website is quite unclear in English, and many people have thought (mistakenly) that it was €13/week for unlimited use - it very much is not. 12 hours continuous use will set you back over €40. If you keep a close eye on your watch then you should be okay, but when stations are full or you have a long way to go, 30 minutes often won’t be enough and you’ll end up paying extra.
The underground in Valencia has six lines, which combine to cover most of the city. If you need to reach deeper into the suburbs, there are plenty of buses which span a huge network in all directions. The Metro Valencia website has plenty of information on routes, timetables and subway maps (all in English and Spanish) so use this to get to know the metro.
Services run from 05:30 to 23:00 most days, so you’ll need to use buses, bikes or taxis to navigate the city after hours.
The buses in Valencia are pretty comprehensive. They cover the whole city, and cost €1.50 per journey, which can be quite some distance. The only thing is that they are a bit more intimidating than the metro or tram, so you might want to get to know the city a little before tackling the bus.