Valencia station (Nord)

If you want to see something pretty and free, then be sure to step into a station building when you pass them. Now, in Spain there are many modern stations which were built for the new high-speed services. These might not be all that interesting since they are all the same. But Valencia Nord station is a historical train station opened in 1852 which is still in service today.

Facade of Valencia Nord station

Valencia has a bit of an odd arrangement when it comes to the train stations. There are 2 main stations: Joaquin Sorolla which serves long-distance trains and the historical Estacio Del Nord. These two train stations are only a few hundred meters separated from each other and use the same tracks to feed the platforms. So both can be considered Valencia central station.

When you go inside, the first thing that awaits you is a ticket hall that seems to be taken right out of something Harry Potter might use.

Ticket office in Valencia station

You should pay special attention to the ticket offices and the roof of the hall. Made from a mosaic, you can clearly see that this station hails from a time when train travel was slightly more of a luxury thing than it is now.

Interior of Valencia station

When you walk through the hall and enter the main doors, you end up in the main train ‘shed’ which again dates back to the opening of the station. The trains that are stopping here are mostly local commuter services but a few medium distance trains still terminate here.

Concourse of Valencia station

If you want more information about the station and its current services, then you can check out this page on Wikipedia.

How to get to the station

Thanks to the station being a transport hub, pretty much every mode of transport will get you there. But you’ll most likely walk into the building when you are in the neighborhood for another purpose.

I can highly recommend a visit to the Valencia bull ring museum, which is right next door. I know that most people from abroad will abhor bull fighting same as me, but it is an excellent opportunity to get informed first hand.

So when you visit the museum or go to some place by train, just pop in the station and take look around. It’s free, and it really is a sight to see.

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