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There are 3 ways to get from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena by train, bus or car

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Train  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Valencia Estacio del Nord to Cartagena Ir / ...

$37 - $53

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Valencia - Ave Estacion Interm to Murcia
  2. Take the bus from Murcia to Cartagena 72B

$31 - $67

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena 174.3 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena is to drive which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena is to drive which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena. However, there are services departing from Valencia Airport and arriving at Cartagena via Quevedo - Av. de l'Oest, Valencia - Ave Estacion Interm and Murcia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 33 min.

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The distance between Valencia Airport (VLC) and Cartagena is 215 km. The road distance is 278.9 km.

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The best way to get from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena without a car is to train which takes 5 h 21 min and costs 30€ - 50€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 21 min to get from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena, including transfers.

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Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Valencia - Ave Estacion Interm station.

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The best way to get from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena is to train which takes 5 h 21 min and costs 30€ - 50€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 26€ - 60€ and takes 6 h 33 min.

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Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Cartagena station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena is 279 km. It takes approximately 2 h 52 min to drive from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena.

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Map of how to get from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena.
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  • Distance: 134.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 21 min

What companies run services between Valencia Airport (VLC), Spain and Cartagena, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena 3 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 4 h 1 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Valencia Airport (VLC) to Cartagena via Valencia, Quevedo - Av. de l'Oest, Giorgeta - Ctra. D'Escrivà, Valencia - Ave Estacion Interm, and Murcia in around 6 h 33 min.

Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Valencia Estacio del Nord to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Valencia - Ave Estacion Interm to Murcia
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
alsa.com
Interbus Murcia
Phone
968 291 911
Email
murcia@interbus.es
Website
interbusmurcia.es
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
interbusmurcia.es
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movelia.es
Transportes Comes
LAT bus
Phone
968 25 00 88
Email
info@latbus.com
Website
latbus.com
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
latbus.com

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