The UNGSC Base in Valencia, formally known as the United Nations Information and Communications Technology Facility (UNICTF) is located in the Service Area of the Valencia Airport (Autovía Madrid - Valencia, Exit/Salida 345; Zona de Servicios del Aeropuerto (Aena) - Antigua Base Aérea).
From the Airport:
From the airport, you will need to get a taxi to the Base. The average cost is: € 12 (Taxis charge an additional € 5 from the Airport)
As many taxi drivers may not be familiar with UNICTF’s location; it is recommended to provide them with the following driving instructions:
•Nacional 3 (Autovía Madrid –Valencia, dirección Madrid)
•Tome la primera salida en la primera rotunda, y después tome la segunda salida en la segunda rotunda (Zona de Servicios del Aeropuerto (Aena) – Antigua Base Aérea)
•Tome la segunda calle a la izquierda
From the City Center:
From the city center, the Base can be accessed by bus or taxi:
For bus schedules check LÍNEA: VALENCIA – POLÍGONO INDUSTRIAL LA REVA – Autobuses Buñol (bunyol.com)
Taxi fare from the city center to the Base is approximately 20 euros.
Please note, the nearest metro station to the Base is "Aeroport." It is located at the airport, but, as the Base is located on the other side of the runway, it cannot be reached by public transportation, nor by foot.
Candidates selected for international positions in Valencia, Spain need a valid visa issued by the relevant authorities prior to reporting for duty; no travel can commence prior to obtaining the visa. In this respect, the Organization will initiate formalities to obtain the visa following the candidate’s confirmation of the offer of appointment. The Human Resources Unit will coordinate with the candidate regarding steps to obtain the visa.
Taxis, metro and bus are available from the airport to the city center.
Throughout Valencia many taxis can be hailed on the street for quick and convenient service around the city. Taxis in Valencia are white and a green light on the top of the taxi indicates availablity for hire. There is a flat rate to begin the service (approx. 2 euros + 1 euro per Kilometer driven), and an additional supplement for trips to and from the airport (approx. 5 euros). While many taxis accept credit cards, it is useful to have cash available if necessary. Please note, a taxi driver is only obliged to provide change for a 20 euro note or less. A taxi can be reserved in advance by calling one of the taxi companies that are available in Valencia: Taxival +34 615 708 080 or through Apps such as FREE NOW (insert link https://www.free-now.com/es/taxi-valencia/ ) and Uber.
Metro and Tram
Valencia has an impressive public transport system which is made up of a modern metro and tram network with five lines (1, 3, 4, 5 and 6), which connects the metropolitan area with the city center. Tickets can be purchased at the stations, most often from automatic machines.
Single ticket: Valid within the zones indicated. For immediate use from time of purchase.
Return fare: Valid for 24 hours in the zones indicated.
Bono metro: Valid for 10 journeys in the zone/s indicated.
TAT: Personal travel card for unlimited travel in the zone(s) for 30 days from the first journey. It must be used accompanied by a user card. (Annual TAT is also available).
IMPORTANT: A single ticket to get to the airport (zone D) costs approximately 4, 00 euros.
Note: For Conferences and Training Workshops at UNICTF, transportation to and from UNICTF will normally be provided on the days of the course, with morning pickups at the Town Hall Square (Plaza del Ayuntamiento) departing at 8:00 am and return trips departing at 5:00 pm.
For additional information regarding lines, timetables, updated fares, and zone maps, please visit Metro Valencia website: www.metrovalencia.es. It is also available in English.
Websites to compare prices from reputable car rental companies in Valencia include www.autoeurope.eu and www.doyouspain.com.
Car rental companies located at Valencia Airport include:
Europcar (+34 96 152 18 72)
Hertz (+34 96 152 37 91)
Budget (+34 902 110 195)
Avis (+34 902 180 854)
Enterprise (+34 963 09 25 10)
Several car rental companies also operate out of Valencia's ‘Estacio del Nord’ train station, namely, Enterprise, Avis, and Europcar.
Serving Spain’s third largest city, Valencia’s ‘Manises Airport’ operates routes to numerous European destinations. The Airport is located 8 kilometers to the west of Valencia City Centre and can be reached by metro (metro: Aeroport).
For more information visit worldtravelguide.net/spain/valencia-airport and aena.es (Tel. +34 96 370 95 00).
There are two train stations in Valencia (15 minutes walking distance apart):
AVE Joaquin Sorolla Train Station (Calle San Vicente Martir, 171, 46007 Valencia):
The new station, inaugurated in 2010, to accommodate high-speed (long distance) trains.
Valencia Estación del Norte Train Station (Carrer d'Alacant, 25, 46004 València):
The station provides daily connections to cities and villages all over Spain. The modernist building was constructed between 1906 and 1917 and boasts a spectacular façade of the most typical elements of Valencia’s culture including oranges, traditional Valencian houses (barracas), La Albufera (the lake), and people dressed in local Valencian attire.
For more information regarding routes, itineraries, and ticket prices, please consult the renfe.com/EN.
The 2024 European Green Capital, Valencia excels in sustainable transport. Bicycles can be rented throughout the city. With its manageable size and nearly 80 km of cycle tracks, flat terrain, and Mediterranean climate, the city is ideal for cycling. For additional information visit the Valenbisi website: www.valenbisi.com.
Hotel Holiday Inn Bonaire
Parque Comercial y de Ocio Bonaire, Valencia 46960
Tel. +34 963035000 Price: 72.00EUR/night including breakfast (UN Corporate rate)
To make a reservation please click in the link below and select the tariff “UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS)
Please note that this hotel is located 13 kms. from Valencia, very close to the Base, however the hotel is located on the other side of the A3 highway, and public transportation to the Base is not available (only taxi).
Hotels (Valencia City)
Some hotels may offer a discount to UN Staff. Kindly inquire when booking.
Hotel Zenit Valencia****
Carrer de Bailén, 8 46007 València Tel. +34 963 52 90 00 http://valencia.zenithoteles.com
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 3 46002 Valencia Tel. 34 96 352 42 67 http://www.hotelvenecia.com
Additional Hotels with Competitive prices
Hotel Catalonia Excelsior***
Barcelonina 5 46002 Valencia Tel. +34 96 351 46 12 http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com
C/ Correos , 8 46002 Valencia Tel. +34 96 353 52 82 http://www.contitel.es
SH Meliá Palace*****
Passeig de l'Albereda, 32 46023 Valencia Tel. +34 96 337 50 37 http://www.sh-hoteles.com/es
Holiday Inn Valencia****
Paseo de la Alameda, 38 46023 Valencia Tel. +34 96 303 21 23 http://www.ichotelsgroup
Abba Acteon Hotel****
C/Vicente Beltrán Grimal, 2 46023, Valencia Tel. +34 96 331 07 07 http://www.abba-acteonhotel.com/en
Hotel Tryp Azafata****
Autopista Aeropuerto Manises, 15 46940 Manises (Valencia) Tel. 96 154 61 00 http://es.solmelia
Meals & Snacks
The UNICTF dining area is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and offers a daily lunch menu. There are also coffee and vending machines with light snacks and beverages.
Internet & Telephones
Internet access is available at the internet points located by the entrance to each office building. For Wi-Fi Username and Password, please contact the Liaison Office, email@example.com.
The pre-paid or pay-as-you-go telephone cards (tarjeta prepago) provide a number and a certain amount of call-time (‘credit’). The credit must be used within the expiry period, or the number may be reissued by the service provider to a different user. No contract with the service provider is required. Cards can be bought at: tobacconists (estancos), newsagents, supermarkets, petrol stations and from telephone card machines.
Pre-paid calling plans require credit to be bought at a mobile phone store, tobacconist, grocery store or newsagent. Some banks offer an account top-up service available from ATMs. Credit on prepaid phones usually has an expiry date, after which the number will only receive limited service. If the phone credit is not topped up after this expiry date, the number may be reassigned by the service provider. The expiry period varies between providers.
Located on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, the city of Valencia boasts over 300 days of sun per year. It has a relatively dry hot semi-arid climate with mild winters and long hot dry summers. Its average annual temperature is 18.4 °C (65.1 °F). In the coldest month – January, the maximum temperature typically during the day ranges from 13 to 21 °C (55 to 70 °F), and at night ranges from 4° to 12° C (39° to 54 °F). In the warmest months, July and August, the temperatures can reach highs between 28°–40° C (82°–104° F) during the day and lows around 23° C (73° F) at night.
Stores & Banks
The currency in Spain is the Euro. For the most up-to-date exchange rate , please check Currency Converter.
There is no ATM machine or bank at UNICTF. The closest ATMs are located at the airport and at the adjacent shopping mall (Bonaire). Therefore, to withdraw cash or exchange currency, one should do so in the Valencia city center and, if possible, anticipate prior to travel.
Currency Exchange Facilities and Banks are located in the City Centre:
throughout the city are open to the public from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
QuickStop - Western Union Money Exchange
(Open 9am-9pm) Calle de San Vicente Mártir, 29, 46002, Valencia, Tel. +34 963 53 41 23
In Case of Emergency
In case of emergency, from an internal line, dial the emergency number 3112 and be prepared to provide the following information:
your name and phone number.
the reason for calling (serious injury, illness, fire, or security related).
location of the injured and / or the incident.
status of the victim (breathing, conscious or unconscious, bleeding etc.) and if the cause is known.
actions taken and if other people are involved.
To call the internal emergency number from a non-UN line dial: +34 96 199 31 12
Kindly note Spain’s national number for emergencies is 112.