Since 1st January 2009 Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana has implemented the Smart Card system. In these cards you can charge these transport titles: Bonometro (10, 20 or 30 journey ticket), Bono Transbordo (10 journey ticket for metro, tramway and bus), Gent Major (Monthly or Yearly ticket for old people) and Abono de Transporte (Monthly ticket for metro, tramway and bus). On 1st May 2010, the single and return tickets adopted this system as well.
The Contactless Cards work by proximity; if you put the card close to the reader, the access gates open.
Their use entails many advantages for the operation and the users of Metrovalencia: a quicker access through the ticket barriers, more reliability, less card damage and less maintenance of the access equipment as the machines do not have mechanical elements.
There are two kinds of Contactless Cards to choose from: cardboard or PVC. Both of them can be recharged in the automatic selling machines at the ticket offices of Metrovalencia and recharge your card through Internet, cash dispensers and mobile phones.
The cardboard Contactless Cards have a one-year warranty and expire after three years. The PVC card has a warranty and expiration period of five years, and it can have your personal data (to charge the Títulos de Abono Temporal) or not.
In this project, promoted by the Entidad de Transporte Metropolitano (eTM), Metrovalencia takes part with the collaboration of the Empresa Municipal de Transporte de Valencia (EMT) and the companies belonging to MetroBus.