So, need information on getting to the La Tomatina festival? Let’s first discuss where the festival is held. Bunol is a small town situated 38km outside Valencia with a population of approximately 9,000 people.
Getting to the La Tomatina Festival From Valencia
A lot of people travelling to attend the festival spend the night before in Valencia itself because there’s not a lot of available accommodation in Bunol. From Valencia it’s very easy to get to Bunol: the first train leaves Valencia at 7 am, so if you’re going to the La Tomatina festival it would be wise to leave early to ensure you’re able to get on board, and also to get a great spot for the fight!
Getting to the La Tomatina Festival From Barcelona
From Barcelona you can either go to Valencia by train the day before (it’s a 3-hour trip; tickets cost about 50 euros), or by bus (which takes 4.5 hours and costs about 20 euros), and stay the night. Or, the easiest by far, and a very budget-friendly option, is to use a tour company. There are a number of tour operators offering coach rides to the festival: they usually leave the city centre of Barcelona at about 4 am and arrive in Bunol between 8 and 9 am, just in time to get yourself in the perfect position. It can be cheaper going with a tour company than travelling by public transport and, let’s face it, it’s nicer and much easier for the tourist to have someone do all the work for you; plus you won’t have to pay for a night’s accommodation in Valencia.
The Pole Climb
If you want to see the pole climb at the beginning of La Tomatina it’s best to get there very early and get a good position in the centre of the action. In addition, most of the tomatoes are dumped by trucks in the centre, so if you’re there for all the fun and you want to be covered in red juice you need to hustle for a good spot.
Of course drinking before the festival is part of the revelry – but be very careful. You’ll be wedged tight into position long before the trucks of tomatoes arrive; until 12 pm, which is when the fight is called to a halt. So, because you won’t get the opportunity to dash off to the toilet, be careful about how much you drink.