Alicante Transportation

  • Tram at Alicante Mercado station
    Tram at Alicante Mercado station
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    Bus from Alicante airport to city centre

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Feb 8, 2015

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    During our visit to Alicante in October 2013 we used the C-6 Bus (operated by SuBus) to travel between the airport and the city centre.

    The following information was correct as at the time of our visit:

    Prior to our visit we had read the very important information that the C-6 bus operates from outside the airport's Level 2 (Departures) building....and not from Level -2 where the tour operators' buses depart from.

    So, we followed the signs and took the escalators up to Level 2. Upon exiting the terminal building, we immediately found the bus stop that we required. It was just a few metres walk to the right of the exit and was the stop for buses to Alicante as well as buses to Elche. The next stop along (maybe 20 metres further on) was the stop for buses travelling to Benidorm.

    The C-6 bus operates roughly every 20 minutes from around 06:40 until 23:00.

    We purchased our tickets from the driver and paid €2.90 (Updated: as at January 2015, the price of the bus ticket had increased to €3.85) each for a one-way journey. Incidentally, we noticed that the price of the bus tickets to nearby Elche was €1.45.

    There was ample storage space (including several luggage racks) on board the bus to cope with the demands of a bus full of passengers. You would probably expect this from an airport bus, but I've learnt from experience that you can't always take it for granted.

    Our journey from the airport to the centre of Alicante (at around 17:00 on a Saturday afternoon) took about 15 minutes. We alighted at the "Plaza Puerta del Mar" stop, situated between the marina and Playa del Postiguet beach, adjacent to the Melia Alicante hotel and just a minute's walk from the Explanada de Espana promenade. The bus had stopped at the bus station on the way into Alicante and was continuing on a loop that would see it stop at "Marq" (near the foot of Castillo Santa Barbara), the train station and several other stops en route back to the airport.

    At the end of our stay, we caught the bus at the same stop that we had alighted at on our arrival; Plaza Puerta del Mar. We again paid €2.90 each for our tickets from the driver.

    The journey back to the airport took a little longer (closer to 30 minutes) due to traffic and more frequent stops.

    As we were waiting for the bus back to the airport there was a little confusion. When we arrived at the bus stop, the digital display helpfully informed us that the next C-6 bus would arrive in 14 minutes time. The time gradually ticked down, until it reached 8 minutes, and then the bus disappeared from the screen. It was soon replaced by a message indicating that the next C-6 bus would arrive in 34 minutes time. We assumed that perhaps one of the buses hadn't left the airport (maybe due to a lack of passengers) and so we'd have to wait for the next scheduled one. The countdown jumped around erratically and, perhaps 10 minutes later, with the clock indicating that the next bus was due in 18 minutes time, it pulled in at the stop (much to our surprise!).

    Details of all stops on the C-6 route (as well as daily timetables) can be found HERE

    Bus stop at Alicante airport (Level 2: Departures) Bus C-6: Alicante airport - Alicante city centre Bus ticket to Alicante (?2.90) On board the C-6 bus from Alicante airport

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    Come to Alicante by train

    by Aitana Updated Sep 13, 2014

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    Alicante is well connected by train to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Murcia.

    Madrid: 11 daily trains in each sense: 2 Alvia and 9 AVE (high speed trains). By AVE the ride takes from 2 hours to 2h40' depending on the stations it stops.

    Barcelona: 8 daily trains in each sense. The ride takes from 4 hours 44 minutes to 5 hours 33 minutes. Trains: Euromed, Talgo, Alaris.

    Valencia: 11 daily trains: the trains to/from Barcelona, plus 3 more trains (Regional Express, MD). The ride takes from 1 hour 36 minutes to 2 hours 4 minutes.

    Murcia: 4 daily trains from Alicante to Murcia, 5 trains Murcia-Alicante (Talgo or MD). From 1 hour 4 minutes to 1 hour 19 minutes. Besides, 24 Cercanias trains.
    Cartagena: 3 daitly trains from Alicante, 4 from Cartagena. From 1 h 52 min to 3 h 34 min.

    Apart from the connection to these cities, the Cercanias trains (commuter rail systems) connect Alicante to other towns:

    Line C-1: Alicante – Murcia. Stopping at San Gabriel, Torrellano, Elche, Crevillente, Albatera, Callosa de Segura, Orihuela and Beniel. Starting at 6 a.m., there is a train every hour plus some intermediate in peak hours. The ride Alicante - Murcia takes 1 hour 20 minutes.

    Line C-3: Alicante – San Vicente, stopping also at the Universidad de Alicante (working days). 16 daily trains. 10 minutes.

    http://www.renfe.com/

    For narrow gauge railways, see my tip about the tram.

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    L1 Tram from Alicante to Benidorm

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 24, 2014

    Tram L1, running between Alicante and Benidorm (with several stops in between) is a popular regional route. We made use of this tram during our stay in Alicante in October 2013 when we travelled (via a stop in Benidorm) to the town of Altea.

    We caught the tram from Alicante's Mercado station. We purchased tickets from a manned kiosk inside the station building and scanned them to access the turnstiles that led to the platform. We didn't need to validate the tickets, but they were checked by a conductor on board the tram.

    Our whole journey from Alicante to Altea (consisting of 4 travel zones) cost €8.25 return per person, but I understand that the journey between Alicante and Benidorm (consisting of just 3 travel zones) costs €6.40 return per person.

    We departed from Alicante at 1:43pm on a Sunday afternoon and arrived in Benidorm around 1 hour and 10 minutes later at 2:55pm.

    The tram station in Benidorm isn't particularly conveniently located; it is a good 15-20 minutes walk inland from the beach.

    On the return journey, we caught the 7:35pm tram back to Alicante, arriving back at Alicante Mercado station at 8:50pm.

    Note: It is important to retain your tram ticket for the duration of your journey. We needed to scan it at the end of our journey to exit the turnstiles at Alicante Mercado station.

    L1 tram from Alicante to Benidorm

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    Tram from Alicante to Altea

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 24, 2014

    During our stay in Alicante in October 2013 we caught the local tram to the town of Altea.

    The details in this tip were correct as of that date.

    The journey consisted of 2 steps:

    Tram L1 from Alicante to Benidorm, followed by:

    Tram L9 from Benidorm to Altea.

    We caught the tram from Alicante's Mercado station. We purchased tickets from a manned kiosk inside the station building and scanned them to access the turnstiles that led to the platform. We didn't need to validate the tickets, but they were checked by a conductor on board the tram.

    Tickets cost €8.25 return per person.

    We departed from Alicante at 1:43pm on a Sunday afternoon and arrived in Benidorm around 1 hour and 10 minutes later at 2:55pm.

    We could have caught a connecting L9 tram to Altea around 40 minutes later, but decided we'd take this opportunity to have a brief look around Benidorm (we only wanted a brief look!), so decided to catch the 4:35pm tram to Altea instead, giving us an hour and 40 minutes to explore.

    The tram station in Benidorm isn't particularly conveniently located; it is a good 15-20 minutes walk inland from the beach.

    We caught the 4:35pm L9 tram at Benidorm and arrived in Altea 15 minutes later at 4:50pm.

    The tram station in Altea is just a couple of minutes walk inland from the beach. From there it is a steep uphill climb to Altea's old town.

    On the return journey, we caught the L9 tram at Altea at 7:08pm and arrived in Benidorm at 7:23pm. We switched straight onto the 7:35pm L1 tram back to Alicante, arriving back at Alicante Mercado station at 8:50pm.

    Note: It is important to retain your tram ticket for the duration of your journey. We needed to scan it at the end of our journey to exit the turnstiles at Alicante Mercado station.

    Trams at Alicante Mercado station L1 tram from Alicante to Benidorm Turnstiles at Alicante Mercado station Tram ticket: Alicante to Altea (���8.25 return) Benidorm-Altea section of tram route map

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    Tram from Alicante to El Campello

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 24, 2014

    During our stay in Alicante in October 2013, we caught the local tram to the nearby seaside town of El Campello.

    The details in this tip were correct as of that date.

    We caught the tram from Alicante's "Mercado" station.

    We purchased our tickets upon entering the station building and then scanned them to proceed through the turnstiles which led to the platform. Tickets cost €1.45 per person one way and we were unable to purchase return tickets.

    We had two options for getting to El Campello:

    Line L1 – this line runs all the way to Benidorm and stops at El Campello en route. It makes limited stops between Alicante and El Campello and is the quickest option.

    Line L3 – this line terminates at El Campello and makes numerous stops along the seafront between Alicante and El Campello and thus takes several minutes longer to complete the journey than Line L1.

    We weren't in any rush, so the journey time didn't concern us; we simply caught the first tram that was heading towards El Campello. It happened to be the quicker Line L1 tram.

    We departed Alicante Mercado station at 12:13pm and arrived at El Campello 24 minutes later at 12:37pm.

    El Campello's main tram stop is just a few minutes walk from the seafront.

    Tram at Alicante Mercado station Tram at Alicante Mercado station Alicante Mercado tram station Tram ticket: Alicante to El Campello (���1.45)

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    Alicante region tram-train

    by sourbugger Updated Aug 20, 2014

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    I used to love the rickety and shambolic narrow gauage line that began at the foot of Santa Barbara and wound it's way along the Costa Blanca to the town of Denia. It passed Benidorm on the way, (best avoided) but stopped at places like Altea and Calpe. In some parts the scenery meante the route felt like a journey through the American wild west. Indeed, some 'paella westerns' have been shot around here.

    The first part of the line has now been converted to a rather swish tram system than extends up to Benidorm (with a branch to San Juan). At Benidorm, you can transfer back onto the train for the rest of the run up to Deni

    I really feel that the planners missed a golden opportunity. The tram line could have run the length of the waterfront before heading up to the RENFE station, and then onto the old Murcia line out to the airport.

    Apparently when I last looked at my job description it did not include being responsible for town planning in Alicante, mores the pity.

    PS. the L4 line, effectively only a couple of stops down to Pueto del mar is now mothballed, although it will appear on many of the system maps on the net.

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    From Valencia to Alicante

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    We drove to Alicante from Valencia by excursion bus. The distance is 180 km. It took us 2,5 hours.
    The current navigator gives us the following road way.

    Valencia
    1. Head north on Plaça de l'Ajuntament 22 m
    2. Take the 1st left to stay on Plaça de l'Ajuntament 72 m
    3. Take the 1st left to stay on Plaça de l'Ajuntament 110 m
    4. Continue onto Av. del Marqués de Sotelo 190 m
    5. Slight left onto Carrer d'Alacant 500 m
    6. Continue onto Carrer De Gibraltar 250 m
    7. Continue onto Carrer de les Filipines 550 m
    8. Continue onto Plaza Manuel Sanchis Guarner 58 m
    9. Continue onto Av. d'Ausiàs March Go through 1 roundabout 1.2 km
    10. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Av. d'Ausiàs March/V-31 Continue to follow V-31 13.0 km
    11. Take exit 1 to merge onto E-15/AP-7 toward Alacant/Alicante/A-38/Gandia Partial toll road 146 km
    12. Take the exit onto A-70 toward Alacant/Alicante/Murcia/A-31/Madrid/A-77/A-7/Aeropuerto Partial toll road 10.7 km
    13. Take exit 6 toward Alicante (Norte)/Avda.de Denia 150 m
    14. Continue straight 1.0 km
    15. Continue straight onto N-332 3.0 km
    16. Slight right onto Calle Hnos Lopez de Osab/Calle Hnos López de Osab 600 m
    17. Turn right onto Carrer de Vazquez de Mella 300 m
    18. Slight left onto Av. de Jaime II 600 m
    19. Continue onto Av. Alfonso el Sabio 550 m
    20. Enter the roundabout 110 m
    Alicante

    You can watch my 3 min 07 sec Video Valencia-Alicante by bus part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    From Valencia to Alicante From Valencia to Alicante From Valencia to Alicante From Valencia to Alicante From Valencia to Alicante
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    Boats to Isla de Tabarca

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    The island of Tabarca is a 1 hour boat ride from Alicante. We visited as a day trip in October 2013 and the following details were correct as of that date.

    Boat crossings to Tabarca are more frequent in the busier summer months, but were relatively infrequent in October. Boats operated by "Kon Tiki" leave Alicante twice a day and return to Alicante once a day. Strictly speaking, they return to Alicante twice a day, but the first of these is the return journey of the day's first outbound trip and so tends to return without any passengers on board.

    Boats leave from Alicante at 11:00 and 13:30, and return from Tabarca at 17:30. We caught the boat at 13:30, arriving at Tabarca at 14:30, giving us 3 hours to explore the island. This proved to be more than adequate time for visiting what is a rather small island. We arrived back in Alicante at 18:30.

    We purchased our tickets (from a kiosk at Alicante marina, next to where the boats depart) about an hour before we travelled. In October, there was no need to purchase them any earlier; in fact our boat was less than half full and we could have simply purchased tickets immediately before the boat sailed.

    The cost of a return ticket was €18.

    Kon Tiki have several boats. The one that we travelled on was "Kon Tiki Dos". It has an open air top deck with plenty of seating so we could enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze as we made the crossing.

    Had we been better organised (and especially had it been high season), we might have explored other means of getting to Tabarca island. For example, we could have caught a bus to the town of Santa Pola, from where the boat crossing to Tabarca is only 30 minutes. This might have proven to be more cost effective (although more time consuming) than taking one of the tourist boats from Alicante. It is an option that may be worth researching.

    Arrival at Tabarca is into a small and quaint harbour. The beach (and several seafood restaurants) is directly behind the harbour. Walk left to explore the "wilderness" side of the island (cacti, rugged coastlines, cicadas under feet, a lighthouse and a couple of abandoned brick buildings). Walk right to explore the small town, with a handful of restaurants, souvenir shops and a church.

    On the upper deck of Kon Tiki boats at Alicante

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    Use the Tram

    by Aitana Updated Feb 7, 2013

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    The tram connects Alicante with Playa de San Juan, Playa de Muchavista, Campello and Benidorm. There are three stations at Alicante city: Luceros (under Plaza de los Luceros), Mercado (close to the central market) and MARQ (near the Archaeological Museum).
    Line 3 departs from Plaza de los Luceros, stops at the Central Market and MARQ and goes to Campello every 30 minutes. These trains stop at all the halts.
    Line 1 makes the same route and continues to Benidorm. These trains stop only at the main stations.
    Line 4 connects Alicante with San Juan beach.
    A shuttle line (4L) connects the Postiguet beach (Puerta del Mar) with lines 1, 3 and 4 at Sangueta.
    New lines are being built that will connect the city with San Vicente, the University and later on, the airport.

    The tram is fast, clean and safe: you don't need to take the car and go into a traffic jam, look for parking, etc. Schedules during the summer are longer: the "tramnochador" circulates till late in the night.

    Tickets can be bought at the ticket machines in the stations and in the trains. At the stations there are also counters in case you don’t manage to operate the machine.
    If you are going to use the tram frequently there are some interesting choices to save money such as bonus and travel card. They can be bought at the stations and also at kiosks and tobacconists.

    Mobilis card is a contactless smartcard that costs 2 €. You can buy it at the stations and charge it in the ticke machines, in kiosks and tobacconists. This card can also be used in the buses of the TAM (Transporte Alicante Metropolitano) network.
    How to use the mobilis card? When you enter in the train touch the orange electronic reader with the card. If you take the tram in a station you must pass the ticket barrier where the electronic reader is. Then, you don’t have to touch again the reader in the train. In case you go out in a station, you also have to open the ticket barrier by touching the reader with the card, but don’t worry; a new travel won’t be deduced.
    A mobilis card can be used by several people, touch the reader as many times as people are travelling.

    For update information of schedules and fares check the web. English version is available, look for it at the bottom of the webpage.

    All the stations, halts and trains are adapted for people with reduced mobility and for wheelchair users. Underground stations have escalators and are equipped with lifts.

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    C-6 bus to/from the airport

    by Aitana Updated Jan 11, 2013

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    Since August 2009 the bus line C-6 connecting the city center with the airport has been improved. There are three buses every hour and the ride is 30 minutes. The old bus covering this line has been replaced with modern ones. We took the bus the second day it was working and I can confirm it is punctual (the old one was also reliable, despite its aspect).

    The price has also raised: 2.75 € the single ticket (Jan 2013).

    The itinerary has improved, there are stops at the bus, train and tram stations. The current itinerary is displayed in the map in this link:
    http://www.subus.es/Lineas/MapaMaps.asp?linea=ALCC6

    The bus starts its itinerary at the airport. When it arrives to the city it stops at the new bus station, at Muelle de Poniente, follows the seafront and stops again at Muelle de Levante (Postiguet beach, hotel Meliá). Then it surrounds the castle and takes Alfonso X el Sabio avenue, Avenida de la Estación and Oscar Esplá avenue.

    If you have to connect with the tram, your stop is Luceros (end of the tram line), there is a bus stop on no. 17 of the same square.

    If you have to connect to the Renfe railway station, there is a stop in the main gate.

    Anyway this may change, so check the website.

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    Airport

    by Aitana Written Dec 22, 2011

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    Aeropuerto de Alicante - El Altet

    IATA code: ALC

    The new terminal is in operation since April 2011. There are national and international flights from/to the airport.

    The airport is located 9 km southwest of Alicante and 10 km east of Elche, in a place called El Altet, in the municipality of Elche.

    Connections
    By bus
    Bus to Alicante: see my tip
    Bus to Elche: check www.subus.es, lines 1A and 1B
    Bus to other cities: check www.alsa.es
    http://www.alsa.es/portal/site/Alsa#capa_aeropuerto

    Taxi: The service is provided by a taxi company of Elche. You can book a transfer through their web, but there are always taxis at the terminal. http://www.radiotaxielche.es/aeropuerto.asp

    By car: there is easy acces from A-7 highway and also from national roads N-332 and N-340.

    Parking: there is a big car parking in the airport. On the web you can calculate the price. There are also other car parkings around (see my tip).

    Car rental: Nine car rental companies operate at the airport. See the airport website below.

    Other facilities

    There is a big shopping area in the new terminal. There are also cafes, restaurants etc.

    What else can a traveller need? ATM, meeting rooms... desfibrillators (I hope you don't need them but just in case!)

    More information on the airport:
    http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Alicante/es/Inicio.html

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    NEW BUS STATION

    by chrisdScotland Written Nov 9, 2011

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    The Alicante bus station has MOVED. I don't know exactly when this happened but all maps I took with me (and leaflets I picked up) show it at it's old possition. Ailana did mention this but the info got buried in her text.
    Bus station now at:-
    AVENIDA LORING
    found at the coastal end of Avenida Oscar Espla coming down from the main train station.

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    Bus connections

    by Aitana Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Alicante is connected by bus to :
    Madrid (Estación Sur): the direct bus takes 4 hours 35 minutes; stopping at Albacete it takes 5 hours 15 minutes.
    Barcelona: the ride is at least 7 hours (only stopping in the main cities); longer if it stops in other towns.
    Valencia: there are many buses every day, be careful because some of them stop at many towns and take almost 5 hours (the usual is less than 2 hours 30 minutes).
    Murcia: The ride takes 1 hour, or 1 hour 10 minutes if the bus stops at the airport. Buses stopping at intermediate towns take 2 hours 30 minutes.

    Check the web of Alsa (www.alsa.es) for schedules and prices. Go to “routes and schedules”. For long distance rides (eg Alicante – Madrid) type the origin and destination. For rides in the province or the region, select “regional services” and go to Alsa's regional services in Community of Valencia and Murcia.

    The main lines connecting Alicante to other towns in the province are:
    Campello - Villajoyosa – Benidorm – Alfaz del Pi - Altea – Calpe – Benisa – Teulada – Gata de Gorgos – Pedreguer - Denia

    Elda – Petrel – Sax – Villena

    Elche – Crevillente – Albatera – Granja de Rocamora – Cox – Callosa – Redovan – Orihuela

    Monforte del Cid – Aspe – Novelda

    Castalla – Tibi – Onil – Ibi – Alcoy – Jijona - Biar
    This line is served by La Alcoyana: http://www.ibivirtual.com/web/transporte_publico.htm (+34) 965 130 104

    There are other companies traveling to/from the Alicante bus station:
    Bilman Bus: www.bilmanbus.es (+34) 965 920 693
    La Agostense: (+34) 965 121 738
    Costa Azul : http://www.costazul.net/ (+34) 965 924 660

    The new bus station is at the port, at Muelle de Poniente.
    Phone: (+34) 965 130 700
    On the following link (web of Alicante municipality) you can see the destinations you can go from the Alicante bus station. Select "Transporte de viajeros">"Estación de autobuses".
    http://www.alicante-ayto.es/trafico/home.html

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    Car parking near the airport

    by Aitana Written May 12, 2011

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    If you have to go to the airport by car and don’t want to pay the airport parking fees (18.30 €/day, 14.65 from the fifth day) there are some companies that offer car parking near the airport, including transport to/from the terminal, for a reasonable price. They offer also good prices for long term parking.

    Last time we flied we used Parking Express Alicante. We paid 28 € for one week. We were quite satisfied with the service. A minibus took us to the airport as soon as we arrived to the parking. When we returned we phoned them and the minibus picked us up in a few minutes.

    Parking Express: http://www.parkingaeropuertoalicante.com/
    Other parking sites:
    http://www.aquacarparking.es/
    http://www.umbrellaparking.com/
    http://www.newparking.es/
    http://www.openparking.es/
    http://www.lowcostparking.es/
    http://www.aupaparking.net/

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    Train /tram service on the Costa

    by chipper99 Written May 10, 2011

    During our trip to Campello we had a couple of grey days and used the brilliant tram service to get into Alicante for a look around. The service is run by F.G.V and runs up and down the coast; Denia, Alicante, Benidorm, Campello and elsewhere. Tickets machines are only available at the main / larger stations so you usually buy your ticket at a machine on the tram. We were travelling from Poble Espanyol, just outside Campello. As it was in the metropolitan area a one way ticket cost just 1.25 Euro per person and the same back again. It costs the same from Campello. There is a route map at each station showing the different lines. " lines run from between Alicante and Campello and 1 from Alicante to Poble Espanyol. The journey is between 25 and 30 minutes. The trams have security personnel on them but they seemed more than safe and very clean. An excellent and cheap way to get about. The line also runs past and stops at several beach locations.

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