First Thing To Do When You Arrive
The cheapest and most convenient way to move around Alicante is to get a Bonobús. It's a transportation card that allows you pay only 0.65e per trip instead of 1.10e (regular ticket). You can use Bonobús in all city busses and in the tramway up to El Campello. Moreover, if you take two busses (or a bus and a tram) within an hour after paying for the first trip, you wont pay for the second one. Enjoy the ride!
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We started our journey to Alicante from Torremolinos. We rented a Ford Focus, four-door diesel for three days. We began by taking the MA - 20 and then the A -7 the Autovia del Mediterraneo. Then it was onto A-45 Autovia De Malaga toward Cordoba/Granada/Seville. Then A-92 toward Granada. Then A92N toward Murcia. Then A-70 toward Alicante. Then N-332 to Alicante (norte),
Total kms 1241 there and back to Torremolinos.
We printed out a Mapquest for our trip and that sure was a big help to us.
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ALICANTE AIRPORT PICK UP
I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OFFERING THE SAME THING AROUND HERE BUT THIS IS REAL GOOD..NOT ONLY IT OFFERS DRINKS AND SNACKS OR SANDWICH WHILE YOU´RE ON BOARD YOU´LL GET A VERY FRIENDLY DRIVER AS WELL. AVAILABLE PICK UP FROM 1 TO 8 PERSONS (OF COURSE PRICES VARIES) FROM ALICANTE AIRPORT TO DENIA, JAVEA, OR ANY MARINA ALTA TOWNS, NOT ONLY THAT, YOU CAN AS WELL HIRE IT FOR COUNTRY SIGHTSEEING, PAELLA TRIP, ZOO (SAFARI) TOURS, TRIP TO BENIDORM PALACE ETC...
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El Tram in Alicante
We are very excited that they are expanding the Tram to come into town. It has a stop just one block from the Mercado, which is in service, and coming soon (December 2007) another at the Plaza los Luceros. After that will be one more further, and then another at the RENFE (trains station). For a very reasonable amount (1e something each) you can take it, an easy 15 minute ride or less up to Playa San Juan, where it lets you off at a very nice beach with excellent paella restaurants.
To the airport
Although the tram system does not make it out to the airport, there is a very efficient bus service (C6) that departs every 40 minutes for the princely sum of one Euro. I very much approve of companies that don't overcharge on the airport run, as many are prone to do.
Departing from the airport, it drives straight into town and then makes a rambling circuit of the city before terminating at the marina area.
On the return journey allow an extra 10 minutes for the journey at peak times (as it may be packed with locals) and because it goes to a village near the airport before heading into teh airport area itself.
It is no surprise than many people comment on the African flavour of the streetscene in Alicante : the city has close links to the North African mainland. A daily ferry service exists to Oran in Algeria, run by a respected Spanish Company. Despite that, I found it very difficult to find out exactly when they sailed. I do however know that it is a nine-hour journey.
I don't suppose this will be of much use to travellers yet - Algeria is still seen by most as a dangerously lawless country. Some intrepid travellers do seem to me making it however. Those who have an armoured 4x4 anyway. And a bodyguard. And an AK-47. And a deathwish.
Up Denia way
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 El Campello (with a branch to San Juan). At El Campello, you can transfer back onto the train for the rest of the run up to Denia.
A second line is under construction, with possible future extensions up to the airport at El Eltet.
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.
Unfortunatly when I last looked at my job description it did not include being responsible for town planning in Alicante.
A variety of bus companies operate from this bus station and offer connections to all over Spain. A very detailed overview on timetables and routes leaving the city can be obtained from the Alicante City Council web site or from the counter of the said bus companies. We used to get the Costa Azul going to the south.
Located at Calle Portugal 17, close to the park near the marina area.
To and from the Airport
El Altet airport is quite close to Alicante city, and it's very easy to get into town without spending a fortune. Airport taxi's are avilable, but are only really neccessary if you have a LOT of luggage. A much cheaper solution is the airport bus. Details below
TAM bus #C-6 (ALICANTE - AEROPUERTO - TORRELLANO)
Fare: 1 Euro
Frequency: Every 40min
First bus from Puerta Del Mar: 06.40
First bus from Aeropuerto: 07:05
Last bus from Puerta Del Mar: 22:20
Last bus from Aeropuerto: 23:10
* Bus has a circular route, heading into Alicante it runs direct, heading outward it will go to Torrellano first, so don't panic thinking you missed the stop when it begins to backtrack!
* A handful of buses circle the other way, but getting to Torrellano direct from the airport is difficult, its' easier to go into Alicante and out again, or take a cab.
* It's OK to take luggage on the bus as it isn't usually busy except in rush hour.
The bus departs from a shelter just outside the arrivals hall. The stand is posted with the C-6 route details. It's easy to find.
Detailed timetable and fare details available at www.subus.es (Select Aeropuerto from the bus routes menu at the top right of the page)
RENFE and FGV trains
Alicante is linked to Spanish mainline train network (RENFE) and also to the Valencia regional FGV network. These two use completely different tracks, trains and stations and shouldn't be confused with one another otherwise you'll be going nowhere fast at all.
All RENFE trains run to the main Alicante station, located at the meeting of Avda De La Estacion and Avda De Salamanca. There is a high speed Talgo service to Madrid (Atocha station) every 2 hours, and an hourly Cercanias (regional train) service to Lora (some continue to Aguilas) calling at Elche, Callosa, Orihuela and Murcia en route. This service also stops at the smaller San Gabriel station on the waterfront further out of town on the old beach road out to the airport.
Timetables and fares for RENFE at www.renfe.es (Spanish/English)
The FGV network is currently undergoing massive modernisation and is being integrated into the tram, so double check on FGV website before taking this as solid information.
The Alicante FGV line runs Alicante - El Campello - Vila Joiosa - Benidorm - Altea - Gata - Denia. It used to be the main trains ran all the way from La Marina station to Denia, but now the tram takes you as far as El Campello where you swtich to the train (all in the same station, just get off the tram, and a train will be waiting there to take you on). You can pick up the tram at La Marina station or Puerta Del Mar, the latter is much more central. Trams run frequently but the train connecting with it runs hourly, so make you get a connecting service (a board at Puerta Del Mar terminus tells you). Trains run hourly to Altea, of which one every 2 hours continues to Denia. Fares are very reasonable on both RENFE and FGV. Puerta Del Mar station is by the marina.
Service updates, network upgrading, times and fares at www.fgv.es (Spanish/English)
- Budget Travel
Low cost flight
We used Easyjet from Geneva to Alicante for this trip. We booked up 6 months in advance, the day the flights were available on their website. Otherwise costs were pretty high.
When comparing prices a few weeks before departure, we found that last minute deals with some major carriers were very cheap... so shop around.
Alicante (FGV) Railway Station
FGV stands for Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana. Which means, basicly, Valencia Railways.
Alicante is the terminus for the narrow gauge railway propper. However, the tram, (or Tranvia), runs further on down along the promenade to the harbour. This picture is of the original terminus station building and is adjacent to the sea front.
The air conditioned diesel trains run from here up through Benidorm right up to Denia.
A train trip to Benidorm takes about an hour but beware. Whilst Alicante's railway station is right on the sea front, Benidorm's is not. It's right at the top of a hill and about a 15 - 20 minute walk down to the sea front - and remember it's all uphill on the way back!
The railway was originally built by a French company in 1914 to provide fresh produce to Alicante. The total track distance from Denia to Alicante is 93kM.
If anyone wishes to see more of the FGV in picture and text, why not visit my Spanish_railway_pictures site? (click link to take you straight there)
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There is no official airport bus or train into Alicante. As you walk out of arrivals, cross the road and look for bus stop no 30. This is a normal service bus from Torellanos to Alicante that happens to pass by the Airport. For 0.90 euros you can go right into the heart of the city. As a normal bus there will be plenty of stops and can take up to 40 minutes to reach the terminus at Puerto Del Mar - but treat it as your first sightseeing trip.
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Alicante is working hard to improve its public transport. New tramlines are beeing built. A good example is the tram from the harbour of Alicante to El Campello. In the near future Alicante will become a tram city.
In Alicante,there is an international airport, EL ALTET,40KM.from Benidorm,also is well communicated by train and buses with the rest of Spain and Europe.
Picture Euromed at Alicante's trains station.
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