Sierra Cortina, El Balcon bus service
Hi there, i have an apartment in El Balcon Sierra Cortina, it is 3 years since we have been there due to the economic climate (we live in UK) and i was wondering if the bus service to Benidorm and La Cala Finestrat, Terra Mittica & Terra Natura is any better ? We are hoping to rent out the apartment and we are aware that not everyone wants to drive so, i am hoping that the bus service is good for people to use .
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The new Tram service is running between Alicante and Benidorm. In the near future the tram will also go to Altea. Later it will even go to Alicante airport an Benidorm's Theme Parc's. In less than an hour you go from Benidorm to Alicante and vice versa. Trams are running every 30 minutes and you can see on the electronic info board at every stop when the tram will arrive.
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ALTET airport in ALICANTE to BENIDORM
From the ALTET airport of Alicante to BENIDORM
Direct bus service offered by the ALSA company
Just outside the airport is the bus stop
buses leave 10,30 - 14,30 - 17,30 - 21,30
Duration of the trip to Benidorm1 hour and a quarter aprox.
Ticket costs 7 Euros
Bus stop in Benidorm is situated in Avenida de Europa Nº 8
A taxi should cost aprox. 55 Euros.
Coming by air
The fastest and most easy way to go to Benidorm is of course by plane. From the most important cities of Europe direct flights to Alicante are available. From the airport to Benidorm taxis and busses are available.
I use Resort Hopper.com
They operate a good service for £14.85 return.
They pick you up at alicante and take you to your hotel.
And when you are leaving they pick you up at hotel and take you to Departures at Alicante .
the only thing you have to do is phone them a couple of days before your holidays ends and confirm your place on the coach.
I have been with them once before and they were very good.
Benidorm is about 1 hour from alicante Airport so you would be charged a fortune for a taxi.
Im in Benidorm myself in May.
BENIDORM'S BUS TIMETABLES FROM DRIVERS!
Doesn't seem to be many people answering anything on this forum does there? :(
We've asked questions about transport and golf but no-one seem to be looking.
Think you'll find the No. 10 to Altea and return is still running up to 10.30 at night. However if you take just a short trip on a bus during the day you can always ask the bus driver. They *should* be carrying timetables ('horarios') with them. Very colourful (and very clear) timetables of most of the buses. (Wish they did this kind of thing in U.K.) Altea is lovely - hubby and I went for the day by No. 10 bus in January of this year. We get stuck not having a car (can't take the MotorHome everywhere at the drop of a hat). Hope this helps. We'll be over there ourselves end of this month :)
The bono bus
The bono bus or bus card is the easiest and cheepest way to get around Benidorm. The bono bus cost €18,20 and you can use it 20 times. Its easier for you, you never have to search for money, and also easier for the driver, he or she doest have to change your money all the time. This makes bus driving more faster and cheaper. The bono bus is available at all the busses. The bonobus has now the format of a credit card and you can reload it on the bus.
Between Benidorm and Denia the Costa Blanca Expres is running. It is an easy way to discover other places in the region. .To go from Benidorm to Denia takes just a bit more than an hour. Trains run almost every hour.
Busses Avanza Llorente
The bus service is very good in Benidorm. Its not very expensive, to get around easier and faster and if you don't like to search for your money all of the time, buy a BONOBUS. With a BONOBUS you can take the bus 20 times. It costs 18,20 €. Busses are very frequent and very important most of the time on time. Some examples Bus2 Rincon to levante, bus 41 New busstation, Parc elx , Gran Bali to La Cala de Finestrat every 10 min. Others like bus 8 and 11 every 20min. Bus 10 Altea every 15 min. Bus 22 is for terra mitica. Bus 12 every 15 min, if you like to go shopping at Carrefour, Mercadona, LIDL, plus and shopping center La Marina with more than 120 shops, also 9 cinemas. Bars, restaurants and a childrens paradise on top of the building with a magnificent view over La cala de Finestrat. Bus 12 also passes at the Finestrat beach.
taxis are good value in benidorm.
the taxi meter DOESN´T start at Zero - but then they don´t add a charge at the end of the journey either - so you can see how much the journey is costing you as you go along.
Drivers will give you a receipt if you need one - just ask.
You should try to find a TAXI RANK (PARADA DE TAXI) as drivers aren´t supposed to stop in certain places if you try to hail them (they aren´t ignoring you).
There are taxi ranks all over benidorm.
Make sure you get in a REAL TAXI. These are WHITE with a BLUE stripe from front to back and they will have a taxi sign on top of the car. Taxis will also have a badge inside from Benidorm council (ayuntamiento) and a Number painted on the side and back of the car
Taxis are numbered 1-226 etc.
(If you are staying in certain areas of La Cala you may see taxis with Finestrat or Villajoyosa on them - these are okay and legal)
NEVER EVER GET INTO AN ILLEGAL TAXI IN BENIDORM - IT´S JUST NOT WORTH THE RISK
the local buses are great
the local buses are great. it´s only one euro per person per journey (70p sterling)
you can also buy a "bono bus" and get 20 journeys for much less money. this is an electronic card that you can "recharge" and normally they feature a scene of benidorm or the surrounding area printed on them - you can collect these.
Quite often booking your flights and accomodation online, transfers to and from the airport and hotel are not included. I have come across this for the first time so I have had to find through the interneta bus service. I have written this tip before my journey so I will of course advise what happened!
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The Limon Express
Benidorm railway staion is the starting point for the 'Limon Express',
I recommend booking in advance or, if you are part of a package holiday, your tour rep. will do this for you if they havn't got a scheduled trip from the hotel anyway.
This is a tour train that runs to Denia and back with balcony ended carriages like in the wild west albeit with a diesel on the front. The train is equiped with a bar on board in the Cafe car.
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Train to Alicante or Denia
If you have no transport and you fancy travelling by train, then you go to Alicante or, in the other direction, go all the way to Denia. FGV operates the narrow gauge train service. FGV stands for Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana which translates loosely to Valencia Railways.
There is a minus though. Benidorm's station is right at the top of a hill that is a 15 - 20 minute walk from the sea front.
But when you return, the trek from the railway station is all downhill.
A journey to Alicante takes about an hour but the diesel trains are air conditioned.
If you would like to see more Spanish train pictures click on the Link: Spanish_railway_pictures
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Ditch the excursions and take the train
Ditch the coach excursion and take the train to any of the towns near Benidrom.
Only warnings are:
Don't expect the train to run on time.
Don't try and travel at siesta time or you will get nowhere fast!!
The benefit of travelling by train is that you get to see more of the countryside that you do from the motorways and main roads around Benidorm.
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