By far the best way to get about is to hire a car. You can pick your car up from the airport. we have so far used 2 different hire companies, Victoria and Auriga. with Victoria you have to pay up front for the fuel-50 euros and then bring it back empty. this is ok if you will be doing a lot of driving and will use the 50 euros worth of fuel. 50 euros can be a lot of fuel, especially in a diesel car. if youre not going to do a lot of driving, you will end up bringing the car back half full and paying more than you should.
Auriga cars lets you take the car full, and you bring it back full, so you are only paying for the actual fuel you use. Just remember to top it up on the way to the airport other wise you would have to pay the rental company and that would work out more expensive.
Try the website skycars.com for prices or look up individual companies websites
Car-You can drive down to Spain through France from the Uk and it will take a good two days.Use the toll roads to get down faster but remember you will have to pay.But its worth paying to save hours of time.Make sure you have insurance to drive abroad and good breakdown cover.Make sure your car is in good order too.
Train-You can travel to Spain from England by train using the channel tunnel and changing trains in Paris and staying the night on board a trenhotel.The Madrid sleeper leaves Paris Austerlitz train station at 7.47pm and gets to Madrid Chamartin at 8.58 am.You can also use the tgv and take your car along.The channel tunnel for one car costs about £200 for say 2 weeks or alot less if its one way.You can also catch a train from Paris to Barcelona.
Ferry-Ferries from the UK and France sail to northern ports of Santander and Bilbao.Different season have different sailing times.You can be a foot passenger or take your car and or caravanette along.Here are some websites for ferries.........
Update to my last message.
1 Bus every hour to Barcelona Nord Bus station From Girona Airport:Cost 12 Euros.
Journey time 1 hour 15 mins, For info: www.sagales.com
3 Buses from Barcelona Nord per day from Barcelona Nord Bus station to Denia Bus station:Cost 33.64 Euros. Journey time 7 hours 30 mins.
For info: www.alsa.es or www.movelia.es
Bus 1:Depart Barcelona Nord 0900 Arrive Denia Bus Stn 1630
Bus 2:Depart Barcelona Nord 1200 Arrive Denia Bus Stn 2015
Bus 3:Depart Barcelona Nord 1630 Arrive Denia Bus Stn 2230
Tickets can be bought online or at the stations prior to boarding. The return journey offers a better service since there are 5 buses per day from Denia to Bacelona Nord + 1 Night time bus leaving Denia at 2355 arriving Bacelona Nord 0715. I hope this info is useful to all, and is up-to-date for Mid-Summer 2009
I am doing the same trip in the opposite direction at the end of next week. I already know that the fare from Girona airport (which is for charter/cheap flights only) to Barcelona by local bus is 7 Euros. Journey time is 40/60 minutes. Spanish regional train services tend to be very expensive, however there is a very good Public long distance bus service which is reasonably priced for instance, the fare from Denia to Malaga is 44 Euros. Therefore I would think the journey from Barcelona to Denia should be even cheaper. Tickets are book-able on-line or puchase just before at the bus station in Barcelona. Just because you are travelling by train in Spain dont assume that the travel time is any quicker than the Bus. The Train services end reasonably early at night,long distace Buses run right up to midnight.
Denia is the closest point to Ibiza. It has a big port and Balearian ferries go to Ibiza, Palma de Mayorca and other islands every day.
I won't double write a tip- Don't use the taxis from valencia airport. see my tip on my Valencia page.
If you're wanting to travel to Valencia Airport from/to Denia, since the train is non existent, try the bus! We've now used it a couple of times, it gets you into the main bus station in Valencia from where you can catch a bus to the airport or use the metro (which is only a couple of hundred yards away). Cheapish at €8 one-way, i think the bus from the station to the airport is about €1-.50 now (dont quote me on that).
It's great going to Valencia,as we got the express, so about 90mins, but on the way back the bus goes through gandia,oliva, vergel,poblets, ondarra- 2hrs.
Not bad if you have the time, as its fairly expensive to leave the car parked at Valencia now they have done it up and opened the new car park (plus the petrol and tolls!)
It's also therefore excellent if you fancy a night in Valencia- have you tried parking in the city?
We decided on a cold January day in Denia to catch the fgv train to Benidorm. Cost about 7 euros each. you will have to check the train times but run approx every hour throughout day to about 6pm
This is a really lovely journey and one i would recommend. you go through lemon and orange groves, mountains and along the coast. Through Gata de Gorgos. it takes about 75 minutes and we really enjoyed it.
only problem is when you get to Benidorm there are no taxis,and no one to ask about one. if you know any taxi numbers in Benidorm it would be worth calling one. its a long walk down intothe town and not well signed to where you will end up! Roughly keep walking straight down, when you come to a busy part of the road, cross and bear to the right and continue walking down. you will come out in the Spanish tapas bar area of the old town (I think!!) this is a nice quaint part of the town, tapas bars well worth trying. keep walking forward and you will come directly onto sea front on Levante beach.
We always hire a car from the airport when we visit our holiday home in Denia.
Recently we have found that all the car hire companies charge you a set price of approx 50 - 60 euros for petrol. The car is full when you hire it and you have to bring it back empty. This is okay if you are doing a lot of driving, but if not, and we only usually use less than half, this can work out costly. You used to be able to bring it back full, and therefore you just paid for feul you used, but now all the hire companies seem to have caught on to the trick of charging you for a full tank irrespective of how much you actually use. It may be worth taking a little time to check out a few care hire companies to check their procedure on fuel charges.
We recently flew to Valencia airport for the first time. we usually go to Alicante airport but as Denia is equally between the two, we chose the cheapest flights.
You have to watch the road signs very carefully to and from the airport. When leaving the airport going down the coast towards Alicante, watch out for the signs pretty much as soon as you leave the airport, keep to the left side where there is a choice of directions. You are heading for the A7/EP15 motorway. there will be 2 more places where the road divides, each time keep to the left lane. You will eventually join the toll road where it is better signposted.
When driving up to the airport from Alicante direction, watch carefully for the sign for the airport. The sign will say Valencia ( for which you take the right lane, and Madrid and Barcelona to the left. Just above that is a small aeroplane symbol. Keep to the left and eventually you will come to the signs for the airport. Im afraid it is not well signposted at all. When we left the dual carriageway exit for the airport we got lost. We could see the airport but ended up in an industrial estate and then a construction site!! I am hoping for better luck next time but I would recommend you get a routemap from the internet (such as The AA) to help you.
U have the option of taking different companies ferries from the Balearic Isalnds, those are: Balearia and Transmediterranea. They both have fast and slow ferrys. Both types allow cars, bicycles and passesngers. Very comfortable.
Only one block from the port U'll find the train station. Check out the schedules right there, and remember that spanish language will be welcomed. Usually on these places they only speak spanish. The signs will be written in different languages but the people working there will only for sure speak spanish.
Near the port and the train station U'll find the Denia bus station. Is small so be carefull not to miss it. Usually there are some taxis and buses parked outside. They have plenty of shedules. U can check out some of the shedules using the website I posted here.
Dénia is the start point of many ferries or high speed boats to the Baleares Islands:
- Ibiza 2h cruise with high speed García Lorca vessel
- Formentera 4h cruise
- Palma 5h cruise with high speed García Lorca vessel
Enjoy your quick or slower cruise.
There is a narrow gauge railway called the FGV which runs along the coast from Alicante up to Denia. there are several places along the way that you can stop including Javea, Benidorm, Terra Mitica them park and a lot more stops.
i have only been on this train from Alicante to Benidorm. for this stretch you have to change trains at El Campello but it is easily signed. The journey i took, lasted about 80 minutes and was a lovely journey.
i havent been from Denia down to Benidorm or anywhere yet, but apparently it is a beautiful scenic journey and well worth doing.
To get to the train station, as you stand at the port with the sea behind you. walk to the left past the roundabout where the Red Cross is, go to the right, past the tourist office and you will see the station to the right.
If you dont rent a car, or just dont feel like driving, you can get a bus to and from Denia town quite easily from the Las Marinas area which is where our holiday home is.
The buses are single decker and have a sign at the front "DENIA - LAS MARINAS,
LAS MARINAS - DENIA"
these buses run every 30 minutes. From the area near the hotel los angeles it is on the hour and half hour. the fare cost 90 cents into Denia and the bus goes along the las marinas road. It turns round at a roundabout on the port front and the bus stop where you get off, is where you get on to go back. the buses back go on the quarter past and quarter to and run until approx 10.45pm (but check at the time). Make sure you get on the Las Marinas bus, and not as i did, the Las Rotas! this goes in the opposite side of the port to the Las Rotas area. this is also very beautiful and a very rocky coastline. If you get on the wrong bus, just do as i did, jump up quickly, with a stupid look on your face and press the bell to get off! to bemused looks from your fellow travellers. then go and wait another 30 minutes for the next bus!!