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Language: Spanish | Currency: Euro (€) | Local time: CET | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hours
A small terminal, Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV) lies 40 kilometres (25 miles) south east of Murcia itself. And no-frills airline Ryanair boasts the biggest number of direct flights to Murcia from the UK.
Between May and September, it has services from Bournemouth (BOH), London Stansted (STN), London Luton (LTN), Birmingham (BHX), East Midlands (EMA), Manchester (MAN), Leeds Bradford (LBA) and Glasgow Prestwick (PIK). Most depart two or three times per week. And from October to April, the carrier continues to serve Murcia-San Javier from London Stansted, London Luton, Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester.
Rival easyJet offers winter-only – between December and March – Murcia flights from London Gatwick (LGW) and Bristol (BRS). The Gatwick flight mostly departs daily, while there are two to three departures each week from Bristol. Another member of the low-cost brigade, Jet2, has direct, summer-only flights to Murcia from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle (NCL), Edinburgh (EDI) and Belfast (BFS).
Flights to Murcia are cheapest in winter, outside of the festive period and the weekend nearest to Valentine’s Day. Otherwise, flight prices remain fairly constant through spring, summer and autumn.
Keep an eye out for Ryanair and easyJet’s regular sales, and getting to Murcia will become cheaper still.
As you might expect from Spain’s sixth-biggest airport, Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) receives an even wider array of nonstop services from virtually every international hub up and down the UK.
The budget airline options to Alicante include Norwegian and TUI. But if you’d rather not travel with a low-cost carrier, British Airways has year-round flights to Alicante from London Gatwick and London City (LCY), while Spanish national carrier Iberia also flies regularly from London Gatwick.
It takes around two days and 16 hours to reach Murcia by (mostly high-speed) train from London. Not fast, then, but if you can spare the time it makes for an indulgent, romantic experience. Break the journey overnight – or perhaps for longer – in Barcelona, and then leave from Barcelona Sants station at midday to arrive at Murcia del Carmen station just before 7pm.
It’s also possible to drive, using ferries from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or from Portsmouth to Bilbao, and then motoring south. Madrid is a natural stop-off on this route.
A valid passport is all that Britons need to take a holiday in Murcia.