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The airport (Alicante-Elche, ALC) is only 9 kilometres (6 miles) southwest of the city centre. Perhaps the cheapest way to get from the airport to Alicante is the airport bus (service C6), which costs under €3.85 and runs every 20 minutes.
You can catch it from outside Departures on Level 2 and disembark at numerous stops in downtown Alicante, including the central bus station, the harbour and the train station.
A taxi from the airport take around 15 minutes to reach the city centre and costs around €20. The taxi rank is located outside the Arrivals area on Level 0.
Alternatively, arrange an Alicante airport transfer service straight to your hotel – there are several reputable transfer companies to choose from.
Alicante’s bus station is located in Muelle de Poniente, close to the harbour. The bus is one of the cheapest ways of getting around Alicante and the surrounding areas. The train station has daily connections with all major Spanish cities, and in recent years has been serviced by a high-speed connection to Madrid and Valencia.
In Alicante, journeys by tram are cheap and multi-journey cards make them even cheaper. The Alicante Metropolitan TRAM network covers major parts of the city and suburbs.
At El Campello, a village just north of the city, you can change from the TRAM to the FGV Narrow Gauge Railway that takes you north along the Costa Blanca to major cities such as Benidorm, Altea, Calpe, Teulada and Dénia. The TRAM also allows you to take bikes on free of charge.
Speaking of bikes, you can rent them from several hire companies in Alicante, including Blue Bike Rental & Tours. Bike hire includes a map with local routes and tips, a lock and lights, and you can even arrange for your bike to be delivered to your hotel. The company also runs guided tours with a beer and tapas included.
For a more unusual way of getting around Alicante, meanwhile, there’s always the fun and environmentally friendly option of a Segway tour. Alicante Segway Eco Tours covers the main landmarks and attractions of the city, and also offers a tapas tour. What better way of taking in the local sights and cuisine at the same time?