Alicante Airport lies 9km southwest of the city of Alicante and serves as the gateway to Spain’s Costa Blanca. Most of the 10 million passengers that pass through the airport every year are holidaymakers arriving on budget airlines from the UK. There are also many arrivals from Germany and Holland. Routes are constantly subject to change and some airlines put on extra flights and fly from more airports during the summer months. Benidorm is the main resort of the region which lies about 60km along the coast from the airport. This journey usually takes about 45 minutes by road but can vary depending on traffic conditions.
The main ways to transfer from the airport to Benidorm or any other resorts along the Costa Blanca are as follows:
Airport Taxis: As you’d expect from an international airport there are many taxis waiting just outside the arrivals area. This isn’t often the most economical way of travelling to your destination as taxi fares are almost invariably higher than rates charged by private shuttle operators.
Shuttle Bus Transfers: The most convenient and best value way to get from the airport to your destination is by pre-booking a shared shuttle transfer. These services run back and to between the airport and the main resorts all day long. A vehicle and driver will be waiting for you on arrival. You’ll get great deals on this route with local operator Shuttledirect who offer an efficient and reliable service at very reasonable prices. This company also provide private transfers if you don’t mind paying the higher rate to avoid having to share your transfer with other people who have just arrived.
Airport Buses: There are public buses from outside the arrivals area which run into Alicante city every hour for connections all along the coast. There are stops in Alicante at the central bus station and at the Alicante-Luceros tram station at Puerta del Mar. There’s also an Airport to Benidorm Bus which leaves from the same place every hour on the hour from 8am to 5pm. Just look for the “Benidorm Bus” sign as you walk out of arrivals.
Car Rental at Alicante Airport: Car hire at Alicante Airport is big business with all the major operators represented in the arrivals hall. Renting a car not only provides you with your transport to and from your destination but also gives you the freedom of having your own vehicle during your holiday. Even if you don’t take any major day trips with your hire car it’s often worth having just to get your family out to the theme parks which lie on the outskirts of Benidorm rather than relying on local buses. It’s even handy for simply driving to the local supermarket to pick up heavy bottles of water and cases of San Miguel 🙂
A Word of Warning: As I’m sure you’re well aware you’ll get better car hire deals by booking online before you travel. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous operators have become experts at showing that they offer the best prices when you do an internet search but then add on all kinds of extra charges once you go to pick up your car. Take a look at our Goldcar Rip Off article which is a case study of our own which we experienced at Malaga Airport when a seemingly cheap rental turned into the most expensive car hire we’ve ever paid for in Spain. Since publishing that post we’ve had lots of feedback from holidaymakers who have experienced something similar on arrival at Alicante Airport.
That experience encouraged us to take a closer look at the market and decide which operators we were happy to recommend through our website. Whilst there are a number of trustworthy car hire brokers online including local operators we have become loyal customers of Zest Car Rental who have exceeded our expectations time after time. You can get a live quote from their search box above.