by Victor Sesma
Victor Sesma is an Alicantinian living in London. He is a Software Engineer who likes writing about the city he was born.
If you are travelling from or to Alicante Airport you might think that the train is the best transport to get to the airport. But does Alicante Airport have train station services?
Has Alicante Airport Got a Train Station? No. Alicante Airport does not have any train or rail services. The nearest train stations are Alicante Railway Station and Alicante TRAM Station, 7mi (11km) away from the airport.
Alicante airport might not have a train station but it is quick and fast to get to the trains. It is easy to get to the Renfe/Adif’s trains for medium-long routes and the TRAM station for short journeys.
The airport has a big pick-up and drop area with separated spaces for private and public usage.
There is a taxi stop right outside the arrivals’ airport doors. There is a public bus service to Alicante train station and city centre on the ground floor -2 . In addition, there are many private companies serving airport transfers to your destination.
There is a public bus line called C-6 that will get you to the train station from the airport. C-6 Alicante Airport bus operates from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is the recommended route for most people travelling on a budget.
It runs every 20 minutes and cost 3.85€. The C6 bus line has a payment terminal to pay by card (credit or debit), using contactless or chip. It takes about 30 min to get to Renfe/Adif or TRAM Train Stations.
The frequency is of 20min. There is more information in this article about Alicante’s C-6 airport bus line.
The company that runs the taxis starting in Alicante Airport is called Radio Taxi Elche. They have regulated prices as it is public transport. The prices from the aerodrome to the Renfe/Adif or TRAM stations will be around 19€-21€. There is the option of booking the ride in advance.
If you are travelling from the train station to Alicante airport the company serving the taxis is called Radio Tele Taxi Alicante. The price will be a bit lower, around 17€-20€.
Cabify is a Uber-like service where you can rent rides from an app. Uber is not available in Alicante and Cabify is the Uber-like alternative. Alicante Airport has also a traditional taxi stop. Cabify gives you a bottle of water on every ride in case you are thirsty.
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The ride from Alicante Airport to Renfe/Adif or TRAM train stations in Alicante is around 17€.
There are many transfer companies operating at Alicante Airport. Some of them will be specialised in driving travellers to Benidorm, Calpe or any other town further to Alicante but it might be an option if you are a group of people.
Alicante has 4 major types of trains. TRAM trains start from Luceros Station and any other train service starts from Renfe/Adif station.
The TRAM service is a light railway. The TRAM station is useful if you are travelling to nearby cities in the north of Costa Blanca. Also, TRAM trains have stops in cities such as Villajoyosa, Benidorm, El Albir and Calpe.
The Renfe service is a traditional train service for medium and long distances. Some destinations you can reach from Alicante train station are Murcia, Madrid or Barcelona. Other destinations such as Leon, Valladolid, Santander and many other cities are reachable through train transfers in Madrid.
There are as well fast trains services operating from the Renfe/Adif station. The name of this train is AVE (Alta Velocidad Española/Spanish High Speed). The only route available at the moment is Alicante-Madrid.
Alicante Airport hit the 15 million passengers per year milestone in December of 2019. The European Union recommends train station connections to airports with more than 6 million passengers (in Spanish). Nevertheless, Alicante Airport has no train station.
It has been repeated through the years by the Spanish politicians that the station will be done. The 2008 crisis has delayed for years the project. Local, regional and national politics haven’t helped either as no government has taken the project seriously.
Another reason the train station project has been blocked is that there is a medium distance train going to Murcia which tracks pass 1.5mi (2.5km) away from the terminal. That train line is expected to be moved away from where it is now, right next to the sea for several miles. This project being stuck -as well- has delayed even more the Alicante Airport’s train.
There are 3 main ways to get to Benidorm from Alicante Airport: by TRAM Train, by bus and by car/taxi/transfer. If you are travelling on a budget and have plenty of time the TRAM Train is the best option. The bus has a compromise on price/time commuting. Otherwise, if you want to commute comfortably and fast then use a car/taxi or private transfer.
Trains to Benidorm departs from Alicante-Luceros Tram Station. These are the commutes you need to do if travelling on a budget:
The cost of the C6 bus to Alicante-Luceros Tram Station is 3.85€. The frequency is 20 minutes and the journey another 20min approx. This is the cheapest option for a single person but you can upgrade to a taxi for this short commute if you travel in a small group.
The TRAM Train from Alicante-Luceros to Benidorm is line L1 (red colour) and the cost is 3,75€. The journy takes about 78 minutes.
A complete journey from Alicante Airport to Benidorm by train costs 7.6€ and takes about 2h depending on the time waited to get into the bus and Tram Train.
There is a free motorway from Alicante Airport to Benidorm. The journey takes about 40 minutes. The road is a high-speed well-maintained motorway. At the airport, there are many car rental companies.
There are several private companies offering transfers from Alicante Aiport to Benidorm. Public taxis waiting at the airport also offer the service. Taxi fees vary in the 70€ range. The taxis company is called Radio Taxi Elche. There is a service available to book the taxi commute at a fixed price on the Radio Taxi Elche website.
The airport terminal was designed to host a railway station what should speed up a bit the constructions work.
The reality is that the national government has requested a preliminary study on how to undertake the works to be ready by 2021. To add more confusion the regional government has thought about the possibility of expanding the TRAM to the airport.
Any construction works for the rail services to the airport are not included in the 2022 central government budget. Discussions about priorities on how to approach the works are still ongoing (link in Spanish).
There is not a clear date on when the airport will be connected by train neither on when the construction works will start or what actual train is going to provide the service.
No, the nearest railway station is in Alicante city centre.
It takes around 15 min depending on the traffic.
A single journey in the C-6 bus costs 3.85€.
Alicante Renfe-Adif train station services medium and long-distance journies. Direct trains go to cities such Murcia, Barcelona or Madrid. Many other places are reachable through a transfer in Madrid.
Alicante TRAM train station services short distance trips such as Alicante to Villajoyosa, Benidorm, El Albir, Altea or Calpe.