Alicante TRAM – Prices, Timetables, Routes. All You Need to Know

Alicante TRAM is a rail service that connects Alicante city centre with San Juan beach and neighbouring towns such as El Campello, Benidorm and Denia.

Alicante-Luceros Tram Station

The TRAM service operates in underground tunnels in Alicante city centre and overground in the rest of the line. There are 6 TRAM lines split into 3 zones. Prices vary from 1.45€ single ticket for one zone to 3,90€ for single tickets for the 3 zones and the equivalent to 0,76€ to 1.90€ when using the most affordable travel cards. Night services are available on summer weekends at the same price. Frequencies vary per line.

Alicante’s TRAM service is reliable but can be slower than the car at some routes. The service inherit the old “Trenet” rails tracks and the updates from the old network focused on electrification and safety but not speed. Let’s see all you need to use this service, including pricing, routes and schedules.

How to Pay for The TRAM

Alicante’s TRAM has a mixture of fenced underground and unfenced overground stations.

At the underground stations, the tickets must be paid in advance on the machines around the stations and validated at the fence. A travel card is also valid.

TRAM Payments Machine

At overground stations, the payment must be done inside the TRAM train. This is a bit counterintuitive, as the stations don’t have any payment machines available. The payment is done inside the train. The travel cards are also validated on the train.

All payment machines allow for: card payment, cash payment, and travel card recharge.

Routes

The TRAM train in Alicante has 6 lines:

TRAM LineOriginDestinationMax Single Ticket Fare
L1Alicante Center LucerosBenidorm Intermodal2,80€ (2 zones)
L2Alicante Center LucerosSan Vicente Del Raspeig1,45€ (1 zone)
L3Alicante Center LucerosEl Campello1,45€ (1 zone)
L4Alicante Center LucerosPlaza La Coruña (San Juan)1,45€ (1 zone)
L5Alicante Center Postiguet
/Puerta del Mar
Plaza La Coruña (San Juan)1,45€ (1 zone)
L9BenidormDenia2,80€ (2 zones)
Alicante TRAM Routes and Max Fares

In many of that stations, you can transfer from one line to the other if needed. All trains (except for line L5) stop at Luceros, Mercado and MARQ-Castillo.

There are 3 TRAM zones: A, B and C. And 2 special subzones: T1 and T2, serve as small zones in nearby stops located between the main zones. One zone fare is 1.45€, moving between two zones is 2,80€ and moving 3 zones is 3,90€. More details on prices and fares are down in this article, including return tickets and travel cards.

TRAM Alicante Zones Map

Here is a list of the main routes and the time it takes to complete the trip:

RouteLine(s)ZonesFareTime to Complete
Alicante – Benidorm1A to B2,80€~72 min
Alicante – San Juan Beach1, 4 or 5A1.75€~18 min
Alicante – Calpe1 and 9A to C3,90€~123 min
Alicante – Altea1 and 9A to C3,90€~101 min
Alicante- Campello1 or 3A1.75€~26 min
Alicante – San Vicente2A1.75€~28 min
Alicante TRAM main routes: prices, lines and time

Fares

The single ticket price for one zone, such as Alicante-San Juan or Campello, is 1.45€ and the return ticket costs 2,50€.

If you move between 2 zones the price is 2,80€ and 4,80€ for the return ticket.

Moving the 3 zones cost 3,90€ and the fare for the return ticket is 6,65€.

If you are going to use the tram often might be worth getting a travel pass; which is a rechargeable travel card that cost 2€.

The fares go down by more than 45% by paying with a travel card bonus. The same travel card pass can be used by more than one person on the same trip.

Temporary Discounts on Travel Card Bonus

From the 1st of September to the 31 of December 2022 there is a 30% discount on some of the travel cards.

This is due to a money injection in public transport the central government is undertaking through autonomics and local governments in order to keep the inflation rate lower.

The discounts are for the TRAM trains and TAM buses.

Note that the single trip fare remains at 1.45€.

In this press note from the autonomic government, there is more information on the topic.

The prices and fares for the travel card pass vary on the number of bought trips:

10 trips cost 5.60€ (normal price 8.00€) in between the same zone (0.56€ per trip, normal price 0.80€ per trip), 8.40€ (normal price 12,00€) in moving 2 zones (0.84€ per trip, normal price 1.20€ per trip) and 14€ per trip (normal price 20,00€) when moving 3 zones (1.40€ per trip, normal price 2€ per trip).

TRAM Train Arriving at the Fabrequer station

30 trips cost 15.95€ (normal price 22.80€) (0.53€, normal price 0,76€ per trip), 23.90€ (normal price 34,20€) when moving 2 zones (0.89€, normal price 1,14€ per trip) and 3 zones commuting is 39.90€ (normal price 57,00€) (1.22€ per trip, normal price 1.90€ per trip).

Remember: The same bonus ticket can be used by several people on the same trip.

The travel cards are different depending on if it allows for 1 zone, 2 or 3 zones. As an example, if you have a 1 zone travel card but want to go from Alicante to Benidorm, you will need to buy a ticket at the start of your journey in Alicante.

Here is a fares summary table:

Ticket TypeMoving Between 1 ZoneMoving Between 2 ZonesMoving Between 3 Zone
Single1.45€2,80€3,90€
Single return2,50€4,80€6,65€
10 trips travel card5.60€ (0.56€ per trip), normal price 8,00€ (0.8€ per trip)8.40€ (8.84€ per trip), normal price 12,00€ (1.2€ per trip)14€ (1.40€ per trip), normal price 20,00€ (2€ per trip)
30 trips travel card15.95€ (0.53€ per trip), normal price 22,80€ (0.76€ per trip)23.90€ (0.80€ per trip), normal price 34,20€ (1.14€ per trip)39.90€ (1.33€ per trip) normal price, 57,00€ (1.90€ per trip)
Tram Alicante Fares

Free for Those Under 30

Another discount the government has kicked off is for those under 30 not to pay at all for the TRAM and Bus service in Alicante. The 100% discount is active from the 9th of October until the 31 of December 2022.

To qualify you just need to be under 30 years old and get a temporary carton travel card that will be attached to your Spanish ID card (DNI), your resident ID card (NIE) or your passport. To apply:

  1. Enter Tram De Alicante website. Inside the Bulletin Board, press “Free Jove season ticket – Request an appointment by clicking on this link >>>“. You should get redirected to this page.
  2. Book an appointment to pick up your card in one of the TRAM De Alicante stations.
  3. Pick up the travel card and validate it every time you use the bus or TRAM.

NOTE: If you don’t have a Spanish DNI or NIE follow the instructions in this link. Essentially, you need help from someone with a DNI or NIE to book the appointment for you. Then, at the time you have the appointment, borrow her/his ID card. Showing your friends’ ID and your passport you will be able to pick up your free travel card.

Even though the process to get the free travel card is done using the TRAM website and offices in the stations the discount is valid for the bus services too.

Also, remind you that, to qualify, you don’t need to be a resident, be empadronado or live in Alicante. Just be 30 or less and have a valid ID card/passport.

Special Zones T1 and T2

There are a couple of special zones called T1 and T2 that are situated where the TRAM zones switch. So T1 is in between Zone A and Zone B. T2 is between zone B and zone C. When travelling inside the special zones the tram ticket to pay is just for 1 zone.

As an example, a traveller from Calpe to Altea would typically have to pay for a two-zone ticket (C to A). But both TRAM stops are inside the special zone T2. That means travellers from Calpe to Altea would need to pay a ticket fare equivalent to just one TRAM zone.

How to Buy a Travel Pass Card

To buy a Travel Card you need to go to Luceros Station. There is a counter with TRAM’s staff that will facilitate you with the proper travel card for your typical journeys and the first travel pass with 10 or 30 trips.

Once you have a travel card, it can be recharged on the machines at Luceros and Mercado or inside the TRAM trains. The card can be also used on the bus network at the same price.

Other Travel Cards Discounts

There are also travel cards for young and senior people. Talk to the staff at Luceros station about how to get it and to know if you qualify.

Use the Same Travel Cards at Alicante Bus Service

Alicante TRAM travel cards for Zone A are valid for the bus service in Alicante. So, the travel cards bought in a kiosk or the TAM office can be used in the TRAM trains and vice-versa. The price per single trip and the travel card fees remain the same in both TRAMs and buses.

The official name for the TRAM trains is TRAM d’Alacant or TRAM de Alicante. Likewise, the name for the bus service is TAM meaning Transporte Metropolitano de Alicante or Alicante’s Metropolitan Transport.

Transfer in between buses is free if done within 60 minis from the first touch with the travel card. Sadly, transfers do not apply to TRAM services and changing from a TRAM train to a bus will just void another trip in your travel card.

Note that transfers with a single trip ticket are not available either in TRAMs or bus services.

The TRAM Trains

Most of the TRAM line is electric. The trains are modern and quiet. All trains have cooling A/C on in summer and heating in winter.

There are no toilets on the trains or stations, so have this in mind when planning a long trip.

The Inside of a TRAM Train

Note the TRAM has buttons inside the trains to ask the driver to stop at the next TRAM stop. This is especially important at slack times as any passenger might have pressed the stop button for the TRAM stop you would like to get off. It behaves in a similar way a bus would do.

Travelling With Bicycles, Scooters or Pets

It is permitted to travel with bicycles and scooters on the TRAM trains, even if your bicycle is not a folding bicycle.

If your bicycle is not folding you must stay stand while holding it.

If your bicycle or scooter is folding you must keep it folded and under your seat.

The TRAM services remind customers not to cause any damage to other passengers or the stations and trains with the vehicles.

Sadly, it is not permitted to travel with big pets such as dogs.

The exceptions are small pets in cages, recognised guide dogs and police dogs which are permitted.

Alicante TRAM Schedules and Timetables

The TRAM in Alicante follows a schedule or timetable.

Line 1 and Line 3 Alicante-Benidorm and Alicante-Campello Schedule

Lines 1 and 3 share some of the same stops until Campello so the schedule is offered together.

Alicante to Bendirom and Campello Schedule

Line 1 and Line 3 Benidorm-Alicante and Campello-Alicante Schedule

Benidorm and Campello to Alicante Schedule

Line L2 San Vicente to Alicante Schedule

Alicante to San Vicente Schedule

Line 2 San Vicente to Alicante Schedule

San Vicente to Alicante Schedule

Line 4 Luceros – Plaza la Coruña Schedule

Line 4 Luceros – Plaza la Coruña Schedule

Line 4 Plaza la Coruña – Luceros Schedule

Line 4 Plaza la Coruña – Luceros Schedule

Line 5 Alicante Puerta del Mar (Postiguet) – Plaza la Coruña Schedule

Line 5 Alicante Puerta del Mar (Postiguet) – Plaza la Coruña Schedule

Line 5 Plaza la Coruña – Alicante Puerta del Mar (Postiguet) Schedule

Line 5 Plaza la Coruña – Alicante Puerta del Mar (Postiguet) Schedule

Nigh TRAM Service: El Tramnochador

Every year the TRAM has night service at weekends. The service is called “TRAMnochador”, joining the Spanish words noche or night and TRAM.

In 2022, the Tramnochador operated from the 1st of July to the 27th of August on Fridays and Saturday nights + bank holidays eves. The operating lines are L1, L2, L3 and L4. Here is the official announcement in Spanish.

Note that there is not currently any night TRAM service.

Tramnochador Lines 1, 3 and 4 Schedule

Tramnochador lines 1, 3 and 4

Tramnochador Lne 2

Tramnochador Line 2

Tramnochador Line 9

Tramnochador Line 9