How to Go to Alicante – Flying, Driving, Sailing or by Train?

Alicante is a privileged city. Situated in the Mediterranean sea makes Alicante feature sunny and warm weather. The town centre is only 20 min away from the 5th airport with most passengers in Spain. Madrid is 2h away by train and London 2:30h away by plane. By road, many coach companies have regular services in the city. If you are driving your own vehicle you might find good quality motorways in Spain. Finally, there are 2 ports where guests can dock for a few nights and big cruise ships have a terminal. Let’s go into more detail on how to go to Alicante.

Alicante-Elche airport from a plane
Alicante-Elche Airport

Alicante By Plane

Alicante has one of the busiest airports in Spain. It ranks in the 5th position on passenger traffic and many airlines have routes from/to Alicante all year round. The official name is Alicante-Elche airport, as Elche is the municipality where the airport sits.

Alicante Airport Routes Map

Flying is one of the best ways how to go to the city. All this said, the peak on flights (and ticket prices) is in summer, where is the tourism high season in Costa Blanca. This situation makes Alicante a perfect place for holidays, living and business.

Alicante-Elche airport is connected to cities like Berlin, London, Oslo, Moscow, Santiago de Compostela, Casablanca, Reykjavik, Roma and many many other big, medium and small cities across Spain, Europe, Euro-Asia and Africa.

As you can imagine, that is done thanks to many airlines operating in Alicante airport. Some of them are Vueling, Iberia, British Airways, Ryanair, Easy Jet, Norwegian, SAS or TUI Airways among many many others. So, flight search engines like will help you to find the best flights and airlines on the dates you need.

Alicante By Road

Alicante is connected by the paid motorway AP-7 coming from the north through the coast. The free motorway A-31 connects to Madrid. And finally, the paid/free AP-7/A-7 motorways allow driving to the south by the coast. The main single carriage road is the N-332 which is a great beautiful alternative for the paid motorways if you are not in a hurry. As well, there are no traffic restrictions applied in the city centre as of yet.

Alicante has a terminal bus station. The biggest bus company in Spain is Alsa connecting Alicante to most of the rest of the cities in the country at very low prices.

Another cheap way to travel from/to Alicante is using Blablacar. This French company provides a platform to organize trips between people in their own cars. It is well-used in Spain.

The last option is renting a car. There are many big and small companies sitting in Alicante. Some examples are Goldcar or Hertz. But here you can search for more brands:

Alicante By Train

There are 3 main types of rail services in Alicante: long-distance, short distance and TRAM Trains.

The long-distance trains and the short-distance trains are operated by Renfe. On the other hand, the Tram de Alicante light tram-train is operated by the autonomic government corporation FGV. It is useful for routes such as Alicante to Benidorm, for example.

On the long-distance trains, you can take the high-speed trains to Madrid and other cities in between to follow your trip in slower trains to your final destination. In addition to this, trains going north through the coast to Barcelona is not high speed but offer a reliable and fast service.

Alicante By Sea

And last but not least you can travel to Alicante by sea. There are several ferry routes that connect the city with Oran and Alger in Africa or routes that connect the Balearic islands from the near city of Denia.

Not surprisingly, Alicante has a cruise terminal where tourists can get off the ship and visit the city.

As well, if you are travelling on your own boat you can get off in Alicante’s marina and enjoy the shower and laundry installations.

Hopefully, all this information has cleared up some of your concerns about how to go to Alicante. If you have an experience in any of those ways of travelling to the city feel free to tell us in the comments. In a similar way, if you have any other questions not answered in this article, please, leave a comment and we will try to help you.

Is Travelling to Alicante Expensive?

No, there are multiple options to get into Alicante and Alicante area which means the competition is high. You can fly for as cheap as 9 pounds or euros in the low season. The high season gets more expensive but finding good offers if you are flexible with your travel hours is easy. It is also inexpensive to rent a car in Alicante.