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Public Transport

Buses in Spain

Using public transport in Spain is easier than it may appear. By European standards, the prices are relatively cheap. All the cities and towns have their own developed bus networks, and all the bus stops have timetables stuck over. You can buy a ticket from a driver as you enter the bus (around 1.5 euros per ride). Benidorm city buses also go to Altea and Albir. Some longer itineraries can get you to Finestrat, La Nucia, Polop and Guadalest.

Tip: If you want to save money, buy combined tickets of 10 or 20 euros (one ride will be 20 cents cheaper). These can be purchased from the driver, too.                                               

 

Every town has proper bus station, and most of workers speak English. However, to avoid misunderstandings it’s better to purchase tickets beforehand. The largest long-distance national bus company is Alsa. Apart from normal buses, the company as well offers rides on buses with increased comfort “Supra” with comfortable seats, free bottles of waters and free Wi-Fi.

Inter-city buses: www.alsa.es

Alicante city buses: www.subus.es

Benidorm city buses: www.llorentebus.es

Calpe city buses: www.autobusesifach.es

Villajoyosa city buses: www.villajoyosa.com

 

Trains in Spain

There’re many varieties of trains in Spain depending on their speed. You can book a ticket maximum 60 days before the trip, and buy one minimum 5 minutes before the train leaves, subject to seat availability. Spain railways are one of the cheapest in Europe, and the trains offer two classes: economy and business. There exist cheap rates for children before 18, students, pensioners, etc.

                                                       

 

Alicante and Madrid are united by a high-speed rail line with trains AVE, and the trip between the cities takes only 2.5 hours. A trip from Alicante to Valencia takes 1.5-2 hours (depends on the train), while a train trip to Barcelona takes approximately 4 hours. 

Tip: Some trains have so-called “silent coaches” (vagones silenciosos), where it’s prohibited to talk, to use mobile phones and even to take with you children below 14. If you want to make the most of your time and to work or take a nap during the trip, ask the ticket seller if the selected train has a “silent coach”.

 

All Costa Blanca coastline is united by a network of suburban trains TRAM. The light rail line stretches out from Alicante to Denia. Most itinerary parallels the coast, and the travellers can enjoy beautiful sea views. Apart from Alicante and Denia, the trains can get you to San Juan de Alicante, El Campello, San Vicente del Raspeig, Benidorm, Altea, Albir, Calpe, Benissa and others. You can buy a ticket upon entering a wagon at a machine. The price of the ticket depends on the length of your trip.

Train tickets: www.renfe.com

Suburban trains TRAM Alicante: www.tramalicante.es

 

Taxis in Spain

You can find taxi ranks at train/ bus stations and in the streets or call for radio taxis. Most taxis are metered and have set prices for certain journeys (e.g. to the airport, to the bus station, etc.).

                                                      

Tip: When getting into a taxi, ask for an estimate or a fixed price. In case of any doubt, ask a driver to write it down. Use only official taxis!

 

The minimum charge for hiring a taxi depends on the city and the time of day and may vary from €2,5 to €4,5. Rate per kilometre (about €0.60) is then added to the fixed start price.

You can call for a taxi in Spain using the following telephone numbers:

Taxi in Alicante: 96 525 25 11

Taxi in Benidorm: 96 586 18 18

Taxi in Calpe 96 583 78 78

Taxi in Denia: 96 642 44 44

Taxi in Elche: 96 542 77 77

Taxi in Villajoyosa: 96 681 00 10

 

Air transport in Spain

Costa Blanca is served by two airports: El Altet, situated between Alicante and Elche, and Manises located in Valencia. In normal traffic conditions it takes 25 minutes to get to Benidorm from El Altet and approximately 90 minutes from Manises. Low cost airlines with prices starting at 15 euros per flight operate from both airports.

                                                       

Tip: Budget airlines only permit hand luggage. Some particularly strict airport workers don’t permit you to carry on board nothing except only one bag, often refusing to let you in even with a book. If you plan a low-cost flight, please consult the information regarding the baggage allowance on the official web of the airline.

Book a flight in Spain: www.kayak.es

 

Travelling by sea in Spain

You can get a unique experience on board a yacht or a boat almost in every town of Costa Blanca. Boat trips and excursions are made to Benidorm Island, Tabarca Island (from Santa Pola), to Calpe, Altea, Alicante, etc.

                                                        

Boat excursions (Benidorm, Altea, etc.): www.excursionesmaritimasbenidorm.es

Trips to Tabarca Island: www.islatabarca.com

Ferries operate from Denia and connect mainland Spain with three Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Majorca and Formentera). The trip to the islands takes from 4 to 6.5 hours, depending on the itinerary and the season. The “fast” ferry will get you to Formentera in 2.5 hours. The price of a ticket to Formentera starts from 50 euros, to Ibiza – from 61.5 euros, and to Majorca – from 110 euros. The price depends on the class (common hall, lobby bar, comfortable seats or individual cabins), from the baggage you take with you and from whether you travel with a pet or a vehicle. On your way back from the Balearic Islands, you can get by ferry to Valencia or Barcelona.

Tip: Comply with the deadlines and come to the embarkation point 60 minutes before the ferry leaves (90 minutes in case you’re travelling with a vehicle).

Ferry tickets to the Balearic Islands: www.balearia.com