The city of Alicante boasts a modern and efficient transport network, and with its international airport is often referred to as the gateway to the Costa Blanca. Depending on where you stay in the city, many of the attractions, beaches and entertainment venues can be reached within an easy walk, especially if you choose accommodation in the central district or old town. Visitors who regularly spend holidays in Alicante and have picked up a bit of the Spanish language are usually quite happy using the local trams and buses to get around, and others who wish to get out and about and explore further afield will find a number of vehicle hire options.
Alicante International Airport
With the vast majority of visitors to the Costa Blanca flying into Alicante International Airport, it is the 6th busiest in Spain and after a major revamp the new terminal now services a number of popular budget airlines from all over Europe. The modern terminal boasts a good range of services, shops, cafes and restaurant. There is ample short and long term parking and visitors have a choice of transport options to reach their holiday destination. The Airport is situated about 11 kilometres from Alicante City centre making it affordable to take a taxi, and for those on a tight budget there are regular airport buses to Alicante's central district and beyond.
Alicante Public Transport
Most cities around the world have sightseeing buses which are an excellent way to orientate yourself with all the areas and attractions you may wish to visit during your stay. Alicante has its bright blue Turibús where passengers can choose to sit in air conditioned comfort on the lower deck or top up the tan on the open air top deck. The bus route takes in all the major attractions and there are 10 stops along the way where, for the price of your ticket you can hop off and on as many times as you like within a 24 hour period.
Alicante boasts both local buses and trams which cover the city and all the residential areas and run regularly throughout the day and evening. The popular San Juan Beach can be reached by bus and tram, and tram line 9 runs north all the way to Denía. There is also a large bus terminal close to the marina that offers buses and coaches to most of the towns and cities on the Costa Blanca and further afield to cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. Taxis in Alicante are modern and prices are comparable, if not slightly cheaper than in the UK.
Alicante Vehicle Hire
By far the best transport option when visiting Alicante is to have your own vehicle as there's so many fantastic places and attractions to visit within a short drive. Although there are car hire companies based in the city, the majority of reputable international companies are based at the airport. Not to worry if you haven't arranged you car hire for collection when you arrive as these companies will gladly deliver the vehicle to your hotel or other accommodation. Scooter rental is a popular transport option with younger holidaymakers and they are excellent to get around on, beat the rush hour traffic and find parking for.
For those who feel up to a bit of exercise during their stay, bicycle hire is an eco friendly way to see the city and surrounding attractions. There are several bike hire companies in Alicante that offer a good range of bicycle options including ladies, gents, kids, road, mountain, tandem and electric bikes. Those with physical disabilities are also catered for, with a choice of mobility scooter hire companies offering a selection of scooter models and other mobility aids. The most fun transport option in the city is segway hire or segway tours. Not the cheapest hire option and more of a novelty way to get about than practical, segways however are one of those things like jet ski that really should be tried at lest once during your holiday.