High-speed trains in Southern Spain

High-speed trains or Ave makes you possible to explore southern Spain on a comfortable way.
AVE means Alto Velocidad Española
For instance , Alicante and Valencia are is the beating heart of the Costa Blanca.
From Valencia to Madrid it is 95 minutes training with the
High-speed train.
So where you are staying in Valencia you can easy explore the rest of Spain .
On the other side, from Madrid to the Costa Brava it is two and a half hours.
By train you can visit some of Spain most important city’s.
Without driving or being in an traffic jam.

High-speed trains
High-speed trains

High-speed trains good for your ecological footprint

It is a easy, new way to travel. Good for your ecological footprint.
But it is also a nice train experience.
This AVE experience can offer you as a tourist a large flexibility.
It is up to you to plan your journey.
With the Ave high-speed trains you decide where you want to go.
Some examples of destinations : Albacete in the Murcia region,
Alicante and Valencia in the Valencia region.
Antaquera in Andalusia nearby Sevilla . But also Sevilla city .
Also to the city neighbor Cordoba. Furthermore Malaga in the same province.
As we already mention : Barcelona in Catalonia .

With the train it is possible to explore the cultural heritage of Spain.
Not only the history, the leisure but also the gastronomic and the wine.

High-speed trains network

In addition the train has not reaches the city of Murcia. The line is under construct. Alicante – Murcia will be open in 2020.
Further on the same traject is also the city of Cartagena.

Facilities of the High-speed trains

The trains offers different facilities to the travelers.
On the train there is a possibility to eat or drink something in the restaurant and bar.
Furthermore there is a free internet connection and power sockets. On the train you can buy newspapers and magazines.
Also audio system with film and music channels and entertainment for the youngest.
If you book a ticket with the high speed you get also discount at several museums.

On board, there is also air conditioning.
Of course, there are facilities for disable people.

Tickets

Your reservations can be done on internet. But also at the trainstations.
Tip :
Do it as far in advance as possible.
Groups get reduces prices.

Covering

The High-speed trains covers for the moment 3 100 km of track.
In Europe this is one of the longest network.
The speed of the trains goes up to 310 km/h. So it is a relax and fast connections between the cities of Spain.
It is an example or traveling in the future. It is a modern trains systeem.

With the train you can explore Spain from the train widow.
Together with your family or friends.
Good to known is that more cities are being added as destination to the list.


Alicante to Benidorm

Alicante to Benidorm.

The Alicante airport El Altet is famous for its location on The Costa Blanca.
It is one of the most important airports of Spain because many people starts their holiday in Alicante . Furthermore many low-cost airlines fly to Alicante .

Visitors from over all over Europe come to visit the Costa Blanca.
The most popular places are Benidorm, Valencia, Torrevieja, Murcia and the Orihuela Costa.

How do you get from Alicante to Benidorm?

So what is the easiest way to go from Alicante to Benidorm ?
You have several  transfer options to your holiday location Benidorm.
Some are cheap, other are rather expensive.

First of all, there are the organised holiday groups.
The coaches, little buses or taxi’s are arranged by them. So you are stress free.

When you have booked your trip by your own, there are many other easy possibilities.

The cost of a taxi.

First of all you can take a taxi as an easy solution.

Taxi Alicante to Benidorm
Taxi Alicante to Benidorm

There are a lot of taxi’s at the outside the terminal of the airport of Alicante.
A taxi to Benidorm coast will cost around 80 euro and takes a 50 minutes.
A taxi to Calpe  cost 90 euro and  also 50 minutes drive.

Cost of private shuttle car.

The Private shuttle car be booked in advance by internet .  That is a another good solution to avoid long queue.
The private shuttle service cost around 100 euro and  takes you at the city of Benidorm in probably an hour.
Maybe  you want  share the cost with your friends.
That is a more luxury form of transport.

The cost of a car hires.

You can hire a car by the rental company’s . There are many car rentals at Alicante Airport.
The easiest thing is  booking  with a trust worthy company to start with.
Their fore the car rentals in Alicante are also a good solution.
The cost depends on the rental company.

Train

There is the Alicante down town train station, Where trains can bring you  to your destiny Benidorm.
A train from Alicante Altet takes you from this moment 4 hours.
Because the airport does not have a train connection. Is that not a shame ? .
The only way getting with the train to Benidorm is going to Alicante city train station. And that is a long way from the airport .

 

How much cost a bus ticket from Alicante to Benidorm ?

With the bus from Alicante to Benidorm, it takes you almost an hour and cost you 8 euro.
If Calpe is the destination than it is a little further away. It coast 8.10 euro and takes approximately 1 hour and half.

This shuttle buses are well equipped a of course the bus drivers are experienced in the traffic of Benidorm.
In conclusion the shuttle service is the cheapest way.

Public bus from Alicante to Benidorm.
The Spanish public bus company ALSA also offers the travelers a direct  line from the Airport to Benidorm Bus station.
If you have a hotel in the town center the bus stops also at the Avenida Europa.
The ALSO bus runs 14 times a day in both directions.
The bus cost for this moment 8 euro.
The time-table from the bus is :  a bus from 8.00 till 23.00. Every hour and arrive at 45 minutes later in Benidorm.

Bus Alicante to Benidorm
Bus Alicante to Benidorm

The bus departs at the Alicante Al Altet airport outside the terminal building. At  the departure area at Level 2.

From Benidorm to Alicante airport: a bus service start from 7.00 till 22.00.
The bus leaves again every hour and arrives in Alicante airport 50 minutes later.

Alicante to Benidorm
Alicante to Benidorm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shuttle service approved

The coach service between Benidorm and the Alicante Ave station has finally approved in june 2016.
Nearly three years and several endless discussions after the high speed rail network landed in Alicante, the connection with Benidorm  is a reality.
Once again Benidorm is one of the touristic epicenter of the Costa Blanca.
Benidorm’s demand for the launch of the shuttle service  date back to 3 years ago at 2013.
At 2013 the new line entered service.

Due to the change in governments following the last elections brought about a boost to the shuttle proposal.

In addition even ALSA , the long distance coach company was asking after a  better solution. The bus company reported an increase in demand for good  and not expensive  transport to the city of Benidorm.
All this was the determining factor  that has finally made the service at last a reality.

What is the planning ?

First ALSA will make the most of the coach services between the two city’s. It is much easier to coincide the coach line  with the tie table  of the arrivals from he train from Madrid.
Then  the regional executive want to build a new stop inside the AVE terminal. In fact they want to prevent traffic problems as the shuttle coaches will be able to stop inside the station instead outside on the street.
The next step is that RENFE to create a  combined train-coach ticket.
The council of Benidorm want this service ready before the summer. So his urging the authorities to clarify as soon as possible and set the starting conditions for the shuttle connection  Alicante Benidorm.