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Alicante (El Altet) Airport is the gateway to the popular Costa Blanca holiday region of south eastern Spain. Each year nearly 10 million passengers pass through the airport terminal building en route to resorts including Benidorm, Calpe, Denia and Torrevieja.
The airport is located approximately 15 minutes drive to the south of the city of Alicante, and around 5 minutes drive from the small coastal town of El Altet.
Alicante Airport is much larger than Murcia Airport which is around an hours drive to the south.
Alicante is the sixth largest airport in Spain, and is continuing to grow with a new terminal building completed in March of 2011. The airport has excellent links to all the major towns and resorts, and is located just of the major arterial route of the region the Autovia del Mediterraneo (AP-7 Motorway).
Many of the larger car rental companies including Avis, Centauro, Enterprise, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, Record Go, Thrifty and Sixt have car rental desks located in the arrivals area of Alicante Airport. If you have booked a car with one of these companies then head for the arrivals hall where you will be asked to sign the rental contract. In peak season there may be large queues at the rental desks inside the airport.
These rental companies have a vehicle collection area located in a large multi-storey car park which is accessed via a walkway accessed from the arrivals hall. It is around a 2 minute walk from the arrivals hall to the rental car collection area.
Some of the smaller rental companies such as Dickmans and Drivalia require a short (2 minute) minibus shuttle transfer to the car rental compounds located on the perimeter of Alicante Airport. The car rental shuttle buses pick up clients from the basement (level -2) from bus stops 1-3.
Rental vehicles are returned to the same rental car park or compound where the vehicle was collected. If you need to refuel your rental car, there are 2 fuel stations on the N-338 which connects Alicante Airport to the small town of El Altet which is approximately 2 kilometres from the airport.
Driving from the airport is very easy and well sign-posted. It takes a couple of minutes to reach the major AP-7 motorway which connects to Alicante, Benidorm and Denia to the north, and Torrevieja and Murcia to the south.
If you want to purchase cigarettes at Alicante Airport there is a Tabacaria on level -2 near the entrance to the rental car park. Prices here are cheaper than inside the duty free area.
Alicante Airport has a single terminal building. See a floor plan for Alicante Airport.
The arrivals (Llegadas in Spanish) hall at Alicante Airport is on Level 0. After collecting your baggage you will find yourself in the large arrivals hall which is where the car rental desks are located. The arrivals hall also has a police station, first aid centre, bureau de change, tourist information desk, disability assistance office (sin barreras). There is also a food outlet (ARS) who sell bocadillos (sandwiches) and hot and cold drinks and coffee/salad bar (Rodilla)
The departures (Salidas in Spanish) hall is located on Level 2. When departing from Alicante Airport, there is a passenger drop-off area located outside the Departures terminal outside the entrance of the terminal.
The departures hall has a Burger King, Caffriccio's coffee bar and a Relay magazine shop. There is also a Costa Coffee located outside the departures hall.
Also in the departures hall is the AENA airport information desk where you will be able to get help with any question about facilities at Alicante Airport.
Once you have checked in, Alicante airport has a large number of designer outlets in the duty free area including El Corte Ingles.
The duty free area also has a selection of convenient, albeit rather expensive food bars including a Burger King, Subway and a Carlsberg bar which has the most comfortable seats in duty free. There is also an excellent tapas bar called Canas y Tapas which serves excellent value tapas, where 1 person can eat well for around €10.
Taxis are available outside arrivals on Level O, and after passing through the exit you will see the taxi rank. There are usually plenty of taxis, so waiting should not be an issue. You should expect to pay somewhere around €20 to Alicante Train Station, somewhere between €70 and €85 to Benidorm, and anywhere from €55 to €70 to Torrevieja.
If you are on a package holiday, tour operator and charter coaches leave from the basement (level -2). This is also where the hire car shuttle buses leave from.
If you are looking for a local area bus service or a connection to one of the main resorts, outside Level 2 (departures) there are buses to Alicante centre (which takes about 15-20 minutes), Denia, Benidorm, Calpe Elche, Murcia, Torrevieja and other locations in the Costa Blanca.
There are no train services at Alicante Airport, but you can take a bus or taxi to the Alicante Train station. At Alicante train station, make sure to take the 'Plaza de los Luceros' exit on the airport bus, you can then board a train into a more localized area of Alicante or out into the surrounding resort areas.
Some of the main airlines operating from the UK to Alicante include Jet2, Flythomascook, EasyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomsonfly, Bmibaby, Aer Lingus, Flybe, and Air Berlin. Fares will vary in price depending on the time of year, with the highest prices in July and August.
If you arrive on a late night flight, or have to catch an early morning flight from Alicante Airport, the closest hotels are located around 5 minutes from the airport in the small town of El Altet.
There are buses from El Altet directly to the airport for around 1 Euro if your flight arrives in the day.
Hostal Pensimar is basic, but offers double rooms with a bathroom for around €40 per night, has underground parking, good Wi-Fi coverage, and the staff are very friendly.
A taxi to Hostal Pensimar from Alicante Airport costs around €13, and the price remains the same after midnight which makes this hotel ideal if you arrive late at Alicante.
Around 10 minutes by taxi from Alicante airport on the way to Alicante city centre is a group of hotels including Hotel Ibis, Ibis Budget and Holiday Inn Express where you can generally get a room from around €35-50 per night depending on the time of year. Take the C6 bus from outside the arrivals building if you want any of this group of hotels.
If you require a larger vehicle, Blue Valley Car Hire provide 9 seat self-drive minibus rental at airports throughout Europe.