Local Train Service, Alicante to Denia
One of the reasons that people like to come to Benidorm is that there is always so much to do. Having said that, if you feel the need to “stretch your wings” a little, and explore more of the coastal strip of the Costa Blanca, nothing could be easier thanks to our train/tram services.
Benidorm’s train station is located at the top of Avenida de Beniardá and, although a good 15-20 minutes walk inland from the beach, is easily accessed from the tourist side of town on bus number 1 for the standard fare of 1.50€ each way.
New Benidorm Intermodal Stop – From 31 July on wards, the new Benidorm Intermodal stop which is located next to the Benidorm bus station goes into service. Disco Benidorm stop will be closed down. So trains will cease to stop at Disco Benidorm and will now stop at Benidorm Intermodal. Certain L1 trains will continue their journey from the BENIDORM station to the Benidorm Intermodal station. Please check timetables
The trains in the Denia direction (line 9) leave Benidorm hourly starting at 06.36, and the journey takes just over an hour. The time of the return trains from Denia to Benidorm are at 4 minutes past each hour with the last train leaving Denia at 20.26.
1. Temporary interruption of the rail service on the Calp-Dénia section, this service is carried out by bus. Access to bus stops.
2. The La Isleta stop is temporarily closed from September 3rd, 2018, L1 trains will stop in Albufereta.
3. Circulation on non-school working schedule in L2 and L3 from September 10th. Access to the calendar.
Updates – 16th December – Starting next week the tram connection between Alicante, El Campello and the train to Benidorm will no longer go along the coast but through the new Serra Grossa tunnel. This involves a 1.4 km route that cost 30 million euros in construction and with which a better and faster tram connection has finally become a reality after 8 years of construction and problems.
The trams to Alicante (line 1) leave every half hour starting at 06.35 with the journey taking around 75 minutes. The last tram leaves Alicante to return to Benidorm at 22.11.
The trams on line 1 do not stop at any of the stations between El Campello and Lucentum. If you would like to get off at any of these stations along the beach you need to change at El Campello onto line 3.
And the good news it’s cheap! Return tickets whether to Denia or Alicante, are the same price of just 6.40€ return.
Also, you can get a Bono 10 card which gives you 10 journeys for €14 for 2 zones (covers Benidorm to El Campello) or for €21 for 3 zones (covers Benidorm to Alicante). You can share the 10 journeys between different people. There is a one off charge of €2 for the card then you can top it up as often as you want.
There are 4 tram stations in Alicante and which one you get off at depends what you want to do.
SANGUETA – the best station if you want to go to the beach, marina and Esplanada. It is about 10 minutes walk along by the beach. The branch line (4L) down to the beach at Puerta del Mar was closed down in 2013 so Sangueta is now the nearest station to the beach.
MARQ-CASTILLO if you want to go to Castillo Santa Barbara. This is also the stop to get off to visit the acclaimed archaeological museum – a great place to visit on a wet day!
MERCADO for the area around the indoor market or a walk down the Rambla to Esplanada.
LUCEROS – the end of the line (so no worry about missing your stop) – is best for shopping etc. This is right in the centre of the city.
Now the worst thing about the trams and trains……They don’t have toilets! So perhaps it’s a good idea not to have 15 pints of beer before you set off! Have fun!
Things to note:
- Inside the tram are illuminated signs which indicate the next stop, there is usually also a verbal announcement, a good chance to improve your pronunciation of Spanish towns.
- When on the tram, signal to the driver you wish the tram to stop at the next stop – Press the button on the door – note the button and a sign in the carriage illuminate when this has been done.
- Pressing the same button will open the doors when the tram has stopped.
- On the tram – no smoking and no animals allowed. Do not travel without a shirt on.
- You can buy your return ticket at Benidorm station ticket office. There are machines on the trams but they are not very easy to understand. There is an on the spot fine of €50 for not having a ticket.
- It is important to retain your tram ticket for the duration of your journey. You will need to scan it at the end of our journey to exit the turnstiles at Alicante Luceros, Mercado or MARQ stations.