Toll roads in Alicante and Andalusia, the AP-7 Tarragons-Valencia-Alicante and the AP-4 Seville-Cádiz, are now free.
The company Abertis, which manages the motorways, ended their concession contract on December 31st and, as agreed by the Ministry of Development, the tolls have been lifted and return to the State.
The company, Albertis, has signed a severance package (ERE) with Spain’s traffic body UGT and USO for 136 of its employees.
The lack of toll on the AP-7 is of benefit to around 23,500 users a day on the section between Tarragona and Valencia, and just under 21,000 on the route between Valencia and Alicante, the AP-4 has around 25,200 vehicles that circulate daily on the motorway, so the lack of tolls is great news for motorists.
A return trip to Valencia from Benidorm is now 29€ cheaper, Happy days.....
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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, but if you feel the need to “stretch your wings” a little and explore the surrounding area nothing could be easier thanks to the local train services.
The trains also known as trams are operated by the local company FGV and have nothing to do with the Spanish Railway (RENFE)
13th January - Line 9 - Service modified for maintenance: On Saturday, January 13, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m, the L9 rail service between Altea and Calp will be modified due to work on the viaducts. A substitute bus service is established between the two stations. The Cap Negret and Olla de Altea stops are temporarily without service until the work is completed.
10th January 2024 Lines 1, 2, 3 & 4 - LUCEROS: Due to improvement works, from January 22 to February 21, the Luceros station (Alicante) will be closed to rail traffic. All trains will begin and end their journey at the Mercado station.
The Luceros customer kiosc will maintain its usual hours.
15th August 2023 - Improvement works continue on the tram line between Benidorm and Denia. (Line 9.) It was announced yesterday that the line between Alfaz and Altea is to be "doubled up", with extra track laid over a 3.3 km distance, plus what was described as a "technical passing point" constructed at the Albir stop. These works will enable more frequencies of travel to be applied if needed. The works will cost 14,698,165,43 euros, and the works programmed to take 24 months.
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 1.60€ each way.
Benidorm Intermodal Stop - Located on Avenida de Italia near to the Alsa bus station (Estacion de Autobuses)
When using the Tram Alicante website, you can select the stop of origin and destination, the date and the time range in which you want to travel.
Once the fields have been filled in, the approximate duration and the ticket that will be necessary to complete the journey will be indicated, according to the area to which you want to travel. it will also tell you if it is necessary to carry out any transfers from one line to another.
Train Service Alicante to Denia - General information
|Travel Time (approx.)
|Alicante to Benidorm
|1 hour 20 minutes
|Alicante to Altea
|1 hour 50 minutes
|Alicante to Calpe
|2 hours 30 minutes
|Alicante to Denia
|3 hours 10 minutes
(Please note: Travel times are estimates depending on connections and average waiting time between Tram line changes. )
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.
Guide Prices for 2022
Single ticket: 1.45 euros
Multi-trip voucher: 8.70 euros
Bonus 30 days: 26,10 euros
Route voucher 4/30: 15 euros
School TAM voucher: 16.50 euros
TAM jove bonus: 21,20 euros
Train service Alicante to Denia - Zones Map
There are a total of 6 zones:
AREA A: Luceros - Poble Espanyol (metropolitan)
ZONE B: Pla Barraques - Coastal Pastor
AREA C: La Vila - Camí Coves
ZONE D: Terra Mitica - Olla Altea
ZONE E: Altea - Benissa
ZONE F: Benissa - Denia
Line 1: Luceros (Alicante) - Benidorm
Train service Alicante to Denia
Line 2: Luceros (Alicante) - Sant Vicent del Raspeig
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.
Do not travel without a shirt on.
Animals - It is not allowed to travel with animals, except: Assistance dogs for people with disabilities or with their training instructors. Dogs accompanying the security forces. Small pets in cages or carriers.
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.
The single ticket is for immediate use. You must validate it within 30 minutes from the moment of purchase.
You cannot use the “transfer” option to make a trip in the opposite direction with the same 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.
Toll-free number for information and Customer Service (900 72 04 72).
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!
LOST AND FOUND
If you lose something in our facilities, please call our Customer Service Centre at 900 72 04 72 where you will be asked to give a brief description of the lost object. If your object has been found, we will inform you on how to get it back. Unclaimed Objects Objects found and not claimed within five weeks will be handed over to:
Alicante City Hall Lost and Found
Avda. Don Julián Besteiro, 15 03008 - Alicante Tfno. 965149969
Disabled Facilities on the Tram
All tram stops, trains and trams are adapted for people with reduced mobility problems and for passengers in wheelchairs.
The underground stations have automatic stairs and are equipped with elevators - specially designed for people with mobility problems - that connect the lobbies with the public thoroughfare and the platforms.
At all stops there are ramps to make it easier for people in wheelchairs to access the units from the platforms.
Note about wheelchairs, electrics and scooters
Wheelchairs, for the purposes of the regulations (RD 1544/2007, of November 23 and its published modification of September 20, 2019), are understood to be that support product for the mobility of people included in the object and field of application of the following rules:
a) Wheelchairs with manual propulsion. According to the UNE-EN 12183 standard.
b) Wheelchairs with an electric motor and scooters with an electric motor with three or more wheels. According to the UNE-EN 12184 standard, and that they can be included in Classes A and B, or in Class C as long as it complies with the dimensions and manoeuvring area established for Class B. Maximum dimensions of length and width are, respectively, 1,300 per 700mm
15th March 2022 New Zones planned - The new zonal distribution allows to move from six to three zones and is working in a coordinated way to expand the TAM zone
New zonal map
The new tariff regulation includes a simplification of the zonal distribution of the TRAM d'Alacant by moving from the current six zones to three zones, plus two inter-county transition areas to avoid the rigidity of the zonical borders.
Currently, the six existing tariff zones give place to 21 possible zonal combinations and six different tariffs, depending on the number of areas traveled on a ferry. With the modification proposed, the three areas would correspond to the three districts for which the TRAM d'Alicant is circulating: L'Alacantí, Marina Baixa and Marina Alta.
With the new distribution of the TRAM d'Alacant the Zone A would cover the stops located in the municipal terms of Alicant, Sant Vicent del Raspeig and El Campello, to which the future expansion of the network would be added in the municipalities of Sant Joan and Mutxamel.
However, until the expansion of the TAM area is completed, through the agreement with the other administrations involved, the stops of Amerador, Coveta Fumá, Cala Pitres and Venta Lanuza, belonging to the municipal term of El Campello, p they will remain integrated in Zone B.
Zone B would understand the stops of the municipalities of La Vila-joiosa, Benidorm, L'Alfàs del Pi and Altea, while Zone C would be integrated by the municipalities of Calp, Teulada, Gata de Gorgos, Benissa and Dénia.
Another novelty that presents the new structure is the inclusion of two inter-district transitions, which are established between Pla Barraques and Costera Pastor, in the south, and between Altea and Benissa in the north. Travels that take place between stops of each of these sections would have consideration for traveling made in a single area.
In the proposed model, there are only 6 possible zonal combinations depending on the trip made and, only three applicable fares: of one, two or three areas in which the 10-travel bonus will cost 8 euros, 12 euros and 20 euros, respectively very much.
Examples by municipalities
With the new zonal plan and the new fares that have been approved by the FGV Board of Directors and that will apply from the summer, for example, a person who wants to travel from the Lucentum stop in Alicante, to Benidorm or whatever to make a journey from El Albir to Dénia, it will start moving by two areas, instead of the current three. This will mean a 42% discount of the price of the Bonus 10, which will go from €21 to €12.
People wanting to travel from Sant Vicent del Raspeig to Altea will travel through the four current areas to travel for two. This will give them a 55% discount starting summer; and they will go from paying €27.20 to €12.
Travel between Gata de Gorgos and Calp will cost, starting in the summer, 42% less, taking as a reference Bono 10, as they will move through one area and not the two current areas. Similarly, people who want to move from Dénia to Benidorm or viceversa will also see how the areas they move are reduced, which will cost them a savings of 42%.
Ultimately, there will also be areas that will benefit from a drop in prices, although in the future they will pass through the same number of areas. For example, the neighbours of El Campello who want to move to Hospital Vila will continue to pay two areas, but the price of the Bonus 10 of two areas will go from 14 euros to 12 euros.
Transport to and from Alicante Airport - You have booked your holiday to the Costa Blanca and are now wondering how to get to and from your chosen airport.... there are quite a few options which we will go into detail about below.
Alicante Airport is Spain's 5th busiest so it can seem a bit daunting if this is your first visit.
From 8th February, it is no longer mandatory to wear face masks on Public Transport.
Transport to and from Alicante Airport
What is the difference between a taxi and a transfer company? A taxi is metered and has a limited jurisdiction for pick up, hence the reason that taxis at the airport are Radio Taxi Elche, (Alicante airport is located in the Elche region). A transfer company is only licenced to transfer customers to and from the airport, they are not licenced to transport passengers round towns etc. They run on set prices not meters.
1. RADIO TAXI - Radio Taxi Benidorm are only permitted to take you to ALICANTE Airport, they cannot bring you from the Airport to Benidorm.
Pre-book your taxi HERE
Taxis at the airport for your onward journey
Using taxis to get from the Airport to Benidorm - There are always plenty of taxis at the airport, (Radio Taxi Elche) as you the exit the terminal you will find a Taxi stop. A taxi that will take about 45 minutes into Benidorm. A standard legal registered taxi will cost between 75-90€ depending upon the time of the day/night, ask the driver to confirm the price before departing.
2. TRANSFER COMPANIES
One of the most popular ways of getting to and from the airport is via a specialist Transfer Company and these will have various options, a transfer can take anything between 45 mins - 2.5 hours depending on the type of transfer booked, i.e., speedy, shuttle or private transfer.
These you will share with others and may have to wait for other flights to arrive but will deliver you door to door providing road access is available.
Speedy/fast track Shuttle
These generally will have a maximum number of stops (4 on average), which cuts down on the transfer time.
This means that you are the only passengers, so no waiting around and door to door service.
BENICONNECT Shared and private transfers
Awarded by the Spanish Government “Best Transfer Company in Spain 2018”.
Beniconnect Travel Agency provides a low-cost Alicante airport shuttle or private transfers serving all the resorts in the Costa Blanca such as Benidorm, Altea, Denia, Albir.
"Since its formation a few years ago, Beniconnect continue to focus upon the achievements of our goals to enhance, value and improve the quality of our products and services. Travel to broaden the mind and build bridges between people. We have built our reputation on reliability, efficiency and by offering a professional and friendly service. Our express connect shuttle service is testament to that, with customers returning year after year, regularly using their service. Our Express Connect is a speedy, economical and efficient form of transport from the airport to your resort, with no need to wait for extended periods of time at the airport and a minimum of stops and drop-offs that it has proved a great success and is available year-round. This service operates from Benidorm, Villajoyosa, La Cala and Albir with a maximum of 4 stops!"
"We also offer Private Transfers in Murcia and Valencia airports and private services to railway stations and ports."
Beniconnect is a registered Travel Agent and moreover has obtained the best possible license here in Spain ensuring its customers have complete peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that all legalities regarding health and safety are adhered to under local law. Their drivers, have between them, a wealth of experience with years behind the wheel. All are uniformed and adhere to strict company policies with regards to health & safety and of course customer care.
"Beniconnect is the only company offering late bookings on request with a contact centre open every day from 9.00 hours until 20.00 hours. Please mention Benidorm Seriously you may receive a discount.
ES: +34 965 850 790
UK: 012 730 379 52
Beniconnect offers first class transfer services at incredibly low prices".
Please note: We would like to inform you that we do not operate any services on Christmas Day - 25th December.
BOOK YOUR TRANSFERS WITH BENICONNECT HERE
ABAS - Standard shuttle service - CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE on our website.
Abas Costa Blanca SL are the local handling agents and transfer suppliers for many leading companies.
They are proud of their reputation of offering a professional reliable service and are continually working with our partners to offer the best customer experience possible.
"At Alicante Private Transfers we have over 15 years' experience assisting people with their airport transfer arrangements to and from Alicante airport to all areas of the Costa Blanca. Alicante Private Transfers ensures you travel in comfort, as soon as you arrive at Alicante airport your vehicle will be waiting to take you quickly and safely to your holiday accommodation."
BOOK YOUR TRANSFER WITH ALICANTE PRIVATE TRANSFERS HERE
BEST BENIDORM TRANSFER S.L For last minute transfers please call 0034 630468325
A company of discretionary transport of travellers, formed by professionals that operate in the sector from the year 1987, our beginnings were in the sector of the taxi, and after 25 years of experience, we specialized in the private transfer
Provide high quality airport transfer services. We have served the Costa Blanca area for over 16 years (We provided vehicles and drivers through partners) We have decided to create our own Branded service with new branded vehicles.
Transport for Stags and Hens
Looking for Special transport for Stags and Hens Contact - Extreme transfers from Fk It and Wildstyle Travel
STRIPPER AIRPORT TRANSFERS, PARTY BUS OR STRIPPER / LAP DANCE NAKED BUS TOUR
Transport to and from Alicante Airport
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
Rules for travelling in a taxi - Children are permitted to travel in the rear of a taxi without a child seat as long as the taxi is only driving around urban areas, so driving from the airport a child seat would be required, you can order these when booking your transfer.
In a vehicle with more than 9 seats - If a vehicle has more than 9 passenger seats the driver is required to inform those travelling that it is a legal requirement to fasten your seat belt. Child seats are not normally required as they do not fit on the coach seats with over the lap seat belts.
When booking your transfers quite often it will ask for the ages of the children or if there is no separate box use the "Special Requirements" box normally available to state children´s ages.
IMPORTANT - DO NOT USE AN UN-LICENCED, UN-REGISTERED COMPANY
Transport to and from Alicante Airport
BIG cut down on Illegal Pirate Taxis
Police forces across the Costa’s are increasing the number of cars being stopped leaving the Airports. Many unlicensed operators are using the Costa Blanca (Alicante worst hit) as a way to make fast cash and exposing you (the customer) to unnecessary risks.
Why Pay €50 for an illegal Transfer with risk of been fined & dumped at the roadside & missing your flights (if return leg)
PLEASE READ THIS ITS NOT WORTH IT.
The laws for all taxi/private hire companies in Spain are extremely strict. Please be aware that there are numerous illegal companies with websites and advertising on Facebook as legitimate taxi/transfer businesses. There are also apartment owners & letting agencies offering cheap transfers, these are also illegal.
Alicante Airport, Pirates in Arrivals?
Alicante Airport strictly controls the arrivals area to weed out illegal transport pirates. Only legal companies are permitted into the airport arrivals area. Your driver will be visibly holding an AENA card which will have the name of the lead passenger on. This is a mandatory procedure highlighted by AENA, which is the Spain’s Airport Governing body. As the article opposite highlights, Spanish police have begun clamping down on illegal transport companies so please don’t fall into this trap. Vehicles will now regularly checked for Tarjeta de Transporte and if your driver cannot produce this documentation, the vehicle will be impounded, you will be out of pocket and could receive a fine for allowing yourself to be carried in an uninsured vehicle, we come across this story all too frequently so please avoid this horror story and book with a professional licensed company such as the ones listed above.
Alicante Airport is patrolled continuously by the Guardia Civil (Police) & government inspectors looking for illegal touts. If a transfer company asks to meet you anywhere apart from the designated area in the arrival's terminal, they will be illegal, (even if they use the excuse that this is due to building work), their vehicles will also not be insured for passenger liability cover. You should remember that if stopped by the Guardia Civil (Police) the vehicle would be confiscated immediately leaving you stranded. A vehicle that is licensed will be SP (ServicioPublico) plated by the Spanish.
1. Without a permit, it is illegal to offer a taxi service in Spain. If in doubt before booking ask to see the companies - Tourist number which is required for shuttle services and also Agencia de Viajes Mayorista / Minorista (Travel agency number) both of these should be readily available, if in doubt do not book.
2. Insurance is another important factor as you cannot obtain cover for the transportation of passengers without a legal permit.
If they say they paid or if the owner or Villa’s give free transport, this is still illegal.
3. Without the necessary insurance cover a passenger is also running the risk in the case of an accident as they could not hope to be compensated or have Hospital bills paid for,
4. Any unfortunate passengers caught up in the process can find themselves dumped on the road with their luggage if the police stop and seize the vehicle along with a €300 Fine.
3. BUS SERVICE
ALSA BUS - This does not run 24/7 - The first bus currently leaves the airport at 08.00 and the last at 23.55 - 9.80 one way, sometimes there are discounts available for online purchases.
Tickets can be purchased at Self services ticket machines, laCaixa cashpoint machines, ALSA sales points - On board the bus, online.
Timetable, prices and online booking HERE
Where to find the bus at the airport? Top Level, directions are clearly visible in the airport.
What number bus do I need to Benidorm? - Buses are NOT numbered but clearly state their destination on the front.
Where are the Alsa bus stops in Benidorm? There are only 2 drop off points the Bus Station (45 minutes) and El Centro at the bottom of the Avenida Europa (55 minutes), you would then have to walk or take a further taxi to your destination.
Transport to and from Alicante Airport
4. CAR HIRE
If you prefer to have a vehicle for the duration of your stay, you can rent a car to get from the airport to Benidorm and then you will have independence to go where and when you wish, it also gives you the opportunity to visit the surrounding area something we highly recommend. You will find lots of information of places to visit in this section of our website - THE SURROUNDING AREA.
At your arrival you will find counters of the main rental companies, although they usually offer better offers for reservations in advance on the Internet.
Benidorm Local Bus Prices and Information - Local transport links are very good here in Benidorm and many of the local towns and villages can easily be visited by bus. Standard ticket price for local buses is 1.60pp for however many stops be it one or the full circuit.
Want to know when the next bus is due? a series of stickers have been installed at all stops in Benidorm so that passengers can use their mobile phones to get live information on bus times.
How does this work? Look for the sticker at the bus stop. Scan the QR code with your phone. Receive live information as to when the next bus is due at your stop.
All bus stops will have a list of the buses that stop at each one and a timetable available, digital smart screens are also available at some bus stops providing real time information on bus arrival times.
16th October - NEW TRANSPORT ROUTES FROM 16th OCTOBER 2023
For more information see lines 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56.
You have to wave down a bus at the stop you are waiting at and press the stop button to ensure the bus stops at your desired stop.
The drivers prefer change; some have even refused to take notes, (even 5 euros) take the ticket from the machine after the driver has printed it. The ticket will often not make much sense, either in time or details about the stop, but keep it with you just in case you need to produce it.
When you approach your destination, push one of the buttons located along the length of the bus and then exit using the middle doors.
Lost and Found Department - Tel.: 965 854 322 or Email:
Benidorm local bus Information
Benidorm Local Bus Prices
Children up to the age of 4 are FREE
For current information on all the bus stops, times etc click HERE