Costa Blanca flights
Flying to Costa Blanca
The main airport serving the Costa Blanca is Alicante El Altet Airport. Some visitors to Dénia and Javea might use Valencia Airport (Manises), but with the greater number of international flights, Alicante is by far the most used in the region. The New Terminal Area opened in March 2011, and all flights arrive and depart from this new terminal. Terminals 1 and 2 are now no longer used. The airport is 9km southwest of Alicante City.
Getting to the resorts from Alicante Airport
Many visitors are picked up at the airport by car, but there is no official parking area at the arrivals door. You might be allowed a few minutes to load baggage, but it is constantly under patrol and the fines for parking are heavy. Try to find a place on level four of the car park, which is closest to the arrivals area. There are parking areas for disabled people at the departure entrance but not at arrivals.
The bus companies Alsa and Subus run from the Airport to Alicante, Benidorm and Dénia. They leave from outside the departure area (Level 2) at the end of the terminal building. The C-6 bus to Alicante runs about every 20 minutes (7am-11pm) and takes about 40 minutes at a cost of 3 euros. If you are catching a train or bus to go on further, ask the driver for the Estación de trenes or Estación de autobuses, and he will tell you when to get off.
There is an hourly service direct from the airport to Benidorm between 8am-10pm. It takes around an hour and costs 8 euros single, (ida) 16 euros return (ida y vuelta). For Dénia you can take a bus from the central bus station (Estación de autobuses) between 7am-8.40pm approximately every hour. The journey takes around two hours 30 minutes, and a single ticket costs 10.10 euros, return 19.20 euros. For other destinations check at the bus station.
The FGV/TRAM is a coastal railway that goes from Alicante to Dénia with many stops along the way. (You need to change at Benidorm for stops further north.) The line begins at Plaza Puerta del Mar, NOT at Alicante railway station. The Plaza is the last stop on the C-6 bus route, so the driver will tell you when you have arrived. For speed, the direct airport bus to Benidorm is preferable, but the benefit of using the FGV is that you get to see the coastline. The fare is much cheaper, eg Benidorm 3.35 euros single, 5.70 euros return, Dénia 6.55 euros single, 11.15 euros return. Be aware that a lot of these stations are on the edge of the towns so you may have quite a walk when you get there. Going north, the line terminates almost in the centre of Dénia.
You never seem to have to wait long for a taxi at Alicante airport, but they can be an expensive option. For example, to the train station in Alicante is about 20 euros, while a taxi direct to Benidorm is around 80 euros. This is possibly worthwhile if a few people travelling together, given that both the railway and bus stations at Benidorm are a bit of a hike from the town centre and you might need to take a taxi when you get there.