Transport connections for tourists arriving at Alicante-Elche Airport for a holiday in Torrevieja are wide-ranging and efficient.
For those who decide not to hire a car or arrange for a private transfer, the two public transport options are by bus or taxi. The former is considerably cheaper (€7) but will take around an hour – nearly double the time for a taxi journey (€50).
Travelling by Road
Alicante-Elche Airport has two main road links to Torrevieja: the AP-7 tollway and the N-332 coastal road.
Incorporated as part of the Autovía del Mediterráneo, which extends from La Junquera in Cataluña to Algeciras at the western end of the Costa del Sol (in Cádiz province) near Gibraltar, the AP-7 is the longer route (62 kilometres) and also takes very slightly longer: 45 minutes compared with 42 minutes for the N-332. If you don’t have euros with you, most booths accept credit or debit cards.
The coastal route is just 43 kilometres and more scenic, but traffic could become congested as you drive through the various tourist resort towns along the popular Costa Blanca.
There is also a third option (at least part of the way): the CV-853 N-3322, which heads inland from the airport towards Elche before detouring south and linking up with the N-332 about halfway down the coast.
Taking the Bus
Costa Azul is the daily inter-city bus service that connects Alicante-Elche Airport with Torrevieja. The fare for a one-way trip is €7, with discounts for pensioners and students, and young children able to travel for free. Tickets can be bought online or on-board the bus from the driver.
Services run from 8am to 10pm – every one or two hours depending on the time of day – and the bus takes a direct express route along the AP-7.
The airport bus stop is located on the departures roadway at P2 level in the terminal; while the Torrevieja bus station is conveniently located in Calle del Mar, in the town centre, just a few streets back from the seaside, with a taxi service, cafetería, toilets and news stand.
If you are arriving late-evening (for example, on a low-cost airline) you might need to consider an alternative, as the bus can fill up quickly and after 6pm the final two services are at 8pm and 10pm.
Catching a Taxi
The official Alicante-Elche Airport taxi service is assigned to Radio Taxi Elche, although other operators also offer their services to and from the airport.
The official taxis are identified by a green stripe along the length of the vehicle and Elche city’s coat of arms on the door. Others are usually white, with a black and yellow taxi sign to distinguish them from other transport service vehicles.
Fixed fares apply for most destinations, including Torrevieja, so make sure that is clarified before heading off, or at least that the metre is switched on. RadioTaxi Elche also has an online booking service offering discounts for payments in advance.
With a normal fare of €50 to €55 (variable depending on the time of day, public holidays, amount of luggage, etc.), the option of taking a taxi from the airport to Torrevieja is not all that expensive, especially if you are a couple, family or large group. Ideal, in particular, if you are tired after the journey and want to get to your hotel or accommodation promptly and comfortably.
Hiring a Car
Seven car hire companies have desks at Alicante-Elche Airport (Avis, Centauro, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, RecordGo and Sixt), all located in the arrivals hall on the ground floor of the terminal.
If you are happy to drive, renting a car is the best way to see the sights of Torrevieja – and further afield around the Costa Blanca.
Originally a salt mining and fishing village, Torrevieja remains closely linked with its past, located between the sea and two large salt-flat lagoons which form a natural area of significant environmental importance. They are part of the southern Alicante province’s vast wetlands ecosystem and a key habitat for migrating and nesting birds.
Journeying by Train
Not currently an option, and not even planned for Torrevieja, but train services to Alicante and Murcia are being upgraded for travellers visiting other areas in the province and neighbouring region.
A proposed underground train station at Alicante-Elche Airport is likely to improve connections with Murcia city. Meanwhile, the AVE high-speed network is due to reach Orihuela (35 kilometres north-west of Torrevieja by road) in spring 2020, a short car-drive outside Murcia around the same time, and in Murcia city the following year.
Opting for Private Transfer
If you prefer not to drive, or take a bus or taxi, private transfers are available at Alicante-Elche Airport.
They will give you the opportunity of making travel arrangements in advance and enjoying an airport-to-front-door service. If you are travelling in a large group, they will also usually be more cost-effective than taking a taxi.
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