Compare Car Hire Quotes at Alicante Airport

Blue Valley Car Hire compare car rental prices from many of the major suppliers at Alicante Airport.

We also provide car and minibus rental quotes for most of the major resorts in the Costa Blanca including Altea, Benidorm, Calpe, Denia, Javea, Santa Pola and Torrevieja.

Collecting your rental vehicle

Most of the larger rental car companies have offices in Alicante Airport arrivals hall

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 vehicles rentals require shuttle bus transfer to compounds on the perimeter of Alicante Airport

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.

TIP: Make sure you use the main driver's name when you book your vehicle online, or you may have to pay for an additional driver when you sign the contract.

Before signing the contract check the terms and conditions especially with respect to the fuel policy and CDW insurance. If you have zero excess you may still wish to take out additional insurance to cover other items such as tyres, upholstery and glass damage.

TIP: If you arrive on a late night flight at Alicante and plan to rent a car, it may be cheaper to collect the vehicle the next day if you are staying locally. Most companies charge out of hours fees for late night collection. See our FAQs for more details.

Returning your rental vehicle

Rental car park at Alicante Airport

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.

Road Distances from Alicante Airport

  • Alicante 16 km / 10 miles
  • Barcelona 527 km / 327 miles
  • Benicassim 260 km / 160 miles
  • Benidorm 57 km / 36 miles
  • Calpe 50 km / 33 miles
  • Cartagena 95 km / 60 miles
  • Denia 106 km/ 66 miles
  • La Manga 120 km / 75 miles
  • Madrid 430 km / 270 miles
  • Malaga 470 km / 290 miles
  • Mazarron 145 km / 93 miles
  • Mojacar 228 km / 141 miles
  • Murcia 75 km / 47 miles
  • Murcia Airport 89 km / 56 miles
  • Torrevieja 61 km / 38 miles
  • Valencia (via AP-7) 193 km / 120 miles
TIP: If you want to buy cigarettes at Alicante Airport there is a Tabacaria on level -2 near the entrance to the rental car park. Prices here are quite a bit cheaper than inside the duty free area.

Alicante Airport

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).

Arrival/Departure Information

At Alicante Airport there is a single terminal building housing arrivals and departures.

Arrivals

The arrivals 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 arrival 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)

Departures

Alicante Airport passenger drop off area outside departures

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 area is on the top floor (Level 2) above the arrivals hall.

Once inside the departures hall, you will need to check-in at the main airline desks or at the automated kiosks, after which you will be directed towards the baggage counter.

During the quieter winter season you should plan to be at the airport at least an hour and a half before your flight, but during the peak summer holiday season it may be a good idea to show up at least two to three hours before your flight as it gets very busy.

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.

Duty Free Area

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 Euros.

There is free wi-fi available for 15 minutes (you pay for longer than this), and there is also a VIP lounge which has food, drink and wi-fi for just over 30 Euros per person.

Transport Options at Alicante Airport

Taxi

The taxis are 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 Euro to Alicante Train Station, somewhere between 70 and 85 Euro to Benidorm, and anywhere from 55 to 70 to Torrevieja.

Coaches

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).

Bus Services

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.

Train

The train service does not run directly into the 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.

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.

Airlines that operate from Alicante Airport

Most of the major European airlines operate flights into Alicante Airport although the availability and range will vary depending on the time of year that you are travelling.

Some of the main airlines operating from the UK 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.

Hotels Close to Alicante Airport

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

Hostal Pensimar is basic, but offers double rooms with a bathroom for around 40 Euros 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 Euros, 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 euros per night depending on the time of year. Catch the C6 bus from outside the arrivals building if you want any of this group of hotels.