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Car Rental at Alicante Airport
Collecting your rental vehicle
The larger car rental companies including Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Solmar 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.
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 of the smaller rental companies are located outside arrivals in the car parking area, whereas others such as Goldcar and Drivalia require a short (2 minute) shuttle bus transfer to the car rental compounds located on the perimeter of Alicante Airport. The shuttle buses pick up from the Alicante Airport bus station at bus stops 1-3.
Before signing the contract check the terms and conditions especially with respect to the fuel policy and the CDW insurance cover.
Dropping off your rental vehicle
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.
Distances from Alicante Airport
Alicante El Altet Airport is located to the south of Alicante close to the town of Elche, just outside the small town of El Altet. Alicante Airport handled nearly 10 million visitors in 2010. The airport is only about a 20 minute drive from Alicante, and 10 minutes from Elche. There are small hotels in El Altet around 5 minutes from the airport if you arrive late at night or have an early flight.
Alicante Airport is much larger than Murcia Airport to the south, and is the main gateway to the Costa Brava resorts such as Torrevieja, Calpe, Denia and Benidorm.
Alicante is the sixth largest airport in Spain, and is continuing to grow with a new terminal building installed 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).
At Alicante Airport, the arrivals area is located on the lower level, and the departures terminal is in the same building on the floor above.
After leaving the plane you will be directed to the baggage reclaim hall, and then pass through the security area and customs into the arrivals area.
When leaving the Costa Blanca from Alicante Airport, there is a passenger drop-off area located outside the terminal near the entrance of the building. If you have a rental car it should dropped in the designated parking lot for rental vehicles or at the rental car compound where you collected it.
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. From here you will need to pass through the security check and then towards your boarding gate.
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.
Transport Options At Alicante Airport
The taxis are outside of 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.
Taxi fares are not metered, so make sure to ask for a quote first. 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.
The bus area can be a bit confusing for those who have never been to Alicante Airport before as there is only one large bus parking area on lower floor 2 (or level -2) for all tour operator and charter buses (this is also where the hire car shuttle buses leave from).
If you are looking for the local area bus service you will need to head towards the departure level of the building where you can catch buses to Alicante centre (which takes about 15-20 minutes), Denia, Benidorm, Elche, Murcia, Torrevieja and other locations in the Costa Blanca.
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
There are a wide range of airlines that offer direct or operating flights into Alicante Airport although the availability and range will vary depending on the time of year that you are travelling. In general, you can expect to find flights available from Jet2, Flythomascook, EasyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomsonfly, Bmibaby, Aer Lingus, Flybe, and Air Berlin from the UK although the fares will vary in price also depending on the time of year you are travelling. London Gatwick, Manchester, and the East Midlands are all great airports to book direct flights out of.
Alicante Airport Shops and Food Outlets
Most of the Alicante Airport shops are located within the departure area. There are a large range of shops and boutiques including plenty of designer clothes outlets, a sweet shop, a toy shop as well as the usual duty free shop.
There are some rather expensive food bars including a Burger King. There is an excellent tapas bar called Canas y Tapas which serves excellent value tapas, where 1 person can eat well for around 10 Euros.
In the arrivals area there is a very expensive cafe selling small bottles of coke for over 3 Euros (you can get the same bottle from one of the vending machines for 2 Euros).
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 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.