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Alicante Airport Terminal building

Alicante Airport Information

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.

Car Rental

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

The following companies have on-site offices in the Arrivals Hall at Alicante Airport:-

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Centauro
  • Europcar
  • Firefly
  • Goldcar (InterRent/Rhodium)
  • Hertz
  • RecordGo
  • Thrifty
Rental car park at Alicante Airport

If you have booked a car with one of these companies then head for the Arrivals Hall to sign the rental contract. In peak season there may be large queues at the rental desks inside the airport and some companies operate a "check-in" system.

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.

Other companies such as Dickmans and OK Rent A Car 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.

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 2 kilometres from the airport .

Road Distances from Alicante Airport

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.

  • Alicante 16 km / 10 miles
  • Almeria 282 km / 175 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 (Corvera) 100 km / 62 miles
  • Torrevieja 61 km / 38 miles
  • Valencia (via AP-7) 193 km / 120 miles

If you want to purchase cigarettes at Alicante Airport there is a Tabacaria on Level -2 near the entrance to the rental car park. Prices here are cheaper than inside the duty free area.

Arrival/Departure Information

Alicante Airport has a single terminal building. See a floor plan for Alicante Airport.


The arrivals (Llegadas in Spanish) 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 arrivals 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)


Alicante Airport passenger drop off area outside departures

The departures (Salidas in Spanish) hall is located on Level 2. 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 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.

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 per person.

Transport Options at Alicante Airport


Taxis are available 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 to Alicante Train Station, somewhere between €70 and €85 to Benidorm, and anywhere from €55 to €70 to Torrevieja.


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.


There are no train services at 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.

Airlines that operate from Alicante Airport

Some of the main airlines operating from the UK to Alicante include Jet2, Flythomascook, EasyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomsonfly, 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.

Hostal Pensimar

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 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, 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 per night depending on the time of year. Take the C6 bus from outside the arrivals building if you want any of this group of hotels.

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