The new state of the art Murcia International Airport (RMU) also known as Corvera Airport replaced Murcia San Javier Airport on January 15th 2019 for all passenger flights into the Murcia region. Murcia International is located 25km to the south of Murcia city centre and is the closest airport to the Costa Calida and the southern Costa Blanca holiday regions.
The following car rental companies have offices on-site at Murcia International:-
The offices for these companies are located outside the terminal building at the front of the Arrivals Hall. The rental vehicles for the above companies are collected and returned to the car parking area behind the offices.
Other rental companies including Centauro and OK Rent a Car operate a shuttle bus service to their local off-site offices.
More information on car hire companies at Murcia International.
Blue Valley Car Hire provide car and minibus hire quote comparisons for other locations in the Costa Calida including Cartagena, La Manga, Lorca, Los Alcazares, Murcia (city) and Santiago de la Ribera.
The standard rental packages all have CDW insurance with an excess in the event of vehicle damage or theft. The rental companies offer additional zero excess insurance products which can be purchased when signing the rental contract. These higher levels of insurance will remove the excess liability but also increase the cost of the rental. If you don't have a credit card (or have low credit on the card) paying for the extra insurance is the most viable option as no credit card security deposit is required.
Alternatively, customers may purchase the Third Party AXA insurance offered with the quote which will be cheaper than the high-tier products but require a security deposit with the rental company. Customers must pay in Spain for any damage then claim the cost back from AXA separately.
NOTE: It is worth checking if your credit card insurance covers car hire.
The companies we work with at Murcia require a valid credit card to be presented when the car is collected.
If you do not have a credit card, you can rent a car with some companies (Goldcar, Firefly), but only if you purchase their Premium insurance products.
There is no fuel station at the airport. The closest fuel stations to Murcia-Corvera Airport are the CEPSA fuel station on the A-30 just off Junction 161 and the REPSOL in Corvera.
If you are driving from the Mar Menor resorts there are several fuel stations on the RM-19 as you approach the A-30 (Junction 158).
If you hire a car with a Collect Full/Return Full (or Full-Full) fuel policy ensure that you refuel close to the airport to avoid a possible Administration Fee. Most companies charge around €25 for vehicles which are returned with missing fuel and you may not discover this until you check your credit card bill.
Murcia International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Region de Murcia) is a single-terminal building on 2 levels with Arrivals and a Departures Hall on the Ground Floor and Passport Control, Duty-Free Shopping and Boarding on the First Floor.
The Arrivals and Check-In desks are on the Ground floor (Floor 0). As you enter the Arrivals area there is a Tourist Information desk run by murciaturistica.es.
There is also a small Costa Coffee with airport prices (a coffee and croissant costs around €4) and a WHSmith.
In the Check-In area Ryanair, Easyjet and Jet2.com have offices should you need to buy or amend tickets offline. There is a Police desk and an Airport Information Desk.
Passport Control, Security Checks, Boarding Gates and the Departures Lounge are on the First Floor (Floor 1). Several of the shops in Departures are currently empty or under-development. Duty Free shopping is limited to a single duty-free outlet Buy Bye (run by the Dufry chain), a second WHSmiths and several vending machines.
Free Wi-Fi is provided by AENA throughout the airport building.
There are 4 bus routes run by Interbus at Murcia International.
The Interbus service operates from the small bus terminal about 100 metres outside Arrivals (exit the terminal building and head to the right past the taxi rank). Tickets can be purchased online or at the airport. The Latbus company runs a service (Linea 72) between Murcia and Corvera town.
There is currently no direct service to the Mazarron region (although a service is planned for Summer 2019), a change is required at Cartagena.
A fixed-price taxi rate of €29 applies between Corvera Airport and Murcia city centre. This table gives a guide to taxi prices from Murcia International Airport to popular locations around the region.
These prices are for taxis licenced to operate from the airport, private companies may quote cheaper prices.
The following table gives road distances, drive times and suggested routes from Murcia International Airport to popular destinations in and around the Murcia region:
|Aguilas||80 km (50 miles)||1 hour||A-30, AP-7|
|Alicante||95 km (60 miles)||1 hour||A-30, A-7, AP-7|
|Almeria||190 km (120 miles)||2¼ hours||A-30, AP-7, A-7|
|Benidorm||150 km (93 miles)||1½ hours||A-30, A-7, AP-7|
|Cartagena||35 km (22 miles)||½ hour||A-30|
|Camposol||55 km (35 miles)||35 minutes||A-30, RM-2, RM-3|
|Corvera Town||5 km (3 miles)||10 minutes||RM-E7|
|Jumilla||95 km (59 miles)||1 hour||A-30, A-33|
|La Manga Club Resort||50 km (31 miles)||35 mins||A-30|
|Lorca||70 km (43 miles)||50 minutes||A-30, RM-2, A-7|
|Los Alcazares||40 km (25 miles)||½ hour||A-30, RM-19|
|Mar Menor Golf Resort||30 km (19 miles)||½ hour||A-30, RM-313|
|Puerto de Mazarron||68 km (42 miles)||50 minutes||A-30, AP-7 (toll applies)|
|Mojacar||160 km (99 miles)||1¾ hour||A-30, AP-7|
|Murcia (city centre)||25 km (16 miles)||½ hour||A-30|
|Torre Pacheco||24 km (15 miles)||20 minutes||A-30, RM-F14|
|Torrevieja||60 km (37 miles)||¾ hour||A-30, RM-F14|
|Vera||130 km (80 miles)||1 hour 20 minutes||A-30, AP-7|
|Villamartin||55 km (34 miles)||40 minutes||A-30, RM-19, AP-7|
|Yecla||116 km (72 miles)||1¼ hour||A-30, A-33|
The following table shows airlines which fly to Murcia International. When booking flights look for airport code RMU.
|Easyjet||Bristol, London Gatwick, Southend|
|Jet2.com||Leeds-Bradford (S), Manchester (S)|
|Ryanair||Birmingham, Bournemouth (S), Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow (S), Leeds-Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Stansted|
|TUI||Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, Eindhoven|
KEY: (S) Seasonal Flights
There is no rental accommodation within several kilometres of Murcia International, so for most people a rental car or taxi to Murcia (city) or the Mar Menor resorts are the easiest options.
On the north side of Murcia there are a several chain hotels including a Marriot, Ibis and Campanile which are a short bus or tram journey from the city centre. The Hotel Venta El Puerto is closer to the airport located a couple of km outside Corvera on the A-30 en route to Murcia city. However, most people will prefer to head directly to their resorts or accommodation as there isn't much to see apart from desert and citrus groves close to the airport.
If you want to stay close to the airport the Corvera Golf and Country Club is a large resort complex which is only a 10-minute drive from the airport. The resort is very quiet with many empty, unsold properties and strangely does not have a golf course! Private rental properties on the resort are available (via Airbnb, booking.com, etc.), and with full-time security and several pools, for some people may be a good choice for a quiet weekend away in the sun close to the airport.
Slightly further afield the La Torre Golf Resort and Spa offers 5-star accommodation or for a budget hotel Venta El Puerto Restaurant is less than 15 minutes drive from the airport.
When the tourist money came rolling into Spain before the recession hit back in 2008, large numbers of construction projects in both the private and public sectors were financed by the banks eager to cash in on foreign investment.
Much of the investment in Spain was financed privately as speculators anticipated an endless stream of euro-tourists and property investors flooding into the country. Then in 2008 the recession hit Spain, leaving the Spanish banks saddled with huge debts and toxic assets as newly built tourist houses and developments lay half-finished or empty, loans went unpaid, and investment and construction companies went to the wall. One of these half-finished projects was Murcia's new airport at Corvera.
Construction work at Corvera commenced in back in 2008. The new airport was heralded as the gateway to another of the regions "manana" projects, the Paramount Theme Park which was expected to attract millions of European tourists to Murcia. However, the financial downturn in Spain left the Paramount Theme Park, Corvera Airport and a host of other development projects in a holding pattern.
The process for closing Murcia's existing airport at San Javier and transferring passenger flights to Corvera has not been straight-forward. There were many opponents to the scheme, including foreign residents who live close to San Javier and local airport workers. After years of legal wrangling the bid to operate Corvera Airport was won in 2017 by AENA who operate most of Spain's passenger airports.
The city of Murcia in south eastern Spain lies equidistant between Alicante Airport to the north and Murcia (San Javier) airport to the south. Both airports can be reached from the city of Murcia in under an hour. So why was a brand new "state of the art" airport constructed just outside Murcia in near the small town of Corvera?
There were several factors influencing the decision to build Corvera Airport. Firstly, San Javier airport is a small airport which doubles as a military airport. Facilities are often overstretched during the busy summer months when passenger numbers are at their peak (this problem has been partially resolved following some major refurbishment at San Javier Airport).
The second factor was the planning of a new theme park licenced by Paramount which was due to start construction in 2013. It was envisaged that Murcia San Javier airport would not be able to handle the huge number of additional tourists which the theme park would attract, so in part the new airport was supposed to service the new influx of visitors to the region.
The Murcian authorities are hoping that Corvera Airport will eventually bring more tourists to the Murcia region giving a much-needed cash injection to the economy.
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