Getting Around Alicante
The best way to get around Alicante is on foot. It's not a massive or very hilly city, so walking is an easy feat. Not to mention, much of the city's charm comes from colorful buildings and secret nooks you would miss if you were driving. However, do note that many streets are cobblestone, so if you have mobility issues it may be hard to maneuver. If you don't want to or are unable to walk, you have other transportation options.
The Alicante Airport (ALC) sits less than 10 miles south of the center of Alicante. If you're taking a cab from the airport into central Alicante, expect to pay a fixed rate of 19 to 21 euros (about $22 to $24), depending on the time of day. Radio Taxi Elche, easily identified by the green stripes on the cars, are the official taxi at the airport. If you'd rather take public transportation, you can hop on the C6 bus line, which will take you into downtown Alicante for 3.85 euros (or about $4.50).
If you're traveling from one end of the city to the other and don't have the time to walk, the public buses are a solid option. The fares cost around 2 euros (about $2.25), and buses run frequently throughout the daytime hours. The many bus routes can also take you out of Alicante city and into smaller towns in the Alicante province, such as Benidorm and Denia. The main bus station in Alicante is located near the city center at Calle Portugal 17; here you'll find extensive timetables and can hop on any bus you need. You can also catch a bus from the Alicante airport. If you're in the mood to sightsee around Alicante city, you may also consider the hop-on, hop-off Turibus, which has 10 stops and costs about 10 euros (around $12) for adults.
The tram route lines the outskirts of the city, and because there are five stops, you'll never find yourself too far from the tram. Lines 1, 3, 4 and 9 will take you where you may need within the city and to some surrounding towns. Prices depend on which zone you're traveling within, but a single-ride ticket can be as low as 1.35 euros (about $1.50). There is also a nighttime tram option convenient for anyone enjoying Alicante's vibrant nightlife; this line runs Thursday through Saturday night in the summer months.
Taxis are inexpensive, and if you can't find one on the street, you can schedule one using Cabify – an app-based taxi service. Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft do not operate in Alicante.
Driving isn't difficult in Alicante, and a rental car can give you the freedom to explore the area in and around the city. You can rent a car at the airport, at the Alicante train station or at one of the rental companies scattered around the city. A small standard car may cost around 50 euros (about $57) per day, but prices increase alongside car size. If you plan to drive in Spain, you must obtain an international driving permit prior to your arrival.
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