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Alicante has a fairly small, one-terminal airport located 7mi (11km) south of the city. There are no hotels in the immediate area and no conference or business lounges in the airport. However, there are several restaurants and cafés, a post office, exchange bureau, and limited Kinko’s-type office services. The airport is served by mostly European airlines including Air Berlin, Air Europa, British Airways, Iberia and Spanair, though flights to North Africa are also available through Air Algerie.
There is ample parking (both long- and short-term) and there are several car hire Alicante Airport agencies on site, including Avis, Europcar, Elephant car hire and Hertz. Taxis also available in front of the Arrivals exit; the trip into town takes 15-20 minutes and costs about 15-20 euros. The C-6 bus also stops at the airport, but it is slow and service is rather unreliable. The buses supposedly run every 45 minutes, but the schedule posted at the bus stop should be taken with a grain of salt.
Alicante also has a train station in the city center, with daily runs to major Spanish cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona. Currently, the trip between Alicante and Madrid takes about 3 ½ hours, but a high-speed train for travel along the Madrid-Valencia-Alicante route is scheduled to begin running in 2007.
There are a number of companies who operate transfer services from Alicante Airport to the resort of Benidorm. Beware some imitation companies, using the same name as established British companies - they may not be insured and their service will be below standard. Resort Hoppa is the most reliable.
Train is an alternative to plane when travelling to Alicante, particularly if you travel within Spain. The main station in Alicante is Renfe Station. It has both domestic and international connections.Train ride from or to Madrid takes 3 hours 30 mins. Detailed timetable and ticket prices can be found here.