Transport in Spain / to Spain
Bus, Coach and Taxis
RENFE is the Spanish National Railway, consisting of 13,000Kms of track. The system is mainly radial, radiating from Madrid to all the regional capitol cities, and some lines from France down the Eastern Coast.
Prices vary according to the type of train e.g. fast (talgo) to slow (expres).
Tourists and visitors from the UK are usually surpriced to see that some trains in Spain are double decker trains.
Eurostar operates regular services from London to Paris with connections onward to Madrid and Barcelona traveling on the overnight Trainhotel services from Paris.
Connects Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante
Barcelona to Valencia takes under 3 hours.
Barcelona to Alicante 4hr 45min.
This line goes goes inland and byepasses Benidorm
Adult return fares to Valencia from € 53.60
Adult return fares to Alicante from € 68.80
Avoid long drives using the Motorail train transportation for your car.
Size restrictions Maximum car height 1.63 M, 2.5 M
Bilbao / Alicante and other services
For ferries to Bilbao see P&O Ferries
Local Rail Services
Besides the National Rail Network RENFE, you will find independent local lines such as the FGV service along the Costa Blancca. For example:
Alicante has 3 RENFE stations
Estacion F.C. de Madrid
Estacion de Murcia
and 1 FGV station.
Estacion de Ferrocarril
Note Most of the Costa Brava, including Benidorm is by passed by the RENFE national railway. The railway to use is the FGV - see below
This is the local Narrow Gauge coastal railway.
Photograph “Lemon Express” tourist train
Alicante - Benidorm - Denia train is a private small gauge railway with an hourly service between Alicante and Benidorm, and less frequently trains to Denia.
The Alicante - Denia line runs for 93 km along the northern coast of the province of Alicante and has 9 stations and 31 halts. It is served by 13 diesel trains which operate on the regular line between Alicante and Denia and 5 trams which cover the Alicante - El Campello route, via the TRAM Metropolitano train-tram platform. Main Stations
Alicante, Albufereta, El Campello,
Vila Joiosa (Villajoyosa), Benidorm, Altea, Calpe, Benissa, Teulada, Gata, Denia
The railway station is in on the Avenida de Villajoyosa on the West side of Alicante, near the sea front.
Note: This is a separate station from the main railway station in the centre of Alicante where the RENFE national railway trains run from.
The railway station is in on the Avinguda De Beniarda, just under 2km inland of Benidorm old town.
Alicante - Benidorm Adult Single €3.50
The Lemon Express , a tourist train, used to run on the FGV line but stopped running several years ago. The same journey, with its mountainous scenery can be done on the modern trains at a far lower cost.
The Trensnochador a spanish nick name based on Train and Night-owl. A late train service serving the night time party goers along the coast.
Runs from 9pm to 5am between Alicante and Altea. There are 33 stations including Benidorm on this stretch
There is a network of Coach services throughout Spain. Usually the services are more frequent and shorter in distance than the rail services.
Most Cities have coach stations
Coach Services from UK
National Express run services to Spain via there Eurolines network. Includes year round services to Alicante, and Summer only service to Benidorm.
Taxis are fairly cheap and metered. Display a green light or 'libre' sign when available to hire.
-between 11pm to 6am.
-Trips outside the town.
A small tip should be given.