Where is Benidorm airport?
When flying to Spain’s Costa Blanca for a holiday in the popular Spanish resort of Benidorm, you have several airports to choose from. You may have wondered, ‘where is Benidorm airport’? However, you may be surprised to know that Benidorm does not have its own airport. The nearest airport to Benidorm is Alicante/Elche airport which is just 58 kilometres away. Public transport is very good and there is a regular bus service to Benidorm that takes you from Alicante airport to Benidorm in just 50 minutes.
Although there is no direct airport for benidorm, there are two other airports you can use to get to Benidorm are Valencia Airport and Murcia’s San Javier Airport. Both of these airports are a one and a half hour drive away from Benidorm and should only be considered when you cannot get a flight to Alicante or you find an airfare that is too good to miss.
Make sure you do your math, though, as even a cheap fare to Murcia might end up being more by the time you add in your transfer costs. Alicante is also much closer, so factor in how much your time is worth into the equation and whether or not you would rather be lying by the pool or waiting for a bus at Alicante Airport.
The one time when flying to Murcia could work to your advantage is if you are in a group, travelling as a family and are intending to rent a car. The same thing applies to Valencia Airport with a bus transfer taking anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
Getting a flight to airports near Benidorm, Spain
Besides the fact that Alicante is the closest airport to Benidorm, it also has a larger number of flights from all over Europe than either Murcia or Valencia. What this equates to is competition amongst the low-cost airlines and some super deals available throughout the year. Alicante Airport is the 5th busiest in Spain and has regular in-country flights to both Barcelona and Madrid that make it ideal for passengers arriving from North America or the Far East who are looking to holiday in Benidorm.
Alicante also has a new state of the art terminal and connected parking garage that lessons the time you have to spend getting from one terminal to another as everything is now under one massive roof. Because of its size and the fact that it handles over 17 million passengers a year Alicante/Elche Airport is a star when it comes to shopping and dining options with plenty to keep you busy prior to your flight home.
Alicante Airport to Benidorm
Whether you are being met at the airport by your tour operator or making your own way to Benidorm by taxi, bus or renting a car, the journey to Benidorm should only take around 45 to 50 minutes. Once you leave the airport just follow the signs for Benidorm/Valencia and you will be on the Autopista del Mediterráneo AP-7 motorway for a pleasant journey that includes some incredible views of the Mediterranean coastline.
Getting to Benidorm by Bus
Once you exit customs on the ground floor of the terminal you need to take the lift or escalator to the departures level and exit the terminal. When you are outside the terminal, the bus stop is to the right of the Costa Coffee at the far end of the terminal. It is the only bus stop at the airport and is easily recognised as such. From the bus stop, take the ALSA (part of National Express) nonstop express bus to the Estación de Autobus in central Benidorm. The bus departs the airport on the hour throughout the day and costs 9.65€ for a single ticket and 18.35€ for a return. You can purchase tickets online from the ALSA website, from a machine at the airport, or pay the driver in cash. If paying in cash try and have the correct amount or small bills as the driver may have limited change available.
For passengers wishing to travel on to the resorts of Albir, Altea, Calpe, Denia, Javea and Villajoyosa you need to change to a local bus at the main station in Benidorm.
Alicante Airport also has a dedicated Alicante Airport-City bus that runs on a loop between the airport and various stops in Alicante including Alicante Bus Station from where you can also catch a bus to Benidorm. The airport-city service runs every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For passengers holidaying at the resorts south of Alicante Airport, you can take a regularly scheduled bus from Alicante Airport to the bus station in Torrevieja and then change buses for the Orihuela Costa resorts of Campoamor, La Regia, Aquamarine, Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, Mil Palmeras, and Punta Prima.
Taking a Taxi from Alicante Airport to Benidorm
Taking a taxi from Alicante Airport to Benidorm is a great option if you are travelling in a group with family or need to get to Benidorm as fast as possible.
The journey time should be around 45 minutes, depending on the time of day and will cost between 70€ and 80€.
Alicante Airport has two taxi ranks, one directly outside the arrivals hall and the other outside the departures area of the terminal.
During the summer months, the demand for taxis is high which means you might find yourself waiting at the taxi rank until a car becomes available.
Private Airport Transfers from Alicante Airport to Benidorm
Several companies operate private airport transfers from Alicante to Benidorm and other resorts along the Costa Blanca. Using a private airport transfer is cheaper than you might think, and extremely convenient knowing that your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall and that you know the cost of the journey up front. Our favourite happens to be a company called Solhop and you don’t have to take our word for it either, as they are the number one rated private airport transfer service between Alicante Airport and Benidorm on TripAdvisor.
Car Hire at Alicante Airport
Renting a car from Alicante Airport is a great option if you want to get out and explore the region while holidaying in Benidorm. Alicante province is full of history and has some wonderful mountain towns just waiting to be explored.
All the major car hire companies are represented in the arrivals area of the terminal and their own dedicated pick-up and drop-off points in the connected parking garage opposite the terminal.
Even though it is possible to get to Benidorm from Murcia and Valencia airports it is far more convenient to use Alicante/Elche Airport for your Benidorm holiday. Cheap flights and package holidays are available to Benidorm throughout the year with some great Benidorm deals to be had during the off-season. The Costa Blanca gets over 320 days of sunshine per year making beach resorts like Benidorm the perfect escape during the short winter days of northern Europe.
Benidorm is one of Spain’s favourite holiday destinations, so fly into Alicante Airport and check out why so many people return to Benidorm and the Costa Blanca year after year.