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FLIGHTS AND CAR HIRE

Remember that your "place in the sun" is probably only 30 minutes drive away from either Alicante or Murcia airports and only about a two hour flight from the UK or Eire or many places in Europe.

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El Altet (Alicante) airport is 40 km to Torrevieja or 45 km to Orihuela Costa next map

San Javier (Murcia) airport is 30 km to Torrevieja or 25 km to Orihuela Costa next map

Valencia (Manises) airport is 220 km to Torrevieja / Orihuela Costa next map

next Map Map showing the location of the airports, motorway (AP7) and main roads.

Link to AP7 motorway website (in Spanish) next www.autopistasureste.es. Passes our area.

WEGOLO - All the cheapest fares on budget airlines. The answer to the increasing demand of independent travellers, looking for fast, reliable and neutral information, next to more personal freedom of choice in their quest of the best possible deal on Low Cost Airlines.

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LOWFAREFLIGHTS.CO.UK - another search engine for cheap flights.

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SKYSCANNER - Search engine for cheap flights. If required, it gives you the cheapest flight for many UK airlines for each day of the selected month after choosing your departure and arrival airport.

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TRAVELSUPERMARKET.COM - One search to find cheap flights from every UK airport. Compare flight prices from over 50 airlines and travel agents including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, bmi, easyJet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, ebookers and MyTravel.

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OPENJET - Fare searching made simple FROM MANY DIFFERENT EUROPEAN AIRPORTS

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WEEFLY.COM. You can put in 2 departure airports and 3 destination airports. It then gives you the cheapest flights. Please also be aware that there are extra charges when booking direct with this site. Use it first just to find a flight and then go to the airlines website for booking.

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To ALICANTE - EUROPEAN AIRPORTS with budget airlines that fly to ALICANTE
To MURCIA -
EUROPEAN AIRPORTS with budget airlines that fly to MURCIA

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Flights

United Kingdom airport departure and arrival times:
Aberdeen Airport
Belfast Airport
Birmingham Airport
Blackpool Airport
Bournemouth Airport
Bristol Airport
Cardiff Airport
Coventry Airport
Doncaster (Robin Hood)
Durham Tees Valley (Teeside)
Edinburgh Airport
Exeter Airport
Gatwick Airport
Glasgow Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Heathrow Airport
Humberside Airport
Kent Airport
Leeds/Bradford Airport
Liverpool Airport
Luton Airport
Manchester Airport
Newcastle Airport
Newquay Airport
Norwich Airport
Nottingham/East Midlands Airport
Southampton Airport
Stanstead Airport

Ireland / Eire airport departure and arrival times:
Cork Airport
Dublin Airport
Shannon Airport

Alicante or Murcia departures and arrival times.
Alicante Airport Home Page
Murcia Airport Home Page
Aena Customer Information and Support Service by telephone , which is available 24 hours a day - tel 0034 902 404 704.
Spanish Airport Guide

Keflavik Airport, Iceland Home Page

BMI
flythomascook
Monarch
EasyJet
flybe
britannai
Travel Select
thomsonfly
First Choice
air flights
jet2.com
spanair
Ryan Air
air 2000
steintravel (Eire)
Stein Travel
aerlingus (Eire)
Aer Lingus
budgetair (Eire)
Budget Air
eujet (including Shannon)
eujet
Cheapflights
Excel Airways
iberia
Lufthansa
Flight Savers
murciaflights
airberlin
Air Scotland
Flyglobespan
GB Airways
Hapag-Lloyd
Braathens
Norwegain-no (Norway)
Norwegain-no
Plúsferdir.is (Iceland)
plus ferdir
Heimsferdir.is (Iceland)
Heimsferdir
iceland express
Sumarferdir.is (Iceland)
Sumarferdir
 
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Travelling by air between the UK and Spain

The Spanish Government have introduced new requirements meaning that air carriers have to provide certain personal information about all travellers to the Spanish authorities before the aircraft leaves the UK.  This information is sometimes known as 'advance passenger information' ('API' or 'APIS' data). next Read on-line at this link.

Airport Taxi's on arrival at Alicante or Murcia airports in Spain.

Official taxis are available on rank at both airports, mainly for a maximum of 4 people.
Approximate taxi costs 2010:
From Alicante airport to Torrevieja - 50 euro (or 60 euro at night), to Orihuela Costa (Playa Flamenca, La Florida, La Zenia, etc) - 55 euro (or 65 euro at night), to Orihuela Costa (Villamartin, Cabo Roig, Campoamor, etc) - 60 euro (or 70 at night).
From Murcia airport to Orihuela Costa - 40 euro (or 50 euro at night), to Torrevieja - 50 euro (60 euro at night).
From Alicante airport, the taxi driver may charge extra if he comes on the motorway rooute and passes through a toll.  
Some also charge extra for each suitcase.
Make sure that you have our directions/map to hand so he has no excuse to get lost (and charge you more!). Even if he does not speak English, the map and sat-nav co-ordinates should help him.
See also indicative prices at website www.torretaxi.es 

Taxi's do NOT carry baby seats or booster seats. The Spanish Law for Children over 3 and up to EITHER 1.35 metres in height, OR the age of 12
In the Front Seat - the child MUST use the correct child restraint.
In the Rear Seat - the child MUST use the correct restraint, where seat belts are fitted.
There are 3 exemptions, where a child in this category does not have to use a child restraint. In each case the child MUST use the adult belt instead. They are -
1) in a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle;
2) if the child is travelling on a short distance for reason of unexpected necessity;
3) if there are two occupied child restraints in the rear which prevent the fitment of a third.
In addition, a child 3 and over may travel unrestrained in the rear seat of a vehicle if seat belts are not available.
It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the child is correctly restrained but I doubt that a taxi driver would support your case if he was stopped by the Police.

Prebooked Torrevieja Taxi
Radio Taxi Torrevieja No.43, driver is Roque Vicente. He speaks English. He would go to any of our properties in either Torrevieja or Orihuela Costa if booked in advance. He meets you in the airport with a board with your name on it. Airport transfers can be booked by email with a minimum of 3 days notice to arrange and with full flight details. For more than 4 people, he will have to arrange a second taxi at double the cost. See above for average prices.
Contact direct bookings@torretaxi.es or phone 0034 670 445730 or book on-line at website www.torretaxi.es                

Transfers to the property on arrival at Alicante or Murcia airports in Spain.

We are unable to provide private airport transfers but the following websites, which we found on the internet, may be of interest. We have no experience ourselves with these companies and do not endorse them in any way.
http://www.clydegrovegolf.com
http://www.costa-blanca-transfers.com
http://www.shuttledirect.com
http://www.a2btransfers.com
http://www.holidaytaxis.com
http://www.costaprivatetransfers.com
If your party is more than 4 people, this is the best solution as there are very few taxi’s on rank at the airports that carry more than 4 people. You should check that any of the above has the correct taxi licences and insurance.                               

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T A X I  T O  Y O U R  U K  A I R P O R T
Go on this UK website to get a quote for a taxi to your UK airport - www.airporttaxis-uk.co.uk
A I R P O R T  P A R K I N G  I N  T H E  U K
Park and Save.com
- Save up to 60% on airport car park fees by booking online.
or
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A L I C A N T E   A I R P O R T    P A R K I N G  (L O N G  T E R M)
Aupa
. Open 24 hours. Tel 0034 96 568 7716. From only 5 euro a day - much cheaper than parking in the terminal car parks. Website at http://www.aupaparking.net/. Email: info@aupaparking.net.
Travel Insurance  next BOOK HERE
This Company has been supplying travel Insurance and holiday insurance since 1999.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that you be covered by travel insurance whenever you go overseas from your home country for flights, luggage in transit, airport transfers, etc. Although the rental owner will have buildings and contents insurance for the property and its possessions, your personal possessions need to be covered by your own travel insurance.

Ryanair is to increase its luggage charges by 50 per cent from 1st October 2009
The fee for bags carried in the hold of its aircraft will rise from £20 to £30 for those who check in at the airport from October 1.
The higher price is part of a wider change of policy that will see customers who want to check a second bag into the hold paying as much as £70.
The airline's proposals mean checking in one bag online will rise from £10 to £15. Checking in the same bag at the airport goes up from £20 to £30.
In future, Ryanair will allow customers to check two bags into the hold, each with a maximum weight of 15kg. The price will be £35 for online check-in and £70 with airport check-in.
Under the new regime, sports equipment such as a set of golf clubs will be charged at £50 if checked in at the airport, while the excess baggage fee is a hefty £20 a kilo.

Over 70 per cent of Ryanair passengers will be totally unaffected by these changes as they already travel with just one carry-on bag, which is free of charge.

Alicante airport

Alicante Airport's third terminal in 2010
National Airports AENA has announced that the proposed new third terminal for El Altet will be in operation during 2009. The Ministry of Public Works budget for the new terminal at El Altet is around 375 million euro.

The airport will double its potential passenger capacity to 20 million passengers a year or maximum 40 planes per hour. It will also have a new car park for 4200 vehicles, new access roads and automated baggage handling facilities.

Once completed, the new terminal will have 19 telescopic walkways direct to the aircraft, 16 passenger loading points for buses, 94 check-in desks and a 13,000 square metre baggage collection area.
Car parking will also be upgraded with 4,200 new spaces and a coach park that will take 100 vehicles.
The new cargo terminal, covering 60,000 square metres and costing six million euros is complete.

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corvera

The first stone was laid on 5th July 2008 for the new Airport in Murcia between Corvera and Fuente Alamo. The new airport, Corvera, will be an international airport with a runway of 3,000 metres long and 45 metres wide to allow it to take the world’s largest passenger and transport aircraft such as the Airbus-380 and the Russian Antonov-154. It includes a 22,500-square-metre three storey main terminal with nine telescopic arms giving direct access to aircraft with the capacity to handle three million passengers a year. The airport is 16 kilometres south of Murcia and 25kms north of Cartagena, between Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises.

Update November 2008 - The new Corvera Airport is starting to take shape.  The 300 m² passenger terminal and control tower now have a skeleton structure. What used to be fields of lemon trees, lettuces and artichokes, are now covered in a sea of concrete and building materials.  The 3km long runway has been flattened.  Over 200 builders are working on the Project.  An average 120 lorries full of concrete come in and out of the area daily.

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cheap flights Bargain flights do exist, but you have be adept at working the booking systems to your advantage. Here are some tips on obtaining the best fares:

  • Book in advance but don't book TOO far in advance - Airlines don't drop prices to super-cheap levels until they start to get worried about empty seats. Though if you are planning to travel between June to September, this can be a high risk strategy.

  • Try lots of combinations - If the first price offered on the internet service is very high, hit the back button and try different dates. Even small changes can produce dramatic cost savings, for example:

  • Can you depart from a different airport? For example, Gatwick rather than Heathrow. Are your departure times flexible? Morning and evening flights are usually cheaper than midmorning to late afternoon flights. Mid week flights are normally cheaper than Saturday and Sunday.

  • Try a different internet service - Not all websites deal with the same airlines; you might find the same destination and date at two different prices. (Although you should check if there are any travel restrictions on the cheaper quote.)

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CAR HIRE      top of page

To book from your home country, try www.carjet.com or www.email-car-hire.com or www.amigoautos.com or www.holidayautos.co.uk for the larger companies

Or if you prefer to use a local Torrevieja company and still collect the car from the airport on arrival, see Coys Cars below.

Please contact car hire companies direct as we have no involvement with them.

CAR HIRE

If you prefer to book locally, try the following phone numbers (start with 0034 if using a non-Spanish mobile phone) or look in the free local newspapers (available in many English bars) or the Costa Blanca News (out each Friday):

  • Coys Cars, near Carrefour, Torrevieja - tel 96 670 2816 / 629362 764. E-mail: coyscars@terra.es. Website at www.coysrent-a-car.com. Its an English run company which is well established. You can prearrange a car by email. You can collect a car from the airport or, if you prefer, use a taxi to initially get to the property, and then they will pick you up and take you into their office to complete the paperwork and then you then you come away with the car. The driver must have held a full driving licence for 3 years or more (a new insurance requirement). Baby seats and booster seats are available at 1 euro a day. Please mention justspanishrental.com

  • Dickmans, C/ Granados nº 1, Urbanización La Siesta, 03180, Torrevieja, Alicante. Tel: 966 785 021. Fax: 966 784 661, dickmannsrentacar.com

  • Europa Rentacar, near Carrefour, Torrevieja - tel 902 119 726, www.europa-rentacar.es

  • Drivespain.com, www.drivespain.com

  • Junior Car, La Florida, Orihuela Costa - tel 96 532 8060.

  • Lara Cars, Los Altos, www.laracars.com

  • Torrecar, Cabo Roig, Orihuela Costa - 96 673 0003.

  • Solmar - 966 922 200, www.solmar.es

The large car hire companies have an office in the arrivals hall but some smaller companies have van offices in the car park or bus you out of the airport. Including collecting your cases, it may be an hour or more before you come through to the public areas, particularly during busy periods with many planes arriving at the same time. It is advisable if the driver goes ahead to the car hire desk whilst remaining people wait for the cases to come through from the plane.

Information on driving in Spain - website #1 website #2. Print out this Guide to Driving In Spain (Late 2006)

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Travelling by Bus to Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa

From Alicante Airport to Alicante bus station (airport 9km from city centre) is via Linea 6. Timetable is 06.30am to 23.10pm, every 40 minutes, summer 2008. Check their website at http://www.subus.es for latest times, information, etc. Then.....

From Alicante bus station, you can either take a taxi to Torrevieja or the bus to Torrevieja bus station. See this website - http://www.costazul.net/costaingles.htm. Buses are every hour on the hour. The Alicante bus station is just a short walk from the train station. The Bus Station is on Calle de Portugal/Calle Lorenzo Casanova. The Train Station (Estacion de Madrid) is on Avd de la Estacion. The buses leave Alicante at 7.00, 9.00, 10.30, 12.00, 14.h00, 16.00, 18.30 and 20.00. The bus company is called Autocares Costa Azul. Just two bus stops, one at La Mata and then the bus station in Torrevieja. The journey takes about 1 hour. The cost is about €5.00 (2008) - you must get your bus ticket from the kiosk inside the station first. Torrevieja bus station is in the middle of town.

Travelling by Bus to Orihuela Costa Suburbs
See section above first if coming from Alicante airport. Then from Torrevieja Bus Station........
If you are travelling to a property in Orihuela Costa (outside of town to the south in the suburbs), you can either take a taxi or it may be possible to take a bus closer to the property using this website: http://www.costazul.net/Lineatorreviejaingles.htm
The bus from Torrevieja to Mil Palmeras passes along the N332 main coast road through Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia and Cabo Roig. The buses leave Torrevieja at 08.00 - 10.00 - 12.00 - 16.30 - 20.00 on Monday to Friday and at 08.00 - 13.00 - 15.00 - 19.00 on Saturday. For some properties not close to the N332, a walk of half an hour may still be necessary once you have got off the local bus unless you take a taxi for the last part of the journey.

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CROSS CHANNEL FERRY AND DRIVING TO SPAIN     top of page

You can take a cross channel ferry directly to one of the two Northern Spanish ports of Santander or Bilbao. For the more adventurous you can take a crossing to one of the French ports such as St Malo.
Try Brittany Ferries BRITTANY FERRIES or P&O Ferries P & O Ferries or ferrysavers.com Ferrysavers or aferryfor your cross channel booking enquiry.

RAC For planning your journey, use the RAC Route Planner, AA, Multimap, MapQuest, Mappy, Green Flag. Avoid Paris like the plague.

Comments from a forum in 2007 - Its 18 - 20 hours from Calais to Torrevieja. The Michelin route planner is very good. Accor Hotels are a possible stop over place. They do a range of hotels from 30+ euros per night, which can be booked up to 100 days beforehand and cancelled up to 18.00 on the day. By travelled down on Motorways/Toll roads, cost is about £120 in tolls. Avoid Paris by travelling down the eastern side of France by Lyon and Dijon to the coast at Montpellier and then follow the coast down to the Torrevieja. Another possibility is to go around Paris and then by Orleans to Montpellier. Its about 70 miles shorter.

Comments from a forum in 2008 - I drove from Manchester to Torrevieja in September and used the Plymouth Santander ferry. I would recommend this route. Left Manchester at 9am on the Sunday to catch the afternoon ferry. The ferry docked in Santander at 12 30pm Monday. We arrived at Cabo Roig at ten thirty Monday night. The ferry was superb and so was the food on board. The drive through Spain (via Madrid) was very relaxed as there was very little traffic on the road. Going by this route saved me about 900 miles of driving. That's a lot of petrol + we did not have to pay for an overnight stop. I reckon it cost me the same as going all the way by road it was certainly more relaxing and not tiring at all. One word of advice Get yourself a Tom Tom Sat Nav.

Also try this link: www.thisisspain.info/travel/driving-to-spain

Fixed speed cameras in our area - www.fixedspeedcamera.com

Ferry from Denia to Ibiza or Majorca (about 7 hours) - http://balearia.net/eng/indexbalearia.htm and http://www.aferry.com/ (or fly from Murcia or Alicante with Air Berlin - about 40 minute flight and probably cheaper).

EUROPEAN TRAINS AND TRAVELLING WITHIN SPAIN     top of page

The nearest railway stations to our area are Alicante, Elche, Murcia . These website will help you plan your journey:
Travel around Europe with Inter-rail.
Travel within Spain using Renfe.
The European Railway Server - railfaneurope.net

Guide to travelling around Spain - www.travelinginspain.com.
Cheap internal flights, car hire and hotels with Vueling.com

We cannot be held responsible for any of the information contained within third party websites
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