Almeria airport is a key destination for UK travellers heading for beach holiday favourites on the Mediterranean coast like Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar. The airport is 9km from Alicante. This is quite a large airport with a good selection of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Good onward travel connections to Alicante and Benidorm.
Prices tend to be a little more expensive than flights to Malaga or Alicante but intense competition between charter and low-cost airlines keeps fares reasonable. The superb climate means flights are available all year round. Winter flights serve a large UK community living on the Costa de Almeria. Flights tend to be more expensive during the summer school holiday period. Many of the best deals are found in early spring and autumn. It is always worth booking as well in advance as possible.
Many of the best deals are found with low-cost airlines Ryanair and EasyJet. Ryanair currently operates routes from East Midlands and London Stansted. EasyJet fly from London Gatwick. The availability of flights increases during the long summer season, when tour operators like Thomson and Monarch provide charter flights. Monarch fly from Birmingham. Both Monarch and Thomson fly from Manchester. Summer season flights often begin as early as May.
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Bus C-6 connects the airport with the centre of Alicante every 20 minutes. Service runs from 05.30-24.00. Tickets cost €2,70The bus goes to the main railway station and connects with the city tram service at Alfonso X El Sabio and Plaza de los Luceros. The Alicante Tram system has routes to the Costa Blanca resorts of El Campello, La Vila Joiosa, Benidorm, L'Alfàs del Pi, Altea, Calpe, Benissa, Gata, Teulada and Denia.
Direct non-stop buses run to Benidorm bus station every hour. The journey takes 45 minutes. Tickets cost €8,30. There are also direct inter-city buses to Murcia, Torrevieja and Santa Pola. Bus 1A runs from the airport to Elche. Bus 1B runs to Playa El Altet and Arenales del Sol.
The official airport taxi service is Radio Taxi Elche. They can be identified by a green stripe running the length of the vehicle. Fares to the airport include a supplement of 3.80 euros. The company website offers booking with a discount for payment in advance. Make sure that the taxi driver starts the meter. Approximate fares: Alicante 20Euros, Altea 74 Euros, Benidorm 70 euros, Calpe 85 Euros.
EasyJet fly all year round from London Gatwick. Most other routes are seasonal.