Trains to Alicante Find train times and tickets

The city of Alicante is the gateway to the Costa Blanca – the popular stretch of coast which runs north-east from Alicante to Cap de la Nau. That Costa strip is brash and busy, but still worth a visit for its golden beaches. Alicante itself is an antidote to the Costa resorts. The city is restrained, stylish and a fine place to relax. You’ll find the name often rendered as Alacant in the local Valencian dialect of Catalan. The main railway station Is simply called Alacant Terminal, though most locals call it 'RENFE' - that's the name of Spain's national rail operator.

Spain’s high-speed rail network was extended to reach Alicante in summer 2013, so the fastest services from Alicante now take little more than two hours to reach Madrid. The pace of trains running up the east coast from Alicante is less rushed. Reckon on two hours to Valencia and five hours to Barcelona. This east coast route is served by comfortable but slowish Euromed or Talgo trains. There are good regional rail links (with some routes operated by Cercanías local trains) from Alicante to the nearby cities of Xátiva, Murcia, Lorca, Cartagena and the lovely coastal town of Águilas. And if you just cannot resist the lure of Benidorm with its abundance of sun, sea and sand, there is a useful local tram that links Alicante with the Costa Blanca resorts. A new high-speed line from Alicante to Almería (in Andalucía) is on the drawing board, but the first trains on this key interregional route are unlikely to run until 2023.

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Paris to Alicante by train

from £63.00

Avg 1 change 12hr 28m

Madrid to Alicante by train

from £18.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 9m

Barcelona to Alicante by train

from £15.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 55m

Murcia to Alicante by train

from £8.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 8m

Xàtiva to Alicante by train

from £12.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 7m

Salou to Alicante by train

from £22.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 13m

Albacete to Alicante by train

from £15.50

Avg 0 changes 48m

Benicassim to Alicante by train

from £22.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 56m

Málaga to Alicante by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 5hr 44m

Toulouse to Alicante by train

from £77.00

Avg 1 change 9hr 21m

Ciudad Real to Alicante by train

from £31.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 48m

Tarragona to Alicante by train

from £25.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr

Castellón de la Plana to Alicante by train

from £15.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 34m

Cordoba to Alicante by train

from £65.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 9m

Seville to Alicante by train

from £68.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 54m

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San Fernando to Alicante by train

from £19.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 27m

Nîmes to Alicante by train

from £65.50

Avg 1 change 9hr 27m

Cartagena to Alicante by train

from £14.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 7m

Santander to Alicante by train

from £56.50

Avg 0 changes 7hr 59m

London to Alicante by train

from £130.50

Avg 2 changes 21hr 56m

Perpignan to Alicante by train

from £64.50

Avg 1 change 7hr 17m

Alcázar de San Juan to Alicante by train

from £27.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 38m

Valencia to Alicante by train

from £13.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 35m

Montpellier to Alicante by train

from £65.50

Avg 1 change 8hr 57m

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