About Alicante Elche Airport (ALC)
Address: Terminal De Llegadas, Alicante, 03071
Alicante Elche Airport (ALC) is the main airport serving the province of Valencia, located roughly 9 km southwest of Alicante. As the gateway to the golden beaches of the Costa Blanca, (ALC) is served by five major airport car rental companies. You’ll find Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt in the arrivals area of the terminal.
Most visitors to Alicante report a problem-free driving experience. They also say that having a car hire made the difference between a fantastic vacation and a ho-hum getaway. Like getting around in most coastal cities, having a large body of water as a landmark makes navigation so much easier. The seafront Explanada de Espana runs through central Alicante and links to routes further afield in the Costa Blanca. The provincial capital of Valencia is only 99 miles (160 km) south of (ALC) in the region of Murcia.
Traffic in central Alicante is relatively free-flowing, but the city’s penchant for festivals mean these events frequently block off a section of streets. The most popular festival (Hogueras de San Juan) takes place in late June, but locals say there’s a festival in Alicante — somewhere — almost every week. Meanwhile, traffic law enforcement in Alicante isn’t overly oppressive, but you’ll need to follow some particular rules about seatbelts, cell phone use, earbud/headseat use by drivers, and the use of headlights when entering tunnels.
Choosing your car
Many visitors come to Alicante for the Mediterranean beach lifestyle, so odds are good that choosing your car may come down to how many people you’re traveling with, and how much luggage do they have? A Fiat compact or economy car is ideal for solo travelers and couples with a couple of roller suitcases. On the other hand, if you’re planning a longer road trip, a standard Volkswagen 4-door sedan has more room and drive-ability. Small families and parties of five people or less will sit comfortably in a full-sized Renault estate wagon or a Nissan SUV. Parties of six or more passengers will look to the 7-9 seater Citroen minivan.
Tips and advice
Make a point of checking your car hire’s air conditioning system before heading away from the airport. It gets hot and stays hot in Alicante, and there’s nothing worse than sitting in a hot car — except maybe going through the hassle of exchanging it for a new car back at the airport.
Drivers from within Spain and European Union countries don’t need an International Driver’s Permit to operate a vehicle, but visitors from other countries probably need an IDP. Check with your airport car rental provider before you rent a car. The IDP needs to be acquired before you leave your home country.
Auto accident rates are somewhat higher in Spain than in neighboring countries, so brush up on your defensive driving skills and double up on your insurance.
Roads are notably narrow, especially in outlying towns.
The national speed limit on autopistas and autovias (highways) is 120 km/h. The speed limit on main routes (carreteras) is 90 km/h.
Toll roads are called “autopista de peaje.” And yes, they accept cash.