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Shuttle Bus to Alicante train station

After years of disagreements, there will now be a permanent bus connection between the AVE train station in Alicante and Benidorm with surrounding towns.

AVE train. Photo: PromoMadrid. Max Alexander.

AVE train. Photo: PromoMadrid. Max Alexander.

The reason for the delay is that Alicante municipality refused to let the bus company Alsa drive by the railway station for the AVE trains. It was said that the road network was too small to allow buses there, but many thought that the municipality had a hidden agenda – to ensure revenues to the local taxis.

But after three years of political disagreements, it now looks as if the issue is has been resolved. The municipal council in Benidorm hopes that the shuttle bus service will be up and running before the summer.

According to the newspaper La Información, Renfe is now working on a solution where the booking system allows you to book a ticket all the way to from Madrid to Benidorm. This will make it much easier for travellers instead of having to book a separate shuttle bus ticket between Benidorm and Alicante.

AVE Alicante – Madrid
The high speed train line was opened in June 2013 and is part of the Spanish high-speed network Alta Velocidad Española (AVE). The journey between Madrid and Alicante takes just over two hours and the train stops in Cuenca, Albacete and Villena on its way to Alicante.

Route Map for the Spanish speed rail network. Photo: Habarithor Wikimedia Commons.

Route Map for the Spanish speed rail network. Photo: Habarithor Wikimedia Commons.