Alicante has excellent bus connections, putting the beaches of the Costa Blanca, and the charms of the city itself, well within reach. Buses run into central Alicante from Valencia, Elche, Madrid, Barcelona, and many other popular Spanish cities. These services offer numerous links to international airports, making them really handy for UK-based travellers.
Almost all buses to Alicante will arrive at the city's Estacion Autobus. The bus station is located in the southern part of Alicante, not far from the city's port. So it's well located for those connecting to ferries to North Africa, or Mediterranean cruises. It's around 15 minutes walk south of the city centre, and local buses run into town from outside the station doors.
Virtually all connections with other Spanish cities are operated by Alsa, which runs standard and slightly up-market "Supra" services. International coaches to Alicante are provided by Eurolines, Flixbus, and Linebus, which run services from Paris, London, and other major European cities.
Travellers can choose to take short or long haul buses to Alicante, and both have their advantages. Those coming from far away can benefit from low fares with companies like Eurolines and Flixbus. The journey may take well over 20 hours, but travellers can break up their journey with stops in cities like Paris and Barcelona, making the trip more appealing. Buses to Alicante are also a good way to transfer from international airports near the city. Buses run from Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, and a number of other airports. So if budget flights arrive at other cities, visiting Alicante should still be simple.
If travellers want to transfer to resorts on the Costa Blanca, plenty of buses leave from the Estacion Autobus, and it's a good idea to arrange tickets beforehand. If not, Alicante is a fascinating city to explore. Dating back to Roman times, it has an imposing castle (take a bottle of water for the ascent) and a superb Archaeological Museum. But visitors should also spend time in the Old Town. A warren of ancient streets, the Old Town is packed with tapas bars and beautiful churches. Or they could just chill out at Playa del Postiguet, one of Europe's finest city beaches.