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Travel Information to Alicante from Manchester

distanceDistance1047 miles (1688 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • £9 • 2 h 40 min
carriersPopular travel companiesRyanair

Travel 1047 miles (1688 km) by flight between Manchester and Alicante. Ryanair is the main travel provider operating this journey. Travellers can even take a direct from Manchester to Alicante.

How to Travel from Manchester to Alicante?

The most efficient and cost effective way to travel from Manchester to Alicante is by plane. Flights leave Manchester each day with direct and indirect routes to the Spanish city. It’s a very popular route with a number of budget and flag carrying airlines.

It’s generally a tourism route with people travelling from Manchester to Alicante for weekend trips and longer holidays. Direct flights take around 2h 50min to complete while indirect flights can take up to 8h depending on the transit time during the stopover. Naturally you will have to add the time to get between the airports and cities by public transport as well as the time required in the airport pre-departure.

What is the Cheapest Way To Get from Manchester to Alicante?

The budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet tend to be the cheapest as long as you book in advance. They also tend to be direct flights. The prices on national carriers such as KLM, British Airways, Iberia and Air France tend to be more expensive.

The national carriers offer mostly indirect flights and transit through their national hubs, such as Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Iberia and Air France.The cost of all airline tickets rise as the departure date gets closer and the flights fill up. Among the national carriers the indirect flights can sometimes be cheaper than the direct ones. Being flexible with your dates can also help when booking flights as good savings can be made if you travel on less busy days.

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Manchester to Alicante?

Travel time from Manchester to Alicante is around 2h 50min if you fly direct. This is the fastest way to travel between the two cities. You can take an indirect flight but the transit times can be anything from 2h to 23h in the case of Air France and its Paris connection. It’s also worth calculating how much time it will take to travel to the departure airport. Both Manchester Airport (MAN) and Alicante Airport (ALC) offer good local transport connections. Flights depart throughout the day. The earliest is around 06:30 a.m. and the latest flights out of Manchester tend to be around 5:30 p.m.

Alicante Street. Source: Shutterstock

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Flights from Manchester to Alicante

Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in the UK and is very well resourced with passenger amenities. Local transport connections to the airport are excellent and you can reach it from any part of the UK. The route from Manchester Airport to Alicante Airport (ALC) is dominated by budget airlines. Ryanair and easyJet both travel this route with direct flights every day to Alicante. Ryanair tends to be more frequent. In addition a number of national airlines offer indirect routes to Alicante via other British or European cities. British Airways transits through London Heathrow (LHR), KLM transits through Amsterdam (AMS) while Iberia also uses the Heathrow connection.

Alicante View. Source: Shutterstock

Flying from Manchester to Alicante with Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and KLM

Ryanair's flights are often the cheapest and most frequent on this route. The company is very popular but has strict rules around cabin baggage and checked in baggage. If you are travelling with a lot of baggage you will find the price of your flight can increase quite quickly. On their cheapest fare you can bring one small piece of personal baggage on board. You will have to pay extra for cabin baggage. easyJet’s flights are one of the cheaper operators, with a small number of flights per day. This is a popular provider but, as with many budget carriers, there are strict rules around cabin baggage and checked in baggage

On easyJet’s cheapest fare you can bring one small piece of personal baggage on board. You will have to pay extra for cabin baggage. However, you can save around 50% if you book your baggage online at time of booking rather than paying for it at the airport. British Airways flights from Manchester to Alicante are in the medium price range. They offer a small number of flights per day and they tend to transit through London Heathrow. This adds another few hours to your journey. In terms of baggage, on their cheapest fare you can bring a small personal item and checked bag as well as the option of seat selection.

Iberia flies via Heathrow also and in addition to this baggage allocation you can also bring a cabin bag when travelling with that airline. KLM flies from Manchester to Alicante daily. The prices tend to be in the medium range and usually transit through Amsterdam (AMS). This can sometimes be a lengthy stopover with a wait of between 4h and 13h. The cheapest KLM fares come with a baggage limit of one personal item and one piece of cabin baggage.

To Alicante by flight — travel tips

Alicante is the main town on Spain’s Costa Blanca and is one of the most important tourism destinations in the region. The town itself is very attractive with a substantial old town that offers wonderful architecture with small narrow streets and attractive squares and markets. Food and drink is a huge attraction here, with many restaurants and cafes offering excellent quality Spanish food in both traditional and modern guises.

Families particularly enjoy the region with its large beaches, good family nightlife and lots of activities on the water and inland in the more mountainous areas. Tourism is very well developed and you will find it easy to get around and explore. Couples enjoy the area for its romantic coastal breaks and boutique hotels, as well as great restaurants and bars. Rice takes centre stage in this Mediterranean city with hundreds of different ways of cooking it while seafood is a very close second in terms of popularity.

Regional desserts and sweets are hugely popular here also, with sweet fig bread and Turrón being some of the more typical local recipes. If you enjoy museums, a recent addition to the must see list is the refurbished Provincial Archaeological Museum. Set in the grounds of the old San Juan de Dios Hospital, it unlocks the interconnected stories of the region’s Greek, Roman and Iberian history.

Alicante’s climate ensures a year-round destination with good sunshine throughout the year. The calendar is also built around lots of festivals and events that mark national holidays and important events making it a busy place in any month. There are a number of important nature reserves and national parks near the city and at least a dozen golf courses with magnificent views of the Mediterranean and the mountains.

Travel Tips

Travel from Manchester to Alicante
Travel to Alicante easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Manchester to Alicante.
What are the international travel restrictions for Spain due to COVID-19 if I’m travelling from Manchester to Alicante?

Travel from Manchester, United Kingdom to Alicante, Spain is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Alicante from Manchester restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Alicante, Spain from Manchester?

Entry Requirements:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Alicante, Spain?

The government of Spain has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The above information was last verified on 02/12/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip to Alicante from Manchester closer to your planned date of departure here.

Are there restrictions on my return trip to Manchester, United Kingdom from Alicante, Spain due to COVID-19?

The restriction level for your return to Manchester, United Kingdom from Spain is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Manchester from Alicante restricted?

Entry into United Kingdom is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Manchester from Alicante?

Conditions of reentry into United Kingdom:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals without a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 2 for vaccinated travellers
  • 2-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals with a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Manchester, United Kingdom?

You should observe these safety measures in United Kingdom as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

This information about your return travel to United Kingdom was last checked on 03/12/2021. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Manchester from Alicante closer to your date of departure here.

How do I go from Manchester to Alicante?

Travelling from Manchester to Alicante includes taking a flight.

What is the quickest way from Manchester to Alicante?

The fastest way to travel to Alicante from Manchester is by flight, which requires on average 2 h 40 min   of travel time.

How far is Alicante from Manchester?

The distance from Manchester to Alicante is approximately 1047 miles (1688 km).

When going from Manchester to Alicante, where do I depart from Manchester and where do I arrive in Alicante?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Alicante:

  • Most travellers catch their flight from Manchester Airport and arrive in Alicante Elche Airport.
Which travel companies can get me from Manchester to Alicante?

Let Omio help you find the best company to travel with between Manchester and Alicante:

  • You can go to Alicante from Manchester by plane with Ryanair. You'll see cheap plane tickets for £9 with Ryanair from Manchester to Alicante on Omio.
What is another destination I should add to my tour from Manchester to Alicante?
Looking to extend your trip from Manchester to Alicante? Many Omio customers who go from Manchester to Alicante usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia. If you're looking to explore Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia from Alicante, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How early should I buy Manchester to Alicante tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip between Manchester and Alicante, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets are costing £9 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Manchester to Alicante online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.