Information On Streetcar And Train Systems In Alicante
In recent years Alicante got a totally new system of streetcar trains called the TRAM. The current network is relatively large and covers major parts of Alicante and the northern suburbs.
If you do not hire a car for your Costa Blanca holidays, the Tram streetcar is certainly a clever and cheap way to get around Alicante and to cities and towns along the northern Coast.
|Alicante TRAM Streetcar / Underground Subway System|
|With more than 99% of the TRAM streetcar system running above ground, it is a bit tough to call it underground or metro. Well… but some hundred meters of its railway system run below ground, so we could call it (little) Alicante Underground, streetcar, trolley, metro, transit or even cable car if you like :-). Whatever you are most comfortable with.
Important TRAM Streetcar Stations
Currently the Tram Streetcar system only offers several stops in downtown Alicante. Since the city is not that large in extension, it is good enough to get you around from one end to the other.
For Travelers two stops or lets call them stations are of key importance:
Luceros – Tram Station
Named after the ” Placa de los Luceros ” a marvelous plaza in Alicante, the Luceros streetcar station is located in the heart of Alicante.
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Closest Streetcar Station to Alicante’s Main Train Station
It is the closest station to the main train station in Alicante. ( In the future, plans are made to setup separate TRAM station at the main train station, but for now Luceros is the closest stop).
Luceros – Great Station to Go To Alicante Airport
The Luceros TRAM underground station is also a great place to board the bus TO Alicante airport.
While the alicante airport bus FROM the airport does not stop at the Luceros station, the bus TO Alicante airport stops right next to the exit of the Tram station at Placa de Luceros.
“Incoming” Bus Stop
If you take the c-6 airport bus FROM the airport to Alicante, it will stop a couple of meters away from the Luceros station at “Avenida de Alfonso X El Sabio 37”.
Puerta del Mar – Tram Station
This station is right in the heart of the harbor area. If you use the Tram to go into Alicante for sightseeing or a lovely evening out, make Puerta del Mar your first choice. In case you plan on car hire or have your own car during your holidays, and you want to avoid any traffic jams in Alicante, you could just leave your rental car at the beaches of San Juan or El Campello and within 15 minutes you are at Alicante harbor in walking distance to the city centre.
Only couple of steps away from the historic old city centre of Alicante and right next to the sandy beach, you get the best of both worlds.
The station/stop is served by the short 4L line (don’t confuse with the large L4 tram line). So, if you are driving in from Benidorm or any other town north, you have to switch to the 4L line at Sangueta station.
Important Connecting Stop For Alicante Airport Bus
If you take the bus from Alicante airport to Alicante, you should consider the Puerta del Mar station as your best stop to connect to the TRAM streetcar. That’s because “Puerta del Mar” is the Start – and Finish Stop for the Alicante Airport Bus.
In other words, if you get from the airport to Alicante, the Bus will end there. And if you want to take it to go TO Alicante airport, the bus will start at the Puerta del Mar Bus stop.
Railroad Maps of Alicante Tram
Click on the map left to enlarge and get details on where the Alicante Streetcar and Narrow Gauge Railway stops. For the moment the electric streetcar brings you every 30 minutes from Alicante harbor in front of the Melia Hotel, via the Alicante Narrow Gauge Railway Station to El Campello, along the Cabo de la Huertas and directly to the beach of San Juan. It is an excellent way of transportion for any tourist who stays in downtown Alicante, but wants to spend a day at the beach along the Costa Blanca.
Alicante Streetcar connects to Northern Costa Blanca Cities via the Narrow Gauge Railway Train in El Campello
At El Campello a suburb village just north of the city, you can then change from the Alicante Tram (streetcar) to the FGV Narrow Gauge Railway which brings you up north along the Costa Blanca to all major cities like Benidorm, Altea, Calpe, Teulada and Denia.
Please find an enlarged Map of the FGV Railway to Benidorm Altea Calpe and Denia here.
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Further Information on Transportation, including via Streetcar from the Airport in Alicante: