Cheap flights to Alicante
Soak up the sun in the beautiful port city of Alicante. Situated on the Costa Blanca – named for the sandy white beaches that skirt the Mediterranean coast – Alicante offers the chance to relax in the lap of luxury. Despite being a popular seaside resort, you’ll also have a chance to enjoy more traditional Spanish customs, from fine cuisine to a glass of local wine.
When to book cheap flights to Alicante
Not too surprisingly, Alicante is at its busiest in the summer months, when the crowds flock here in their hoards to kick back on pristine beaches and top up their vitamin D.
Early autumn tends to remain warm, ensuring this time of year is also popular. To secure the cheapest flights to Alicante, the best time to book is in winter or spring. Although the weather is not quite so warm at this time of year, it is certainly a vast improvement on the British weather! Hotels and accommodation are generally more affordable to, but many local businesses may not stay open during the winter.
How to find the best deals to Alicante
Except perhaps in the depths of winter, last-minute flights to Alicante are unlikely to be the cheapest, so you should always try to book as far in advance as you can.
In addition, if you’re able to be flexible on travel dates, this will help a lot. To make it as easy as possible to compare flights, we’ve included a ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option on the search results page.
Another tip is to try selecting the ‘Nearby Airports’ option to see flights from other locations in your vicinity.
UK departures to Alicante
The British do love a Spanish getaway, which is exactly why you’ll find direct flights to Alicante from airports all across the UK. With several flights departing each day, the average flight time from the UK is around three hours.
The best flight times from major UK airports are as follows:
Spain’s fifth busiest air hub, you’ll be in safe hands at Alicante-Elche Airport. Large, sleek, airy and modern, the staff are friendly, efficient and helpful. This is hardly surprising since the airport boasts over 12 million passengers each year.
The airport is just five miles southwest of the city, meaning it’s just a quick commute to your final destination.
Which UK airlines fly to Alicante?
Airlines flying into Alicante from the UK include:
- British Airways
- Vueling Airlines
- TAP Portugal
How to get around in Alicante
As one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations, Alicante has an excellent public transport system, perfectly designed for getting around locally.
Bus services are a great way for getting about the city, and the central bus station is situated right on the coast. Taxis are widely available also, but the best way to explore the beaches, bars and restaurants of the Old Town – Barrio de la Santa Cruz – is on foot.
The central train station is also well connected to other cities in Spain, offering direct high-speed services to locations such as Madrid and Barcelona.
What are the must-sees in Alicante?
Unlike some of Spain’s more commercial beach resorts, Alicante is an ancient port city steeped in history. This really gives it an authentic edge over of some of the more modern destinations you can find on the Costa Blanca.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the form of Santa Barbara Castle. This 9th century Islamic fortress stands at the peak of nearby Mount Benacantil. While the climb can feel like hard work on a hot day, it’s definitely worth it for the views over the city and coast.
The Basilica of Santa Maria also mustn’t be missed. Built in the unique Valencian Gothic style, this extravagant and atmospheric building is a staple tourist snapshot.
Tips for travelling in Alicante
Tourists from the UK will not need a visa to visit Alicante for stays of up to 90 days.