LOCAL AND REGIONAL buses in the South Costa Blanca offer such exceptional value, that public transport provides an inexpensive and genuine alternative to a hire car when visiting our part of Spain.
Locally the public transport service on the Costa Blanca is provided under the signature identity of “Costa Azul” and operated by the international public transport company Groupo Avanza.
Headquartered in Madrid, Groupo Avanza was created in 2002 amalgamating three existing public transport operators into a single corporate body.
Operating a fleet of more than 1,800 modern buses throughout the Iberian peninsula, public transport and bus services form a route from Alicante-Elche international airport to local urbanisations and communities.
A premium bus service runs between the airport and the port city of Torrevieja, with scheduled coaches linking the two destinations every day of the year including Sundays and public holidays.
The luxury coaches offer a free onboard Wifi connection for passengers and travel along the AP-7 motorway to avoid the notorious congestion on the N-332 coastal road that can cause serious delays to journeys during the summer months.
Non-stop bus service from Alicante airport to Torrevieja 365-days a year
With a scheduled journey time of just 50-minutes, a regular timetable, and a ticket cost of just €7.00, the service offers unbeatable value. Coaches are adapted for persons of limited mobility and offer plenty of luggage space.
During the summer 2023 season, buses depart Alicante airport for Torrevieja every day at 08:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 19:00 and the last bus leaves the airport concourse at 21:00.
A return bus service operates from Torrevieja to Alicante airport each day, with buses departing at 07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 18:00 and 20:00.
Costa Azul offers discounted tickets on their airport transport coach service. Children under four years travel free of charge, and accredited Valencian residents over the age of 65 are eligible for a 30% discount on ticket prices upon presentation of a valid Spanish residence card.
Bus tickets to Alicante-Elche airport are available for purchase from Torrevieja Bus Station (Estación de Autobuses de Torrevieja), pay as you board, or you can book online and pay with Visa, Mastercard, or Paypal. Here's a Google Map for the bus station in Torrevieja.
Alternatively, at Alicante airport (you'll find the bus stop on the ground floor in arrivals), simply pay the driver as you board the bus.
Public transport on the Costa Blanca, an affordable car hire alternative
Two regular public transport services connect Torrevieja with the Orihuela Costa, using The University Hospital of Torrevieja as a connection hub.
The Pink Line “DF” provides connections between the city, Punta Prima, and Los Altos; whilst the Aqua Line “E” provides local bus services between Torrevieja, Los Altos, and Lago Jardin.
Both lines operate a regular service timetable seven days a week, with ticket prices set at a very affordable €1.55.
Two special public transport services supplement connections around the local area, with buses serving stops between Torrevieja Hospital and Zenia Boulevard shopping centre, and a separate southbound coastal service covering communities between Zenia Boulevard and the health centre in Aguamarina.
Special service bus routes operate only Monday through Friday, with no scheduled services for the weekends or public holidays. The service runs year-round with buses every 90 minutes throughout July and August.
The Costa Azul app is available from the Google Play store. The handy app shows the location of all bus stops on a Google Map, a route map for each bus line, and indicates live expected wait times at each stop.
Travellers can view all routes in Torrevieja and throughout the Orihuela Costa. It's a “must-have” app for visitors and local residents planning to use public transport in Spain. Route maps and the bus timetable can also be viewed online by clicking here.
Explore the Spanish culture of Orihuela, reached within an hour
A bus service connects the coast with the municipal city of Orihuela and the Orihuela-Miguel Hernández railway station. Locally, the route starts at Zenia Boulevard shopping centre visiting the two cities of Torrevieja and Orihuela, with ticket prices costing just €1.55 for the hour-long journey.
City-bound public transport services operate three scheduled return routes from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), and the off-season service runs from September to July each year.
|Zenia Boulevard||Playa Flamenca||Torrevieja Hospital||Entre Naranjos||Orihuela Station|
|Orihuela Station||Entre Naranjos||Torrevieja Hospital||Playa Flamenca||Zenia Boulevard|
A limited bus service operates routes north of Torrevieja, connecting the city with the urbanisations of Ciudad Quesada and Benijofar. Buses depart Torrevieja adjacent to the Hotel Fontana Plaza at 07:00, 10:00, 14:00 and 18:00. Return services depart from the arches in Ciudad Quesada at 10:50, 12:30, 18:15 and 20:20.
To contact Torrevieja Bus Station call (+34) 965 710 146, or to book tickets online for the Torrevieja to Alicante-Elche airport transfer service, simply click here to visit the official Group Avanza website.
Prefer the convenience of your own car in Spain? Check out our complete list of car hire companies in South Costa Blanca, with collection available from Alicante airport and competitive car rental prices throughout the year.
Alternatively, our list of recommended airport transfer and taxi services can provide private transport from Alicante or Murcia airports to your chosen resort.
Looking for holiday ideas and travel inspiration? Find out more about our favourite recommended things to do on the Orihuela Costa or join the La Zenia community Facebook group and find out what's going on in the local area.