THE journey to and from Madrid on the AVE high speed train is efficient, fast and cheap.
Getting to and from Alicante City’s railway station however, is either fast and expensive by taxi or cheap and slow on public transport.
The solution of a shuttle bus timed to meet AVEs is no further forward than when the service began operating in June 2013 but Benidorm company Beniconnect is filling the breach by connecting both Benidorm and Calpe with the AVE station.
Unlike the planned bus service, the privately-run line does not need the authorisation of Alicante City Hall.
Initially reservations will be available through tour operators and travel agencies, with three pick-up points in Calpe and six in Benidorm.
Although Benidorm Town Hall hopes that a shuttle between Benidorm and the station will arrive eventually, local Mayor Toni Perez said that the discretionary Beniconnect service and a conventional link “are perfectly compatible.”