The wheels have touched down on the runway and the seatbelt sign hasn´t even been turned off, yet everyone is already clambering to retrieve their bags from the overhead lockers – sound familiar? On disembarking be prepared for a lengthy walk – if you are not that mobile then pre-book a wheelchair on arrival. It´s a hit and miss whether the passport control is manned but have your passports to hand just incase. Follow the signs for baggage reclaim and grab a trolley - they are free here. Once you have your luggage then make your way through the double automatic doors to the arrivals hall. What next?
For those that have hired a car turn RIGHT and the car hire desks are all in front of you. If you have a private transfer booked then your driver should be there to meet you in the arrivals hall with a sign. Everybody else, head for the lifts, which are directly ahead of you as you exit luggage reclaim. If you have a shuttle transfer booked, with companies such as ABAS Costa Blanca,who are handling agents for many of the major shuttle companies then go to -2 (minus 2) and upon exiting the lifts, moving traveltors or stairs you will find the various stands. Company reps will greet you, explain the return transfer pick up arrangements and direct you to the correct coach number outside.
If you are planning on using the ALSA bus, which is the equivalent of National Express then go to the departures level – floor 2. Turn right out of the terminal and walk to the furthest point where you will see the bus stop. The bus departs hourly, on the hour between 8:00am (although there is one at 6:15am) and 11:00pm but with NO service at 6pm, 8pm and 10:00pm and costs 9.45€ per person – no child discount and CASH ONLY. The journey takes 45 minutes and there are only 2 stops – first at the bus station then on to the Avd Europa, which is the best place to get off and very central for hotels. There is a taxi rank next to the bus stop on the Avd Europa if your accommodation is not within reasonable walking distance.