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There are 5 ways to get from Alicante to Cartagena by bus, train, rideshare or car

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Bus  •  1h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Alicante to Cartagena

10€ - 12€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1h 44m

  1. Take the rideshare from Alicante to Cartagène 125.9 km

2€ - 8€

3 alternative options

Bus via Murcia  •  2h 6m

  1. Take the bus from Alicante, Alicante to Murcia , Murcia N1131
  2. Take the bus from Murcia to Cartagena 72B

10€ - 20€

Train  •  2h 12m

  1. Take the train from Alicante-Termino to Cartagena 18523 / ...

12€ - 16€

Drive  •  1h 14m

  1. Drive from Alicante to Cartagena 122.9 km

12€ - 19€

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The cheapest way to get from Alicante to Cartagena is to rideshare which costs 2€ - 8€ and takes 1h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Alicante to Cartagena is to drive which costs 12€ - 19€ and takes 1h 14m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Alicante and arriving at Cartagena. Services depart six times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 1h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Alicante-Termino and arriving at Cartagena. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 12m.

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The distance between Alicante and Cartagena is 93 km. The road distance is 122.9 km.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Cartagena without a car is to bus which takes 1h 50m and costs 10€ - 12€.

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The bus from Alicante to Cartagena takes 1h 50m including transfers and departs six times a week.

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Alicante to Cartagena bus services, operated by Interbus, depart from Alicante station.

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Alicante to Cartagena train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Alicante-Termino station.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Cartagena is to bus which takes 1h 50m and costs 10€ - 12€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 12€ - 16€ and takes 2h 12m.

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Map of how to get from Alicante to Cartagena.
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  • Distance: 93.4 km
  • Duration: 1h 50m

What companies run services between Alicante, Spain and Cartagena, Spain?

Interbus operates a bus from Alicante to Cartagena 6 times a week. Tickets cost 10€ - 12€ and the journey takes 1h 50m. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Alicante-Termino to Cartagena twice daily. Tickets cost 12€ - 16€ and the journey takes 2h 12m.

Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Alicante-Termino to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
Interbus
Phone
+34 (0) 902 64 64 28
Email
info@interbus.es
Website
interbus.es
Bus from Alicante to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
10€ - 12€
Schedules at
interbus.es
Bus from Alicante to Murcia
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
6€ - 7€
Schedules at
interbus.es
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
4€ - 5€
Schedules at
interbus.es
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Alicante, Alicante to Murcia , Murcia
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Alicante to Murcia
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
alsa.com
Interbus Murcia
Phone
968 291 911
Email
murcia@interbus.es
Website
interbusmurcia.es
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 6€
Schedules at
interbus.es
LAT bus
Phone
968 25 00 88
Email
info@latbus.com
Website
latbus.com
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
latbus.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Alicante to Cartagène
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
2€ - 8€
Book at
blablacar.es

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Alicante to Cartagena bus services, operated by Interbus, arrive at Cartagena station.

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Alicante to Cartagena train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Cartagena station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Alicante to Cartagena is 123 km. It takes approximately 1h 14m to drive from Alicante to Cartagena.

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There are 1075+ hotels available in Cartagena. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Alicante and Cartagena. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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