There are 12 ways to get from Cardiff to Alicante by train, plane, bus, car ferry, car, bus and ferry or car train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train to Bristol, fly to Alicante  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Alicante (ALC) BRS - ALC

$79 - $259

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Fly Cardiff to Alicante  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Alicante (ALC) CWL - ALC

$72 - $211

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Train to Birmingham, fly to Alicante  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Alicante (ALC) BHX - ALC

$97 - $380

Train, train to London Gatwick, fly to Alicante  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Alicante (ALC) LGW - ALC

$118 - $555

Train to Bristol, fly to Murcia, bus  •  8 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Murcia (MJV) BRS - MJV
  3. Take the bus from Pilar de la Horadada to Alicante

$278 - $1,196

Train, bus Starbus  •  32 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar Est
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Alicante

$280 - $434

Train, bus via Irun  •  33 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Irun
  3. Take the train from Irun to Zaragoza Delicias A / ...
  4. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...
  5. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Alacant-Terminal Ave / ...

$286 - $454

Train, car ferry  •  34 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  3. Take the train from Santander to Alacant-Terminal A

$275 - $650

Drive, car ferry  •  31 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  3. Drive from Santander to Alicante

$218 - $557

Bus, bus and ferry  •  37 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Alicante

$220 - $249

Bus  •  39 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Tudela
  3. Take the bus from Tudela to Alicante

$129 - $178

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  23 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Lille Europe to Nîmes Tgv
  5. Take the train from Nîmes to Barcelona Sants Tgv / ...
  6. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Malgrat de Mar R1
  7. Drive from Malgrat de Mar to Alicante

$551 - $688

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Alicante is to fly which costs £55 - £170 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Alicante is to fly which costs £55 - £170 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Alicante. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Castle Street and arriving at Alicante via London Victoria and Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h 12 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Alicante is 922 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Alicante without a car is to train and bus which takes 32 h 35 min and costs £210 - £340.

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It takes approximately 6 h 15 min to get from Cardiff to Alicante, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Alicante bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff, Castle Street station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Alicante is to fly which takes 5 h 35 min and costs £55 - £170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £95 - £140 and takes 39 h 22 min.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Alicante Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 20 min.

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Cardiff to Alicante bus services, operated by Starbus, arrive at Alicante station.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Alicante.
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  • Distance: 922.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 15 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Alicante, Spain?

Vueling Airlines and KLM fly from Cardiff to Alicante 6 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Alicante via London Victoria Coach Station, Londres Victoria Coach Station, and Tudela in around 39 h 22 min.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $380
Flights from Bristol to Alicante via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $380
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Flights from London Gatwick to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $1,300
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from London Gatwick to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $1,300
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Cardiff to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $900
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $700
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from London Gatwick to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $1,300
Flights from London Gatwick to Alicante via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $950
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Bristol to Alicante via Newcastle
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from London Gatwick to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $1,000
Flights from Bristol to Murcia
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Alicante via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Cardiff to Alicante via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $450
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Cardiff to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $900
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Alicante via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $950
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Primera Air
Website
primeraair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Alicante
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Train from Cardiff Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $110
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $55
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
Train from Cardiff Central to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $160
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$45 - $70
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $160
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $35
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Eurostar
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Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$50 - $140
Premier
$120 - $170
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $55
Premier
$64 - $67
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Irun to Zaragoza Delicias
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Alacant-Terminal
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $130
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza Delicias to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Alacant-Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Website
renfe.com
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$172
Website
eurotunnel.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $31
1st Class
$44 - $46
Train from Lille Europe to Nîmes
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $200
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$170 - $200
1st Class
$230 - $340
Train from Nîmes to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $90
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$80 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $160
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
Train from Nîmes to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE)
Phone
900 41 00 41
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Malgrat de Mar
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
renfe.com
Bus operators
Autocars Costa Azul
Phone
+34 (0) 965710449
Email
info@costazul.net
Website
costazul.net
Bus from Pilar de la Horadada to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
costazul.net
Starbus
Phone
+34 (0) 963 49 67 67
Email
comercial@starbus.es
Website
starbus.es
Bus from Lille to Alicante
Ave. Duration
27 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150
Schedules at
starbus.es
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 Londres Victoria Coach Station to Irun
Ave. Duration
19 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Tudela
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
alsa.com
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bilman Bus
Phone
902 999 748
Website
bilmanbus.es
Bus from Tudela to Alicante
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
bilmanbus.es
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$85 - $360
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$85 - $110
Car
$260 - $360

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