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Public Transportation in Altea

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Altea is an important step in adjusting to life in Altea. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.

Nestled on the picturesque Costa Blanca in Spain, the charming town of Altea offers a serene escape with its cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses. Public transportation in Altea is somewhat limited compared to larger cities, but it includes a combination of buses, trams, and taxis. The main systems are the local bus service operated by Autobuses La Amistad and the TRAM operated by FGV (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana), which connects Altea to other towns along the coast. For an expat living in Altea, depending on the proximity to the town center and personal lifestyle, it is possible to live without a car. The town is quite walkable, and the public transportation available can suffice for many. However, for those living outside the central area or wishing to explore more remote locations, a car might be necessary.

Bus Service

The bus service in Altea, provided by Autobuses La Amistad, is a reliable mode of transportation for residents and visitors alike. The buses connect Altea with neighboring towns and key areas within the municipality, including the picturesque old town, the beachfront, and commercial zones. While the service is not as frequent as one might find in a larger city, it is generally considered safe and affordable. A single journey will cost a few euros, and there are options for multi-trip passes which can reduce the cost per trip for regular users. The buses are typically clean and well-maintained, offering a comfortable ride. Anecdotes from locals suggest that the bus drivers are friendly and often willing to help tourists with directions. However, the service might be less frequent in the evenings and on weekends, so planning ahead is advisable.

TRAM Service

The TRAM system, operated by FGV, is a gem for public transportation in Altea. It runs along the coast, connecting Altea with other towns such as Benidorm and Denia. The TRAM is especially popular among expats and tourists for its scenic routes that offer stunning views of the Mediterranean coastline. The cost of a TRAM ride is reasonable, and there are different ticket options available, including single tickets and passes. The TRAM is known for its punctuality, cleanliness, and safety. It operates from early morning until late at night, making it a viable option for various travel needs, including commuting to work or school, shopping trips, or leisurely excursions. The TRAM stations are well-marked and usually located within walking distance of town centers and beaches. For those living near a TRAM station, it can be a convenient and enjoyable way to travel without the need for a car.


Taxis in Altea offer a more personalized mode of transportation. They are readily available throughout the town and can be hailed on the street or booked in advance. Taxi fares are regulated and metered, ensuring that passengers are charged a fair and consistent rate. While taxis are more expensive than buses or the TRAM, they provide a direct and private means of travel, which can be particularly useful for late-night journeys or for reaching destinations not served by public transport. Taxis in Altea are generally modern and clean, and drivers are known to be professional and knowledgeable about the area. For expats who do not drive or prefer not to own a car, taxis can fill the gaps left by other forms of public transportation, albeit at a higher cost.


Altea is a town that lends itself beautifully to walking. The old town, with its iconic blue-domed church and labyrinthine streets, invites leisurely strolls and exploration on foot. Many expats find that living in the town center or near the beachfront allows them to access most amenities by walking. The promenade along the beach is a favorite spot for both locals and visitors to walk at any time of the day. Walking in Altea is not only practical but also a delightful way to experience the town’s charm, with its artisan shops, cafes, and stunning sea views. For those living in central areas, walking combined with occasional use of buses or the TRAM can be a perfectly comfortable lifestyle without the need for a car.

In conclusion, while Altea does not boast an extensive public transportation system like a major metropolis, it offers sufficient options for those who prefer not to drive. The combination of buses, the TRAM, taxis, and the walkability of the town itself makes it possible for expats to live comfortably without a car, especially if they reside within the central areas or along the TRAM line. However, for those who wish to explore the wider region or who live in less accessible areas, having a car could be advantageous.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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