VISITING – How to get to Jávea

COVID-19 Latest Information

Spain’s borders are currently open to EU member states and Schengen-area countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Leichenstein).

COVID-19: For British citizens, the UK Government has issued a ‘stay-at-home’ order. Travel, including trips abroad, is prohibited unless for a legally permitted reason to do so. It is currently illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

From December 22nd 2020 until at least 6.00pm March 16th 2021, travel from the UK either by air or sea is restricted to Spanish nationals and those British citizens who are legally resident in Spain. Only those who can provide proof of residency status with a TIE card or green paper EU residence certificate will be allowed to enter Spain.

UPDATE 18/02/2021: The Spanish Government has confirmed that UK citizens resident in Spain who cannot provide the above documentation (due to the application process, etc.) can provide the following to prove their residency status: receipt of application, confirmation of residency application approval, any other document that proves legal residency before 1 January 2021 such as a padrón certificate, a work contract, a rental contract, or proof of property purchase. Students should provide evidence of enrolment in an on-site or in-person course as well as proof of accommodation.

There is no requirement to self-isolate after arrival in Spain but all air passengers must be able to provide official proof that they have undergone a COVID-19 PCR, LMA or LAMP test taken within 72 hours of arrival which shows that the test has proved negative. There is a minimum fine of 3,000 euros for non-compliance. For those travelling from the UK, NHS tests are not accepted and passengers must arrange a private test which meets the requirements.

The Spanish Government has provided a dedicated page in English for UK nationals to meet all the requirements to be able to enter the country during the COVID-19 health crisis.

A negative PCR, LMA or LAMP test is not required for those entering Spain by land (road or rail). However France has implemented additional entry requirements for UK nationals travelling to or transiting through the country whilst several autonomous communities in Spain have closed their land borders, although you can transit through closed regions to reach your final destination; it is recommended that evidence of your final destination is carried as proof. The Foreign Office has up-to-date information on France in this link.


Post-BREXIT Procedures for UK Nationals

UK nationals can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa for holidays, to visit family and friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sporting events, or for short-term studies or training.

At the Spanish border, UK nationals may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their passports may be stamped on entry and exit. (Passports – both adult and child – must have at least six months left.) UK nationals may also need to provide a ticket for return or onward travel and prove that they enough money for their stay in Spain.


TRAVELLING BY AIR

Alicante-Elche Airport

Alicante is the main arrival point for the Costa Blanca. It is the fifth busiest airport in Spain with almost 15 million passengers passing through in 2019. Several major airlines fly in and out of Alicante-Elche including easyJet, Jet2.com, Norwegian Air International, Ryanair, TUI and Vueling with the busiest international route during 2019 being from London-Gatwick (892,138 passengers) followed by Manchester (745,827) and Amsterdam (436,483).

Self-Drive: All the major car hire companies have a presence at Alicante-Elche airport. There are a number of booths in the arrivals hall at which you can arrange or confirm your booking. Jávea is about a 90 minute drive using the A-7 motorway (which is now toll-free) to Junction 62 (Ondara | Dénia | Jávea / Xàbia) and then following the signs to Jávea / Xàbia. See the AENA website for more information. [External Link].

Bus Transfer: ALSA runs a shuttle service direct to Benidorm bus station where a connecting service can be taken to Jávea via Calp, Teulada and Benitachell. The single-journey price is 15,70 euros per adult and 11,05 euros per child (2020) and the journey can take between 2h15m and 4h15m, depending on the waiting time at Benidorm. At the bus station in Jávea, there is a taxi rank for onward travel to your accommodation. See ALSA website for more details. [External Link].

Beniconnect: The Costa Connect shuttle runs between the airport and Jávea, via Calp, Benissa, Moraira and Benitatchell and the single-journey cost is 26.00 euros (2020), taking just over an hour to reach us. There are several stops in Jávea: Hotel Pinosol, Saladar, Parking-Arenal, Quicksave Supermarket, Parador Nacional, Dolphin Roundabout (Port), McDonalds/EuroMarket, Silvasol (Old Town) and Restaurante Montgó. Beniconnect also offers other options including VIP transfer and large coaches for larger parties. See the Beniconnect website for more details. [External Link].

Taxi: A standard taxi fare – one way – can cost upwards of 100€; taxis can be found outside the arrival hall. There are also a number of private companies who operate between the airport and resorts along the Costa Blanca. You should make sure that they are legally registered to do so.


Valencia Airport

Valencia, also known as Manises Airport, is a more recent arrival point for the Costa Blanca, expanded in 2007 when Valencia hosted the America’s Cup and it is the quieter option for getting to Jávea, although this has it drawbacks in terms of transfer options. It is the tenth busiest airport in Spain with over 8.5 million passengers passing through in 2019. Several major airlines fly in and out of Valencia including easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling.

Self-Drive: All the major car hire companies have a presence at Valencia airport. There are a number of booths in the arrivals hall at which you can arrange or confirm your booking. Jávea is about a 90 minute drive using the A-7 motorway (which is now toll-free) to Junction 62 (Ondara | Dénia | Jávea / Xàbia) and then following the signs to Jávea / Xàbia. See the AENA website for more information. [External Link].

Bus Transfer: ALSA runs a very limited shuttle service direct to Jávea bus station, one at 09:30 Monday to Friday and a second on Saturday which departs at 12:30. The single-journey price is 16,15 euros per adult and 11,30 euros per child (2020) and the journey can take around 3h15m. At the bus station in Jávea, there is a taxi rank for onward travel to your accommodation. See the ALSA website for more details of bus routes and tariffs. [External Link].

An alternative is to catch the regular shuttle bus (Linea 150 Metrobus) into Valencia city centre (1,45 euros) and then a 25 minute walk or 5 minute taxi journey to Valencia bus station from where there are regular ALSA services direct to Jávea. The single-journey price is 12,45 euros per adult and 8,90 euros per child (2020) and the journey can take between 2-4 hours, depending on the service route. See the METRO VALENCIA website for more details on the L3 route from the airport into the city. [External Link].

Richard Welch has also suggested the following method which he has used. Take the L3 Metro-Valencia service from the airport to the Xàtiva stop in the heart of the city of Valencia and located right next to the València-Nord railway terminal (Ticket: 3,90 euros, 2020). From the railway station, take the C1 Renfe Cercanias service to Gandía (Ticket: 5,80 euros, 2020). From Gandía, take an ALSA coach to Xàbia. (Ticket: 4.70 euros, 2020). The total single-journey price is 14,40 euros (2020). Or you can take a taxi from Gandía which is not so expensive as taking it from the airport. See the RENFE website for more details on the C1 route to Gandía. [External Link].

Taxi: A standard taxi fare – one way – can cost upwards of 100€; taxis can be found outside the arrival hall. There are also a number of private companies who operate between the airport and resorts along the Costa Blanca. You should make sure that they are legally registered to do so.


TRAVELLING BY SEA

Brittany Ferries run three services to the northern coast of Spain – Portsmouth to Bilbao, Portsmouth to Santander and Plymouth to Santander. Check the Brittany Ferries website for more information. [External link].

Bilbao: Jávea is about 750 kilometres from Bilbao via Zaragoza and Valencia, taking about 8–9 hours.

Santander: Jávea is about 830 kilometres from Santander via Zaragoza and Valencia, taking about 9-10 hours.

If you want to break the journey with an overnight stop, we recommend the historic town of Daroca as a nice overnight stop which is almost midway between the northern coast and the Costa Blanca.


TRAVELLING BY RAIL

It’s quite possible to travel from the United Kingdom to Jávea / Xàbia by train – though not quite all the way as our town doesn’t have a rail link but certainly to within a short coach trip of our lovely resort. An excellent resource is ‘The Man in Seat Sixty-One…’ [External Link] which describes the recommended route in detail which uses the Eurostar connection between London and Paris before transferring to the Trenhotel service to Barcelona. From the Catalan capital, there is an option of the cheaper regional express to Valencia or the faster, but more expensive, Euromed service. From the city of Valencia, there is a regular coach service that passes through Jávea / Xàbia.