Transport in Orihuela gives visitors a choice of options to get around during a stay in the city. There are two airports visitors can fly into, both less than 50 minutes drive. For those who wish to explore far and wide, car hire is a great option. Taxis are a fast and reliable way to get about, or even to and from the airports but can work out costly. The city boasts a regular bus service as well as a train service to various destinations on the Costa Blanca. For the fitter holidaymaker, bicycle hire or exploring the city on foot offers some exercise and the chance to top up your tan.
For the able bodied visitor, exploring a new town or city on foot is the best way to discover all there is to offer. This avoids having to find parking, which can be a nightmare in any Spanish city, especially during peak summer. It also reveals landmarks, cultural attractions and even hidden little tapas bars and restaurants that you may otherwise overlook in a vehicle. Walking in the city centre and old town is a pleasurable experience, with many peaceful plazas and shady parks to stop for a rest and get your bearings. For others though, transport is essential.
Depending on where visitors are flying from, there are two airports that service Orihuela. The closest and largest is Alicante International Airport. The second is Murcia-San Javier Airport. Both operate flights from various European and British cities. Each airport has a choice of international and national car hire companies within the terminal. They also have official taxi firms that they recommend, although passengers are welcome to use whichever taxi firm they choose. Alicante Airport has a regular coach service to several Costa Blanca cities but there is no direct service to Orihuela City. Murcia-San Javier Airport have no bus or coach service at all.
The widest choice of international and national car hire companies can be found at Alicante Airport, with a lesser choice offered at Murcia-San Javier Airport. These companies offer car hire on arrival. It is advisable though to book in advance when visiting during peak summer months. Alternately, visitors will find several independent car hire firms that offer car hire from the airport or from their city depots. Regardless of the car hire firm you choose to use, book well in advance should you have any specific requirements such as a people carrier or automatic gears.
One of the most pleasant forms of transport for getting around the city is bicycle hire. Most visitors opt for a mountain bike. This gives you a lot more freedom to go off the beaten track and explore the surrounding countryside, mountains and lakes. Bicycle hire firms however are not well represented in the city. You may be able to arrange bike hire from your hotel. Otherwise there are several well established companies located in surrounding towns that offer delivery.
Orihuela is home to both a bus service and train service. These are handily located next to each other. There are local buses that service the city and residential areas. Various coach companies offer a service to some of the other towns and cities on the Costa Blanca, as well as major cities further afield. The same applies to the city's train service. You can also choose to take a fast train that only stops in popular cities, or use the services of the slower trains that have many stops along their journey. Should you be well off enough to do your travelling and sightseeing by taxi, these are modern, efficient and have several ranks in the city and at the train and bus stations.