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The first train arrived in Alicante on Jan 4, 1858 from Madrid. It took nearly 10 years to construct a railroad from Madrid to Alicante. On May 25, 1858, the railroad Madrid-Alicante was officially opened with the arrival and blessing of Queen Isabella II. It was one of the largest terminals built in Spain in those years.
Commonly called RENFE station by the locals, the central railway station in Alicante accommodates RENFE long-distance and middle-distance trains. It is the origin of lines C-1 and C-3 of Cercanias Murcia/Alicante (the main suburban trains). Taking the RENFE is a fun and inexpensive way to go from one town to another, and you can reserve a cheap car hire Alicante to await your arrival at any Alicante train station.
The train is a great to enjoy the scenery between towns, but to get around the sites you can pick up an Alicante car hire in any part of the Alicante or Murcia suburban areas. The trains run as much as twice per hour on C-1, and about eight trains per day on line C-3. The RENFE station is the origin for both lines and is located in tariff area 6 of the Cercanias Murcia/Alicante network.
Rental cars are available in any of the locations along either train line. Locations such as Villena, Sax, Novelda, Sant Gabriel, Elx Parc, Beniel, Cartagena, Minaya, or Almagro are car accessible on the middle-distance routes. Locations such as Sagunto, Vinaroz, Salou, Tarragona, Almansa, Albacete, Oviedo, Torrelavega, and many more are all accessible along the long-distance route.