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Getting to Murcia Airport

Murcia Airport handled approximately 1.3 million passengers by the close of 2010, and is therefore one of Spain’s smaller airports. However, it is still considered to be an important gateway to visitors of the towns and cities in the area, in particular, the La Manga region and the Mar Menor. The airport is also commonly referred to as the Murcia-San Javier Airport, due to its location, and has the official airport code of MJV. Low-cost airline carriers and charter operators mostly serve it, with a number of extra flights in the summer, when many of Spain’s airports are busier. There are a few main access roads to Murcia Airport, and motorists will find directions to the airport very simple to follow.

The airport of Murcia, which serves as a military airbase and civilian passenger airport, is found 17 miles, or 45 km from the city of Murcia, in the district of Santiago de la Ribera. It is also along the northern shoreline of the Mar Menor, and situated in a triangle between three notable cities in the southeastern parts of Spain. These three cities are Murcia, in land and to the north of the airport, Torrevieja, further up the coastline of Spain, and Cartagena, towards the south of Murcia Airport. Spain is well known for its beautiful beaches and holiday resorts, and this area is in no short supply. Murcia Airport is therefore a popular arrival point for local and international visitors of the Costa Cálida area, and those exploring the southern tip of the Costa Blanca.

The main access road of Murcia Airport is the Mar Menor road, while a major highway in the near vicinity is the AP-7, which provides access to the airport from areas along the coastline, and from the city of Murcia. Motorists driving to the airport can use the following coordinates on a satellite navigation system in order to help them with directions:  37°46′29″N 000°48′44″W.

Directions to Murcia Airport from the city of Murcia

From Murcia city, and its surrounding areas, there are two major motorways heading for the coastline, and to San Javier. The first route uses the MU-300 to connect to the MU-302 and MU-301, and this road then leads all the way to the AP-7 highway running past the airport. The MU-301 is also known as the Ctra de La Sucina. Motorists should head south on the AP-7, or Autopista del Mediterráneo, until reaching the turn-off for Murcia Airport. The airport is signposted from all major roads and turn-offs in its vicinity.

The second route from Murcia follows the A-30 highway, or the Autovia de Murcia. Motorists can continue to drive on the A-30 all the way to the AP-7, or turn-off onto the Autovia C-3319, which provides a more direct route to Murcia Airport, but is a smaller road than the A-30 highway. From the A-30 head north on the AP-7, and from the Autovia C-3319, head south on the AP-7.

Directions to Murcia Airport from Cartagena and Torrevieja

Both Cartagena and Torrevieja are located approximately 30 km from Murcia Airport, and both have access to the airport via major roads. The AP-7 leads directly to Torrevieja, and the AP-7 can be accessed from the CT-32 (Autovia CT-32) or the N-332 from Cartagena.
 
Passengers arriving by car at Murcia Airport will find that the airport consists of a single terminal building, and that reasonable parking is provided. The terminal building of the airport has an area for departures, with 18 check-in desks in the main lobby, and a newly renovated departures lounge, while the arrivals area has four carousels for baggage collection and has also been recently extended to meet the growing needs of the airport. Murcia Airport is completely accessible to disabled passengers, just like all airports operated by Aena, the Spanish airport authorities, and offers a number of useful facilities, although its amenities are not as extensive as those which can be expected at larger airports. ATMs are available for simple monetary movements, and there is a lost and found office. Various shops, restaurants and cafeterias are located on the landside and airside of the airport, and information points are present to provide assistance.

Passengers can also reach Murcia Airport by bus or taxi. Three bus routes travel from Santiago de le Ribera each afternoon, and taxis can be called to collect you from any location. There is no railway service at Murcia Airport, and no direct connection to the nearest railway station either. If you have arrived at the Balsicas-Mar Menor Railway Station, about ten kilometres from the airport, a taxi must be taken to complete your journey to Murcia Airport.

Murcia Airport’s operating company, Aena, provides an official website with further details of directions to the airport, and the services offered at the airport. Departure and arrival schedules are also available.