Murcia-San Javier Airport
Murcia-San Javier Airport is the closest and most convenient airport for travellers to Cartagena. Depending on where you're flying from, it may be necessary to fly into Alicante Airport which is further to the northeast. Murcia-San Javier Airport is about 30 kilometres from Cartagena and the drive takes around 25 minutes via the AP-7 motorway. It's a pleasure to fly into, with most passengers clearing airport control in less than 30 minutes. Short term parking is reasonably priced, and right outside the terminal doors you will find seating and a quaint little outdoor bar.
Murcia-San Javier Airport Parking
Upon arrival at the airport, if you are just picking up or dropping off a passenger there is no need to pay for parking. When reaching the entrance you stick to the lane without a boom gate and stop your vehicle outside the terminal doors. This is not a parking space and you must not leave your vehicle unattended. Should you linger too long you will be asked to move on. Those staying for a while simply need to take a ticket at the boom gate and find a parking space. When leaving the airport, the ticket machine for paying is just outside the terminal doors and to the right.
Murcia-San Javier Airport Services
The airport terminal building is modern, bright and spacious. There are ample clean ablutions and sufficient seating areas. Airport and tourist information points include a lost luggage and lost and found facility. They are also available to arrange assistance for persons with reduced mobility. This service needs to be requested 48 hours in advance via the website or helpline.
Murcia-San Javier Airport Facilities
Opposite the terminal doors, visitors to Murcia-San Javier Airport can enjoy the sunshine with a refreshing drink or snack from the lively little outdoor bar. Next to this is a recently opened Costa Coffee outlet. Within the public zone of the terminal building, visitors can enjoy drinks, snacks or a sit down meal in the Serunion Restaurant. The public zone also has an ATM machine and offers complimentary WiFi. Registering the WiFi can be done via e-mail, Facebook or Linkedin.
The passenger only zone has a further choice of eateries. These include a Serunion Restaurant, popular Subway outlet, Ibérica Gourmet Shop and the quirky Gelattos & Mojitos. The Gourmet Shop offers a true taste of Spain with local wines, liqueurs, cured meats, pickles, preserves and quality olive oil. Shops include a Duty Free, Shoes Marga and ALB jewellery and accessories.
Murcia-San Javier Airport Transport
Car rental companies at Murcia-San Javier Airport include Goldcar, Europecar and Firefly. They offer a range of vehicles and car hire is possible upon arrival. Having said that, during the peak summer season booking in advance is highly advisable. Should you choose the services of an independent car hire company, Cartagena Insider always recommended Coys Rent-A-Car. The airport also has a taxi rank, and please take note, there is no bus or coach service whatsoever.