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When you touch down on the island, there are several ways to get from the airport to your hotel. If you’re counting your pennies, follow in the footsteps of the locals and hop on the public bus.
Known by the islanders as guaguas (pronounced “waa waas”), the buses are by far the cheapest option. Intercity Bus Line 161 and 261 will take you directly from the airport to Puerto del Carmen for just €1.40, while the longer journey to Playa Blanca will set you back €3.30.
Services run every half an hour or so between 7.30am and 10.30pm, so if you’re arriving in the dead of night, you’ll need to find another method of transportation.
If you’re after a door-to-door affair, simply pick up your bags, make a beeline for the exit and grab a taxi from outside arrivals at Terminal 1. Even better, pre-book an airport transfer in advance and skip the queues at the taxi rank. This way, you’ll be delivered directly to your front door and cracking open your first ice-cold beer before you know it.
Taxis don’t come cheap, so you’ll be paying a premium for convenience, but frankly who cares, you’re on holiday! The trip to Playa Blanca costs roughly €45, while the journey to Costa Teguise costs €25 and Puerto del Carmen will set you back €20. If you’ve got the readies, it’s the fastest route to the sun lounger.
Once you’re all unpacked and settled in, there are several ways to explore Lanzarote.
The first and arguably the most fun, is travelling by guagua, or public bus. It’s a great way to see the sights and get a glimpse of local life at the same time. While super cheap, it’s certainly not the speediest way to get about, so bring bags of patience and plenty of snacks for the ride.
The guaguas are great for zipping along the edges of the island and hopping between seaside resorts, but when it comes to exploring the interior, services are far sketchier. You won’t find a public bus to take you to the volcanic wonderland of Timanfaya National Park, so be prepared to book a tour or hire a car instead.
If you’re an active traveller looking to stretch your legs, try renting a bike on Lanzarote and discovering the island on your own two wheels. Over recent years, the island has started to attract more and more cycling enthusiasts who are eager to conquer the volcanic hills, slog up to the viewpoints and whizz through the vineyards.
You’ll find bike hire outlets in all the major tourist resorts and prices start from as little as €15 per day, giving you every reason to pick up your own set of pedals. Just don’t forget water. Those sun-beaten slopes are thirsty work.
It makes so much sense to rent a car on this attraction-packed island, where driving is a doddle. Find out more on our Lanzarote car hire page.