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Do as the locals do by hopping on a public bus from the airport. It’s cheap, easy and a great way to get to know the tinerfeños (local islanders).
A single trip from the airport to Costa Adeje will set you back just €3.70 and during the week buses leave every half an hour until roughly 8pm.
On weekends and holidays the service is slightly less frequent, with buses arriving every couple of hours until around 7pm.
For more comfort book an airport shuttle. If you do this through your tour operator, you might find that you’ll be taken all around the houses for drop-offs all over Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos before reaching your hotel in Costa Adeje - which can add an extra hour or so to the trip.
However, if you book a return shuttle from the airport you can opt for a service with limited stops for around £25.
Alternatively, grab your bags and hop in a taxi - the quickest way to get there by far. For a return journey you’re looking at around £40 if you book ahead, but sometimes the flexibility can feel priceless.
There’s a taxi rank just outside the airports, and these cabs run on meters, but it’s best to get a rough price before getting in.
If you’re pushing the boat out, book a premier transfer. This return service costs around £80 and guarantees that your personal driver grabs you (and your bags) at arrivals before whisking you directly to your hotel.
Once you’re settled in, travelling around Tenerife is simple and straightforward. The local bus network, run by TITSA, is far-reaching and really cheap, giving you access to all kinds of sights across the island.
The islanders call the buses “guaguas”, pronounced “wah wahs”, and you can find all the route maps online. If you buy a prepaid ‘Bono’ card, available from all the main bus terminals, you can travel everywhere for next to nothing, getting discounts on museums and attractions at the same time.
One thing not to miss is the ferry over to neighbouring La Gomera, an unspoilt little island that has, so far, resisted all the trappings of tourism.
An enchanting jigsaw of dizzying ravines, overgrown forests and traditional white villages, it will give you a completely different perspective on the Canary Islands. The ultra-modern ferries leave from Los Cristianos several times per day and the crossing takes 40 minutes, complete with stunning coastal views along the way.
If you’d like to explore the island in your own vehicle, find out more about the options and tips on driving in Tenerife on our Costa Adeje car hire page.