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If you’re saving pennies for sunset cocktails, make like a local and take a public bus from the airport. It’s cheap, simple and a wonderful way to get chatting to the Tinerfeños (local islanders).
From Tenerife South, a single trip from the airport to Los Cristianos or Playa de las Américas will set you back just €3.20, while the slightly longer journey to Costa Adeje costs €0.50 more. Hardly bank-breaking stuff.
During the week, buses leave every half hour until roughly 10pm. On weekends and holidays, the service is slightly less frequent.
Bus services are equally straightforward from Tenerife North, especially to the more popular tourist hotspots.
The trip to Puerto de la Cruz costs €4.75 per person and takes around 35 minutes, while the 13km (8 mile) journey to the island’s capital, Santa Cruz, comes in at €2.65.
If, by a cruel twist of fate, you’ve bungled your Tenerife flights and arrived at the wrong airport, simply hop on bus 343, which travels between the two airports, taking roughly 45 minutes. Don’t kick yourself too hard – it’s easily done.
Room for 4 passengers on airport pick up
Not feeling ready to throw yourself into the public transport system? Try booking an airport shuttle. Bear in mind that, if you do this via your hotel, you may find yourself stopping at every resort on the island before you reach your door, adding a frustrating chunk of time to the trip. Get around this by booking a return shuttle from the airport instead, opting for a service with limited stops or, for ultimate ease, hop in a taxi. Prices are reasonable and the process is painless.
Once you’re settled in, travelling around Tenerife is a doddle. TITSA, the local bus network, is efficient and cheap, giving you easy access to all kinds of sights across the island. The Tinerfeños call the buses “guaguas”, pronounced “wah wahs”, and you can find route maps online using their useful multi-lingual site.
Get the best value for money by purchasing a prepaid ‘bono’ card, available from all main bus terminals. This will allow you to travel everywhere for next to nothing, bagging you discounts on attractions to boot.
Don’t miss is the ferry to neighbouring La Gomera, an unspoilt little island that feels utterly lost in time. A bewitching jigsaw of plunging ravines, overgrown forests and traditional whitewashed villages, it has somehow held tourism at arm’s length, preserving its natural beauty and simple way of life.
Ferries set sail from Los Cristianos several times per day and the crossing takes 40 minutes, complete with stunning coastal views along the way. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale breaching in the waves, so have your camera ready.
Renting a car in Tenerife is easy and cheap and it opens up the island for adventures at your own pace. See more on our Tenerife car hire page.