TenerifeTravel Guides

Tenerife Transportation

Tenerife is located on the Atlantic Ocean, about 300 kilometres from the African coast and it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Transportation in Tenerife is very well built and easy.

How to get there?

Holidaymakers may find daily flights linking the main Spain cities to Tenerife with the rest of Europe. Also there are daily plane and ship trips from the rest of the Canary islands.

Tenerife lies on the opposite the west coast of Africa (300 kilometres from the African coast) in the Atlantic Ocean. It takes about 4 hours to fly to Tenerife Northern Europe.

by Air (Plane)

There are many direct flights to Tenerife from many major cities of Europe and the world. Flying to the other islands of the Canary Islands and then getting to Tenerife by ferries is another option for getting to the island. The national airline for Tenerife is the Iberian Airways.

There are two airports in Tenerife that include; Tenerife South Reina Sofia Airport (TFS) and Tenerife North Airport (TFN).

Tenerife South (Sur) Airport (Tel: +34 91 321 10 00 ; 902 404 704) is the busiest one that all flights arrive and depart to mainly European destinations. Tenerife South Airport is located about 60 km. to the south of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Tenerife North (Norte) Airport (Tel: +34 91 321 10 00 ; 902 404 704 ; 922 635 999) is the smaller one and mostly domestic flights from Spain are organized. Tenerife North Airport is located about 10 km. to the west of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Car hire is an option for getting around the island. Many of those car hire agencies have offices at the airport offering cheap car hire in Tenerife.

by Sea (Ferries) from Spain

It is possible to get to Tenerife by sea from the city of Cadiz in Spain and via Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Trasmediterranea (www.trasmediterranea.es; Phone: 902 454 645) is the ferry company for travelling via Cadiz. There are regular ferries once a week from Cadiz to Arrecife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and La Palma.

There are also regular ferries between the other islands of the Canaries.

Island hopping

From Tenerife it is very easy to get to the rest of the Canary islands either by plane, ferry or jetfoil. La Gomera and Grand Canaria has the best services. Both are reached by sea in less than one and a half hours, so they are highly recommended for an excursion.


Binter runs daily flights to all the islands.


There are daily trips to all the islands with different companies.

How to travel in and around the island?

By bus (guagua)

TITSA provides a service to almost anywhere on the island.

Car hire

It is relatively cheap to rent a car in Tenerife. There are many agencies in the tourist areas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and at the airports.