Tenerife Transportation

The island of Tenerife is served by Tenerife North Airport (TFN) and Tenerife South Airport (TFS).

Rodeos Airport (north), the smaller of the two, is located near the metropolitan area Santa CruzLa Laguna. It serves inter-insular flights as well as national and European flights, and for the last two years, a weekly service to Venezuela. Reina Sofía Airport (south) is the busiest Airport in Tenerife, ranking 7th in Spain. It typically serves the mass of regular and charter flights constantly arriving from Europe. Most of the major European airlines have flights to Tenerife and more are added each year.

Tenerife motorways

Photo by Michel Sakr

As it is an island, the only other way to arrive on Tenerife is by ferry, either to Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Los Cristianos, near Playa de Las Américas.

A network consisting of two fast, toll-free motorways (TF1 and TF5) encircles nearly the entire island, linking all the main towns and resorts with the metropolitan area. Away from the major motorways, there is a network of secondary and communal roads, varying from wide to steep, winding narrow roads, mainly unlit and often with drops either side of the main carriageway surface.

Public transport on the island is provided by an extensive network of buses and run by TITSA, who operate a fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses which, generally, run on time. The metropolitan Area formed by Santa Cruz and La Laguna is also served by the Tranvía de Tenerife (Tenerife Tram). Tram and bus systems are a fully integrated transport system, with journeys costing exactly the same, whichever system is chosen.

Tenerife Tram

Tram / light rail car in Tenerife. Photo by Axe

A hire car is sometimes the best option for discovering the remote wilderness regions. Reputable companies include Autoreisen and ORCAR. TITSA buses cover most of the island and the buses are fairly frequent. A BONO travel card is a good idea if you intend to spend some time travelling on the buses as they can save 50-70% on journey costs. Only one card is needed by any number in a group and can be bought at bus stations as well as some tobacconists.

Tenerife is also a popular cruise destination all year round. Cruise holidays are available to suit every budget and can cater to the whole family. It is the ideal way to enjoy these enchanting locations.