Transport in Tenerife


Tenerife and the Canary Islands are well connected to the rest of the world, with regular flights from most European airports, international airports and for domestic flights from Madrid International Airport. Most Spanish National Airlines (Iberia) flights utilise the North Airport (Los Rodeos). Generally, the Southern Airport (Reina Sofia, TFS) serves the mainly tourist area of the south.



The majority of sea traffic, including ferries, cruise ships and cargo vessels uses the islands Northern Port at Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Ferry services (including vehicle ferries) are mainly from Cadiz on the Spanish Mainland to Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Many other smaller operators provide other services such as every three months Cardiff U.K. to Tenerife. The new major port of Granadilla in the south should come into service by the end of 2010. There are several other smaller ports distributed around the island, an example being Los Cristianos which is used by the 'Jet Foil' and conventional ferry craft to travel between Tenerife and the island of La Gomera.  All around the coastline, you will find a large number of Marinas from which most of the privately owned boats, yachts and charters operate.



Relatively inexpensive and offering a frequent service to and from the airport and throughout the island.


This can cost from as little as 25 euros per day with unlimited mileage. Competition between the numerous companies means that discounts can be found if if you 'shop around'. You must produce a valid driving licence and some companies may ask to see your passport. Drivers under the age of 25 may find it difficult to obtain car hire. Make sure you read the hire agreement and check that you are comprehensively insured. When driving on the roads always have your driving licence and the hire contract available in case it is requested by the police. Petrol is relatively cheap, however, there are few service stations away from the main arterial roads.


There are no trains currently operating on the island. There is an excellent bus and coach service operated by the company, 'Titsa' who cover the entire main road network. In addition, the capital city of Santa Cruz has a modern tram system. Sea Ferries operate from the principal ports of the North and South of the island. A TRAMWAY TO JOIN SANTA CRUZ AND LA LAGUNA In June 2007 a new tram system was opened. The tram is an inexpensive and comfortable form of public transport which links Santa Cruz de Tenerife with La Laguna. Trams are ideal for moving at slow speeds, between 20 and 40 kilometres an hour and with a maximum speed of 70 Km/ h are suitable for commuting in urban surroundings.