I went to Tenerife by plane (it is an island!!!). Well, as Vigo airport ( in Galicia - Spain) is very near to my town and I get a good deal, I took the plane there.
I remember how beautiful it was when we over flied my town; I could see it from the air. Wow nice memories. :-)))
And when we arrive to Tenerife it was amazing to see the Mount Teide.
If you want to go to the top of Mount Teide, you need to get up to the base of the cable car station. The best way to do this is by car or by TITSA bus (I have seen some cyclists too, but it is a long long slog).
Once there, there is a reasonable amount of parking, then get in the queue to buy a ticket to go up. You can have a fair wait, and also a wait to get in the cable car once you have a ticket.
Tickets cost 20 Euros return for an adult who is not resident in the Canary Islands. I don't think you can buy a single ;-). I think residents of the Canaries pay 10 Euros as do non-resident children over the age of 4.
The ascent is pretty rapid when you consider it takes you up over 1 km in height to about 3550m. It takes 8 minutes.
If you want to go the last 200 metres (well up to 3718 metres anyway) you have to apply for a permit in Santa Cruz (i.e. once you get to Teide it is too late to go up to the peak if you haven't already applied). The place to ask is the Park Adminstration Office, Emilio Calzadilla, no. 5, 4th floor. It is worth noting that even then, the peak is not always open. It was closed when we were the as it was too icy.
Also at the top, the air is pretty thin, so some people could experience altitude sickness. I wouldn't recommend people with weak hearts going up at all.
Every time weve been at Tenerife airport in the south of the island weve always had a delay on our return flight home! It can be a real drag because there's not a great deal to do once you are there. There's only a few shops and restaurants available.
From Tenerife you can travel to the other island by ship or boat. From Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Gran Canaria every day and to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura one travel a week or from Los Cristianos in the south part of the island to La Gomera, La Palma or El Hierro every day.
Given the relatively small size of Tenerife, the best way for visiting and exploring the island is, imho, by car. As the Canary Islands not only enjoy from a privileged weather, but also from relaxed tax fares, the gas prices are among the lowest in Europe (more or less, 50 cents per liter). During the low season, you could rent a car for prices starting in 100 euros a week.
So, if your expectations about Tenerife are a little more ambitious that just get a tan in Playa de Las Americas, I totally recommend the car renting.
This is the hall you will see in Tenerife South airport if you fly in. It is just as you leave customs, th car rental companies are on the left hand side of the picture.
Tenerife South is the airport that seems to handle all of the international flights. There is also an airport in the North, but that only seems to take smaller planes that go to other Canary islands. There is talk however of the North airport taking some international traffic in future.
The airport is quite well communicated, it is virtually on a motorway, it has buses and several rental car companies.
Ferries operate from Los Cristianos in the South and Santa Cruz in the North. Examples of ferry crossings that operate are:
Los Cristianos - > San Sebastian, La Gomera - 30min journey, several per day
Los Cristianos - > Santa Cruz de La Palma, La Palma, 2hours Daily
Los Cristianos - > La Estaca, El Hierro, departs 10am comes back 3.30pm
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - > Agaete, Gran Canaria - 60min Journey, several per day
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - > Cadiz, Mainland Spain
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - > Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - > Santa Cruz de La Palma
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - > Morro Jable, Fuerte Ventura
Companies that operate are:
Fred Olsen (www.fredolsen.es)
Naviera Armas (http://www.navieraarmas.com/)
Bus services on Tenerife are operated by TITSA (Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife SA) and as with most places that we visit, the service that they run is way ahead of what we get here in England and way cheaper too.
They are easily recognised by their green livery and run quite a regular service between the main population & tourist centres. The fully comprehensive timetable is an invaluable tool and its a real advantage to be able to have it before you arrive at the island, so that you can plan your days out. You can download the timetable from here, along with a route map and other useful stuff.
You can buy a ticket called a BonoBus ticket from the bus stations and some shops (these shops are hard to find and its advisable to get one from the bus station if you can) but they are not sold on the busses.
The tickets cost 12 Euro and they get you a price reduction on journeys you make; the longer the journey the greater the reduction. The cost of the journey is deducted from your ticket, so it not only gets you a discount it also counts as a pre-payed ticket. You can use the same ticket for any number of people too, simply put it in the machine in the bus again and again and again, the cost of each trip being deducted until the ticket is empty.
If you make a journey that costs more than the amount you have left on your ticket, you pay the remainder in cash, but you still get it at the discounted price.
Example prices with a BonoBus are Las Americas to Santa Cruz, 2.7 Euro.
Busses run fairly frequently, especially between the more popular destinations, but they often take longer than advertised to a greater or lesser degree. Las Americas to Los Gigantes took us 100 minutes, twice as long as stated.
See my warnings & dangers about getting the 111 bus to destinations towards Santa Cruz!
I flew into the airport Tenerife Norte "Los Rodeos" which is the smaller of Tenerife's two airports. Mainly flights domestic, escpecially inter-canarian flights depart from here.
Don't expect to do a lot of interesting duty-free shopping here, the choices are limited.
Bus 102, 340 from Puerto de la Cruz
Bus 102, 107, 108 from Santa Cruz
Tenerife has an excellent public transport system. You can get to most places by bus. If you buy the Bono card (which is valid on the tram in Santa Cruz aswell) for 12 or 30€ you can save up to 50% on your fare.
The buses on Tenerife are called guaguas and usually are green.
This isn't a proper train, it is a bus type vehicle designed to look like a train. It is actually free to go on.
Howevr it is only available in Puerto de la Cruz, and it only goes between two points. One is the centre of town, the other is Loro Parque.
In othr words, you will only really want to use this bus if:
(1) you are staying in the centre of Puerto de la Cruz
(2) you want to go to Loro parque,
But assuming both of these points are true, it is an easy and convenient way to go there!
TITSA is the principal bus company of the Island with regular rutes to all the cities and towns. You can buy single ticket with the driver or a multitravel card in public stand.
The local name of buses is guagua (sound as wawa) and the public ones are green coloured.
Yes, TITSA is the name of the bus company on Tenerife, not a typo. It stands for Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife S.A.
Anyhow, these buses seem to go all the way around the island and almost antwhere you would want to go.
I took the picture of this bus in the Teide National Park (home of the huge volcano), and there were plenty of these buses going backwards and forwards despite the very high altitude and steep mountain roads.
For more information, look at the attcahed website below.
The easiest way to get around the Island is to rent your own car.
going for new year and only booking our flights a day or so before we went, we found that there weren't too many cheap deals. Apparently it is sometimes possible to get a car for around 100 euros a week.
We ended up hving to pay 200 Euros with Auto Reisen. Avis were charging over 300 Euros, and Hertz had even managd to run out of cars! You may be worth booking in advance if you are going at busy times, otherwise there are quite a few car rental companies just as you come out of customs, the counters are also just inside customs too as they offices are double fronted.
The picture was taken in Teide National Park with a bit of the Parador visible in the background.
The TITSA buses are comfortable and generaly punctual. Visiting the Teide National Parc and any other remote places where the buses come one or twice a day be a couple of minutes earlier.
It is not so easy to get a free copy of TITSA bus timetable for the whole island. It's very convenient if you have to change your route.
Buy the Bono-Bus "TITSA Card"
it is able to acquiring from 12 Euros
in all the Stations and Terminals of TITSA and at some news stands
In some bus terminals they are selling the Bono-Bus ticket only for a couple of hours.
Using the BONO-BUS ticket you are able to save up a lot of money. For example the ticket from the South Airport to Santa Cruz costs 5,10 Euros without the ticket. 2.60 Euros fee will be charged to your Bono-Bus ticket if you have one.
There are bus lines with stops and direct lines between some cities. There is no difference in price but you can reach your destination 30 minutes earlier.
Visiting the Teide National Park don't be surprised if the bus driver stops the bus and sais: "10 minutes break". It can last up to 20 minutes and the break is between el Portillo and Teleferico going from Puerto de la Cruz. Take it easy.