The speedboat from Los Cristianos (Tenerife) to San Sebastian (La Gomera) takes about 45 minutes. There are also slower car ferries, which take around 75 minutes. The ferry from La Palma to La Gomera takes considerably longer, since it passes via Tenerife. The speedboat service from Los Cristianos to Valle Gran Rey was not in effect when I traveled in 2002, but should be available in 2006. The picture on the left is not a speedboat ;-)
They are there although I never used them. I didnt really need them because it was so cheap to taka a taxi.
They dont have any one fee, they charge you based on the lenght of your journey with them. Its cheap though and going from Maspalomas to lets say Atlantico shopping center would only be like 3 euros one way.
Taxis in the Canary Islands is the best way to get around. Its so cheap I couldnt believe it. Going from my hotel to just about anywhere will only cost me around 3 euros.
The starting fee is 1,75 at day and for each kilometers they charge 0.40. At nights after 22:00 until 06:00 they starting fee is 2.15.
the cheapest way for traveling all over the island is, without dobt, the local bus company, named TITSA.
To travel cheap you have to buy, in the bookshops the BONO BUS card. It costs 12 Euro and paying your fair with this card gives you a rabate of about 50% . For exemple, going from the south Los Cristianos to the capital Santa Cruz (75Km) with the express bus (111) who takes the highway and does not stops during the fair, takes about 1 hour and cost in normal price Euro 6.5 with the bonobus card you pay only Euro 3.
That is the best and cheapest way to travel as the busses are reaching near all interessant places. You can ask for a travel map, with all stop places and there bus numbers, in the local tourist offices or in the "Estation de Gua-Gua" in english the bus stations.
Usually you will arrive at the airport located at the eastcoast od the island. Charterflights from nearly all over Europe came in there.
From the other Canary Islands and from Spain you can also take several ferries that will bring you to the port at the capital Santa Cruz.
The easiest way is to hire a car. You can get it at the airport right after your arrival. The public transportation system is also quite well. Buses drive all over the island, but you may have problems to reach some locations witch are off the main routes but worth seeing.
The driving is fun if you like narrow streets and most of all curves!
You have to FLY!
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The best way to discover the island is by car.But take one with steering power,because of the thousands of curves on the roads.If you can't afford a car,then you can drive all the island around with busses.Starting from Las Palmas you can reach every place and corner of the island.All you need is time.
There are buses from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria leaving from Parque San Telmo (number 60), and from the south of the island Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés (number 66).
These are the fares of the most usual journeys:
Airport - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2.500 a 3.000 ptas. maximum.
Airport - Playa del Inglés 3.000 ptas.
Airport - Maspalomas 4.000 ptas.
Airport - Puerto de Mogán 6.000 ptas.
There are lots of flights to Arrecife airport on Lanzarote. The UK in particular has excellent connections, even during the winter months. We found that the airport wasn't particularly crowded in the winter but as it is quite small I wouldn't like to visit in the summer season.
****Warning****This is not one ot the best airports if you require wheelchair assistance. Your passenger will be expected to manage both the wheelchair and the luggage.
Hire a car. There is so much to see that you will find it difficult without one. Organised trips are OK, but will cost you lots, probably more than a car hire. We got a 4-door Citroen Xsara with air conditioning (essential!!) for £90 a week in Feb 2002.
If you do hire a car, always make sure that you have plenty of fuel. I ended up driving around the back roads of Lanzarotte when I got lost, with the fuel guage already in the red, and no idea where I was in relation to an open garage. After about 40km of praying I found a sign saying 'Garage 200m' which I followed for over 1km. Eventually my wife noticed a Garage down a side street where I filled up. It turns out that this was the only garage for miles around, and without my wife's keen eyes i would have easily missed it!
A good way to see a lot of Tenerife is by boat, but try to pick one with an engine that works, as you can just about make out from this picture we had to be towed home from about ten miles out..most embarrasing!
You will most definately need a car. most of the resorts are spread out and with nothing but dust and rock tracks between them.
Our resort was small and didn't have much in the way of super markets and shops,and the journey on foot to the nearest resort took a good 20 minute hike across not so good terrain.(no good for push chairs or elderly)but took 5 mins in the car. Lazy I know but in that sizzling heat it almost killed me!
Getting to Fuerteventura is only really accessable by plane. Toruble is most flights from UK on go on Wednesdays.
The only way to get around Fuerteventura sensibly is by jeep. You can hire them form Corralejo at 40,000 pts for week (around £170). With the jeep you can access all the island including (if your surfing) all the North Track which runs from Corralejo to El Cotillo. If you attempt to take a car over this track you must be mad as its litually cut reef and rock from Majanicho onwards. You have been warned !!!
Apart from being on foot, the best way is to go by bus. The island is small, only 30 kms in diameter or so, but because of the buildup of the island (a vulcano) it is impossible to drive around it on a coastal road. All the traffic first has to climb to the central highland and then descent towards a villages at the coastline again. A spectacular busride!
You could bring a rental car from Tenerife, but it would kind of spoil the fun. The island is too small for that.
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