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Public Transport In Tenerife


Public transport. For those of you not wanting to brave the Tenerife highways and byways, driving yourself, there is this option. There are two main alternatives - and one extra, little one. (There's also a fourth in the pipeline - see bottom of page.)




PUBLIC TRANSPORT: TAXIS

This is, by far, the most convenient option, but, obviously, also the most expensive. If you've been to or are in Tenerife, you'll have seen these vehicles frequently and probably assumed that they're always white Mercedes cars. There are taxis about that are the odd exception to this rule and, if you've nothing better to do, you could see if you can spot one. (I saw a maroon-coloured one once...lucky me.)

Now, there used to be stories that the blue-shirted Tinerfeño taxi driver tended to rip off anyone he believed to be a tourist. Whilst every driver, obviously, wasn't guilty of this, the authorities have decided to do something to help you. As you leave the terminal building from Arrivals, there's an official sign listing the taxi fares to several key destinations throughout the island. I've listed them below.

Taxis now have a queuing area off to the right as you leave the airport terminal building. When a few flights arrive in quick succession, it is not unusual for there to be a shortage of taxis.


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Official List Of Charges

DestinationDistanceDay RateNight Rate
Los Cristianos18km20.9123.51
Las Americas20km23.0525.10
Callao Salvaje29km32.6336.50
Los Gigantes46km50.8757.50
Santa Cruz64km70.1379.36
La Laguna69km75.4385.43
Puerto de
La Cruz
93km101.16114.57
DAYTIME
DestinationDistanceRate
Los Cristianos18km20.91
Las Americas20km23.05
Callao Salvaje29km32.63
Los Gigantes46km50.87
Santa Cruz64km70.13
La Laguna69km75.43
Puerto de
La Cruz
93km101.16
NIGHTTIME
DestinationDistanceRate
Los Cristianos18km23.51
Las Americas20km25.10
Callao Salvaje29km36.50
Los Gigantes46km57.50
Santa Cruz64km79.36
La Laguna69km85.43
Puerto de
La Cruz
93km114.57


There is a leaflet called "Guia de Horarios" [ghee-a day oh-RA-rioss] at the airport (you can get one from the information booth next to arrivals). This also has the approximate taxi fares to various island destinations.

Remember that (most) taxis, being Mercs are quite spacious and some are estates. They should be able to take four adults, all with large suitcases. If you need anything bigger, there are minibuses available (ask for "un grande" [grand-ay]).




PUBLIC TRANSPORT: BUSES



A far cheaper public transport option is the bus. In Tenerife, there is the island-wide bus company, called "TITSA". (Rather an unfortunate name, I know. It stands for Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife, Sociedad Anónima, no less.) The number 111 bus travels backwards and forwards between the terminal in Santa Cruz and Playa de Las Americas along the main motorway, Autopista del sur, calling at the airport on the way. It is every 30 minutes throughout the day. Rather quaintly given the name "guaguas", these distinctive green buses are clean, efficient and generally on time.


If any of you want to know what bus or buses you need to get from A to B, just go to www.titsa.com, where you'll find a route planner


Even when I lived in Tenerife and had my own car, if I had go to Santa Cruz for any reason, I would use public transport in the shape of the bus. There is an express one (number 110) which hardly ever stops and you are there in no time, travelling in comfort. It is possible to purchase a return ticket, which, as you’d expect, works out cheaper than buying an individual ticket for each journey. The phrase to use when asking for this is ida y vuelta [eeda ee vuelta] - literally "going and returning".

Although using the bus for public transport is very economical, with cheap fares, there is a way of saving even more money. You can purchase a so-called "Bono" card. This is available from bus stations and shops displaying the Bono logo. You can't get one off the bus driver!

If you're intending to use the bus from the moment you arrive, one of these cards can be purchased at the airport in the shop called "La Alpizpa", next to The Gift Shop.

They are available at either 12 or 30 euros, are fully transferable and valid for one year. A couple may share one, simply by inserting the card twice into the ticket machine.

Should you find yourself in the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz, they are also valid for the tram system there (see below).


public transport in tenerife


Bus services serving the south of the island, with times



110 - Santa Cruz-Las Americas (direct)
leaving Santa Cruz leaving Las Americas
06:15
every 30 mins
20:15
06:15
every 30 mins
20:45


111 - Santa Cruz-Las Caletillas-Candelaria-Guimar-Arico-Chimiche-San Isidro-South Airport-San Miguel and Guaza-Los Cristianos-Las Americas
leaving Santa Cruz leaving Las Americas
05:30
every 30 mins
21:30
22:30
23:30
00:30
02:30
03:30
06:00
every 30 mins
22:30
23:15
00:30
02:30
04:30


112 - Santa Cruz-Las Caletillas-Candelaria-Guimar-Arico-Chimiche-Granadilla-San Miguel-Las Galletas-Valle San Lorenzo-La Camella-Arona
leaving Santa Cruz leaving Arona
11:10
19:10
05:30
13:00
weekends and fiestas
11:30
19:45
05:30
14:00


115 - Santa Cruz-Las Caletillas-Candelaria-Guimar-Arico-Chimiche-Granadilla-South Airport-San Miguel-Las Galletas
leaving Santa Cruz
leaving Las Galletas
07:15
08:45
09:45
11:10 (no 112)
12:20
13:20
15:20
16:20
17:20
19:10
20:10
21:10
05:40
06:45
07:45
09:25
10:40
11:35
13:30 (no 112)
14:25
15:25
17:25
18:25
19:25
weekends and fiestas
07:15
11:30 (no 112)
16:15
19:45
06:00
09:25
14:40 (no 112)
18:10



I gather that single tickets for local bus journeys cost no more than 1:25 euros and most are under 1 euro. For full details of Tenerife bus times plus other information, visit the TITSA website.




PUBLIC TRANSPORT: SANTA CRUZ TRAMS

Like so many other cosmopolitan cities around the world, the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz, now has its own tram system - albeit of a modest size. Whenever I visited the main city whilst living on the island, I'd never seen any of these trams - and it turns out that they've only been operating since 2007, well after I returned to the UK.


Tenerife tram
Photo: Axe


The company is known as Metrotenerife, or Tranvía, which literally means "tram" in Spanish and it operates two lines.

Linea 1

This is the main line and it connects Santa Cruz with La Laguna, stopping at such important landmarks as the University Hospital, Candelaria Hospital and Plaza Weyler, where the British Consulate is to be found.

Linea 2

Only added as recently as 2009, this smaller line links La Cuesta and Tíncer, merging briefly with line 1 for two stops.

These rainbow-coloured vehicles are a convenient way to get around the immediate Santa Cruz area and fares are comparable in price to a bus fare. More information on tram stops, fares and timetables is available (in English) on the Metrotenerife website.Tenerife tram
Photo: Jtpr92
Tenerife tram
Photo: Jtpr92

These rainbow-coloured vehicles are a convenient way to get around the immediate Santa Cruz area and fares are comparable in price to a bus fare.

More information on tram stops, fares and timetables is available (in English) on the Metrotenerife website.


contact details:

Telephone: (+34) 922 024800
Email: comercial@metrotenerife.com
Website (in Spanish)


public transport in tenerife


PUBLIC TRANSPORT: THE TRANSRAPID TRAIN

What's the one mode of transport that Tenerife lacks? A train! Well, plans are afoot to rectify that situation. Cabildo President, Ricardo Melchior, has been in talks with the powers that be in Brussels to negotiate funding for this huge project.


Transrapid Train, proposed for Tenerife
Photo courtesy of Tenerife News Online


Intended mainly to provide a fast link between the north and south airports (a speedy 15 minutes), it is hoped to be also a tourist attraction, with people wanting to ride on it, or just merely see it.

When, if ever, this ambitious plan comes to fruition, you'll be the first to know.





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