Canary Islands: Local Travel Info
More than simply Sun, Sea and Sand
Internal Flights and major international airports in the Canary Islands
Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Palma each have an international airport to serve UK holidaymakers travelling to the Canary Islands. La Gomera is usually visited as a day trip, and is just 30 minutes away by Ferry.
Getting to and from the airport
Car hire companies are based at each of the airports should you wish to hire a car upon arrival. If you prefer to book a taxi, it is possible to do so in advance or by going to the taxi rank outside the arrivals hall of the airport. There is usually also a bus service that departs roughly every 30 minutes, although they may be less frequent on Sundays. If you are visiting the Canary Islands on a package holiday then there will normally be a pre-arranged coach service that takes you directly to your hotel or apartment block.
Travel costs in the Canary Islands
Car hire and taxi transport in Canary Islands is a lot cheaper than most of Western Europe, so you will get excellent value for money.
Renting cars in the Canary Islands
Rneting a car in the Canary Islands costs around €25 to €30 per day for a compact car. If you require a long-term rental it may be cheaper, while renting larger cars or 4WDs can double the price. It is often obligatory to pay by credit card for a car in the Canaries; this means the company will have a hold over you if anything goes wrong.
Generally speaking you are not permitted to take a hired car from one island to another unless you get prior agreement from the company. An exception for most companies is the Fuerteventura–Lanzarote sea crossing. Most will have no problem with you taking your car from one to the other, and you may be able to hire on one island and drop the car off on the other. You are required by law to carry the phone number of the rental company as well as your licence, passport and rental agreement. To hire a car you need to be 21 years or over and must have had your licence for at least two years. Remember that driving is on the opposite side of the road.
Canary Islands by Bus
Busses in the Canary Islands are called guaguas, pronounced ‘wa-wa's’. Each island will have its own interurban service. They can get you to most of the main locations, but runs may be few and far between, particularly on the smaller islands. Tenerife and Gran Canaria, as they are bigger, both have an impressive public-transport system that covers the whole island. But frequency still varies enormously, from a regular service between major towns to only a few designated runs per day. Fares are reasonable, especially if you invest in a Bonobus card. Destinations within each island are calculated pro rata according to distance, so ticket fares vary from €1 to €10 or more.
Canary Islands by Taxi
Taxi fares in the Canary Islands are roughly 1.15 euro per kilometre. Some routes have set fares, so ask before you set off. If you wish to tour an island by taxi, you should agree an hourly or daily rate in advance of the journey.
Canary Islands by Bicycle
Biking around the islands is an extremely pleasant way to see the sights, but unfortunately there are no bicycle lanes in the urban areas, and drivers will not necessarily accommodate you. Beachside boulevards will generally include space for bike riding however.
Water Transport in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are connected by ferries, ‘fast ferries’ and jetfoils. The three main companies are Naviera Armas, Fred Olsen and Acciona Trasmediterránea. Times, prices and even routes, are always subject to change, which can mean unexpected delays.