How to travel in comfort to all corners of the island
Tenerife has more to offer than just sun and sand, so we'd like to share with you some of the choices available so that you'll leave no stone unturned – and have some great photos to take home with you.
When we talk to people about their holidays to Tenerife, many tourists talk about how they sat on the hotel or apartment terrace and how they went to the beach to relax and enjoy the island's beautifully warm weather. However, there are those who look to explore and discover all the secrets the island has to offer. We're all for this kind of holiday, so we recommend you read this article so that you can get around freely and get to wherever you want to go.
There is only public transport on land in Tenerife, so there aren't any public or cheap options to get to the other side of the island by boat or plane. If you'd prefer to travel this way, then you'll have to arrange a private hire with companies like Tenerife Sailing Charters and Helidream.
The best way to get around in Tenerife is, without a doubt, to hire a car. If you want to go to Mount Teide, get to the island's lesser known beaches, like Antequera or Charco del Viento, or travel to the North's historical towns and villages of La Orotava, Icod de los Vinos or Garachico, then taking a car allows you to get to all of these places at your leisure and in total freedom.
Tenerife Travel Secret
Although Tenerife is generally a safe place to be, you probably shouldn't leave your valuables in plain sight in the car when you get out to admire the view or at some of the lay-bys in Cañadas del Teide National Park. You should therefore always make sure the car doors and windows are fully closed. To hire a car, you'll obviously need to be old enough and have a valid driving license (for EU citizens) or an international driving permit (for non-EU citizens).
Tenerife Travel Secret
The roads in Tenerife are generally winding and, in several sections (apart from on the motorway), the roads can be quite narrow – it's often a squeeze when two cars pass each other by. We therefore recommend you only use the car for short journeys in areas where the roads are particularly winding, like on the route to the small village of Masca.
The best modes of public transport operating on the motorways are the TITSA guaguas (a type of bus). So, if you don't have everything you need to hire a car, the next best comfortable option would be to go by guagua. This method of travel is ideal for younger people without a license who want to travel all over the island and for those of you who don't want to drive on your holidays.
Travelling across Tenerife in a guagua is a good way to get around, but you have to remember that this is an island bus service – so they aren't very frequent. At any rate, if you're heading to the island for a relaxing holiday then, with a bit of patience, this could be the perfect choice for you. We recommend that you buy the bono-bus ticket, which is valid for one year, and can be used by more than one person. The drivers don't tend to accept notes larger than €20 when you pay for a single ticket (which costs €1.15). One-way trips always cost the same, so if you're planning to use the guagua several times, then there are likely to be cheaper alternatives that run more frequently.
Tenerife Travel Secret
There are certain journeys where I've preferred to walk instead of waiting for the next guagua. You might also want to do this if you're running out of time for your trip or if walking isn't as trying as waiting for 20-30 minutes for the next bus. If the weather is nice, then walking can be an absolute treat 😊
If you have some money spare or you're in a rush, then the taxi services on the island are quite good to get where you need to go. The cost of a taxi is understandably going to be higher than a single journey by guagua, but the speed and expertise of the drivers could possibly make it worthwhile. Most taxis have a base tariff of €3 (which differs slightly in each region), with the added extras of the cost of the journey and tip.
Hiring a motorbike or pedal bike is also an option. I honestly believe that hiring a bike would be an amazing way to get around the island, but because of all of the hills and microclimates I'm not sure how long this would stay a viable option for the average tourist – who would have to pedal like there's no tomorrow to be able to get to any of the enchanting places in Tenerife. This obviously doesn't mean that hiring a bike is impossible. At the end of the day, your holiday is just that – yours – so you should do what you want to do. Bike Experience seems a great option for bike hire in Playa de las Américas and the website Más que Motos seems great for hiring motorbikes.
Final comments from the authors about getting around Tenerife
Due to Tenerife's topography and all the places to see around the island, I personally believe that hiring a car is the best option. With a car, you have the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. So grab a map and discover everything the island has to offer. Finally, we would like to remind you not to leave your valuables and belongings unattended in the car – or anywhere for that matter. No matter where you are, there may always be people who will seize the opportunity to steal your things.