Ferries and Flights to the Islands
Considering the location, good choices to travel to Tenerife by ferry or plane are not difficult to find. The Canary Islands, and specifically Tenerife, are located between three continents (Europe, Africa and America). The number of travel options, particularly from Europe, is enormous. Naturally, if you want to make the most of your time on the island, we recommend you travel by plane. However, we also think that making the journey by ferry would be a sensational experience.
Tenerife Travel Secret
The Canaries consist of seven islands, all of which are very different, and there is lots to see on each island. We recommend you include visits to multiple islands in your holiday plans when you travel to Tenerife. This is easy and cost effective to do by plane or by ferry.
Flying to Tenerife
When you travel to Tenerife and the Canaries, booking flights is always the best and fastest way to get there. The travel time from Madrid, for instance, is approximately 2.5 hours. It takes even less time if you travel from Northern Africa, such as from Morocco.
Several airlines operate regular flights to Tenerife with good connections, as do some low-cost airlines, like Ryanair and Vueling. You should also keep an eye out for offers from major airlines, like Iberia, Norwegian Airlines, British Airways. Occasionally they offer very good deals. Tourism is so important Tenerife, so it'll be easy to find cheap flights or great deals from the Iberian Peninsula. You can even find deals from some capitals elsewhere in Europe. Check our special section for further information and tips.
The two Tenerife airports have connections with the other islands, as well as national and international airports. Los Rodeos airport is located in the north of the island in the municipality of La Laguna. Reina Sofia airport, which is the Tenerife South Airport, is located in the municipality of Arona. Both airports have a major infrastructure and extensive facilities that assist tourists in smooth travel to and from the island. The airports also have good public transport links (TITSA buses) and taxi services, including transfers between airports.
If you want to visit the neighbouring islands, the largest companies that operate these flights are CanaryFly and Binter Canarias. The latter also fly to Cabo Verde and various destinations in Morocco.
Ferries and Boats to Tenerife
If you would like to bring your own car, another way to travel to the island is to take a boat or ferry. These depart from several ports in southern Spain (such as Cadiz and Huelva) and Portugal (from Madeira). The journey lasts approximately 24 hours but, if your holiday is longer than a week, it might be advantageous.
Similarly, you can go to any island in the province (La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro) directly by boat or ferry. Try Naviera Armas or Transmediterranea. Remember to check the departure times first! They also operate routes to the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. However, for the latter two you're often required to make a connection in Gran Canaria.
Last but not least, you can rent a boat, yacht or plane to reach the neighbouring islands. To do this, you will of course need the necessary permits and experience.
Remember – some helpful tips if you travel to Tenerife
Even though Tenerife and the Canaries are in close proximity to Africa, the islands are part of Spanish territory. European visitors (from the Schengen area) can travel to Tenerife with their National Identity Card or passport. Non-European/Schengen members need to show their passport/visa – like for anywhere else in Europe. Before travelling, make sure you have your documentation ready in order to avoid any problems on arrival.
We also advise purchasing short-term insurance, so you are guaranteed full medical services for any emergency. You'll also get legal and travel assistance. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
When travelling to the Canaries, don’t forget to bring your laptop, book or iPod to entertain yourself during the trip. If you aren't planning to sleep, that is. Lastly, exploring this beautiful island is always better in the company of family and/or friends!