Tenerife is the only island in the Canaries with two airports, one in the north and the other in the south. Los Rodeos (TFN) located in La Laguna in the north of the island, used mainly for inter-island and national connections with a total of 13 airlines and Reina Sofia (TFS) located in the south. This has the most air traffic, over 50 airlines operate from it and there are connections to many of the major cities in the world. It is one of the busiest airports in Spain, with almost 10 million passengers passing through a year. Both airports offer assistance for passengers with reduced mobility. See the article Airport – Reduced mobility assistance I added to Tripadvisor.
The majority of tourists are heading for the south of the island and use Tenerife South Airport. Other than car hire, alternative transport between the airports and the resorts is taxi, coach transfer or local bus.
Tenerife Airport Taxis have a rank just outside the main arrival/departure terminal. These are well organised – queue jumping is not allowed and it is not necessary to pre-book as there are always plenty available. If your party is more than 4 people, including children, speak to the taxi controller (he will be directing the line of cabs) and is usually wearing a hi viz vest. He can organise a larger vehicle for you, these are kept on site so will arrive within a couple of minutes of the call.
Most of the Taxi drivers are honest and provide a good level of service at a fair price, you can be sure that they are Official licensed taxis by the green light they display on the roof or the window and on the rear bumper they should be showing a small plate with the initials SP. There are also several reduced mobility accessible taxis on the island. These vehicles have ramp access to allow people to travel in their own wheelchairs. Again, contact the controller should you require one of these
Fares are divided into two price bands Fare 1 (from 06:00 to 22:00, weekdays) and Fare 2 (from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am and all day holidays). There are boards at several locations around the airport giving prices to various locations. Click on the photos below to see current fares.
Tenerife buses (called guaguas and pronounced ‘wah wahs’) run by the company TITSA covers every corner of the island. They operate a modern fleet of bright green buses that are clean, cheap and comfortable. The bus stops at the airport are directly outside the arrivals hall.
You can either pay for each individual trip or buy a Bonovia (formerly “bono-bus” pass) for €15 or €30. These passes can be used on every route, can be shared between several people and save about 50 percent on the price of a ticket.
You can buy a Bonovia ticket from any TITSA bus station (not in the bus itself), or outlets carrying the green circle logo. To use the pass simply tell the driver the destination and put the ticket in the machine. The fare is deducted from the initial payment; put it in the machine twice for two people etc. when it runs out, pay the difference in cash to the driver; it also allows free or very cheap connections if you use another bus within a specified time; it also gives discounts at some museums.
Like the taxis, Titsa are slowly introducing new buses with electric ramps to make it easy for wheelchair access.
Some examples of fares for typical journeys:
Puerto de la Cruz – Santa Cruz de Tenerife: € 4.40 (€ 2.75 with bus pass)
Puerto de la Cruz – Tenerife Sur Airport: € 9.70 euros (€ 6.05 with bus pass)
Puerto de la Cruz – Playa de las Américas: € 12.25 euros (€ 7.65 euros with bus pass)
Playa de las Américas – Santa Cruz de Tenerife: € 7.95 (€ 5 with bus pass)
If you prefer to do your own driving, there are many hire companies both in the resorts and at the airport. The following is a list recommended by the Tourist Board Car Hire Companies.
After public transport, using a specialist company for airport transfer is the cheapest option. Many companies can be found through an internet search, some must be pre-booked and others have stands in the Arrivals Hall of the airport.
Generally, transfer vehicles only stop at hotels/holiday apartment complexes in resorts and not at private villas. Coaches may stop at various resorts and hotels on each transfer journey. This means that travelling time between airport and your destination can take much longer than private transfers or taxis. On return transfers, the aim is get all passengers to the airport at least 2 hours before their flight departure time. Depending on the number of pickups etc., this could mean if you are one of the first to be collected a pick up time of 4-5 hours before flight departure.