Tenerife flights

By Andrea Montgomery, your Tenerife expert

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Flying to Tenerife

There are two International airports serving Tenerife:
Tenerife Sur (South), Reina Sofia (TFS)
Tenerife Norte (North), Los Rodeos (TFN)

The vast majority of international flights come into Tenerife South airport. As a result, some days can be manically busy - particularly Tuesdays and Fridays when all UK charter flights arrive.

No airlines fly into Tenerife North from the UK, it's almost exclusively served by domestic inter-island and Spanish mainland flights with one or two German flights.

Where are the airports?

Tenerife South airport is in Granadilla de Abona in the south east of the island, 60 kilometres from the capital city of Santa Cruz and within 30 kilometres of all the main southern resorts.

Tenerife North airport is in La Laguna in the north west of the island, 8 kilometres from the capital city of Santa Cruz and within 30 kilometres of Puerto de la Cruz.

Getting to the resorts

As the vast majority of Tenerife holidaymakers from the UK choose to stay in one of the southern resorts, the South Airport serves most people well.

Taxis

If you're staying in any of the southern resorts, taxis are the easiest and most convenient way of transferring from the airport to your hotel. They have fixed meters and there is a price guide at the taxi stand which tells you how much you should be paying.

These are the prices from Tenerife South airport to the main resorts:
Los Cristianos 18.57 euros
Playa de Las Américas 20.45 euros
Costa Adeje 25-35 euros depending on location.
Los Gigantes 44.89 euros
Santa Cruz 61.81 euros
Puerto de la Cruz 89.07 euros

Clearly, for those travelling to the north of Tenerife, buses or private transfers are a much more economical option.

Buses

The local bus company Titsa (www.titsa.com) run connections from airports to all the main resorts.

Pick up a Bono card for 12 euros or 30 euros worth of travel credit from the shop near departure gate 46 and it will give you 50 per cent reduction on fares.

The number 111 runs every 30 minutes to Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Américas - change for Los Gigantes and Costa Adeje and in the other direction to Santa Cruz. The stop is right outside the arrivals terminal.

The number 340 runs directly to Puerto de la Cruz four times a day. If your flight doesn't connect easily, take the 111 and change in Santa Cruz where there are frequent connections.

Private transfers

Plenty of companies offer private transfer from the airport to hotels at prices well below taxi fares. Be prepared to double your transfer time as they drop off at every hotel en route which, if you're staying in the south west, can mean up to two hours on a journey that should take 50 minutes or less.

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