How to get around Lanzarote

Mountain Biking

By Jane Egginton, your Lanzarote expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Berlitz, .... Read more

Getting around Lanzarote - my advice

Lanzarote is a very small island and relatively easy to get around. For any kind of in-depth exploration, or for travelling into the interior, hire a car.

On the buses

For travel between the major resorts and towns on the coast, there is a very efficient, and reasonably priced bus service, with journeys costing just 1-2 euros. That said, services are not very frequent and the journey times are pretty slow. Arrecife bus (www.arrecifebus.es) is the company that serves the whole island, with a timetable in English. If you are planning on making a lot of journeys, a bus pass, which can be bought from the bus station in Arrecife, gives passengers a 50 per cent discount off the regular fare. The buses themselves are known locally as guaguas.

On your bike

Despite some big hills, Lanzarote, with its good roads and relatively little traffic, attracts a large number of cyclists. Bikes can be hired in all the major resorts, and even directly from some hotels. The island has a number of dedicated cycle paths.

Bikes can be hired from around 15 euros a day, with discounts for multiple days. One reliable company is www.tommys-bikes.com.

Waterways

Those visitors who fancy a bit of island hopping will need to take a ferry. The neighbouring island of Fuerteventura is only 20 minutes away, with day trips costing around 30 euros. There are two ferry terminals on Lanzarote - in Playa Blanca and in Arrecife. BinterCanarias (www.bintercanarias.com), Islas Airways (www.islasairways.com) and Lineas Fred Olsen (www.fredolsen.es) are three of the biggest companies.

 

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