Getting Around in Tenerife
Read through your options before deciding on the best way for you to get around the island of Tenerife.
There are many places you can visit and if you want to get the most out of Tenerife, hiring a car is definitely the best option. However, if you just want to spend the week on the beach, taxis are relatively cheap and a good option for getting from A to B.
One of the best ways to discover the island is to rent a car, driving around and finding your favourite places. As with most things on Tenerife, car hire is a very competitive market.
There are many car rental companies and they all seem to offer more or less the same. If you book in advance by fax to the company or through your tour operator you can be sure that you’ll get what you want. Internet offers tend to be the best priced.
To rent a car you will of course need a valid driving license and passport, and you must be at least 21 years old. Make sure that the price you pay includes mileage and insurance.
Bear in mind that there are certain things you should be aware of when driving in Tenerife.
Two Wheeled Rides
Several companies offer mountain bike hire, moped hire, scooter hire and motorcycle hire.
The powered machines usually range from 90cc moped/scooters to larger motorcycles such as the Kawasaki Tengai 650.
Prices vary depending on the number of days you hire the bike, but start at around 17 Euros per day for scooter hire. The longer your hire period, the lower the price will get.
To hire a bike you must be over 18 and a crash helmet must be worn – this can be hired with the bike.
On Tenerife most taxi drivers are honest and give good service, but watch out for some of them. They might try their luck when it comes to the fare, especially those that take you from the airport to your resort.
Taxis are recognisable by a green light in the windscreen or on a white roof and an official plate with the letters SP.
For short trips inside the tourist areas many drivers wont bother to put their metres on, but we believe you will rarely be cheated.
The main taxi ranks display fixed prices between the most popular destinations.
Taxis can also be hired for sightseeing. Just stop any reputable-looking taxi and ask what they offer. Most offer pre-planned itineraries covering the main island sights for around 80 Euros for a half day tour.
When taxi drivers turn the metre on, you pay 1 Euro for the flag fall and after that you will pay 30 centimes per km. If you choose to travel between 10 pm and 6 am, on Sundays or holidays and for each piece of luggage carried you will pay a surcharge of 33 centimes.
If you plan to get around by bus (“guagua” in the Tenerife dialect), you can pick up a timetable from a bus station, shops, or perhaps from your hotel.
The bus service on the island is regular but time consuming as they rarely come as stated on the timetable.
If you are a group of two or more, or plan to visit several places it is advisable, and most likely cheaper, to rent a car or take a taxi.
Buy the bus card (“tarjeta BonoBus”), as it is a lot cheaper than paying the fare by cash. It costs 12 Euros and can be used to pay for any number of journeys and as many passengers until the credit has been exhausted.
If there is insufficient credit available for the final journey then the balance must be paid in cash – but still at the cheaper rate. Typical fares range from 1.50 Euros for the trip from Los Cristianos to Reina Sofia Airport to 14 Euros for the journey from Los Cristianos to Puerto de La Cruz.
The public bus company, TITSA, operates services throughout the island and offers outstanding value for money.
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