There are two airports on the island of Tenerife, one is also known as Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport or simply Tenerife South Airport. This international airport is the busiest of the two and over the past 12 months has received around 11 million passengers. Since the year 2015, this second busiest airport on the canary islands has had a steady increase in passenger numbers with additional 2 million arriving on the island over those four years.
Tenerife North Airport is located in San Cristóbal de La Laguna and welcomes around five million passengers a year. One common belief surrounding Tenerife is that the South is always Sunny, but the North is Cloudy. Is that totally correct? Well the fact of the matter is that the south is indeed sunnier and warmer than the north is. And in my experience, the north was cloudier and seemed to lack sun for those months. However, this of course is not always correct. In fact, the south has experienced some freak weather over the last decade
Overall, the south does tend to have more predictable sunshine hours even in the winter. Winter temperatures usually don’t normally drop much below 20 degrees Celsius. There are plenty of stunning resorts in the South such as Costa Adeje and Gold del Sur. If you avoid the all-inclusive package deals and search independently of large tour operators, you could save quite a lot. If there was a number in your group, you could also share one of the larger villas in Tenerife South to bring the cost down.
Best ways to get from Tenerife South Airport (TFS)
There are three main transport options from Tenerife South Airport, Public bus, taxi and Car hire. The best option for you or your group will most likely depend on the following factors: What is your budget? Are you travelling with children or anyone with reduced mobility? If so, then the Public bus may not be an option as although there are bus stops right at the terminals, most hotels are a distance from the main bus routes.
Taxi from Tenerife South Airport
In this instance, you may well consider getting a taxi from the airport. There is just one terminal at TFS airport, and passengers arriving here will easily locate the outside taxi rank as it is well sign posted. Taxi is the most direct and quickest way to get to you holiday destination.
Public bus from Tenerife South Airport
The bus from the airport is certainly the best option for those on a budget and that don’t mind walking from the bus stop to their place of accommodation.
Here is a useful list of Bus timetables and prices to the main destinations from Tenerife South airport;
Bus Line 40: Connects Costa Adeje-Los Cristianos-Tenerife Sur Airport and also connects Tenerife South airport with most of the main holiday resorts to the south of the island.
Prices:Airport-Los Cristianos: €3.20 / Airport-Costa Adeje: €3.70
This bus route timetable: To Costa Adeje: from - 7.40am to 21.40pm / Runs to the airport: from 7.25am to 21.25pm
Bus Line 111 runs from the airport to the capital Santa Cruz and visa versa
Price: Airport-Santa Cruz: €9.35
LIne 111 Bus Timetable: Airport-Santa Cruz: 8:030 to 22:00 (every 30 mins) / Santa Cruz-Airport: 6:30 to 21:00 (every 30 mins) / Bus Line 711: Santa Cruz-Tenerife Sur Airport-Los Cristianos-Costa Adeje
The line 711 runs from Tenerife Sur airport to the main beaches on the island. It also has a nightime service.
Airport-Costa Adeje: €3.70 / Airport-Santa Cruz: €9.35
This Bus timetable: Airport-Costa Adeje: 22:20, 23:20, 00:20, 01:05, 03:20, 04:55, 06:20 & 06:50am / Airport-Santa Cruz: 22:30, 23:30, 00:50, 02:35, 04:25, 06:00, 06:35, 07:00 and 07:30am / Costa Adeje-Airport: 22:00, 00:20, 02:05, 03:55, 05:30, 06:00, 06:30 and 07:00.
Santa Cruz-Airport: 21:30, 22:30, 23:30, 00:15, 02:30, 04:05, 05:30 and 06:00am.
Bus Line 343: Puerto de la Cruz-Tenerife Norte Airport-Tenerife Sur Airport-Los Cristianos
The bus route number 343 runs directly between Tenerife North airport & Tenerife South Airports in around 50 minutes.
Prices from Tenerife South Airport-Tenerife North Airport: €9.70 /Costa Adeje (Los Cristianos)- Tenerife Sur Airports: €3.70/ Puerto de la Cruz-Tenerife Sur Airport: €13.55.
Costa Adeje (Los Cristianos)-Tenerife Norte Airport: €12.40/ Puerto de la Cruz-Tenerife North Airport: €4.75.
Bus timetable - Los Cristianos–Tenerife Sur Airport–Tenerife Norte Airport-Puerto de la Cruz: from 08:25 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. / Tenerife Sur Airport–Tenerife Norte Airport–Puerto de la Cruz: from 08:41 a.m. to 11:19 p.m. Tenerife Norte Airport–Tenerife Sur Airport–Los Cristianos: from 06:29 a.m. to 09:43 p.m. (from Monday to Friday on non-public holidays) and from 06:49 a.m. to 09:43 p.m. (Please note this is only on Saturdays, Sundays & all public holidays).
Puerto de la Cruz–Tenerife North Airport–Tenerife Sur Airport–Los Cristianos: from 06:00 a.m. to 09:20 p.m. (from Monday to Friday on non-public holidays) and from 06:20 a.m. to 21:20 p.m.(Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
As mentioned previously, the bus may not be the quickest direction, but it will save the family money if you are on a tight budget.
Car hire Tenerife South Airport
Europcar, Sixt, Hertz each have a desk at the airport, however it would be advisable to check out some price comparison websites that include these and at least ten other large competitors. The benefits of booking car hire online also includes the fact that queues at Tenerife airport can be quite large at peak times. Also, it will give yo you time to digest the terms of each car rental company including the confusing full to empty fuel policies. Car hire insurance can also be quite confusing let alone a very expensive surprise. Why not consider your own annual car hire insurance privately and only pay the price you get quoted for?
For more information contact Aena regarding public transport