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Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos) vs South Airport (Reina Sofia)

Overview of Tenerife Airports

Tenerife has two airports to choose between - the North Airport and the South Airport. They are served by different airlines, but if you have a choice it is best to choose the one closet to your destination in the north or the south of the island. Both have good transport links, but you will save time and money by choosing the closer one!

Whichever airport you use, we summarise here all the information you need to know!

Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos)

Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofia)

Transportation options from the Tenerife airports
Distance to the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 12,5 km = 7,8 miles 62 km = 38.5 miles
Public transport general operating hours Titsa public buses: 6:30-22:30. Titsa public buses: 24/7.
North Airport public buses Bus lines 102, 107, 108 and 343 connect the North Airport to most resort areas and towns of Tenerife.   Travel times depend on the final destination; journey to Santa Cruz (line 102) takes 20 minutes or so (around 13 km/8 miles); the journey to the South Airport (line 343) takes approximately 50 minutes (around 65 km/40 miles).   Departing frequency: between 10 and 60 (108 line) minutes, depending on the line.   Fares: €2.65 single journey to Santa Cruz; €4.75 single journey to Puerto de la Cruz; €6.8 single journey to San Juan de la Rambla; €9.7 to the South Airport; €12.4 single journey to Costa Adeje. N/A
South Airport public buses N/A Lines 111, 343 and 450 connect the South Airport to most resort areas and towns of Tenerife.   Travel times depend on the final destination. For a reference, travel times to Santa Cruz (line 111 – pay attention to the direction) are around an hour, while you’ll need up to half an hour (lines 111, 450) to reach Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje (18 km/11 miles).   Departing frequency: depending on the line, departing frequency ranges between half an hour and full hour (up to two hours overnight).   Fares: €13.55 single journey to Puerto de la Cruz, €9.35 single journey to Santa Cruz, €3.7 single journey to   Costa Adeje and €3.2 to Los Cristianos/Playa de las Americas.
Taxi / Cab Services Taxi fares are widely different depending on the final destination. Usual fares (6 a.m. – 10 p.m., overnight fares are somewhat higher) from the North Airport are: €7.5 to Cristobel de la Laguna (near the airport), €15-€20 to Santa Cruz, €28 to Puerto de la Cruz and €70 to the South Airport.   Note: the initial fare is €3.15 + €0.55 per kilometre. Taxi fares are widely different depending on the final destination. Approximate fares (6 a.m. – 10 p.m., overnight fares are somewhat higher) are: €80 to Santa Cruz and €35 to Playa de las Americas (between Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje).   Note: the initial fare is €3.15 + €0.55 per kilometre.
On demand taxis N/A N/A
Which airport is most suitable for me?
How close to Santa Cruz and island’s Tenerife main tourist attractions? The North Airport is located within a close proximity to Santa Cruz.   In general, you can reach the capital’s main tourist attractions in half an hour from the airport and other points of interest all around the island in less than 2 hours. The South Airport is located farther off from Santa Cruz.   However, the public transport provides efficient transfer to Santa Cruz and the rest of the island, and you can reach the island’s main tourist attractions in 2 hours or slightly more.
Cost factor The North Airport mostly serves flights from Spain and rest of Europe. Flight fares are similar between North and South Airports.   The airport offers convenient, fast and affordable transfer options to any part of Tenerife.   Hotel deals are similar to the other island’s airport. As for car rentals, rates are somewhat higher than at the South Airport.   Given chance, this airport is especially convenient for travellers whose destinations are located at the island’s northern part. The South Airport is the main island’s airport, handling domestic and international flights. Flight fares are similar between North and South Airports.   The airport offers convenient, fast and affordable transfer to any part of Tenerife 24/7 by the public transport.   Hotel deals are similar to hotels near the North Airport. Car rental deals are fairly lower.   The South Airport is more convenient for travellers going to the southern part of the island.
Airport delays Overall, delay indexes for the North Airport are very low. Delay indexes for the South Airport are generally low; overseas flights (the U.S.A.) tend to be inclined toward delays.
Flight fares   Prices taken for April 2017 (searched on 31.1.17.). From €44-Madrid and Barcelona, €60-London, €69-Paris, €99-Berlin, €108-Frankfurt and Brussels, €133-Dublin, €135-Amsterdam, €163-Basel, €196-Budapest. From €40-Madrid and Barcelona, €63-London, €69-Paris, €99-Berlin, €108-Edinburgh, Frankfurt and Brussels, €133-Dublin, €135-Amsterdam, €148-Rome, €164-Venice, €194-Budapest.
Car hire   Prices taken for the 1.4.-7.4.17. period (searched on 31.1.17.). Budget cars (Peugeot 107, Vw Up, Fiat 500): €89-€268.   Intermediate cars (Renault Scenic, Toyota Avensis, Nissan Qashqai): €122-€1141. Budget cars (Fiat Panda, Vw Up, Hyundai I10): €56-€312.   Intermediate cars (Renault Megane, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Qashqai): €102-€1141.
Hotel costs per night from 1.4.-2.4.17. (searched on 31.1.17.) 3-star Hotel Principe Paz - €47.   4-star Hotel Escuela Santa Cruz - €69.   Offered accommodation deals are similar between the airports. 3-star Royal Park Albatros - €53.   4-star Hotel Rural 4 Esquinas - €72.   Offered accommodation deals are similar between the airports.
Airport facilities
Shopping Buy-Bye, Tenerife Duty Free, GAP & Superdry, Lava, Sunglass Hut, Loro Parque, Hudson News, Relay. Tenerife Duty Free, Vodafone, Casa Ricardo, Sweet Treats, Discover Canary Islands, Sunglass Hut, Collection, GAP & Superdry, Hard Rock Tenerife, Lava, The Ocean Company, Shoes & Fashion Accessories, LMV.
Eating & drinking Panaria, Caffe Ritazza, Café & Tapas, Insula Cafe, Burger King, Pejeverde. O’Learys, Café & Tapas, Burger King, Curry Wurst, Upper Crust, Aerogelato, Caffe Ritazza, Camden Food, Gambrinus.
Lounges VIP Lounge Montana Roja VIP Lounge
Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi without any restrictions is available at the North Airport. Free Wi-Fi without any restrictions is available at the South Airport.
Terminal information. How many? How to transfer? Minimum connection time. The North Airport has a single terminal. The South Airport has a single terminal.
Currency exchange & cash points Several ATMs and cash machines are available in the Arrivals and Departures halls. La Caixa Bank is located in the Arrivals section for the currency exchange and other transactions. ATMs are available throughout the airport. Global exchange offices are located in the lobby, opposite Arrivals, and around Boarding hall.
Important phone numbers Information: +34 922 63 59 98; Police: 091; Ambulance: 061; Titsa bus: +34 922 531 300. Information: +34 922 759 000; Police: 091; Ambulance: 061; Titsa bus: +34 922 531 300.
Major airlines and destinations
Major operating airlines Air Europa, Alitalia, Canaryfly, Finnair, Iberia, Norwegian Air, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, Vueling. Adria Airways, Aeroflot, Air France, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Easy Jet, Finnair, Iberia, Lufthansa, Norwagian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Vueling, Wizz Air.
Major destinations Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Santiago, Lanzarote, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Bilbao, Almeria, Asturias. London, Stockholm, Berlin, Geneva, Edinburgh, Milan, Moscow, Rome, Barcelona, Brussels, Vienna, Lanzarote, Copenhagen, Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris.
Car Hire
Operating companies Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Auto Reisen, Cicar. Auto Reisen, Goldcar, Hertz, Cicar, Sixt, Europcar, InterRent.
Online car hire Deals? 3% cashback Car hire Tenerife North Airport 3% cashback Car hire Tenerife South Airport
Touristinformation
Tenerife attractions Tenerife discount cards
Official airport website http://www.aena.es/en/tenerife-norte-airport/index.html http://www.aena.es/en/tenerife-sur-airport/index.html
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