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 main destination like Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos, Santa Cruz De 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|
|Playa de las Americas from||60.35 Km||15.27 Km|
|Distance to the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife||12,5 km = 7,8 miles||62 km = 38.5 miles|
|Public transport operating hours||Titsa public buses: 6:30-22:30.||Titsa public buses: 24/7.|
|Airport Buses Services||
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.
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).
|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:
Note: the initial fare is €3.15 + €0.55 per kilometre.
Taxi fares are widely different depending on the final destination.
Note: the initial fare is €3.15 + €0.55 per kilometre.
Which airport is most suitable for me?
|How close to Santa Cruz & Top Tenerife attractions?||
The North Airport is located within a close proximity to Santa Cruz.
In general, you can reach 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.
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 2018 (searched on 31.1.18)
|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 1-4-18 to 7-4-18. period (searched on 31-1-18).
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.
|Car Hire Companies||Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Auto Reisen, Cicar.||Auto Reisen, Goldcar, Hertz, Cicar, Sixt, Europcar, InterRent.|
|Online car hire Deals?|
Hotel costs per night from 1-4-18 to 2-4-18 (searched on 31-1-18)
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.
|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, Cafe & Tapas, Insula Cafe, Burger King, Pejeverde.||O'Learys, Cafe & 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.|
|More tourist information about Tenerife|
|Official airport website||http://www.aena.es/en/tenerife-norte-airport/index.html||http://www.aena.es/en/tenerife-sur-airport/index.html|
Tenerife has two airports, the North airport (Los Rodeos) and the South airport (Reina Sofia). The North airport is closest to the city center which is known as Santa Cruz De in Tenerife or just Santa Cruz at a distance of just 7.8 miles (12.5km). Tenerife does not have a railway so journeys to/from the airport must be made by bus or car.
Distance to Tenerife City Center Santa Cruz:
North Airport: 7.8 miles / 12.5km
South Airport: 38.5 miles / 62 km
North Airport to Santa Cruz Central Tenerife Journey Times:
By Bus: 20 minutes
By Taxi: 15 minutes
South Airport to Santa Cruz Central Tenerife Journey Times:
By Bus: 90 minutes
By Taxi: 60 minutes
Bus: &euro:2.65 https://titsa.com/index.php/en/tenerife-by-bus/getting-to-the-airport/tenerife-north-airport Buses depart North Airport for Santa Cruz every 30-45 minutes from 05.06-23.15.
Taxi: Approximately &euro:20 http://www.aena.es/en/tenerife-norte-airport/taxi.html Available 24/7
Bus: &euro:9.35 https://titsa.com/index.php/en/tenerife-by-bus/getting-to-the-airport/tenerife-south-airport Buses depart South Airport for Santa Cruz every 30 minutes from 07.55 – 21.55. There is also a night bus that runs every 30-90minutes from 22.30-07.25.
Taxi: Approximately &euro:100 http://aena.es/en/tenerife-sur-airport/taxi.html Available 24/7
This depends greatly on where you'll be staying on the island and also which airline you're flying with and from where as both airports are international airports.
The North airport is closest to the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz and handles mostly domestic flights between the Canary islands and Spain along with some other European flights. It's the smaller airport of the two and of most use to locals and tourists who are island hopping, travelling to mainland Spain, or flying within Europe. It's ideally located for tourists wanting to visit Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and the Northern coastline of Tenerife. Airlines operating from the North airport include Air Europa, Alitalia, Finnair, Norwegian, Vueling and Ryanair. Due to its location, low lying damp cloud and fog often causes delays and disruptions on inter-island flights during the Winter months.
The South Airport has more dining and shopping options within the terminal and is the busier airport of the two. Located close the top tourist regions including Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas and within easy reach of Aqualand Water Park and Jungle Park it handles the most flights, both scheduled and charter with shorthaul flights within Europe and long haul to the USA and Russia. Airlines include Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, Easyjet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Thomas Cook, TUI, and others.
Both airports have just 1 terminal making both airports easy to move around and public transport links by bus to other parts of the island are readily available, particularly during the busy Summer months or you can take a taxi or rent a car.
Tenerife South airport is closest to Los Cristianos at a distance of just 9.8 miles (15.9km). If travelling from South airport to Los Cristianos by bus you can expect a journey time of 30 minutes, or with taxi, a journey time of just 15 minutes.
Bus: &euro:3.20 https://titsa.com/index.php/en/tenerife-by-bus/getting-to-the-airport/tenerife-south-airport Buses depart South Airport for Los Cristianos every 30 minutes from 07.30 – 21.30. There is also a night bus that runs every 30-90minutes from 21.30-06.00.
Taxi: Approximately &euro:25 http://www.tenerifeairport.guide/transport/taxis-tenerife-south-airport Available 24/7
Tenerife South airport is closest to Playa De Las Americas at a distance of just 10 miles (16.5km). If travelling from South airport to Playa de Las America by bus you can expect a journey time of 40 minutes, or by taxi, a journey time of just 20 minutes.
Bus: &euro:3.20 https://titsa.com/index.php/en/tenerife-by-bus/getting-to-the-airport/tenerife-south-airport Buses depart South Airport for Playa De Las Americas via Los Cristianos every 30 minutes from 07.30 – 21.30. There is also a night bus that runs every 30-90minutes from 21.30-06.00.
Taxi: Approximately &euro:28 http://www.tenerifeairport.guide/transport/taxis-tenerife-south-airport Available 24/7
If you have a late arrival or an early start you might want to book into a hotel that's close to the airport. Average costs for airport hotels are as follows:
North Airport Hotels: &euro:47-&euro:69 per night
South Hotels: &euro:53-&euro:72 per night
Compare prices and book your hotel at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Both of the airports on Tenerife offer competitive prices with a range of car hire companies to choose from. Prices are based on type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand.
North Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Fiat 500, VW Polo, Smart ForFour etc) Prices starting at £17 per day
Intermediate Cars (Ford Fiesta, Nissan Qashqai etc) Prices starting at £37 per day
Compare prices here – http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/tenerife-north-airport.html
South Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Fiat 500, VW Polo, Smart ForFour etc) Prices starting at £21 per day
Intermediate Cars (Ford Fiesta, Nissan Qashqai etc) Prices starting at £47 per day
Compare Prices here – http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/tenerife-south-airport.html
Duration: Dinner in Vilaflor and stargazing activity on Mount Teide last around 8 hours.
Duration: This outstanding trip to La Gomera Island lasts around 9 hours.
Duration: The duration of this outdoor experience is between 4 and 6 hours, depending on the chosen provider. The hiking tour itself lasts around an hour.
Duration: The duration of the guided tour of Puerto de la Cruz by Segway is approximately 2 hours.
Duration: The duration of the sightseeing cruise is around 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Duration: The duration of the jeep safari of Mount Teide and the Masca region is approximately 7 hours.
Duration: The duration of the Puerto de la Cruz experience is approximately 8 hours from the hotel pickup to the drop-off. You will have around 5:30 hours for the stay in the city.