How to get to La Palma, Canary Islands
Hopefully, you are starting to fall in love with the beautiful island of La Palma and now you just need to know how to get here.
Don't worry - we are here to help! * All information is subject to change.
Direct flights are always the easiest of course and you will be pleased to know that you can fly directly to La Palma from London Gatwick, Manchester, Madrid, Holland, Germany and Belgium. Easy Jet fly direct to La Palma from Gatwick in September, October, November 2017. Thomsons fly direct to La Palma from Gatwick every Thursday and in winter, usually a second day too, plus from Manchester. These days do sometimes change during the year so please do check out the Thomson website for up to the minute flight information!
Indirect flights are also an option if either the airports mentioned or scheduled dates don't fit in with your requirements. In that case, you can fly to La Palma via Madrid, Tenerife or Gran Canaria. For inter-island flights, Binter Aiways have a selection of flights, mainly between La Palma and Tenerife but also between La Palma and Gran Canaria. A second company, Canary Fly, also offer inter-island flights to La Palma - it's a newish company and prices seem to yo-yo a bit but do check them out. Norwegian often have cheap flights from the UK to Tenerife.
Transferring between Tenerife airports - for detailed information, click here.
|You can check out flights with Skyscanner (see link to the right) - make sure you select 'La Palma' (airport code SPC) and not Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Palma in Florida or La Palma in Panama - wow, there's plenty of scope for surprises there (and it does happen ... ). |
If you are not sure of your dates, click on the calendar icon on Skyscanner, scroll down and select 'whole month.' By the way, we earn around 13p commission on flight bookings but it doesn't cost you any extra.
You can read our blog post on La Palma airport here.
Ferries to La Palma - You can also get to La Palma from Tenerife by ferry and there are three ferry companies operating between the Islands. For La Palma the most convenient ferry is Fred Olsen as some ferries only sail from Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the north. The price of a taxi between Tenerife south airport and the ferry terminal at Los Cristianos is currently 25€.
|Whilst the price of the ferry from Tenerife to La Palma can be similar to the flight price (although there are often great deals on ferry prices starting at just 16€) you might want to take into account the convenience of the ferry departure point. The Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas ferries both depart from the south, the port of Los Cristianos, not too far from the south airport whilst the inter-island flights depart from the north. The Trasmediterranea Acciona ferry sails from Santa Cruz in the north. |
The Transmediterranea Acciona ferry is an overnight crossing, leaving at 23.30 hrs and arriving in Santa Cruz de La Palma at 08.30 hrs. This saves you the cost of an overnight stay in Tenerife or La Palma as you'll spend the night on the boat.
If you don't like sailing much but the ferry is more convenient for you, then Fred Olsen ferry is the fastest at two and half hours a crossing.
|Transferring between Tenerife airports |
The international airport in Tenerife is the Reina Sofia airport which is in the south of Tenerife near Los Cristianos.
The inter-island airport in Tenerife is the Los Rodeos airport and is in the north near Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
This means that if you fly into Tenerife from another country, you will arrive at the south airport and if you fly out to one of the Canary Islands, you will fly from the north airport. Surprise! There are 67km between the two, although virtually all motorway.
OK, getting between airports might seem a bit tricky but once you know what to expect and how to do it, it's a whole lot easier.
Option 1: Taxi or private hire taxi
The cost for a taxi between the two Tenerife airports is around 120€ (after all, it's a long way!). The price is regulated but you should still ask how much it is before you set off. Taxis wait at the end of the terminal building (turn right out of the door as you come into arrivals.
Alternatively, you can pre-book a private hire taxi which might even work out cheaper - here is one such company, Sun Transfers, although we have no personal experience of them and no vested interest in them.
Option 2: Bus
The bus company on Tenerife is called 'Titsa' - click here for their website. There a direct bus service between the airports and also indirect buses via Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The direct bus is #343 Express which has no stops at all between the airports. It takes 50 minutes and costs approx. 10.00€. The only down side is that they are not frequent although over the last couple of years, this has improved.
The indirect bus requires that you change in Santa Cruz at the Intercambiador (bus terminal/station). The main leg of journey is between the south airport and Santa Cruz (distance 64km, journey time 50 minutes) for which you take the #111 bus. It's a very frequent service - in the main, every half hour on the hour and half hour. The cost is arouond 9€.
For the second leg of the journey, take the #101 or #102 bus between Santa Cruz and the North airport (distance 14km, journey time approx 20 mins although longer at rush hour). Again, they leave more or less every half hour.
When deciding on a flight out of the north airport, allow for 2.5 hours to get from the south in case you just miss the bus on both sections, which can add about 45 minutes. Check out option 3!
Option 3: Bus and Taxi
If you are a bit pushed for time, take the bus between the south airport and Santa Cruz and then a taxi from Santa Cruz to the north airport.
*If taking the bus, don't try and pay with large denomination notes such as 50€. Bono cards, like an Oyster card, are available at the south airport from the last shop on the right. These save you money and hassle, although you might end up with credit on the card that you can't use.
** There is an information office right outside of the the south airport. If asking about bus times from the airport, be sure to ask about both direct and indirect buses. The #343 and #111 both leave from the bus stops just to the left of the information office.You can get free English-language Tenerife newspapers in the information office so you have something to read on the bus.The office is not open in the evening.
At Santa Cruz bus station, buses for the airport leave from the top floor directly opposite the Corte del Ingles department store. The information/tourist office is also on the top floor.
I'll be adding more information to this page from time to time and updating our travel blog, so do check for updates.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions about flights and ferries to La Palma, please feel free to ask and we'll do our best, as always :)