The island of Tenerife has an excellent road network including a highway that runs around part of the island from just outside Puerto de la Cruz as far as Costa Adeje, a journey that takes around an hour. The island roads, especially those that take us through spaces such as the Anaga or El Teno massifs, are winding and narrow in parts, forcing drivers to reduce their speed and increasing the risk of accidents. Cars may be hired at the island`s ports and airports from the major national and international companies. Rental vehicles may not be taken from one island to another, and must be hired in the corresponding island office. Various guagua lines (the word of Cuban origin used on the islands to refer to buses) connect the ports and airports with the capital and the main tourist resorts.
Both the historical centre of the capital and the old towns of La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz are closed to vehicles, which must be left in the various car parks situated nearby. Similar car parks have been built in towns such as Garachico, Icod de los Vinos or La Oratova, which are not suitable for cars. The reduced distances on the island make it possible to travel easily from one side of island to the other in just half a day.
Tenerife`s Interurban Transport Company (TIT-SA) connects most of island. Its hub is situated in the main bus station in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and has stations in all the island`s major towns. This company also operates transfer services from the airports. Details of the routes and connections are available at www.tisca.com.
There is also a light railway system (www.metrotenerife.com), which is an excellent way of getting around the metropolitan area of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristobal de La Laguna. There are 21 stations between the Santa Cruz de Tenerife interchange and the centre of La Laguna. Travel cards are available for journeys on the light railway and bus network (122 and 30 euros, costing 1 euro per journey). There are plans to built an interchange station providing transport to Los Rodeos airport and a railway line to the north of the island as far as Los Realejos and another line linking Costa Adeja and the capital in just 67 minutes. These projects, designed to protect the environment and relieve traffic congestion on the island, have however encountered severe opposition due to private interests.
Several towns on the island offer a municipal taxi service. These taxis are usually modern and comfortable vehicles. Fares stand at one euro per kilometer plus a minimum rate.
The island council has several tourist information offices providing general details about the island, and most of the local authorities also run tourist information points. The routes include details of the island Council and municipal information points, as well as the principal interpretation centres for the natural spaces. www.turismodecanarias.com .
General details of each island provided by the archipelago`s autonomous government, including excellent altimetric maps of the island`s roads and tourist attractions that can be downloaded in pdf. www.webtenerife.com/www.tenerife.es
Free tourist information phone line in Spanish, German, English and French 00 800 100 101 000 / 902 003 121
Principal Island Council information points for visitors arriving in Tenerife:
Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, Granadilla de Aboma 922 392 037
Tenerife North-Los Rodeos Airport 922 635 192
Shipping companies: Naviera Armas 902 456 500, Fred Olsen 902 100 107, Acciona Trasmediterranea 902 454 645
Public transport: TICSA route and timetable information 922 531 300
Tranvia Metropolitano 902 075 075
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Bus Station 922 531 300
Taxis : La Laguna – Los Rodeos Airport 922 255 555
Granadilla de Aboma – Reina Sofia Airport 922 759 009
Santa Cruz de Tenerife 922 641 112
Puerto de la Cruz 902 205 002
Adeje 922 715 407 / 922 782 777
Arona 922 795 414 / 922 790 352