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Gratis met het OV Reizen op Tenerife. Foto van lachende mense in een Titsa bus waarom Free staat

Free public transport in Tenerife?

As perhaps known, the opportunity to travel cost-free by public transportation on Tenerife has existed since January 1, 2023. This offer has been extended again in 2024. Though this may sound appealing: there are indeed certain conditions attached.

For residents only

To make it clear right away: if you are coming to our sunny island soon to enjoy a vacation, you cannot take advantage of this offer. You will, just like always, need to buy a ticket. You can find out how to do this in the chapter Public Transport on Tenerife.

The conditions at a glance

You can travel for free if you have:

  1. Bono Residente Canario: This card is for Canarian residents (those with a fixed residence on the island). It is a monthly pass and personalized (with a photo), so it is not possible to travel with multiple people on this card. For those residents who may not have this card yet: you can apply for it online (click here). However, you must personally pick it up at the bus station of your choice. The cost for a new card is 5 euros (one-time fee).
  2. Abono Joven: Same procedure as for the aforementioned Bono Residente Canario, but for Canarian residents under the age of 30.
  3. Abono Mensual Senior > 65: Just like the Bono Residente Canario, but for Canarian Residents who are 65 years or older.
  4. Abono Mensual personas con discapacidad: The monthly pass for residents with a disability equal to or greater than 33%  (granted by the Cabildo of Tenerife).

If you already have one of the above-mentioned monthly cards, you must travel by bus or tram a minimum of 10 times in the 30 days before renewing the card.

The physical monthly pass renewal must be done in person. Unfortunately, they are not yet advanced enough to handle this online. You will need to physically go to one of the official recharge points on the island.

For residents applying for a monthly pass for the first time, you only pay 5 euros for the card issuance. If you then renew the card and have traveled less than 10 times by public transport in the preceding 30 days, you will need to pay the full monthly subscription fee (click here for prices).

Is it worth it then?

It depends. If you travel by bus or tram frequently, it is certainly an advantage (a Bono Residente Canario normally costs 19 euros per month, so that's quite a bit of money, especially on an annual basis). For those who don't use the bus as often, it's probably more practical to use a regular Ten+ card (if you register it on the Ten+ website, you also get a discount on the fare).

Can you travel for free to Teide or Punto de Teno?

No, unfortunately not. These bus routes are considered as 'tourist routes', and everyone pays the full price. However, you can use the regular Ten+ card and the day and week ticket for this route.

And other islands?

At the moment, the card is limited to the island where you live or are a resident.

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Stay safe and Hasta Pronto!

7 thoughts on “Gratis met het OV reizen op Tenerife?”

  1. Jose bolwerk

    So if you are 65 and older and you come from Europe, you do not get a discount on public transport?

    1. Hello José. Free travel or discount with the public transport card in Tenerife is only for residents of the island. So if you do not have a permanent address in Tenerife, you will have to pay the normal price.
      Requisitos: Mayor de 65 años, DNI y ser residentes en Canarias.

  2. If you get the monthly bus pass on your phone rather than the physical pass then you can actually renew it online. My daughter has the joven card and she just has to click on the app to purchase (for free) a new pass after the old one runs out.

    1. I can’t access the senior card as I have a green residence card and they require a signature. people at the ticket office were not helpful. any suggestions

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