Tenerife Insider Tips .


Exploring the island

To make the most of your trip to Tenerife, it is important to familiarize yourself with the infrastructure and transportation on Tenerife.

The road network

With a circumference of 342 km, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. The island has excellent infrastructure with a well-developed road network. The TF1, also known as Autopista del Sur, is a highway that spans 103 km, starting from the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the northeast of the island, all the way to Santiago del Teide in the northwest.

The TF5, commonly known as Autopista del Norte, connects the northern part of the island, from El Tanque to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Work is currently underway on the construction of the longest tunnel in the Canary Islands, the Túnel de Erjos. It will be 5.1 km long and will connect Santiago del Teide with El Tanque.

Allegedly, the project is expected to be completed in the first semester of 2025. The stretch Santiago del Teide – El Tanque will take only 10 minutes with this tunnel, as opposed to the current (scenic but rather steep) route via TF-82, which takes more than 20 minutes.

The traffic rules in Tenerife

De verkeersregels in Tenerife verschillen eigenlijk niet of nauwelijks van de verkeersregels in de rest van Europa. Toch is het misschien handig je van tevoren nog even in te lezen, zeker als je van plan bent een auto te huren. Hoe zit het met de snelheden op de weg, wat betekent “Vado Permanente” en wat moet je doen als je je auto verkeerd hebt geparkeerd en hij is weggesleept? Dat lees je allemaal in deze link.

Transport options to and from Tenerife

As Tenerife is situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, transportation options to and from the island are primarily limited to flying or taking a boat.  

Vervoer op Tenerife. Wegwijzer met A en B, op achtergrond de kliffen van los Gigantes

How do I get from A to B in Tenerife?

Transport on Tenerife is actually well organized. There are many options for getting around the island, including:

  • public transport (bus and tram)
  • private transfer from/to the airport
  • (rental)car
  • taxi

Click on the sub-pages at the bottom of this page for detailed information.

Public transport

The TITSA bus/tram company (the public transport in Tenerife) has a good connection to most villages, towns and places of interest. Click on the photo in this frame for detailed information and tips for using public transport.

Private transfer from/to the airport

Treat yourself to a private transfer! A relaxed way to travel quickly to/from the airport. Upon arrival, the driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, and for departure, a meeting point will be arranged to take you back to the airport quickly and safely. The transfer price is slightly above that of a regular taxi, but you don't have to wait in line at the often very busy taxi stand. Click on the photo in this frame for a link to the booking page of GetYourGuide with excellent deals for private transfers.

Rental car

Discover the island at your leisure with a rental car. It will enable you to get to places that are not accessible by bus. Click on the photo for detailed information and tips for exploring the island by car.


Tenerife taxis are fast, efficient but can be quite pricey. The advantage, however, is that calculations are made per route, and not per person. Click here (*) for inside information about transport by taxi.

(*) This page is still under construction