PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN TENERIFE
Discover Tenerife by bus
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
Public transport in Tenerife is excellently organised. The green TITSA buses, locally referred to as Guaguas (pronounced "WaWaas"), are widely available across the island and offer an excellent way to travel from 'A to B'.
Click here for the bus company's website (available in Spanish and English). There, you can access information about the bus pass, a QR code for the bus pass app, as well as current bus schedules and travel information, all under the 'Fares and Discounts' section.
The buses offer comfortable seating and are equipped with air conditioning. Furthermore, on longer routes, the buses provide complimentary WiFi and convenient USB charging points
Traveling by bus is both cost-effective and efficient. For instance, a trip from Costa Adeje to Tenerife South Airport only takes 40 minutes on the TITSA bus and costs €3.70 per person when using a bus card for payment.
This bus card (Tarjeta TenMás) is available at various points of sale, including newsstands, mini markets, and major bus stations, all of which are listed on the bus company's website. You can also recharge the card at these locations.
You can board with multiple passengers using this card, but please inform the driver when boarding, and ensure that there is sufficient balance on the card.
If you use the card individually, you don't need to inform the driver about your destination. Just scan it when boarding and check out when exiting the bus.
The Ten+ card is also valid for the tram in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Day and week Travel Card
Apart from the standard Ten+ card, there are also personal day and week cards available. With these, you can travel unlimitedly by bus and tram, and they cost €10 and €50 respectively. A day card can be useful, for example, if you want to explore Santa Cruz de Tenerife for a day.
The bus pass app
The bus pass app also functions as a bus card and can be charged online. Please note that there are some restrictions when installing the app, such as Android and iOS requirements, a mobile number of up to 10 digits and a Spanish postal code. For holiday use, it is advisable to simply purchase a Ten+ card upon arrival in Tenerife.
Other payment methods
Sinds kort is het mogelijk op alle busroutes per bankpas te betalen. Betaling kan tevens gedaan worden via Smartphone of Smartwatch, voor degene die hun bankpas hieraan gelinkt hebben.
However, the use of Mastercard and Visa cards is only possible if no PIN is required.
Arrival at Tenerife
There is a self-service machine with ticket sales at the airports of Tenerife South and Tenerife North. TITSA employees are often present during the day to help passengers on their way with information about the bus card, bus numbers, etc. Excellent service!
Luggage on board the bus
On buses equipped with under-bus luggage compartments, passengers can load their luggage themselves. While this is generally safe, it's advisable to keep valuable items like wallets and passports with you. On buses without under-bus luggage compartments, foldable bicycles are allowed in wheelchair-accessible areas, with priority given to wheelchair passengers. For safety, bicycles should be secured with available seatbelts during the journey.
On buses without luggage space, folding bicycles are permitted in wheelchair-accessible places, with passengers in wheelchairs having priority. For safety, bicycles must be secured with available belts along the way.
Exploring the island by public transport
This might sound a bit like 'Ride the bus for Dummies,' but for some people, traveling by public transport, especially abroad, can be quite an achievement.
When I head to an unfamiliar destination, I actually find it quite comforting to know how things like this work in advance. It can turn what might be a somewhat stressful experience into an enjoyable outing.
This way, you get to see a bit of the island, interact with the locals, and it's also budget-friendly.
Visit El Teide by public transport
Bus numbers: 342 from Costa Adeje and 348 from Puerto de la Cruz
Bus 342, with a price up to €8.05 per journey, leaves at 9:25 am from the Costa Adeje bus stop, with a return at 3:15 pm from Portillo Alto. The 348, with a price from €6.20, leaves at 9:30 am from Puerto de la Cruz and returns at 4:00 pm from the Parador.
Teide connection bus
Between the highlights around Mount Teide, a shuttle bus operates between the Parador and Portillo Bajo, with stops at the cable car, Montaña Blanca, Minas de San José, Portillo Alto, and the visitor center.
For departure times, please consult the relevant website page, as these times change regularly.
Tickets cost €2,10.
Most buses on short routes are equipped with a convenient system for wheelchair access. Unfortunately, buses on long routes, such as bus 111 connecting Costa Adeje with the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, do not offer this option. You can find more detailed information on the TITSA website
Pets on the bus
Good news! From June 1, 2023, pets are welcome on the bus, as long as they weigh less than 10 kg. They must travel in a carrier that is no larger than 60x35x35 cm, and you may take a maximum of one per person. The carrier can be kept on your lap.
For dogs weighing over 10 kg, only one companion dog is allowed per bus. This dog is not allowed to sit on the chair, must be on a leash that is less than 50 cm, and is not allowed during peak hours (7:00 am - 9:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm).
Guide dogs have no restrictions and can travel without any problems.
When waiting at a bus stop and the bus approaches, it's customary to signal the driver that you intend to board.
Equally important, when you approach the bus stop where you want to disembark, please press the 'Stop' button in the bus well in advance.
If you'd prefer not to take the bus, you can check out my 'Transport in Tenerife' page for tips on alternative modes of transportation.