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How to get from Tenerife Airport to Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a stunning historical port city located on Tenerife island. Famous for its Neoclassical Palacio de Carta, Colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception, pretty Plazas and museums, Santa Cruz is the perfect destination for any history or culture lover.

There are two ways to get from the Tenerife airports to Santa Cruz; taxi or bus. Taking a Tenerife airport taxi from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz is the quickest option as it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes and costs around €100. Taking the Route 111 bus is a great budget option as it costs just €9.35, but it does take a lot longer with a journey time of 3 hours. If you’re travelling from Tenerife North airport to Santa Cruz, taking a taxi costs around €15 and takes just 20 minutes. For a cheaper transfer option, you can take the Route 20 bus from Tenerife North airport to Santa Cruz for €2.65, but this does take a little longer with a 30 minute journey time.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €100 70min 24/7
Bus €18.70 180min 06:20–22:20

How to get from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz by taxi

Taking a Tenerife airport taxi from Tenerife North or Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz is the quickest and most comfortable transfer option. Taxis are available 24/7 outside of both airports and will run you directly to your hotel in 1 hour 10 minutes from Tenerife South airport and 20 minutes from Tenerife North airport.

How much is a taxi from Tenerife airport to Santa Cruz?

If you choose to take a taxi from either of the two airports in Tenerife, you will be charged using a taximeter, which will calculate your fare based on the distance you travel. The average cost for a taxi from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz is €100 and from Tenerife North airport is €15.

Cost

€100

Trip Duration

1 Hr 10 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in a advance

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Tenerife South airport and Tenerife North airport.

Where do I get it from?

The taxis can easily be found just outside of the arrivals hall exit doors at both Tenerife South and Tenerife North airport. Simply look for the taxi rank with the long line of cars and walk to the front.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz is easily the most convenient transfer option. You will be picked up in a clean and air-conditioned taxi, and taken directly to your hotel in a third of the time it would take on public transport. Plus, you won’t need to try and navigate the public bus stations or drag any heavy luggage with you.

Editor’s Note

If you want the convenience of a taxi without the steep cost, you should try booking your Tenerife South airport transfer in advance with a trusted company like Welcome Pickups, that offer competitive rates and guaranteed on-time pickups.

Useful Tips

Make sure you driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey.
As the journey from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz is long, it's advisable to take some water or a light snack with you.
Luggage that can fit in the trunk of the taxi may be transported for free.

How to get from Tenerife airport to Santa Cruz by bus

There are a couple of bus routes that run from the Tenerife airports to Santa Cruz. The Route 111 bus runs daily from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz and takes around 3 hours to get there. The Route 20 bus runs from Tenerife North airport and takes just 30 minutes to reach Santa Cruz.

How much is the bus from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz?

A one-way ticket on the Route 111 bus from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz is €9.35 and from Tenerife North airport to Santa Cruz is €2.65. You can purchase your tickets from the transport kiosks in the airport or from your driver in the local currency.

Cost

€9.35

Trip Duration

3 Hrs.

There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the Route 111 bus and 15 minutes for the Route 20 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Route 111 bus from Tenerife South airport is available from 06:20 to 22:20. The Route 20 bus from Tenerife North airport is available between the hours of 05:30 and 00:45.

Where do I get if from?

At Tenerife South airport, you will find the buses located to your left as you exit the arrivals hall exit doors. At Tenerife North airport, they are located outside Floor 1 at Bus Parking 1.

Convenience

Although taking the bus is a good option if you are travelling within a tight budget, they are not the most convenient. Not only will taking the bus from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz add 3 hours to your journey time, but once you reach the city centre, you will need to find alternate transportation to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Taking the bus is extremely slow, if you're travelling in a group or can book your transport in advance to get a better rate, we suggest using a private Tenerife South airport taxi for your transfer.

Useful Tips

Be sure to arrive early for the bus as seats fill up fast.
Carry change in the local currency to purchase your tickets.
There's no bus from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz during nighttime hours.

Frequently asked questions

What does a taxi cost from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz?

The local drivers will use a taximeter to calculate the cost of a taxi from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz. The average fare will be around €100, however, additional costs for things such as excess luggage, the number of passengers and travelling during the holidays may be added. To enjoy a set-rate fare you can rely on, we suggest booking your Tenerife airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.

How do you get from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz?

There are two different transfer options where it comes to travelling from Tenerife South airport to Santa Cruz; taxi or public bus. Taking a Tenerife South airport taxi is the most convenient option as it takes just 1 hour and 10 minutes to reach Santa Cruz and costs €100. A cheaper transfer option is to take the Route 111 bus, which takes 3 hours in total but costs just €9.35.

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