Ferry travel and island hopping in Tenerife

Explore the Canary Islands by ferry

Tenerife is a beautiful island, part of the Canary complex, and it is ideal for island hopping. Here you can find information about ferry routes between Tenerife and the rest of the Canary Islands, as well as useful travel tips.

Beutiful view of Tenerife

The mesmerizing scenery of the south coast of Tenerife

Traveling to Tenerife

The Spanish island is popular for its magnificent natural sites, the renowned Carnival of Santa Cruz, as well as its amazing beaches. It is one of the most visited destinations in the Canaries and its key location means it’s easy to hop on a ferry to the neighboring islands.

Tenerife has 2 ports where you can catch a direct ferry to:

If you wish to explore the Iberic peninsula, you can also catch the ferry to Huelva and Cádiz and immerse yourself in Andalusia.

The Canary island enjoys warm weather all year round. The best month to go to Tenerife is June through September. However, the island is bustling with life even during the winter months, as it enjoys high temperatures.

If you’re looking for a place to stay on the island, you’ll be glad to find out there are many options for partying, relaxation, and exploration. Costa Adeje with the famous Siam Waterpark is one of the best accommodation options.

The island’s airport, Tenerife South Airport, offers connecting flights to major European cities, making it easy to get there.

Which are the ports of Tenerife?

There are 2 ports in Tenerife, connecting the island with the rest of the Canaries: Los Cristianos and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

  • The port of Los Cristianos is in the southwest of the island, close to Costa Adeje and the famous all-day party beach of Las Américas.
  • The port of Santa Cruz is located in the island’s capital and it is the best destination to explore the northern part of Tenerife, including the Rural de Anaga Park.


Anaga Mountains behind the port of Tenerife

The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with the Anaga Mountains in the background

Traveling by ferry from Tenerife

Tenerife is the ultimate destination for island hopping in the Canaries. The island is in the center of the complex, which means you can travel to the neighboring islands and islets easily throughout the year. What is more, there are regular ferry routes from Tenerife to mainland Spain. Here are some popular itineraries from the ports of Tenerife for 2021/2022:

Ferry from Tenerife to Huelva

From the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you can travel by ferry to Huelva 3 days a week on average. Tickets usually start at €115. The ferry crossing Tenerife - Huelva is serviced by 2 ferry companies and the trip duration is 32-41 hours. In Huelva, you will enjoy amazing beaches and have the chance to explore one of the oldest towns in Europe.

Ferry travel with caravan to Tenerife

Traveling by ferry with your caravan is a great way to explore the Canary Islands

Ferry from Tenerife to Cádiz

There's also the option to take the ferry from Tenerife to Cádiz in Andalusia. The itinerary is normally available once a week by Trasmediterránea and the trip duration is approximately 42h. You can get a ticket for €160. The port city of Cádiz is one of the most ancient in Europe. Make sure you visit the city's Phoenician remains.

Ferry from Tenerife to Lanzarote

The Tenerife - Lanzarote ferry route is serviced by Trasmediterránea and Naviera Armas twice a day. The duration of the trip is 10h 30min and tickets start at €35. Ferries depart from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to the port of Arrecife in Lanzarote, where you can visit quaint markets and swim in exotic beaches.

Tip: From Lanzarote, you can easily reach the island of La Graciosa. There are frequent ferry crossings to the port of Caleta de Sebo in La Graciosa, so that you visit the untamed beaches of the small island in just 25 minutes!

Ferry from Tenerife to Fuerteventura

There are at least 15 weekly crossings from Tenerife to Fuerteventura, operated by Naviera Armas, Trasmediterránea and Fred. Olsen Express. Tickets start at €32 and it takes an average of 9 hours to travel from Santa Cruz to either Morro Jable or Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura. Ferryhopper suggests that you visit the Natural Park of Corralejo to see the impressive sand dunes.

Ferry from Tenerife to El Hierro

With Naviera Armas you can travel by ferry from Tenerife to El Hierro daily. It takes 2h 30min to reach the port of Valverde from Los Cristianos, and the ticket price is around €49. El Hierro is known for its natural sights and outdoor activities.

Ferry from Tenerife to Gran Canaria

There are regular ferries from Tenerife to Gran Canaria, arriving at the ports of Las Palmas and Agaete from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You can catch a ferry serviced by Naviera Armas, Fred Olsen Express or Trasmediterránea twice daily. Tickets for this crossing are around €35 and the duration of the trip is 1h 30min on average. When in Gran Canaria, don’t forget to visit the iconic beach Maspalomas.

Los Cristianos port of Tenerife

Ferry from Lanzarote approaching the port of Los Cristianos in Tenerife

Ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera

The Tenerife - La Gomera route is serviced by Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen Express with 45 weekly trips. It only takes 1 hour to reach the port of San Sebastián from Los Cristianos and tickets start at €28. Hiking through the volcanic mountains of the small island is a must!

Ferry from Tenerife to La Palma

The itinerary is normally available by Trasmediterránea, with tickets starting at €50. Catching the ferry from Tenerife to La Palma is possible once a week and it takes 8 hours to travel from Los Cristianos to Santa Cruz de La Palma. Follow the Volcano Route in La Palma to witness its amazing biosphere.

Camels in the El Jable desert of Lanzarote

Resting time for the camels in the desert of El Jable in Lanzarote

Can I travel to Tenerife now?

Traveling to Tenerife is currently allowed. There are no movement restrictions in place for the Canary Islands. Make sure you check travel measures at your point of origination, before planning your trip. Find all 2021 updates for ferry travel and coronavirus in Spain.

Important: Travel measures in Spain are subject to change depending on the spread of COVID-19 per region. Contact us if you need up-to-date information about ferry travel in Spain.

Where to book island hopping tickets for Tenerife?

On Ferryhopper you can easily book island hopping tickets for Tenerife. Find all the information you need about available ferry routes on Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, compare ferry companies and itineraries, and plan your trip in the Canaries.

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