The island of Tenerife has two airports: one on the north side (Tenerife Norte, TFN, also known as "Aeropuerto de Los Rodeos"), another on the south of the island (Tenerife Sur, TFS, also known as "Aeropuerto Reina Sofía"). Both airports are at about 2.5 hours flying time from Madrid, and about 3 hours from Barcelona.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna lies 5 km from TFN, and 65 km from TFS, with a motorway link covering the full journey in both cases. The easiest access is from the northern airport (TFN) along the TF-5 motorway and it takes about 10 min.
You can either catch a taxi (about 80 €); or Bus number 111 from TFS to Santa Cruz de Tenerife (main bus terminal). Updated departure times can be consulted on the Titsa webpage. You can buy your bus ticket (cash only, around 10 euros) from the driver. Make sure you catch bus 111 in the right direction, the return bus from Santa Cruz to Los Cristianos also has number 111. The bus desk (labelled Titsa) is located at the extreme north side and the bus stop is just outside of the Arrivals terminal. The journey to Santa Cruz bus station is about 50 min. From there you can take a taxi to reach your hotel in Santa Cruz (less than 10 euros).
If your hotel is in La Laguna, the most convenient option to reach La Laguna is to take the tram (“tranvía”) as it is really comfortable. As you go out of the Bus terminal station in Sta. Cruz (East exit facing to the sea) you will see the tram station (it is the terminal station). Your destination is “La Trinidad”, the other end of Line 1. Alternatively, a taxi from the Bus terminal station in Sta. Cruz to La Laguna will cost you about 15 - 20 €. Buy your tram ticket from the machine before you board. Some taxis can be paid by card, others cash only. Ask before you board if this is critical.
If your hotel is in La Laguna, we recommend you to take a taxi as it should just cost you less than 10 € . Most of the taxis can be paid by card, others cash only. Ask before you board if this is critical. Alternatively, bus numbers 102, 107 and 108 will take you to the bus station in La Laguna. Bus tickets can be bought from the driver (cash only). To get to the taxi rank at TFN airport, go right after arriving and look for the (English-speaking) taxi concierge. To get to the bus station, turn left and after around 50 meters right and down the ramp.
If your hotel is in Santa Cruz, the cost of a taxi will be about 20 €. To get to the taxi rank at TFN airport, go right after arriving and look for the (English-speaking) taxi concierge. You can also take the bus numbers 102, 107 and 108 to go to the bus station in La Laguna. The lines 14 or 15 will drive you from the station in La Laguna to the station in Santa Cruz. From there, the best is to take a taxi to your hotel. The cost will be less than 10 €.
Note: The local bus company is called TITSA, buses are painted bright green, and the local name for bus is "guagua" or "autobus".
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