Living on Tenerife we mostly get about by car or on foot. We frequently use local buses as well – usually when alcohol is going to be consumed.
The bus service on Tenerife is cheap and efficient but there’s one thing that is essential to know about it. Like any destination where locals need to commute to work the network is mainly set up for the convenience of the resident population.
What that means is that even if you stay in a decent sized tourist resort, there may not be a decent bus service to go with it.
This was highlighted this week when friends booked into a hotel in Golf del Sur and asked how we could meet up. As the bus routes from Golf del Sur are quite poor – you can travel along the coast to Los Cristianos but anywhere north is going to require a couple of changes of bus – and we live near Puerto de la Cruz, there was no real chance of meeting halfway. If we wanted to meet without complicated arrangements on their part, we’d have to go to Golf del Sur.
It’s not always something people think about when booking a hotel. If the plan is to spend the holiday around the pool, it doesn’t matter. But anyone with plans of exploring other parts might find their wings clipped when they arrive to find there’s one bus and it doesn’t go anywhere interesting.
The same applies to anyone with plans of walking in Tenerife’s hills; the more remote the area, the less chance you’ll be able to get there without a couple of bus changes and some serious planning to fit in with a limited service.
There are towns and resorts where there are bus routes galore and you can travel all over Tenerife easily. Generally speaking, these are the centres with a big working population, or where there are lots of jobs in tourism. These are Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. Then there are those with decent bus links like Icod de lod Vinos, La Orotava, Los Gigantes.
And then there are the places where buses are a bit of a rarity and even then only really link other resort areas. These tend to be the smaller purpose built resorts and villages on the coast.
The likes of Golf del Sur, Costa del Silencio, Callao Salvaje, Playa Paraiso are all a bit ‘cut off’ when it comes to good bus links. So is La Quinta in Santa Ursula in the north where regular buses do pass, but you’ll be dropped off on the motorway and have to make your own way to the hotel at the coast.
If having good bus links is important, then it’s worth taking a look at the ‘Directions’ facility on Google Maps before booking a hotel. There is a bus option that shows you what services run between A and B. Simply click the location you’re staying and then the place you want to visit and Google Maps tells you what bus numbers you need and how long the journey will take.
It’s a handy little tool, and it helps keep people more clued up about their holiday options before setting a sunshine seeking foot on Tenerife.
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