The Pros and Cons of Exploring Tenerife by Car, Bus and Excursion

Fri, July 6th, 2012 - By Andrea Montgomery

It’s a question that often gets asked on travel forums and it’s an important consideration for anyone who wants to get out and about on Tenerife. So let’s take a look at the top two pros and cons of each.

Playa de Las Americas bus station

Take the bus

  • It’s cheap. Get hold of a bono discount card from any bus station or kiosk that displays the green ‘bono’ circle and it will buy you up to 50% discount on every journey making it by far the cheapest way to get around.


  • Waiting for buses and then stopping at every stop make it a time consuming choice and lots of places are just too difficult to get to, like Teide National Park which just has one bus up and one bus back every day.

Tajinaste in Teide national park

Go on an excursion

  • It’s easy. Tenerife excursions will get you to most of the island’s top attractions without you having to worry about bus times, where to get off or maps and planning.
  • It’s fun. Exploring attractions with a group of fellow holidaymakers can be good fun, particularly if you get a good, lively bunch who get on well together.


  • Much of your excursion is spent on a bus, either touring hotels to pick people up or to drop them off again. This is particularly an issue if you’re staying outside the main southern resorts, for example in Golf del Sur or Callao Salvaje.
  • Your time and itinerary are not your own. You are completely at the mercy of the tour company to decide how long you can spend at an attraction, where you stop for souvenir shopping or lunch and what time you get back to your accommodation.

Driving on Tenerife

Hire a car

  • Independence. With a car you’re free to go where you want, when you want and to spend as much or as little time as you like wherever you stop.
  • Coverage. Plan your driving routes and you can discover great swathes of the island in a half or full day, taking in off the beaten track places that most visitors never get to see and discovering delightful places to stop for lunch.

Mountain road on Tenerife


  • If you’re mainly used to motorway driving in Britain you might find some of the twists and turns on Tenerife’s mountain roads to be nerve-racking. It’s worth checking out some driving tips.
  • Some of the island’s major resorts, such as Costa Adeje and Playa de Las Américas are a road-planner’s nightmare and negotiating your way in and out of them is not for the faint hearted.
Posted : Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 9:44 am
Category : about tenerife
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2 Responses to “The Pros and Cons of Exploring Tenerife by Car, Bus and Excursion”

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