Travel to Tenerife

The Canary Islands have excellent air connections to continental Europe and the UK. There are scheduled flights between Tenerife and the major Spanish cities, as well as to a number of European destinations. Tenerife has two airports, one in the north, Tenerife Norte (TFN, aka Los Rodeos Airport), and the other in the south, Tenerife Sur (TFS, aka Reina Sofía Airport). The code to search for connections to either airport is TCI. Most international flights and some domestic flights go to the TFS airport, while most domestic flights go to the TFN airport. TFN is much closer to Puerto de la Cruz (26 km) than TFS (95 km), and is therefore recommended. Most people travelling on scheduled flights will have to fly via Madrid or Barcelona and then onto the TFN airport. The flying time from Madrid (MAD) to Tenerife is approximately 2.5 hours. Flights to most western European capitals take between 3.5 and 4.5 hours.

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The easiest access is from the northern airport (TFN) along the TF-5 motorway. Puerto de la Cruz is approximately 20 mins away. There is a direct express bus service to Puerto de la Cruz from TFN (line number 102).

The TFS airport is more than an hour along the TF-1 and TF-5 motorways. There is a direct bus service to Puerto de la Cruz (line number 343). An alternative to reach Puerto de la Cruz from TFS is to take bus service 111 to Santa Cruz (the capital of the island) and stop over to service 103. Once in Puerto de la Cruz central station, it is best to take a taxi (5 min) to the hotel.

Local Transportation

Bus: There is a very good bus service (here buses are called guaguas). These buses operated by the company TITSA (green buses) run frequently and cheaply. They are quite comfortable and most of them are air-conditioned. Further details at:

Taxi: Taxi fares are inexpensive compared to European standards, and we recommend this form of transport for your transfer to the hotel. The approximate price of a taxi from the TFN Los Rodeos airport to the hotel will be 30€, and taxis can be found immediately outside the arrivals terminal at TFN, where taxi stewards are available to assist you. Taxis services are very well regulated and very safe. A few euros tip for good service can be considered, and taxi drivers will gladly write a receipt ('una factura, por favor'). If you share a taxi, there should be no problem getting more than one receipt for the fractional cost. If you need translation help (few taxi drivers speak English) ask the taxi steward at the airport, or the hotel staff or LOC upon arrival to the hotel. Taxis from Tenerife South airport (TFS) will cost some 80 Euros to the hotel.

Car hire: During the conference, there is no need to have a car. However, if you wish to hire a car, at a very good rate, we recommend you to use the services of CICAR (info(at)cicar(dot)com / or AutoReisen ( You may find the CICAR and AUTOREISEN desks at the airport hall. The rate is around 30 euros/day, or as low as 100 euros for a full week, full insurance included.


Health and insurance

All participants are strongly recommended to arrange for medical insurance for the duration of their stay in the Canary Islands. The LOC will not accept liability for sickness or accidents. Spanish public health centres have co-operation agreements with most European Union countries, but you will need to bring your European Health Insurance Card to avoid having to pay.

There are two private Medical Centers in Puerto de la Cruz:

"Hospiten Bellevue" (phone: 922 38 35 51).

"Hospiten Tamaragua" (phone: 922 38 05 12)

There are two large hospitals in Tenerife, the General Hospital (Hospital Universitario de Canarias) (phone: 922 678000), which is under the control of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife; and the Residence of the National Health Service (Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria) (phone: 922 602114). Both are amply equipped with the most sophisticated medical facilities.

In any kind of emergency, dial 112 directly.