Cheapest time to fly to Tenerife Sur Airport (TFS)
Flights to Tenerife Sur Airport are undoubtedly more expensive during the British school holidays. If you can, be flexible with your plans and book your return flights in quieter times. Last-minute flights are a good option if you are looking for some sunshine in the winter, or after the summer holidays in September. If possible, we suggest booking your return flights in the spring – Tenerife is in bloom and direct flights are likely to be cheaper.
Flying to Tenerife Sur
Tenerife Sur Airport is the principal airport for Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. It is located in Granadilla de Abona, nearly 40 miles away from the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. British Airways provide direct flights here from Gatwick Airport. From Birmingham and Manchester, indirect flights are available with Air Iberia, Aer Lingus, Swiss Air and Brussels Airlines via stopovers in other major European cities.
On arrival and getting around TFS
Whilst Tenerife Sur Airport is the largest airport serving Tenerife, it remains very small and easy to navigate, with only one terminal which welcomes arrivals on the first floor, and departures on the ground floor. The majority of passenger traffic (94 percent) is made up of tourists, and accordingly the busiest day at the airport is Friday. There are a number of shops and cafes/restaurants to choose from, as well as a pharmacy and importantly for families, a children’s play area. Search with Netflights and be sure you can choose the cheapest return flights to fit your holiday plans.
Getting to the city from the airport
If you need to use public transport to reach Santa Cruz de Tenerife or another resort on Tenerife, then you can use the very convenient bus service. The stop is outside the terminal and is clearly marked. This is a very economical choice as prices to reach Santa Cruz are less than ten euros, and nearby resorts less than five euros. From 06.00 each day the bus runs every 30 minutes until around 11pm, when they are every hour. Alternatively, you can hire a taxicab – but note that this will be a metered service and hence a lot more expensive. In addition, many hotels provide their own transfers and shared shuttle services.
Don't forget before you fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. From the UK you do not need to obtain any prior permissions to visit Tenerife as a tourist, last-minute flights are therefore a realistic option. You will need to exchange your pounds for euros, and you can do this before you leave or withdraw from ATMs on the island. For ease we would advise you to get your money before you depart.