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Ferries to Tenerife

Located around three hundred kilometres off the northwest coast of Africa, Tenerife is the largest and probably best known of the Spanish Canary Islands group.

Though there are just under a million permanent residents, Tenerife attracts up to four million visitors annually, no doubt tempted by the seventy kilometres of beaches and virtual guarantee of Sunshine at any time of year.

The hotter and drier south side of Tenerife has the popular resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos and as a result is more touristy. Tenerife’s lush green north side is more relaxed and tends to be favoured by more mature visitors.

Tenerife is a hub for travel around the Canaries and features two airports, two ferry ports, a direct ferry crossing to mainland Spain and numerous inter island connections.

If you are heading to Tenerife from mainland Europe then there’s a choice of sailings from south western Spain. The crossings are pretty long and tend to be quiet expensive but are operated by luxurious modern ferries so the trip is relatively enjoyable and good value for money.

In terms of inter-island travel, you can get a ferry to Tenerife from any of the Canary Islands with the most regular crossings departing from La Palma and Gran Canaria.

Ferries arriving from the west generally dock at Los Cristianos port in the south of the island whilst ferries arriving from the east and mainland Spain tend to arrive at Santa Cruz de Tenerife port on the north side of the island.

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Tenerife reviews

  • "Hassle-free, on-time and quick"

    Check your car in at the port office and then it's only your passport needed to embark. On return drive straight to loading area and present passport. SIMPLE! On-board facilities are perfectly adequate and cheap. Who needs luxury when the trip is only 50 minutes.

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  • "Day trip . "

    Very fast crossing . Very clean ship , and friendly staff.

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  • "Fantastic experience all round."

    Great views of Gran Canaria on approach to the island. Faultless service.

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  • "Super efficient ferry service"

    8pm service between Tenerife and La Gomera; ferry arrived, efficient loading, very comfortable interior and easy ride over, only 50 minutes. Choice of bars/cafe, cold beers, wine, coffee etc. and great cakes! Only one point, before boarding you are given the option of leaving your bag on a trailer that is taken onto the ferry. One trailer has lockable lockers but there's no sign how they work and no-one was able to tell us - seems you need a euro coin but obviously no-one had them so everyone gave up. There is also an open trailer which seemed perfectly safe to use. Or you can take your bag on board with you if you don't mind carrying it.

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