Getting to Lanzarote, Spain

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by Oumayma Riabi, Jeremias Padilla
updated about 2 years ago

The warmest of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a travel destination easily accessible thanks to its airport. From there, getting to its most popular destinations is a breeze with a local bus network offering rides from $1.65, taxis from $17, Lanzarote Airport Transfers from $23. Once there, moving around using local buses is as cheap as $1.65 or renting a bike from $17.64.

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Lanzarote Key Information

Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands’ most famous destinations. With warm weather all year long, extended beaches, and mesmerizing volcanic landscapes, this island a wide variety of activities both indoors and outdoors, amazing food, and welcoming people.

Although hotels and most tourist attraction spots have people who speak English, Spanish the dominant language on the island so it is important that you keep that in mind in order to avoid any kind of misunderstanding and prepare yourself before getting there.

One other thing that you should be aware of is the tap water, locals recommend that you should drink mineral bottled water instead as tab water is just desalinated seawater.

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The tricky part

When moving around the island, although some towns are within walking distance, it is important to note that some places are rather far and that taking a bus or a taxi is recommended in order to get to your destinations as some places can be over 2 hours ways by bus.

So it is important that you do not assume that since Lanzarote is an island that everything will be at a close distance from each other. As a result, it is important to carefully plan your itinerary, check the distances and opt for the adequate means of transportation.

It is also recommended that you learn some Spanish phrases especially if you’re planning to take the bus as the main means of transportation around Lanzarote. Phrases like:

  • "¿Va usted a..?” (Do you go to..?)
  • "¿Cuántas paradas?" (How many stops?)
  • “¿Cuál es la línea que va a...?” (Which line goes to …?)
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Getting to Lanzarote

Getting there is an easy task thanks to the Arrecife (ACE) Airport. Many visitors choose to travel to Lanzarote from Madrid or other Canary islands through the ACE airport located only 5 kilometers from Arrecife, the capital city of Lanzarote.

Buses run from the ACE Airport to Arrecife city center through Bus line 22 operating from and to the airport to Arrecife for a basic bus fare of €1.40 ($1.65), with a frequency of one bus per 30 minutes from 7 AM to 10:40 PM.

Ferries are also one of the most famous alternatives for getting to Lanzarote arriving at The Port of Arrecife, also known as Puerto de Los Mármoles, only a 30-minute walk from the city center. Ferries are available for inter-island trips, in addition to routes connecting the Spanish peninsula and morocco to Lanzarote. There are 4 main companies providing these ferry services including Naviera Armas, Fred Olsen Express, Lineas Maritimas Romero and Trasmediterranea.

  • Teguise: This destination is considered one of the most popular attractions on Lanzarote Island. Offering a variety of activities including water sports including windsurfing, golf, and even fishing, Teguise is also home to some of the most exciting festivals on the island which makes the city one of the most preferred destinations for travelers of all ages.

You can easily get there using the bus service provided by Intercity Bus service by using a combination of bus line 22 and then transfer to line 3 at Intercambiador Playa del Reductro on weekdays, or a combination of bus lines 23 and 3 during the weekends for only 2.55€ ($3) available hourly from 7 AM to 10:40 PM for lines 22 and 23, and every 20 minutes, available 24 hours, for line 3.

  • Playa Blanca: Awarded for its beauty on multiple occasions, this destination provides the travelers with a calm and relaxing environment, perfect for families. Famous beaches such as Dorada and Flamingo and especially Papagayo, make this destination with no doubt a must-visit city in Lanzarote.

In order to get there, you can either take the Line 22 then line 60 bus with a transfer at Deiland, for a 1-hour journey, at a bus fare of 1.40€ ($1.65), available hourly from 7 AM to 11:55 PM, or you can take the 161 bus line available every two hours from 8 AM until 2 PM, for a basic fare equal to 3.30€ ($3.88)

  • Tias: If you want to dive into the history of the island and visit its famous historic towns while still enjoying the beaches and the extended coastlines including the famous Puerto del Carmen, and witness the lava flows, Tias is the place for you.

You can get there by taking the 161 bus from the ACE airport to Puerto del Carmen for example at a bus fare of only 1.40€ ($1.65)for the 1-hour journey. This service is available daily from 8 AM to 2 PM with a frequency of 1 bus per two hours.

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The Frugal Option

Like most islands, public transportations remains the best way to get to your destination while staying within your budget. Thanks to the extended bus network provided by the Intercity Bus service, travelers are able to get anywhere they want at the cheapest price.

The basic bus fare starts at 1.40€ ($1.65), but according to the distance and the number of buses you need to take to get to your destination, the total cost may vary. However, one recommended option for travelers who are planning to stay for a while and are planning on using public transportation as their main means of transport, getting a "General Contactless Card" that will allow getting a 10% discount on all your bus rides. You can purchase or recharge these cards either at Arrecife Bus Station or on the buses. This rechargeable cash card will allow you to use buses at a very cost-effective price during your stay in Lanzarote.

In order to get to the capital city center from the airport, you are recommended to take Bus line 22 operating from and to the airport to Arrecife for a basic bus fare of €1.40 ($1.65), with a frequency of one bus per 30 minutes from 7 AM to 10:40 PM.

Although most of the bus lines operated 24/7, some lines have a specific timetable.

Taxi service on Lanzarote Island is considered relatively expensive. However, since there are no on-demand ride-sharing services available on the island, and even taxi-hailing apps, you will have to hail a taxi on the road, which can take a bit longer on busy days.

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Private Transfer Options

There are many private transfer options available at Arrecife Airport. Although no on-demand services such as Uber and Lyft are available, taxis and private transfers with driver are offering their services. The cost of a ride from the airport to the capital city center starts at 34€ ($40) for a private Sedan and at 26.37€ ($31) for private vans, this service offers a meet and greet option where the driver picks you up at your terminal and escorts you to your designated vehicle for a smooth a comfortable ride. Taxis are also available at the airport for a fare starting at 14.46€ ($17) for a 7-minute ride to the city center of Arrecife.

Lanzarote Airport Transfers start at $23.

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The Mozio Recommendation

If you are on a budget then public transportation is the perfect way for you to get to your destination. Just take a bus to the city center for only 1.40€ ($1.65).

If you are looking for a more comfortable option while remaining within your budget, you can opt for a taxi instead of a cost starting at 14.46€ ($17).

However, if you are looking to enjoy a luxurious experience to the fullest, then a private Lanzarote Airport Transfer with a driver is offered to you starting at 26.37€ ($31) for a private van and 34€ ($40) for a private sedan.

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Moving AROUND Lanzarote

The recently renewed bus network at Lanzarote makes moving around the island much easier using public transportation. The extended bus lines allow travellers to discover all the cities and touristic spots in Lanzarote at a very cheap price starting at 1.40€ ($1.65).

Another transportation service available are taxis, for more comfortable rides or during the night when some bus lines don’t operate. You can take this option to get to your destination, especially for night outings.

Another option that is highly recommended on the island is using bikes to get to nearby cities. Bike renting services is available all around Lanzarote with different providers like E-bike Lanzarote for the Teguiza area with a daily renting fee starting at 15€ ($17.64) per day and Lanzarote Cycling available in the Playa Blanca area with daily rental rates starting at 19 € ($22.34). As for the Puerto del Carmen area, Free-motion offers a high rated bike rental service with a wide variety of bike options also starting at 15€ ($17.64) per day.

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The Frugal Option

The main bus station in Lanzarote is the Arrecife Bus Station also called "Estación de Guaguas" which connects all the rest of the island to Arrecife as all bus lines pass through it. The bus station can be reached through their contact number 00 34 928 811 522 available from 8 AM to 8 PM. The island is serviced by the local company Intercity Bus Lanzarote.

If you are planning on opting for the bus service as your main means of transportation while discovering the island, it is important that you purchase the "General Contactless Card" offering a 10% discount on all your bus rides. You can purchase or recharge these cash cards either at Arrecife Bus Station or on board of all the buses which will allow you to save money on your transportation and have a cost-effective trip.

The cost of the ticket depends on the departure station and the corresponding destination, for example:

  • Arrecife to Puerto del Carmen: Bus lines 161 or 261 for 1.40€ ($1.65) - 34 minutes.
  • Arrecife to Playa Blanca: Bus lines 161 or 261 for 3.30€ ($3.88) - 54 minutes.
  • Arrecife to Costa Teguise: Bus line 3 for 1.40€ ($1.65) - 15 minutes.
  • Arrecife to Órzola: Bus line 9 for 4.25€ ($5) - 56 minutes.
  • Arrecife to Yaiza: Bus line 60 for 3.30€ ($3.88) - 40 minutes.
  • Arrecife to Haría: Bus line 7 for 3.30€ ($3.88) - 50 minutes
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Are Rideshare & TaxiApps Readily Available In Lanzarote?

Available On-Demand Providers

No known on-demand providers available in this area

Not Available Options

  1. cabify

  2. uber

  3. lyft

  4. grab

  5. freenow

  6. gojek

  7. didi

  8. bolt

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Why are Rideshare & TaxiApps Not Available at Gran Canaria?

Rideshare and TaxiApps are not available in the majority of Spanish cities as local regularion prohibits their activity.

Car Rental Options

Many top-rated car rental brands both national and international are available in Lanzarote including Auto Europe, Holiday Autos, Rhordium, Sixt, Dollar, Thrifty, TopCar, Avis, Enterprise, etc. All of them have multiple agencies either at the airport or all around the island. What makes car rental very attractive to tourists and travelers, is the all-year warm weather of Lanzarote which makes renting a convertible for a drive along the coastline or even enjoying the air conditioning inside the vehicle a valuable experience with prices starting at 6.80€ ($8).

Renting a vehicle will allow you to do things at your own pace and not be restricted by certain timetables. As for parking, it is very and sufficiently available for tourists even at the busiest tourist attractions, so you will find no issues regarding parking and you will be able to enjoy your car rental experience to the fullest.

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Day Trips Around Lanzarote


If you wish to go on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure at one of the most unique places to visit on Earth and home to some of the rarest plants that only grow there, you should definitely visit Haría and discover its famous volcano “Volcán de la Corona” and the volcanic tunnel spreading across a 6 kilometer opening into the sea.

Getting there is very easy. You can simply take the line 7 bus from Arrecife for a price starting at 3.30€ ($3.88) and a duration of 50 minutes. However, if you wish to get a more comfortable experience you can get a taxi for a price starting at 34€ ($40) for the 28-minute ride.

A private van for up to four passengers (for $65) or eight passengers (for $79) can be prebooked with Mozio's local partner My Transfers.

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Looking for an escape from the busy tourist attractions? Then you should definitely add Órzola to the list. This destination exceeds people’s expectations offering its visitors great food and amazing landscapes such as Mirador del Rio; a place where nature and the art of architecture meet.

You can get there by taking local Bus line 9 from for a price starting at 4.25€ ($5) and a duration of 56 minutes to reach the destination. Another available option is to take a taxi for a fare starting at 46.78€ ($55) for a 35-minute ride.

Prebooked rides are also available throug Mozio with local professional drivers on a private van from My Transfers starting at $66 for four passengers or $79 for eight passengers. Their all inclusive service guarantees no surprise for your trip.

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If you are vacationing in Lanzarote and want to make the best of your trip, make sure you include a quick visit to the nearest Canary Island, Fuerteventura, and check out all of what the island has to offer.

You can get there by simply catching a ferry from Arrecife to Fuerteventura at a price starting at 29.77€ ($35) for a 2-hour 41-minute ferry ride available once daily. The lines are operated by three companies: Fred Olsen Express, Lineas Maritimas Romero, and Naviera Armas.

If you prefer to get there in comfort and style, prebooking a private sedan with Mozio's local partner, My Transfers, starting at $222 for four passengers or $249 for eight passengers may be the way to go. All included service and 24/7 support service guarantees you get there hussle free.

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