Discover Arrecife Airport, Lanzarote
Location on the Island
The Lanzarote Airport is ideally situated between the island’s main resorts of Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen, being only a 10-minute drive to the resorts. It is 7 kilometres away from the capital and 10 kilometres away from Puerto del Carmen. Lanzarote’s ever-growing popularity makes it a very busy airport, with scheduled and chartered flights from all over Europe, as well as internal flights. The airport is particularly agglomerated on Thursdays, as that is the main changeover day in Lanzarote, but there are numerous other flights available during the week.
Having recently opened a second terminal, it’s good to know that Terminal 1 services intercontinental flights and it operates on two floors. You will find the Arrivals on the first floor and Departures on the second floor. Terminal 2 is used for domestic and inter-island flights.
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Facilities at the Airport
Arrecife Airport proudly meets the requirements of an international airport, with facilities that are up to European standards. The airport has been recently renovated and it offers a range of restaurants, cafés, fast-food diners, shops, toilets, car parks, VIP lounges, English-speaking staff as well as seating areas both inside and outside of the airport.
The airport has wheelchair access, ramps and designated drop-off and collection points for disabled passengers. Wheelchairs can be provided by airlines upon request as well.
Should you need assistance, the airport staff are happy to help with your enquiries- you’ll recognise them by their green jackets. You will find an information point on the Departures floor. Their telephone number is (+34) 928 846 00.
There are multiple cash machines (ATMs) around the airport but it’s important to take into account there is no exchange office, although there are plenty available throughout the resorts, so make sure you have some euros prepared when you arrive.
Getting to and from the Airport
There are plenty of transportation methods to and from the airport. Buses and taxis can be found just outside Terminal 1, on the lower floor.
Taxis are of good standards and good value too – usually very clean and with friendly drivers. It’s important to note that taxis in Lanzarote are not obliged to have child carrier seats, so if you’re traveling with a baby it is advisable to book a cab in advance, requesting a carrier seat. Also, during peak holiday season, taxi queues can be long, so prepare for your journey in advance. You can reserve a taxi prior to your arrival here.
Car hire is another popular choice for tourists visiting Lanzarote. With low petrol prices, car rental can be very useful if you’re planning to visit the many tourist hotspots around the area – it will save you a lot of time too! You can either pre-book a car using this link or you can hire a car directly from the airport, as there are many operators situated in the Arrivals hall. Generally, a cost for hiring a car can range between 150€ to 400€ per week, depending on your needs. You should know you must be above the age of 23 to rent a car in Lanzarote, and full insurance will be provided.
If you’re not under time pressure or if you don’t want to spend a lot on transport, then bus services are also available at Arrecife Airport. Take in account that there aren’t any direct routes to all the popular resorts in Lanzarote, but there are transfers from Arrecife to the other resorts. Buses are generally clean and reliable. The cost of a bus ticket to Arrecife is 1.40€. From the airport, you will find routes to Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Honda, Playa Blanca, Yaiza and Puerto Calero. If you’re planning to do a lot of sightseeing, Travel Cards are available, offering discounts on fares between 10%-30%, depending on your destination.
See a complete list of bus routes and fares in Lanzarote by accessing the IntercityBus website.
Shopping at the airport
Once you are checked in, you’ll have access to a large shopping centre with duty-free items such as accessories, perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, leather goods, designer sunglasses, home décor, souvenirs and others.
A main fashion and accessories shop is Collection, where you’ll find brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Pikolinos, Kipling und Geox etc. If it’s shoes you’re looking for, then visit Tascón – they have prestigious brands like United Nude, Timberland, Camper, Clarks and Lotusse.
If you’re in need of some new shades for your upcoming holiday, then make sure you visit the Sunglass Hut- it’s the primary showcase for designer brands of sunglasses, where you’ll find the latest and most exclusive styles.
Looking for some new accessories or a special gift for a loved one? Have a look at Lava – they sell a wide range of accessories, from earrings to necklaces, pearls, bags, hats, belts and even lingerie.
Other souvenir shops are Thinking Canarias or The Ocean Company, where you’ll find handcrafted items as well as traditional foods. A personal care shop can also be found - Aloe Plus, which sells organic care products from Aloe farms on the island.
Airport essential information – Security information
As you would expect from any international airport, Lanzarote Airport has strict rules and regulations to ensure the safety of its travelers. Make sure you read your airline policy on forbidden items and luggage limitations before traveling.
To avoid any discomfort, make sure you are carrying photocopies of all your documents and travel tickets (keeping them separated from originals) and always keep your valuable items and money in your hand bag, in the unfortunate event of your luggage being lost.
If you are taking prescription medication, you need to carry the prescription with you to serve as proof, and you also need to have the required dosage for your trip.
Although the amount of money you can carry with you is unlimited, this should be declared if it is greater than 10,000 €. Other objects (electronics, jewelry) you are carrying over that sum must also be declared.
If the total value of goods you are carrying in your suitcase is more than 430€ (per adult) or 150€ (per child under 15), you will have to pay import duties and special taxes, in accordance with the law established by AgenciaTributaria (Tax Agency).