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The beautiful island of Lanzarote has many ways of getting around. From buses or taxis to car rentals and ferries, public (or private) transport is easy to use and accessible.
There are many tourist hotspots around the island, including the truly unique Timanfaya National Park. If you’re not on a very tight schedule, then we suggest taking the bus as they have routes to all the popular places and they’re very cheap, clean and reliable. Taxis are also an option if you’re seeking a faster and more comfortable service - you’ll get good value for your money as well!
It’s important to note that bus services from Arrecife Airport are quite limited - although they go to all the towns in Lanzarote, there is no direct shuttle to the popular resorts in these towns. Most resorts offer complimentary airport shuttle so unless you booked a private villa (in which case a car hire is your best option) then you shouldn’t worry about it too much.
The buses and taxis can be found outside the arrival hall at Terminal 1.
Buses are called Guaguas in Spanish and you can see the full bus schedule and routes in Lanzarote on their website Intercity Bus. Estación de Guaguas is Arrecife’s bus station, located on Rambla Medula - a dual carriageway that is very close to Centro Comercial Arrecife, the capital’s shopping centre. If you’re a fluent Spanish speaker and you’d rather call than go online for information, their telephone number is 928 811 522, opened 8AM to 8PM.
If you’re having trouble finding the bus station or you require some basic information (granted you understand a little bit of Spanish) then here are some useful phrases to get around: ¿Dónde está la estación de guaguas? (Where is the bus station?), ¿Va usted a..? (Do you go to..?), ¿Cuánta distancia hay de aqui? to find out the distance or ¿Cuánto cuesta? to find out how much it costs.
As the Canary Islands are tax-free, petrol is a lot cheaper than in the UK, making taxis a lot more affordable. They can be found in most towns of the island and you’ll be able to recognise them by their “SP” letters in the bumpers. Taxi drivers are known to be very friendly and dependable, although they don’t all speak English. Don’t worry though - if you know your destination name, rest assured you’ll be in good hands. You will know if a taxi is free for hire when the green light on the roof is lit. Main resorts and major towns such as Arrecife or Teguise have their own designated taxi ranks as well. Booking a cab is easy and can be done online here.
Ferryboats are a popular choice of getting on the island and even visiting the rest of the Canaries. You can take the ferry to Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and the nearby Graciosa Island, which is part of the municipality of Lanzarote. There are quite a few ferry companies such as Trasmediterranea, Fred Olsen Express, or Naviera Armas, all offering similar quotes and services (pullman seat, cabin, large cabin etc) from as little as €15 per passenger. In fact, you can even go to Morocco by ferry from Lanzarote! It is advisable to book your tickets in advance to ensure you get the best deal at the time of your preference.
General costs and Travel cards
If you’re traveling by bus, then you can get discounted rates by purchasing the BBL card (Bono Bus Lanzarote). They can be bought on board of any bus or at central stations. There’s a €2 non-refundable charge and you can top them up anywhere from €10 to €50. Using these cards will save you from 10% to 30%, depending on the journey.
Below, you’ll find a list of prices to the main destinations on the island:
Arrecife - Costa Teguise (línea 01) runs every 20 minutes, 8AM to 8PM and hourly through the night. Price: €1.30