The largest of the Canary Islands sits off the western coast of Africa, with flights from Stansted to Tenerife taking around four and a half hours. Flights usually depart early in the morning, and can return either late in the morning or in the evening.
Tenerife is a popular destination thanks to its inviting climate, which sees average winter temperatures only drop to 17°C. Booking flights well in advance is advised for the peak summer months in order to avoid disappointment and rising prices.
Tenerife has two airports, one in the north of the island, Tenerife Norte, and one in the south, Tenerife Sur. When you fly Stansted to Tenerife it should be the airport in the south that you land at, but it’s worth double checking your itinerary as the two airports lie some 40 miles apart, with the journey between the two taking around 45 minutes by car and a little longer with bus route 343.
Capital Santa Cruz is linked from Tenerife South Airport by bus route 111, with tickets for this journey to the northern city costing less than 10 euros. A number of popular beaches and the town of Granadilla can be reached by taking route 450.
Taxis run from the airport and deploy two tariffs depending on the time of day. The higher rate runs overnight from 10pm to 6am, while it is usually a good idea to discuss the cost of your journey with the driver before you set off.
Most hotels and resorts offer shuttle services that alleviate the stress and concern of organising your onward travel once you land. Meanwhile, car hire firms such as Avis, Europcar and Hertz operate from the arrivals hall at Tenerife South.
If you do find yourself at Tenerife North, bus routes 102, 107 and 108 can help you reach most parts of the island.