Get there and away
Information about the trip to the Canary islands
While there are direct flights from mainland Europe to La Palma (SPC), the airports of La Gomera and El Hierro have no capacities for international air traffic. Travel to La Gomera and El Hierro via Tenerife-South (TFS) or -North (TFN), and continue by ferry or a smaller plane of the Canarian airline Binter Canarias. Find useful information on the journeys to the destination of your choice on this page and on the following pages:
Find suitable flights
Make your own flight arrangements and book (charter) flights online (or by telephone) with the renowned airlines, or ask for suitable flights at your local travel agency. An overview of possible airlines and connections offers e.g. the flight search engine Skyscanner:
The flights between the islands La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma with Binter Canarias are leading via Tenerife-North (TFN). There are no direct flights between these three small islands. Book flights online or by phone direclty with Binter Canarias, or ask for suitable flights at your travel agency.
From mainland Europe to Tenerife by ferry
If you seek to avoid air travel to the Canaries, there is the possibility of travelling by boat. Once a week the ferry of the Trasmediterranea leaves from Cádiz (mainland Spain) via Lanzarote and Gran Canaria for the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The passage takes about 48 hours. To continue to La Palma would take additional 15 hours.
Ferry companies and schedules
Two ferry companies offer passages to La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro, starting from the ferry port of Los Cristianos (Tenerife): The Norwegian-Canarian company Fred. Olsen and the Compañia Naviera Armas. Buy ferry tickets on the spot before departure of the ferry at the desk of the company in the harbour building, or book passages online directly with the company of your choice. We recommend to book the tickets online ahead of the jouney if you are travelling during public holidays (e.g. Christmas/ New Year, Easter and carnival), the ferries tend to be quite crowded on those days or might be already sold-out if you make a last-minute reservation or try to buy the tickets on site.
Tenerife (Los Cristianos) → San Sebastián de la Gomera
Reach San Sebastián de la Gomera around three times a day by ferry with Naviera Armas or Fred. Olsen. The passage from Los Cristianos takes 50-60 minutes and costs about 40-45 EUR per person, one-way.
Tenerife (Los Cristianos) → Santa Cruz de la Palma
Almost daily both ferries, the Benchijigua Express (Fred. Olsen) and the Volcán de Taubriente (Naviera Armas) from Los Cristianos to La Gomera continue to Santa Cruz de la Palma. (On some days there are non-stop passages.) The passage takes from 175 minutes (Fred. Olsen) up to 240 minutes (Naviera Armas) and costs about 45-50 EUR per person, one-way.
Tenerife (Los Cristianos) → El Hierro (Valverde, Puerto de la Estaca)
The Compañia Naviera Armas offers a daily ferry between Los Cristianos and El Hierro except from Saturday. (Fred. Olsen does not offer passages to El Hierro.) The passage takes 165 minutes and costs about 50 EUR per person, one-way.