How to get to La Gomera
Information about the trip
How to travel to La Gomera
The airport of La Gomera (GMZ) has no capacities for international air traffic. Only the Canarian airline Binter Canarias is approaching the small airport (From Tenerife and Gran Canaria). Seen from Europe, the way to the island is via Tenerife South/Reina Sofia Airport (TFS). From here it is about 15 kilometers to the port of Los Cristianos where leave the ferries to La Gomera.
Travelling to La Gomera…
…via Tenerife-South (TFS)
Fly from mainland Europe to Tenerife Sur “Reina Sofía” (TFS) in four to five hours. In order to reach the ferry to La Gomera on the day of arrival or to get to the airport on time on the day of departure, I recommend: the outbound flight should not touch down in Tenerife South after 5:30 p.m. and the return flight should not take off before 11:00 a.m.
From the airport Tenerife-South to the ferry port of Los Cristianos it is about 15 minutes by taxi (15 km, 24 Euros). There is also a bus connection between the airport Tenerife-South and Los Cristianos with the two lines of TITSA no. 111 and no. 343. The bus stop in Los Cristianos is situated about 1 km from the ferry port, though. (Some of the buses of the line 111 stop at the ferry terminal of Los Cristianos before they continue to Playa de las Américas – please ask the driver.)
…via Tenerife-North (TFN)
The second airport of Tenerife, Tenerife Norte „Los Rodeos“ (TFN), is situated about 8 km from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. From the northern airport it is about 70 kilometres to Los Cristianos, where the ferries to La Gomera cast off.
The ferry companies Fred. Olsen and Naviera Armas offer to their customers a free non-stop coach to the ferry port of Los Cristianos. The buses pull out 90 minutes before departure of the ferries at the central bus station of Santa Cruz de Tenerife („estación de guaguas de Santa Cruz“). So, if you have booked flights to Tenerife-North, it is easiest to take a taxi to the central bus station and then continue with the coach.
Alternatively the small planes of the Canarian airline Binter Canarias are heading from Tenerife-North (TFN) to La Gomera (GMZ) two times a day. The flight takes about half an hour. The airport of La Gomera is located close to Playa de Santiago. The one-way ticket costs around 25 euros for non-residents (i.e. people who are not officially registered in the Canary Islands).
…via ferry from Los Cristianos to La Gomera
Two ferry companies offer the passage Tenerife (Los Cristianos) → San Sebastián de la Gomera. The ferries for cars and trucks leave three to four times a day.
To pick the ferries that suit your flight times best, calculate as follows. You will be waiting for your luggage at the airport, that might take a while, then it takes you about 15 minutes by taxi from the airport Tenerife-South (TFS) to the harbour in Los Cristianos (about 24 Euros), please be at the harbour half an hour before departure of the ferry. The passage to San Sebastián is 50 to 60 minutes.
Exploring La Gomera…
On La Gomera, the villages San Sebastián de la Gomera, Valle Gran Rey and Vallehermoso offer a good bus connection. At the ferry terminal in the port of San Sebastián de la Gomera the buses of the Servicio Regular Gomera (GuaguaGomera) are waiting for the arrival and departure of the Fred.Olsen ferry from/ to Los Cristianos. The central bus stop („estación de guaguas“) is located in the city centre of San Sebastián de la Gomera right above the market hall.
After a break of two years, in July 2022 Fred. Olsen revived the small passenger ferry „Benchi Express“ (bikes and motor bikes, no cars or trucks), connecting Valle Gran Rey, Playa de Santiago and San Sebastián de la Gomera in 1.5 hours.
A hire car offers most flexibility on La Gomera. Cooperating with reliable local family businesses we mediate economic small or medium-sized cars for you.
Finding the way to your holiday home
There are only few roads on La Gomera and even fewer junctions. But watch out! The naming follows creative principles, that (in the eyes of visitors) are hard, if not impossible, to comprehend, and although every street actually has a name, there is hardly any labelling. For non-locals it can be quite difficult to find the booked accommodation. To avoid you getting lost on La Gomera, we will provide you with a detailed description of how to get to your holiday destination without trouble.
Possible Regulations Regarding Covid-19
Please stay informed regarding possible travel regulations and arrangements regarding your journey, e.g. at https://reopen.europa.eu/fi/. Contact your airline to know about necessary documents for entering Spain. Prebook the ferry ticket (fredolsen.es / navieraarmas.com). Information about local regulations will be provided by the houseowner, the caretaker and/or you will find at the accommodation.
If you need a negative test on Covid-19 (antigene or PCR) for returning into your country, please make an appointment at one of the following centres on La Gomera:
Up-to-date information on the incidence by island can be found here.