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…

…by bus

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.

…by ferry

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.

  • Valle Gran Rey → Playa San­ti­a­go: 40 minutes
  • Playa San­ti­a­go → San Sebastián de la Gomera: 30 minutes

…by car

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 Con­tact your air­line to know about nec­es­sary doc­u­ments for enter­ing Spain. Pre­book the fer­ry tick­et ( / 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:

  • Cen­tro Médi­co Oliv­er Weber, Vueltas 11, Valle Gran Rey, phone 922 805629,
  • Far­ma­cia Div­ina Creus, San Sebastián de la Gomera, phone 922 141605
  • Lab­o­ra­to­rio LGS Mega­l­ab, San Sebastián de La Gomera, phone 922 141087

Up-to-date infor­ma­tion on the inci­dence by island can be found here.

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