How to travel to La Palma

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La Palma has an international airport, so travellers either decide to book a direct flight straight to Santa Cruz de la Palma (SPC), or aproach one of the airports on Tenerife, Tenerife-South (TFS) or -North (TFN). Often the flights to Tenerife are more favorable; visitors have to continue via ferry or to change to a smaller plane, though, in order to get to La Palma via island hopping.

La Palma is bigger than one might expect. If you do not want to wait for the bus takes a hire car to explore the island.
Car rental on La Palma

Getting to La Palma
Getting to La Palma

Travelling to La Palma…

…directly to Santa Cruz de la Palma (SPC)

The westernmost of the Canaries, La Palma, has an international airport. Most charter carriers approach the airport Santa Cruz de la Palma (SPC) several times a week, plus, in the summer season, the low-cost-carriers from mainland Spain, Barcelona and Madrid. The airport is situated on the east coast in the municipality of Villa de Mazo, about 8 km south of the capital Santa Cruz.

…via Tenerife-South (TFS)

In two minutes intervals planes from all over Europe and Central America are landing in the biggest airport of the Canaries, Tenerife-South/“Reina Sofia“ (TFS). According to this it is likely to get a flight to Tenerife-South at a good price. By taxi it is just a 15 minutes ride to the ferry port of Los Cristianos (ca. 23 Euros) where the ferries to La Palma (via La Gomera) depart several times a week.

…via Tenerife-North (TFN)

The ones who booked a particularly favourable flight to Tenerife often realize too late that the plane they are sitting in is heading towards Tenerife-North/”Los Rodeos” (TFN). But that’s not the end of the world. Two Canarian airlines, Binter Canarias and CanaryFly, fly from TFN to Santa Cruz de la Palma several times a day. The duration of the flight is about 30 minutes and includes spectacular views of Tenerife’s famous volcano “Pico del Teide” (3814 m).
→ Binter Canarias: https://www.bintercanarias.com/eng
→ CanaryFly: https://www.canaryfly.es

…by ferry

For centuries Santa Cruz de la Palma was famous for its shipbuilders, who were said to be the best of the world – amongst others the “Amistad” was built here, one of the last Spanish slave ships. There’s no more shipbuilding today, life is laid-back in the harbour: The Canarian ferries of Fred. Olsen and Naviera Armas are landing several times a week, the Trasmediterranea (Acciona) is taking import goods to the island, and a small marina is welcoming sailors from time to time, who have a break on their route to the Caribean.

→ Fred. Olsen: https://www.fredolsen.es/en
→ Naviera Armas: http://www.navieraarmas.com

The Canarian-Norwegian company Fred. Olsen is running the passage Los Cristianos – San Sebastián de la Gomera – Santa Cruz de la Palma almost daily. With the modern “Benchijigua Express” the passage varies from 2.5 hours (direct ferry) up to almost 3.5 hours (via San Sebastián de la Gomera). Travelling with the trimaran can be quite bumpy. The passage (one-way) costs about 50 Euros per person.

Travelling with the “Volcan de Taburiente” (Compañia Naviera Armas) from Los Cristianos to Santa Cruz de la Palma costs about 45 Euros and takes abour four hours (via San Sebastián de la Gomera).

Timetable Naviera Armas

Last update: 13th Dec 2019
No responsibility is taken for the correctness of the timetables.

NAVIERA ARMAS: Los Cristianos (Tenerife) → Santa Cruz de la Palma
16 DEC - 22 DEC 2019
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹-
08:45¹
21:00
23 DEC 2019 - 05 JAN 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
18:45¹08:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹-08:45¹
21:00
06 JAN - 16 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹-08:45¹
21:00
17 FEB - 23 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹19:00-12:00
21:00
24 FEB - 01 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
08:45
18:30¹
08:45¹
18:45¹
18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹-08:45¹
21:00
02 MAR - 29 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹-08:45¹
21:00
30 MAR - 05 APR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹18:45¹19:30-08:45¹
21:00
06 APR - 12 APR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
18:45¹18:45¹19:3020:45¹18:45¹-08:45¹
21:00
¹via La Gomera
NAVIERA ARMAS: Santa Cruz de la Palma → Los Cristianos (Tenerife)
16 DEC - 22 DEC 2019
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹13:30¹
23 DEC 2019 - 05 JAN 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
04:00¹04:00¹
13:30¹
-04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹13:30¹
06 JAN - 16 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹13:30¹
17 FEB - 23 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹16:15¹
24 FEB - 01 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
04:00¹
13:00¹
04:00¹
14:00¹
04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹13:30¹
02 MAR - 12 APR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹04:00¹13:30¹
¹via La Gomera
Timetable Benchijigua Express (fred. olsen)

Last update: 13th Dec 2019
No responsibility is taken for the correctness of the timetables.

FRED.OLSEN: Los Cristianos (Tenerife) → Santa Cruz de la Palma
16 DEC - 22 DEC 2019
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹12:00¹
20:00¹
09:00¹
20:00¹
12:00¹
09:00¹
19:30¹
23 DEC - 29 DEC 2019
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹18:00¹19:30¹12:00¹
19:30¹
19:00¹12:00¹09:00¹
19:30¹
30 DEC 2019 - 05 JAN 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹18:00¹19:30¹12:00¹
19:30¹
19:00¹-09:00¹
06 JAN - 12 JAN 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
09:00¹
21:30¹
19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹-09:00¹
21:30¹
13 JAN - 16 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹-09:00¹
21:30¹
17 FEB - 23 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹20:3010:00
12:00
09:00
15:00
19:30
24 FEB - 01 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
12:00
19:30¹
08:30
09:00¹
16:00
22:00¹
09:00¹
19:00¹
19:00¹19:00¹-09:00¹
21:30¹
02 MAR - 08 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹-09:00¹
21:30¹
09 MAR - 15 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
12:00¹
19:30¹
19:00¹12:00¹
19:30¹
19:00¹09:00¹
19:30¹
-09:00¹
21:30¹
16 MAR - 22 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
12:00¹
19:30¹
19:00¹12:00¹
19:30¹
19:00¹09:00¹
19:30¹
-09:00¹
21:30¹
23 MAR - 29 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹-09:00¹
21:30¹
30 MAR - 05 APR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹19:00¹20:3012:00¹09:00¹
19:00¹
06 APR - 12 APR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
19:00¹12:00¹
19:30¹
20:3012:00¹
19:30¹
19:00¹09:00¹09:00¹
21:30¹
¹via La Gomera
FRED.OLSEN: Santa Cruz de la Palma → Los Cristianos (Tenerife)
16 DEC - 22 DEC 2019
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹
15:30¹
05:15¹
12:30¹
05:15¹
15:30¹
13:00¹
23 DEC - 29 DEC 2019
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹
15:30¹
05:15¹05:15¹
15:30¹
13:00¹
30 DEC 2019 - 05 JAN 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹
15:30¹
05:15¹05:15¹13:00¹
06 JAN - 12 JAN 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
12:30¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹12:30¹
13 JAN - 16 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹12:30¹
17 FEB - 23 FEB 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹
13:30¹
15:30¹
12:00
18:00¹
24 FEB - 01 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹
12:00¹
17:00
06:00
12:00
13:00
19:00
05:15¹
13:00
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹12:30
02 MAR - 08 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹12:30
09 MAR - 22 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹
15:30¹
05:15¹05:15¹
15:30¹
05:15¹05:15¹
12:30¹
05:15¹12:30
23 MAR - 29 MAR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹12:30
30 MAR - 05 APR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹05:15¹
19:00
05:15¹
15:30¹
13:00
06 APR - 12 APR 2020
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
05:15¹05:15¹
15:30¹
05:15¹05:15¹
15:30¹
05:15¹05:15¹
12:30
12:30
¹via La Gomera