most of the local people we met in the Canaries suggested using the local airline instead of the ferries. they said that the ferries were for cars! amazingly the flights can be half the price of a ferry ride and only take about 30 - 45 minutes. so easy. we used Binter Canaries. you even get a free drink of water and a chocolate bar! our hotel booked our first inter island flight for us and we booked the second flight ourselves with no problems. happy travels!
You are absolutely right that the flights can be cheaper than the ferry. Normally, they are a very similar price but the airlines, both Binter and Islas Airways, do have deals which they call 'mini's.'
Some people like to go on the ferry though, particularly when they have landed in the south, as it something of a little cruise and coming into Santa Cruz by night on the ferry is nothing short of magical.
However, certainly if you are in the north where virtually all of the inter-island flights operate from, then a flight makes good sense. The other point in their favour is that there are about 20 flights a day between Tenerife and La Palma.
I am flying into TFS have lodge closeby for a week, then we are going to La Palma, for another week. We leave La Palma and leave for Madrid the same day. I need some sugguestions in how to get to La Palma ferry or plane. My concerns is the domestic flights are from SPC (La Palma ) fly into TFN (northe) and my flights to Madrid is at TFS (sur) with a time of departure at 2.45 pm.. Since I don't know all the ferry companies it's hard to compare what is best. I don't know what is the distance between TFN and TFS to make sure we can make the jet to Madrid. taxi? Shuttle? how long does it take and what would be the cost comparing both ferry vs flight. Your reply would be greatly appreiated...
The websites you will find useful for information are:
To get from the south airport to the Fred Olsen ferry in Los Cristianos it takes around 15 minutes and a taxi is the best option.
Naviera Armas are usually considerably cheaper although much slower. They leave from Santa Cruz in the north.
Almost all inter-island flights are from the north airport although at some times in the year, there are flights once a week from the south.
The actual driving time between the two airports is approx. one hour.
A taxi might cost you about 80€.
However, the bus service is excellent. There are a few buses which go direct between the two airports, but unless your timing fits in, then you will need to change at the bus station in Santa Cruz.
The main part of the bus journey is between the south airport, Reina Sofia, which takes 50 minutes and there are generally buses every 30 minutes.
Having changed at Santa Cruz, the bus between there and the north airport, Los Rodeos, takes about 20 minutes and again there is generally a bus every 30 minutes.
A good option is to take the taxi between the north airport and Santa Cruz and then the bus from Santa Cruz to the south airport particularly if you are a little pushed for time and the fact that the bus from the north airport can be quite busy at peak times, with lots of stops whilst the bus to the south airport is usually quite empty and with few stops so it is pretty much like a taxi anyway.
I booked in the Internet a ticket by NAVIERA-ARMAS from 'Los Cristianos' to 'Santa Cruz de la Palma'.
It is in January 2013 and payed only 14€ oneway !! .. and no Mastercard commission
That is absolutely brilliant! 14€ one way is a fantastic price. Many thanks for letting us know!
Yeah and they are a bloody ripoff !! Armas are about a third of the price (as foot passengers).Edited: 24 March 2013, 16:33
Also both Fred Olssen and Armas leave late in the day and get to Santa Crus about 10pm. You think they would come to an arrangement to leave at different times - oh no - and as for the various websites - total rubbish !!
Are there still ferries that sail in October? According to their websites (Naviera Armas, Fred Olsen) there aren't any after 2 or 6 October.
Can you please help me? :-)
Thank you!Edited: 26 March 2013, 09:00
The ferries operate all year round - it's just that the timetables aren't released so far ahead. Keep watching them and let us know how you get on!