Lanzarote airport lies just 5km south-west of Arrecife, the island’s capital and 10km north-east of Puerto del Carmen which is the island’s main resort. Thanks to the island’s all year round sunshine around 5½ million passengers go through the airport each year. Most of the tourists come from northern Europe arriving on the many budget airlines that serve the island. International flights arrive at the newer Terminal One whilst the old Terminal Two deals with national and inter-island flights. On arrival you’ll be spoilt for choice with regard to getting transport to your resort with taxis, buses and shuttle transfers all readily available.
If you’ve booked a package you might well have reserved the airport transfer as part of the holiday. Whilst this is the easiest option and ensures peace of mind when booking just check how many stops the tour company’s bus will make before arriving at your hotel. There’s nothing more annoying when you’ve just arrived in the sun after an early morning flight from Northern Europe to find that you have to sit on a coach for ages waiting for fellow passengers to be dropped off before you.
On such a small island the transfer time should be very short. Here’s a list of transfer distances from the airport to main resorts just to give you an idea how close you’ll be to your final destination:
- Puerto del Carmen – 10km
- Puerto Calero – 13km
- Playa Blanca – 33km
- Costa Teguise – 15km
So really you shouldn’t be travelling for more than 15 minutes on arrival if you’re going to Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise or Puerto Calero. Playa Blanca might take up to 40 minutes on a direct transfer.
Transport Options from the Airport
If you plan to use public transport there is a bus station at the airport with services to Arrecife, Playa Honda, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. If you need to change bus in Arrecife and are travelling wit luggage and/or children then this becomes a very inconvenient way to travel and could involve a significant wait in the island’s capital.
Whilst there are taxis outside the international arrivals terminal the queues can be quite excessive when a number of flights arrive within a short time. This is another major annoyance after your flight. Prices tend to be fairly steep considering the short distances (about €23 to Puerto de Carmen and €50 to Playa Blanca).
For sure the best option is to pre-book a shuttle transfer with a specialist transfer company. This ensures peace of mind during your flight, provides good value and avoids the hassle of having to wait in a taxi queue in the soaring heat. You can book transfers to all destinations on the island. You can also book private transfers if you prefer to have your own vehicle and driver waiting for you rather than taking a shared one. Of course these are more expensive than the shared, shuttle transfer.
Lanzarote Airport Car Hire
Considering the cost of taxis these days it’s not a bad idea to rent a car at Lanzarote airport on arrival. On our last visit to the island we found that a return taxi fare to Playa Blanca was about the same price as renting a car for the week. Of course there’s the additional cost of having to fill up with petrol on returning the car but considering the short distances in Lanzarote this cost is negligible. Bear in mind that not only is it much cheaper to rent a car online than waiting until you arrive in Lanzarote but also there may not be any availability on arrival.
We highly recommend Economy Car Hire for your rental from Lanzarote Airport because their service does not include additional charges on arrival. Many companies these days are adding on all kinds of charges when you come to collect your hire car but that isn’t the case with this company. Their rental agreement includes no excess, free additional driver and all airport taxes and surcharges. The only optional extra is an additional top up insurance at £2.00 per rental day which covers the tyres, glass parts and underside of the vehicle. Fuel policy varies according to supplier.
Getting around the island is very straightforward and having a car during your stay gives you the added flexibility of being able to get out and discover some of Lanzarote’s tourist attractions, its secluded beaches and quiet villages in the interior. On top of that you can stock up at your local supermarket and avoid the hassle of carting litres of water (and beer) back to your apartment.
Be warned though … drinking and driving in Lanzarote is a serious offence so if you’re ‘only here for the beer’ you’d be better off booking an airport transfer in advance and let someone else do the driving.