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. 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 one of a number of private transfer companies. 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 pre-book transfers with Resorthoppa to all destinations on the island. This company also offers 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. Prices are very competitive so it’s well worth your while comparing Resorthoppa with Shuttledirect who also offer a very efficient and cheap transfer service.
Location Map of Lanzarote Airport
Lanzarote Airport Car Hire
For good deals on Lanzarote car rental take a look at Economy Car Hire whose weekly rates are sometimes cheaper than return taxis to Playa Blanca. Try to book as early as possible as few cars are still available at the last minute during the peak summer months. Driving in Lanzarote is very straightforward and having your own car is a great way to get out and see the island.