Visitors to Tenerife can get around the island via several methods, but those most commonly used are the public bus system ( and car rental.  Many visitors make use of a combination of these two methods during their stay in order to get the best of both worlds and avoid the hassles associated with each. 

Bono Bus

If you will be travelling by bus regularly - especially for longer journeys - be sure and purchase a "Bono Bus" ticket which will lower the price of each trip by 50% for journeys over 20km and 30% for journeys under 20km.  Two people can even share one bono ticket, and if changing to another bus within two hours the next trip is very cheap and sometimes free.  You can purchase Bono Bus tickets from bus stations, bus terminals and various retail outlets, often newsagents, look for the GREEN circular Bono Bus sign - or "Bonovia" as the ticket now covers travel on the new trams. 

It is available in 15€ or 25€.


  • You will pay 30% less than the actual ticket price and the balance is printed on the card.
  • It is valid for 12 months.
  • If the balance in the card is less than the journey ticket, you can pay the rest in cash.


  • It is not available in buses or trams and can only be purchased on some retail stores or information offices at bus stations.
  • It may not be valid in the buses to Mount Teide, please check beforehand.
As a tourist, you cannot calculate how much amount is just right to use the bono card completely. Thus, you might be left with some balance on the card. The best chance one can take is to try selling it to locals/retail stores or other tourists, but then the question is about the validity.


Driving is recommended for visitors who are interested in getting quickly from one main town to another in Tenerife.  There is a free, efficient highway system which runs around the island (called autopista del sur and autopista del norte depending on the side of the island it is located).  This highway reaches every main town except for the area between Icod de los Vinos and Adeje in the western part of Tenerife.

While driving is fast and easy on this highway, other roads need care, especially if crossing the north-west of the island, where roads follow steep curves round mountainsides.  For internal travel, the public bus system is highly recommended.  The buses are efficient, modern and inexpensive.

Hiring a car is highly recommended, as it offers the chance to go to towns and places that are not reachable by bus, or if the bus schedule for them is not suitable.


Walking is also a secret beauty for Tenerife . There are lots of walks available throughout the island, from very easy walkways by the beach that can be done in 30 minutes, to the climb of the Teide that needs at least a full day (if you are in very good shape). Some of the easy walks may be found at


Visitors to Santa Cruz may also like to try the new tram which carried its first passengers on 2nd June 2007 (Line 1 to La Laguna); Line 2 from Tincer to La Cuesta opened in 2009.