Lanzarote

Lanzarote: When to Go

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting There

Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.

BY AIR

Lanzarote is well-served by scheduled, budget and charter flights from the UK, mainland Spain and elsewhere in Europe. The island's airport is situated 5km south of Arrecife, on the east coast.

From the UK:

The flight time from most UK airports is approximately 4 hours.

Scheduled services include:

  • easyJet from London Gatwick, Bristol and Liverpool
  • Ryanair from Bournemouth (seasonal only), Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Prestwick, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, London Luton and London Stansted
  • Jet2 from Belfast, Glasgow, Blackpool, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and East Midlands
  • British Airways from London Gatwick (from summer 2013)

There's also a large choice of charter flights from both London and regional UK airports, including services with Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook. Skyscanner is a useful website for searching charter flights.

From elsewhere in Europe:

Flights include:


From elsewhere in Spain:

Iberia and Air Europa operate several daily flights from cities in mainland Spain (the flight time is approximately 2.5 hours from Madrid).

From other Canary Islands:

Binter Canarias operates flights between the Canary Islands and has its own terminal at Arrecife Airport. There are several flights daily between Lanzarote and Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

BY BOAT

Lanzarote is linked by ferry to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. The ferry port is located at Playa Blanca, with regular services for the 40-minute crossing to Fuerteventura.

Getting Around

If you want to make the most of the island, you’ll need to hire a car, though you’re unlikely to clock up that much mileage. Roads are good; the only drawback is that cyclists love them and Lanzarote has become a popular destination for peddle pushers. The island is about 60km north to south and 25km east to west; it doesn’t take long to get around. The road network isn’t particularly extensive and it’s fairly hard to get lost. See our car rental recommendations.

The alternatives include taxis, which are expensive for longer trips (more than the daily cost of hiring a car), and a bus service, which connects most towns and villages to the airport.