Tenerife Information with special tips should help to understand Titsa bus transport better and how to get it often much cheaper.
How much could you save?
To be honest. Much has changed in the last years but above all in summer 2013 or even more so in May 2018.
You can still use the Bonocard until you had it for one year by the latest. Then, you cannot buy one any more.
Now a new era for Tenerife buses has started. Now you can only use your mobile phone or Tenmas for Tenerife transport by bus.
There is even a very modern main Tenerife bus station in its capital now. An information office is on its upper level platform. Friendly staff helps you with best of tips there.
There was no set amount of fares on the card and the time limit to use it was one year, except with monthly cards.
Going and returning to the South airport from Puerto Cruz may almost have used up one card of Euro 15.
You had to employ the card with the machine until the driver told you that your credit was short. Than you had to pay the rest in cash to him.
The most modern way is with a smartphone app that you show to the bus driver.
Many discount schemes are around for residents. Above all for local families with children.
A Bonocard elapsed at the end of a year. Therefore, you had to come back on holiday before that or you had to buy a new one. That wasn't possible at the airport, though.
I noticed that bus fares in Santa Cruz the capital are cheaper than in the rest of the island. Also there, pensioner cards may still be applied for.
Also, there you can use both bus and tram with both Bonocard or Tenmas. Take the tram to the north airport, as it has free Wifi.
The main bus station is in Santa Cruz, while the administration offices as well as the bus workshops are near the North airport of Los Rodeos in San Cristóbal de la Laguna.
By the way, mind two bus departure platforms in the Santa Cruz main station.
Want to find your way around the capital better, use a Google map of Santa Cruz
Otherwise, ask for one at the information counter of the main bus Depot in Santa Cruz. Their Tenerife information was very good in the past. Most probably, it hasn't changed.
All kinds of cosmopolitan Tenerife people pass through the main bus station in Tenerife's main city. The photo is a little blurred on purpose as I don't know if people would like to be recognized by their faces. I cannot run that risk, as I live here mostly.
Bus services are OK for the island, except in the early morning hours, late at night and on holidays.
Also, you can never rely on exact time tables, unless you look at bus terminals or electronic boards show expected arrivals.
We have the weekday bus Nr. 381 which does the route Puerto Cruz to la Longuera or vice versa. That's absolutely great, you know.
I always know when it will pass near my door. But it did never leave at all on the other end, a few times in the past.
To the contrary, I have to stand and wait for the 354 or 353, as they come from further away. The drivers can't know exactly when they will pass by my bus stop in Longuera. A traffic congestion may delay the bus.
Generally, nowadays, I encourage my children to rent a car when they come for holidays and want to travel all over the island.
Why? Petrol is still cheap. Also, the moment you join up with a few friends your trips work out more economical than by bus and you are independent.
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