Tenerife information by Titsa tips

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 2018.

You can't use the old Bonobus card any more. It has been suddenly stopped in September 03. Most probably, a poster I spotted a few days after the deadline by a bus door had been put up, a few days prior. The machines in the buses are shut now. You read on them Bye Bye Bono Via instead. A crossed out picture of the old card is next to it.

Mind that you cannot buy Tranvia fairs with cash. Only payment with Tenmas or by mobile app schemes are possible. You can pay cash or by Tenmas in Guaguas. Special schemes for special people and distances are available by Titsa apps online. Residents may apply for a personal 47Euro/month card at the bus station ticket counter. It is for all Canary Islands and all Titsa and Tranvia transport. It may be used for any tracks at any time, as often as needed within one month.

An Titsa information office is on its upper level platform. Friendly staff helps you with best of tips there. By the way, it was closed in July 2018 when last I passed there, as major road works were done by the top platform. I even had to catch the bus to Puerto on the ground floor.  By now, it is probably open again.

What did Public bus transport cost before in Tenerife?

There was no set amount of fares on the Bonobus card and the time limit to use it was one year, except with monthly cards. However, you can now exchange bono cards bought as far back as January 2017 until October 31 of 2018 at bus or Tranvia offices. These are the latest Titsa news on posters. Otherwise, the Tenmas doesn't expire to the best of my knowledge but only its credit. Mind that the latter too, may be subject to changes.

How was the Bonobus card working practically?

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. A Norwegian friend told me that it sounds like the bus Oyster system that he has in Oslo.

Tenerife information on public transport and the Recession

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.

Interesting information on buses in Santa Cruz

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. This makes staying at a holiday home also more interesting, even if you stay by the beach Playa de las Teresitas in San Andres. Mind little San Andres that is packed with superb restaurants, cafes and bars is part of Santa Cruz.

Bus and trams

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.

Santa Cruz bus station with helpful Tenerife information

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. Puerto de la Cruz will soon have the second biggest station again, as construction as started in 2018.

By the way, mind two bus departure platforms in the Santa Cruz main station.


cosmopolitan people tenerife bus station

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.

The most common Tenerife information service on Titsa will tell you the following

  • You cannot buy any card from the bus driver
  • You will get it at bus station counters, later in nearby kiosks, in some
    stationary shops as well as in  estancos (specialised stationary shops)
  • The Bonobus card was transferable or was until expired; the Tenmás is for more than one perosn  but the driver must be told 
  • I am not sure if discounts at Tenerife museums are available for Tenmas card users, as was the case with Bonobus users. It was not possible at a Garachico museum where i asked in September 2018.

Best Tenerife information advise for public buses  ?

Bus services are good for the island, except in the early morning hours, late at night and on top holidays. Buses may be crowded during summer school holidays, although beach bus lines are added.

Usually the earliest buses start by 6 a.m. and the latest go by about 11.30 in the night.

Now, the new time tables at bus stops are pretty much reliabe. Some of them also have electronic boards that give expected arrivals. Best news are that people with smartphones and Internet access can now call  them up by introducing the bus stop number at  movil.titsa.com in the search engine. 

Example

We have the workday bus Nr. 381 which does the route Puerto Cruz to la Longuera or vice versa.  I always know when it will pass near my door, as its terminal is nearby. But it never left at all on the other end, a few times in the past.

Then, I had to walk to the bus station to catch the 354 or 353 or ask others by the 381 bus terminal at Plaza de Reyes Católicos to join me with a taxi. An excellent alternative, as taxis are right there.

Circumvalisación

I've just learned at the beginning of 2016 that this scheme is still working. I thought it had been discarded. Circumvalisación means that you can take two or 3 different buses to different directions within one hour and you only pay one fair provided it's not surpassing a certain border of a region.

Example of Tenerife information for transport savings

You may be able to go from La Longuera of Realejos to Puerto de la Cruz. Take a new bus from Puerto de la Cruz to La Orotava. Return from La Orotava with a direct mountain bus to Los Realejos. Provided you catch it in time within one hour. That's how I know. The trick with this is that the bus numbers must all be different. Last, the time span was changed to half an hour for such cheaper travel to work. By the way, it might still apply with the Tenmas card. I shall keep you posted.

Conclusion for Tenerife information on public transport tips

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. Sometimes, even a group taxi fair is cheaper than a Titsa bus.  The most awkward are Teide trips with Titsa, as there are  very few buses on this track in mornings and afternoons only.

The Titsa app for vital Tenerife information

However, much has happened. There are news for frequent bus travelers to save much on expenses by bus. Download the Titsa app for your Android smartphone to get all sorts of cheaper Tenerife bus and tram fares.

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