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 still use the Bonocard until you had it for one year by the latest. Then, you cannot buy one any more.
An 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.
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. The Tenmas doesn't expire but only its credit.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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, except summer school holidays with many extra beach buses
Usually the earliest buses start by 6 a.m. and the latest go by about 11.30 in the night.
Also, you can never rely on exact time tables, unless at bus terminals. Now some of the latter also have electronic boards that give expected arrivals. Some bus stops also provide that. Best news here are that people with smartphones and Internet access can now call up bus arrivals for the bus stop where they stand by typing movil.titsa.com in the search engine. Data for the line number that must be inserted will be given.
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.
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.
Or return to Tenerife page here...Important bus lines time tables for Tenerife airports, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos by Titsa online
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