Getting to Lanzarote
Sitting just off the western coast of Africa, Lanzarote is perfectly placed for a year round getaway – not too far that it feels like an exhausting longhaul, (needing a day to recover), but still far enough south of Europe to offer great weather, all year round.
The warm weather, sunshine, clear water and beaches galore draw millions of visitors to the Canary Islands each year.
Low-cost airlines like easyJet,RyanAir, Monarch and TUIfly have brought down the price of flying to Lanzarote over the last 10-15 years (competition is a good thing). With airlines offering single or return trip journeys for very reasonable prices. (The lowest we’ve managed to fly for is for €20 pp one way from Birmingham.) – That’s a lot less than a train ticket to London…. for a four and a half hour flight!
Many visitors to the island go for flight only and book their accommodation separately. This is a great option for those that have been to the island before, like exploring and their own space or have done plenty of research, I.e. where to stay, where to visit, hiring a car, getting to the accommodation, eating out etc.
Companies like Thomson, (now part of the huge Tui Group) Thomas Cook, First Choice and Jet2 offer package holidays, including flights, transfer and hotel accommodation. These holiday companies work with the hotel chains to offer a great selection accommodation choices catering for adults, families, groups, couples and solo travelers. Booking a package holiday does generally mean less hassle and faff, and is a great choice for those visiting the island for the first time, but can sometimes mean feeling a little like a sheep.
At the airport
Luggage handlers are pretty fast at the airport, with usually no more than a 10-15 minute wait once you get to the luggage collection area.
If you are part of a package tour or have booked a transfer from the airport, you may see a representative holding a board as you enter the arrivals hall, if not, head out to the left hand side of the building, where the buses and coaches load.
If you are getting a taxi from the airport, simply exit the airport via the doors straight ahead and head to the taxi’s that should be waiting. There are almost always taxi’s waiting to pick up airport fares. If not, wait at the designated area until a taxi arrives.
If you have hired a car, as you walk through the customs gates into the arrival hall, head to your right, where the car hire booths are located. Depending on the amount of passengers arriving you can wait anything from 5-45 minutes to collect your keys and sign the paperwork, once you have the keys, its just a matter to finding your vehicle and heading towards your accommodation.
If you are catching the local bus, head toward the exit on your left hand side. You should see bus stops, labelled along the road once you’ve exited the terminal building.
Click here for the official bus routes and timetables.
Don’t forget you can also visit La Graciosa, by catching a ferry from the northern village of Orzola
Isla de Lobos, the small island just off the Corralejo coast in Fuerteventura from Playa Blanca.
Catch a ferry to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura from Playa Blanca for a day trip to the stunning sand dune natural park or for longer…. (Some holiday makers fly into Lanzarote and out of Fuerteventura, splitting their holiday between the two islands – you can do this vice-versa too.)
You can also fly to to Gran Canaria and Tenerife direct from the airport in Lanzarote (there is a small inter-island terminal located at the airport). To get to La Palma, La Gomera or El Hierro, you have to stop at Gran Canaria first and then catch a connecting flight. Binter and CanaryFly are the operators within the Canary Archipelago. Inter-island travel is getting better although a lot more could be done to entice people to travel around the Canaries and see more than one island. Canary Island residents receive a 50% discount on internal travel (flights and ferries) both within the Canaries and to mainland Spain.