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Transportation La Palma

Location

     

The Canary Archipelago ("Islas Canarias" in Spanish) is situated 150 Km of the African coast and 1,350 of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain) and Europe. The distance translated in time is two hours and a half flight of Madrid, about four hours from the central Europe and six hours of North America.

Coming by Plain

       

The small airport of La Palma (code "SPC") is situated in Breña Baja village, 5 Km of Santa Cruz de La Palma and 2 Km of the Los Cancajos tourist area. It opperates about 50 flights daily and about one million passengers anually.

The airport counts with a tourist information bureau, cashier, telephone service, police station, cafe bars, restaurants, pharmacy and a few store free of taxes, besides a gas station in its immediate vecinity.

Canary Inter-Island Air Companies

       

Two local companies Binter Canarias and Canary Fly operate daily flights to/from La Palma (code SPC) via Tenerife North (code TFN, on a hourly basis), Gran Canaria (code LPA, few direct daily flights) or other islands.
Since Oct 2017 Air Europa started to operate between the Canary islands.
WARNING: do not confuse La Palma (code SPC) with Gran Canaria!

A round trip Tenerife - La Palma fare starts from about 40 Euro.


Direct International Flights to La Palma (SPC)

One national and six international companies operate flights from Europe directly to La Palma: Iberia, Condor, Air Berlin, TUI Ireland, Transavia, TUI Fly and Thomas Cook.

The complete official list with direct destinations to La Palma is here.

The fare round trip per person from Western continental Europe Europe starts around 200 Euro.

The following table resumes flights and locations.

       

Germany
City/Company Condor Air Berlin
Dusseldorf (DUS) Tue Wed+Fri
Frankfurt (FRA) Tue ---
Munich (MUC) Tue ---
Stuttgart (STR) Tue ---
Berlin-Tegel (TXL) --- Wed+Fri
Hamburg (HAM) --- Sat
Nuremberg (NUE) --- Wed

In Nov 2013 the SunExpress air company has announced opening of other direct flights to La Palma from Germany (Frankfurt, Koln/Bonn, Leipzig/Halle, Munchen, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf).

Recently (Jun 2018) the Loveholidays company announced Astro Travels about their flights to Canary Islands from England (London Gatwick, London Luton, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Birmingham), including Tenerife and Gran Canarias from where you can get a very short flight to the nearby La Palma.

       

England
City/Company Thomson
London Gatwick (LGW) Mon twice/month
Manchester (MAN) Rarely

Holland
City/Company Transavia
Amsterdam (AMS) Mon+Fri

Belgium
City/Company Thomas Cook Jetairfly
Brussels (BRU) Sat Sun

Switzerland
City/Company Air Berlin
Zurich (ZRH) Fri

Direct National Flights to La Palma (SPC)


Spain
City/Company Iberia
Madrid Barajas (MAD) Tue+Thu+Fri+Sun

Indirect Flights Europe - La Palma (SPC)

There are many connections with La Palma via other major islands of Canary, namely Tenerife (North or South airports), Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura or Lanzarote.
We recommend Vuelos Baratos search engine, just follow the link.

Coming by Boat


The harbour of Santa Cruz of La Palma is connected with all major islands of Canary Archipelago: Tenerife (two harbours: South - Los Cristianos and North - Santa Cruz de Tenerife), La Gomera (San Sebastian), Gran Canaria (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Fuerteventura (Puerto del Rosario) and Lanzarote (Arrecife). There are two companies opperating daily these links: Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen.

Trasmediterranea Company operates a weekly link with the Spanish pensinsula, namely the harbour of Cadiz (South of Spain). All companies admit both passengers and cargo (including vehicles). The duration of the journeys is around three hours between Tenerife and La Palma and the two and half days from Cadiz.

The fare round trip per person starts around:
Tenerife - La Palma - Tenerife: 50 Euro
Cadiz - Tenerife - La Palma - Tenerife - Cadiz: 200 Euro


The following table resumes cruises and locations.

       

Armas
SC de Tenerife - SC de La Palma SC de La Palma - SC de Tenerife
Tue+Thu (18:30-00:30) Wed+Fri (07:00-13:00)
Tenerife Cristianos - SC de La Palma SC de La Palma - Tenerife Cristianos
Mon+Tue+Wed (18:30-22:15) Tue (04:00-08:00) + Fri (04:00-08:00; 22:30-01:30) + Sun (Sun 14:30-23:00; 16:00-20:00)

Fred Olsen
Tenerife Cristianos - SC de La Palma SC de La Palma - Tenerife Cristianos
Mon-..-Fri (19:00-21:15); Sun (14:30-16:45) Mon-..-Sat (06:00-08:25); Sun (17:30-20:10)

Transmediterranea
Cadiz - SC de Tenerife - SC de La Palma SC de La Palma - SC de Tenerife - Cadiz
Tue 17:00 - Thu 18:00 (Tenerife) - Fri 08:00 (La Palma) Fri 16:00 (La Palma) - Fri 23:30 (Tenerife) - Mon 12:30 (Cadiz)

How to move in La Palma

In La Palma, buses, taxi and car rental are the usual way of transportation.

       

Taxis can be found in the airport and in a few places across the cities. The website of Taxi La Palma and their services can be found here. Taxi de Santa Cruz phone is (+34)922-420893, taxi de Brena Baja (+34)922-434046.

The fare trip airport - Cancajos: 7 Euro
The fare trip airport - Santa Cruz: 10 Euro


Buses connect the airport with Santa Cruz of La Palma and Cancajos main tourist area, which are very closed to each other (5-10 min by taxi or bus) and the bus frequency is 30 min (weekdays) or 60 min (weekends and legal holidays). Buses frequency across the island is more rarely (timetable in this PDF file).
The fare trip per person is 1.30 Euro (airport - Cancajos - Santa Cruz).

For groups, two bus companies, Transportes Insular de La Palma and Palmaguagua offer several alternatives to know the Island of La Palma: excursions in autobus to any place of the island and guided visits around the island.


Rental cars is the best option for families, being quite cheap and very simple to learn the island (there is not crazy traffic here).

Fare per coach start from around 25 Euro/day, including insurance.


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