How to get to La Gomera? The arrival to La Gomera has become relatively uncomplicated compared to before. Nevertheless, it often takes up to 15 hours from the European mainland to the apartment on La Gomera. Some transport companies offer a comfortable shuttle service from Tenerife South Airport to La Gomera. We will show you the fastest ways to get to La Gomera.
Most people land at Tenerife South Airport (TFS). From there you have to get to the port of Los Cristianos to take the ferry to La Gomera. From the airport Tenerife South to the harbour in Los Cristianos it takes about 30 minutes, the public bus (bus line 111) takes about 45-60 minutes. The crossing by ferry from Los Cristianos (Tenerife) to San Sebastian (La Gomera) takes another 45-60 minutes, depending on the ferry company. From San Sebastian you have several possibilities to continue your journey.
Is there a direct ferry connection from Tenerife to La Gomera? Yes, there are two ferry companies which guarantee a regular connection between the two islands. You should take care not to land too late, otherwise you might miss the last ferry to La Gomera and have to stay one night on Tenerife.
Since the end of 2017, the ferry NAVIERA ARMAS has also been operating from Los Cristianos to the holiday resort of Valle Gran Rey on La Gomera, which is particularly popular with tourists. The ferry company FRED OLSEN also operates a direct connection from the capital San Sebastian to Playa Santiago or Valle Gran Rey. If you have problems with seasickness or a sensitive stomach, you should use for example the service of Autobuses Mesa, which organize a direct transfer service from the airport Tenerife South to your holiday resort on La Gomera. The journey from the airport to La Gomera usually takes place in air-conditioned buses.
As a rule, there are always enough taxis available at the ferry port of La Gomera and some rental car companies have their offices there. The bus service from La Gomera also stops directly at the port area. As a rule, the buses are based on the ferry times, so that a good connection is guaranteed. Here you will find the current bus timetable, which you can download free of charge as a PDF file: Bus schedule La Gomera
La Gomera has its own airport, but it cannot be reached directly from mainland Europe. It is a very small and dreamy airprt near Playa Santiago.The Canarian airline Binter Canarias offers regular flights from Tenerife North to La Gomera. However, this is often more cost- and time-intensive and the connection to the other holiday resorts on La Gomera is a bit more complicated from the airport near Playa Santiago. But after the arrival of the plane, there are usually two buses across the island – one to San Sebastian and the other into the Valle Gran Rey.
No responsibility is taken for the correctness of all details and information regarding the individual arrival options, times and prices. The times of ferries and buses in particular can change at short notice at any time! Please bear this in mind when planning your holiday and inform yourself in advance on the websites of the individual ferry and bus companies.
The comfortable transfer with buses Mesa is a popular alternative to start your holiday on La Gomera relaxed. You can book the transfer from Tenerife Airport to La Gomera conveniently and quickly on their own website, the search mask is available in German, English and Spanish.
As a customer of Canarianfeeling we can also handle the booking for you, please send us a short e-mail if required. For the booking and the related organisation we charge a booking fee of 10,00€ per person.
Autobuses Mesa has a small ticket counter at the end of Tenerife South Airport, where you simply go after your arrival and show your printed reservation. The amount due will be paid in cash to the driver if you have not already paid on the Internet with your credit card.
From Tenerife South Airport you will be taken directly to the harbour in Los Cristianos (Tenerife), the journey takes about half an hour. Sometimes you have to wait for the ferry because it only runs 3 times a day. From Los Cristianos you take the ferry directly to La Gomera. The journey to La Gomera takes about 45 - 60 minutes.
As soon as you arrive on La Gomera, a bus driver Mesa awaits you at the exit of the ferry. The driver can be recognized by the clothing indicating the company Autobuses Mesa or by a sign with the company name "Autobuses Mesa" in his hand. Once you have removed your suitcases from the trolley, you can place them directly in the bus.
The company works mainly with the ferry company Fred Olsen. As a rule, the ferries go to La Gomera 3 times a day, although on weekends or (local) holidays there may be somewhat more limited ferry times.
The Fred Olsen ferry "Benchijigua Express" takes you within 45-60 minutes from the harbour of Tenerife (Los Cristianos) to La Gomera (San Sebastian). It is a large fast ferry that can also transport cars. As a rule, the ferries only run 3 times a day and it makes sense to adjust the flight time according to the ferry times, otherwise you will have to spend the night in Tenerife. On (local) holidays, the ferry often only runs 2 times a day.
From San Sebastian, the Valle Gran Rey and also the other holiday resorts are easy to reach by bus, taxi, or Autobuses Mesa. The trip to Valle Gran Rey, for example, takes about 1.5 hours.
Since the middle of the year (2017) there is a regular and direct connection from San Sebastian - Playa Santiago - Valle Gran Rey with the small ferry "Benchi Express". Since it is a relatively small ferry, the journey can be a bit shakier, especially if the wind is stronger. This small ferry, designed for a maximum of 250 people, does not carry cars. However, bicycles and motorcycles can be transported without problems. The company Fred Olsen has a ticket counter at the ports of San Sebastian and Valle Gran Rey.
If required, we can also book ferry tickets for you with the shipping company Fred Olsen.
The ferry company "Naviera Armas" also offers a regular service from Tenerife (Los Cristianos) to La Gomera (San Sebastian and Valle Gran Rey). Their times are similar to those of Fred Olsen. Often the ARMAS is a bit cheaper than the Fred Olsen, but it takes longer for the crossing.
Since the end of 2017, the ARMAS also offers a fast connection from Los Cristianos or San Sebastian to the popular holiday resort Valle Gran Rey. Some ferries drive directly from Los Cristianos to Valle Gran Rey, in which case the journey takes only a good hour. However, it is also possible that ARMAS makes a stopover in Playa Santiago, please check the ARMAS website for more information.
The modern catamaran with the name Alboran also goes to Valle Gran Rey 3 times a day. The 100-metre fast ferry has room for a maximum of 870 passengers and can transport up to 220 cars.
Naviera Armas has a ticket counter at the ports of San Sebastian and Valle Gran Rey.
Binter Canarias is a regional airline that has been operating since 1989 and has its headquarters on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria.
With the small, often very modern planes the holidaymakers can fly easily from island to island. At the beginning Binter Canarias only flew to the islands Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and La Palma, later Lanzarote and El Hierro were added. La Gomera was added as a travel destination in 1999 after the airport was completed. Funchal in Madeira, El Aaiún in Western Sahara, Lisbon, Milan and Paris are also on the flight schedule of the Canary Islands airline.
From Valle Gran Rey, for example, there is an ideal connection to La Gomera airport (IATA code: GMZ), as a scheduled bus leaves there 2 hours before departure. The small airport is located in the municipality Alajeró and is approximately 35 kilometres away from the capital San Sebastian.
You can fly from the airport Tenerife South or Tenerife North to the island La Gomera. However, we do not recommend this option as it often takes longer than by bus / taxi / shuttle transfer.
In the meantime, every municipality on La Gomera has its own taxi service, sometimes several.
In the ports of San Sebastian and Valle Gran Rey there are usually enough taxis available when a ferry arrives from Los Cristianos (Tenerife).
In order to get a rough orientation, it is always worth asking in advance for the approximate price to the desired destination.
You should always make sure that the taximeter is switched on during the journey. On weekends and holidays, as well as in the late evening a surcharge is due to the normal fare.
A trip from San Sebastian de La Gomera to the holiday resort Valle Gran Rey costs during the day approx. 60,00-70,00€, so that the cooperation with other travellers can be profitable.
But pay attention, on La Gomera it runs a little differently than in Europe. For example, it can happen that one does not find a car at the taxi stand or the driver does not stick to the agreed time or the meeting point. But these are exceptions, usually the organization works quite well and the drivers are very helpful people.
Please note that many taxi drivers only speak Spanish or a little bit English.
If you want to explore the island by taxi, you can also ask the drivers for a taxi tour around the island La Gomera. Some drivers have worked out special routes and offer quite attractive prices for an island tour by taxi.
|Valle Gran Rey||0034 922 805058 or 0034 629 689080|
|Valle Gran Rey||0034 680 597 948 (Night-Taxi)|
|San Sebastian||0034 922 870524|
|Vallehermoso||0034 922 108159 or 0034 922 800000|
|Agulo||0034 922 801074|
|Hermigua||0034 922 880047 or 0034 922 805058|
|Hermigua||0034 922 880047 or 0034 922 805058|
|Playa Santiago||0034 922 895300|
|Alajeró||0034 922 895022|
The public buses on La Gomera are called "Guagua". GuaGua Gomera to be exact.
Here you will find the current bus timetable, which you can download free of charge as a PDF file: Bus schedule La Gomera
The route network on La Gomera is meanwhile quite well developed, altogether 8 different bus lines operate on the island. Since June 2018, the new, very modern and air-conditioned buses drive on La Gomera.
The prices are still relatively cheap and vary between 2€ - 6€ per person and route. The bus ticket is paid in cash directly to the driver (please note that drivers do not change large bills).
Times may change at short notice due to the many national and local holidays. Please inform yourself about this shortly before your arrival. As a rule, the busses are based on the ferry times, so that a good connection is guaranteed.
Especially in the busy times and during the high season, we recommend that you get on directly at the first stop to get a seat. It can happen that the buses do not stop at all when they are full. Usually a second bus is used, but you can't always rely on that.
During the journey, the drivers often switch on the air conditioning and it can become a little cooler during the bus journey, especially on the longer distances. Therefore, it is recommended that you always take a jacket or a hoodie with you on the bus, even in midsummer.