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How to get to Mount Teide by bus

If youre wondering how to get to Mount Teide by bus or public transport and have tried a Google search, weve got good and bad news for you.

First, the bad news (so we can end on a good note!): your only option for travelling to Teide by bus or public transport is to take one of the two buses that go to the National Park every day.

Thats right, there are just two buses: a bus to Mount Teide from Puerto de la Cruz and another from Costa Adeje.

Now the good news: if youre organised, you can catch one of these two buses at a bus stop along their routes. However, if youd prefer to travel to the volcano without using a car, why not join one of our excursions that include transport for small groups from your accommodation? Youll be contributing to a sustainable Mount Teide and wont have to visit on an overcrowded regular excursion.

Essentially, if you want to get to the National Park, youll get there one way or another!

Lets take a closer look at the different options.

Travelling around Tenerife and to Teide by public transport

The Mount Teide bus no. 348 leaves every day at 9.15am. This bus to Mount Teide from Puerto de la Cruz sets off for Las Cañadas del Teide. It stops in La Orotava, Montaña Blanca and at the cable car base station (among other stops). The journey takes just over 1 1/2 hours.

The return bus departs at 4.05pm from the cable car base station and follows the same route in reverse.

Also every day, the no. 342 bus to Teide leaves Costa Adeje (Playa de las Américas) at 9.00am and travels to Las Cañadas del Teidethis route takes 2 1/4 hours. Stops along the way include Los Cristianos, Teide cable car (the return bus departs from this stop at 3.40pm) and Montaña Blanca.

So there are just two buses a day, one from each zone of the islandif your accommodation isnt on one of the two bus routes, youll have to travel to a bus stop along the routes. Youll have to make sure youre there at the right time too because each bus runs just once a day (up and down the volcano).

How to get to Teide by bus

About the bus to Teide

There are a few important things to know about travelling to Mount Teide by bus:

  • Tickets can be bought on the bus to Teide itself when you board, at a kiosk or in shops that display a sticker stating that they sell tickets. You can buy passes for several trips, but these are only sold in kiosks or designated shops.
  • Return tickets for each of the bus routes cost about €11.
  • Public transport buses are run by TITSA. This is their website, where youll find all the information you might need.

If youd like to know a little more, including options for travelling to Mount Teide by car, take a look at our article on the different options for reaching the cable car.

How to get to Mount Teide without travelling by car or public transport bus

Lets take a closer look at the good news we mentioned earlier: there are different ways to travel to Mount Teide without having to go by car or use public transport. There are only two routes to Teide by bus and they might not be suitable depending on where youre staying and the timetable, because there are only two return buses a day (one in the north and the other in the south).

An easier option might be to choose one of the Volcano Teide experiences which include return transport from your accommodation. 

Heres a quick look at four of these experiences, so you can decide if theyre for you:

Day alternatives to public transport

Teide Tour and cable car ride

This day excursion for small groups with an official guide includes tickets for the cable car. When you reach the National Park youll enjoy a wonderful ride up the slopes of the volcano before setting off along one of the free access trails from La Rambleta: the trail that leads to the Pico Viejo viewpoint and the trail that takes you to La Fortaleza.

Spectacular panoramic views are waiting for you at the end of both trails. From the Pico Viejo viewpoint you can see the island of La Gomera and, further away across the vast Atlantic Ocean, the islands of El Hierro and La Palma.

Views from La Fortaleza are equally impressive: you can look out over the north of the island with Anaga at its tip and across the ocean to the Atlantic horizon.

Heres a quick summary of this experience:

 

If you liked it, you can find full details about the experience here:

View Teide Tour excursion and Cable car ride

Teide Tour and Observatory

This excursion also takes you right from your accommodation to the National Park in a small group, but this time youll head to the largest solar observatory in the world.

Youll explore the observatory with a guide who will share fascinating facts about the centre with you and explain how a professional telescope works. Youll also take part in an astrophysics workshop and finish by enjoying a daytime observation with portable solar telescopes.

Take a look:

 

Does it look tempting? See further information by clicking here:

View Teide Tour + Observatory

Night visits to Mount Teide—impossible by public transport

Astronomic Tour

Travelling to Mount Teide by bus at sunset is literally impossible.

Instead, this 2 in 1 Mount Teide excursion for astronomy lovers gives you the chance to enjoy the volcano as the sun goes down with a guided visit to Teide Observatory followed by stargazing.

During the afternoon visit to the Observatory youll also see a professional telescope, hear about the projects that the scientists at this world-famous centre are currently working on, take part in a brief astrophysics workshop and observe the Sun through portable telescopes.

At the end, youll go stargazing with long-range telescopes and Starlight guides. If you think youve seen starry skies before, just wait till you see the skies above Mount Teide: did you know that from here you can see 83 of the 88 known constellations?

Take a look at this experience:

 

If youd like to visit Mount Teide at sunset and enjoy both its observatory and its skies, heres the experience in full:

View Astronomic Tour

Sunset & Stars

The fourth and final excursion on our list is definitely the most comprehensive and exclusive way to see the sunset and stars.

It takes place at sunset and night, but this time youll ride the cable car up to La Rambleta outside of its normal operating times with a maximum of 90 other passengers.

From there youll set off on the fascinating trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint to watch the sun go down. Youll see the shadow of Mount Teide fall across the Atlantic with Gran Canaria on the horizon, and then watch the sunset with the islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma in the distance. The spectacular range of colours in the old crater, once a lava lake, will take your breath away as you watch night fall in the National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

And the experience doesnt stop there! Next, youll head to the Teleférico del Teide Restaurant to enjoy a menu that features local recipes and includes some of the most typical dishes and foods of the Canary Islands.

After dinner its time for stargazing with long-range telescopes in the company of Starlight guides who will reveal everything there is to know about one of the three best skies in the world, together with Chile and Hawaii.

Here is a graphic example so you can see what Sunset & Stars is all about:

 

Are you close to choosing this exclusive night excursion to Mount Teide? Youll find further information here:

View Sunset & Stars

Compare excursions at a glance

Weve explained how to get to Teide by bus and a few alternatives for travelling to the volcano during the day and night. By choosing one of the modes of transport weve described instead of travelling by car, youll also contribute to the sustainability of the National Park. Are you a #teidelover?

But Volcano Teide is this... And much more. Weve produced these three documents to help you get organised and compare all the excursions weve created so you can enjoy the National Park. Take a look and plan your visit to the most emblematic destination in Tenerife.

A comparative table of activities including cable carWhat to do on Mt Teide: weekly calendar of activitiesA comparative table of activities including Observatory

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