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Tenerife South Airport (TFS) – information and airport services

Tenerife South Airport is the largest airport in the well-visited island. Here you can learn more about the Spanish airport and all its amenities.

Tenerife South Airport (TFS), also known as Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur Reina Sofía, is the primary international gateway to the southern part of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Located in Granadilla de Abona, the airport plays an important role in the tourism industry of the Canary Islands.

Terminal layout and gates

When it comes to layout, the airport features a single, efficiently designed passenger terminal that handles both international and domestic traffic. The terminal has a total of 34 gates, and the gates are versatile handling both Schengen and non-Schengen flights.

The terminal is known for its range of amenities designed to enhance the comfort and convenience of travelers. These include various dining options, shopping outlets and passenger services that cater to the needs of both leisure and business travelers.

Baggage handling at the airport

When it comes to connecting flights at the airport, the process varies depending on your type of ticket. If you travel on one single ticket, the bags are checked through to the final destination without you having to retrieve it between flights. On the other hand, travelers with multiple bookings may need to reclaim and recheck their baggage.

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Tenerife South Airport is the biggest of the two airports in Tenerife and is well connected to most parts of Europe.

Security routine

Travelers arriving at Tenerife South Airport from destinations within the Schengen Area typically bypass further passport control or security screenings, as these flights are considered domestic within the Schengen zone.

However, passengers coming from non-Schengen countries must undergo passport control upon entry into Spain. During this procedure, you may be asked brief questions about your journey, and you'll need to present necessary travel documents such as your passport and possibly a visa. Additionally, customs checks to inspect for restricted or dutiable items may be conducted based on your origin country. This ensures that all necessary regulations are adhered to and helps maintain security and safety standards.

Dining options at the airport

Tenerife South Airport offers a variety of dining options, catering to different tastes and preferences. Below are some popular choices available within the airport.

  • Café Ritazza: This café is a perfect spot for travelers looking to relax with a quality cup of coffee and a variety of pastries, sandwiches and light meals.

  • Upper Crust: Known for its freshly baked baguettes and a diverse range of fillings, Upper Crust provides a good dining experience for those in need of a quick meal.

  • Burger King: For fast food lovers, Burger King offers its classic range of burgers, fries and shakes. The restaurant is conveniently located in the terminal.

Accommodation near Tenerife South Airport

If you are looking for a hotel close to the airport, there are a number of different options to choose from. Here we present a couple of the available options.

  • Hotel Médano: Positioned directly on the beach and only a few kilometers from Tenerife South Airport, Hotel Médano provides sea views with direct access to Médano Beach.

  • Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club by Diamond Resorts: This hotel is located in San Miguel de Abona, close to the airport, and offers luxurious accommodations. Guests can enjoy its golf courses, outdoor pools and on-site dining options.

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Find the best transportation

Tenerife South Airport is well-connected to the island via several transportation methods.

  • Bus: Buses run frequently to major tourist spots and cities. Fares typically range from €3 to €5, depending on the distance.

  • Taxi: Taxis available at the arrivals area offer a convenient ride to most destinations; fares to popular areas like Playa de las Américas start at around €20.

  • Ride-sharing: Ride-sharing services, including Uber, are available at TFS, offering another convenient option for transportation. Prices for ride-sharing services are competitive with taxis and depend on the destination and time of day.

  • Car rental: Numerous agencies provide car rentals, giving visitors the freedom to explore Tenerife independently. Daily rental rates start at approximately €25, depending on the vehicle and season.

If you prefer, there is also the possibility of choosing a car transfer from the airport – check out the following link to find available options.

Car transfers at Tenerife South Airport

Tenerife South Airport facts
Location
The flag of SpainTenerife, Spain
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Atlantic/Canary
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Airlines at Tenerife South Airport airport

From TFS, you can choose from 41 different airlines to 113 different destinations

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Tenerife South Airport car rental

If you are in need of a rental car, there are several options at TFS.

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Airport transfer and taxi

If you are arriving at Tenerife South Airport and want to go to the city, you have several options. You can take a bus, a taxi, or a rental car. The bus is the cheapest and most convenient option, as it runs frequently. The taxi is more expensive and may take longer depending on the traffic. The rental car gives you more flexibility, but you have to pay for parking and fuel.

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Tenerife South Airport airport hotels

If you are in need of a good night sleep, before or after you flight, we can help you decide where to stay. Within a distance of 3km we found hotels like Hotel Playa Sur Tenerife , Terrazas del Sur and Riva Eco Guest House

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One of the largest operators at TFS is TUI Airways, which mainly focuses on charter flights.

Hub information

Tenerife South Airport serves as a key operational base for several low-cost and charter airlines, including Ryanair, easyJet and TUI Airways, providing extensive seasonal and year-round services that connect Tenerife to major cities across Europe. Its strategic location makes it an essential link for both European tourists and people traveling out of the Canary Islands.

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Things to do in Tenerife

Whether you're just passing through or staying in Tenerife, you'll find plenty of fun activities to do after landing at Tenerife South Airport.

  • Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Los Cristianos
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  • Whale Watching Eco-Adventure from Costa Adeje
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  • Night Sky Star Safari Teide National Park Tenerife
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  • Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
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