Island Hopping on the Canary Islands


island hopping Canary Islands Canaries connections flights ferries ferry fly Lanzarote Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Tenerife La Palma La Gomera El HierroThe contrasts of the Canary Islands and their proximity to each other offer the best conditions for exploring more than one of the paradisiacal islands. Island hopping between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote or Tenerife and La Gomera is particularly easy. The ferry ride takes only 45 minutes. A day trip or a two-part holiday is worthwhile. There is also the possibility to “jump” back and forth between the islands with a small plane or propeller aircraft. A flight from Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura or from Tenerife to El Hierro, for example, takes about 40 to 45 minutes, but the same routes with the ferry take more than 2 hours. In principle, all Canary Islands can be reached by plane or boat, including La Palma.

Island Hopping by Plane

Changing islands by plane is very easy. You just have to plan that you can’t fly from La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro to every island by direct flight. After all, there are direct flights between the big islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

The Canary Islands also boast three airlines.


Air Europe

Air Europe Logo Island Hopping Canary Islands Canaries connections flights Lanzarote Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Tenerife La Palma La Gomera El HierroFirst, I’d like you to introduce Air Europe. To be honest, I didn’t know the airline until I researched this article. They have (still) the fewest connections, but are called here first as they manage to provide a German and an English website.

Air Europe 


Binter Canarias

Binter Logo Island Hopping Canary Islands Canaries connections flights Lanzarote Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Tenerife La Palma La Gomera El HierroBinter Canarias has besides the Spanish and French at least an English website and also offers more connections. Apart from flights between the islands, there are also direct connections to Madeira, the Cape Verde Islands, the Balearic Islands, Morocco and mainland Spain and Portugal. So you can combine a Canary Islands holiday in different ways.

Binter Canarias


Canary Fly

Canary Fly Logo Island Hopping Canary Islands Canaries connections flights Lanzarote Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Tenerife La Palma La Gomera El HierroThe name says it all. Canary Fly offers only flights between the Canary Islands. La Gomera is the only exception, as there are no flights at the moment. Although the website is only available in Spanish, it is worth taking a look at the prices. The airline can at least convince with some connections with the cheapest offers.

Canary Fly


Island Hopping by Ferry – Connections and Shipping Companies

As I said at the beginning, the most worthwhile ferry connections for a day trip are between Tenerife and La Gomera and between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Even with a rental car the ferry trip is sometimes cheaper than the flights. Other ferries are not worthwhile for a day trip or are not realizable as such. You should therefore plan at least one overnight stay if you want to see Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura or Tenerife and La Palma, for example. The second option is simply a shared holiday.

Travel Times

The ferries between the big islands (including La Gomera) run several times a day, from early to late. La Palma and El Hierro are only served once a day. Armas and Fred Olsen usually drive slightly delayed.

Time Table of Armas

Time Table of Fred Olsen

What do you have to pay attention to?

On Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura there are two ferry ports, on La Gomera even three. You should therefore be careful not to confuse the harbours.

Apart from the seven main islands, La Graciosa and Los Lobos can also be reached by express ferries. There are sufficient booking possibilities for this on site.

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Ferry connections on the Canary Islands

Naviera Armas

Naviera Armas Logo Island Hopping Canary Islands Canaries ferry connections ferries Lanzarote Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Tenerife La Palma La Gomera El HierroWith Naviera Armas, one usually chooses the cheaper way to travel, but often takes a little longer. It is also the only ferry company that serves El Hierro.

Naviera Armas


Fred Olsen Express

Fred Olsen Logo Island Hopping Canary Islands Canaries connections ferry ferries car Lanzarote Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Tenerife La Palma La Gomera El HierroAs the name suggests, Fred Olsen Express operates express ferries without exception and is therefore almost always the quicker choice. But it’s also more expensive.

Fred Olsen


Trasmediterranea

trasmediterranea Logo Island Hopping Canary Islands Canaries ferries connections ferry Lanzarote Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Tenerife La Palma La Gomera El HierroTrasmediterranea actually offers the ferry to and from the Spanish mainland. It goes as far as La Palma with stops on all the large Canary Islands. Since only one ship is in operation and the journey from Lanzarote to the mainland alone takes 1½ days, there is only one connection per week.

Trasmediterranea


Is island hopping in the Canary Islands worthwhile?

Of course! Whether a day trip or a shared holiday on different islands, it can be worth it. You should only invest a little time in planning. Not that you want to travel El Hierro and Lanzarote by ferry and wonder why you spend 3 days on a cutter. The additional costs should also be taken into account.

Otherwise I can only say, explore the beaches of Fuerteventura and the mountains of La Palma in one holiday or experience the culture of Lanzarote together with the underwater world of Gran Canaria or just take a half year break and explore all islands.