Collecting a hire car from Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofía Airport, TFS) is a common way for tourists to explore the island. Here's what you need to know about driving on Tenerife:
1. Road Network and Signage:
The road network in Tenerife is well-developed and generally easy to navigate. Signage is clear and follows international standards. Many road signs are in both Spanish and English, making it relatively easy for tourists to find their way around.
2. Exiting the Airport by Car:
Exiting Tenerife South Airport is typically straightforward. The airport is conveniently located near major roads that connect to the main resorts. Follow signs for "Aeropuerto Sur" or "TFS" to exit the airport and access the main road network.
3. Distance to Major Resorts:
Tenerife is a relatively small island, so the main resorts are within reasonable driving distance from the airport. Here are approximate driving times to some popular resorts:
Playa de las Américas
: About 15-20 minutes from the airport.
Approximately 20-25 minutes from the airport.
Los Cristianos: Similar to Costa Adeje, about 20-25 minutes away.
Puerto de la Cruz: Located on the northern side of the island, it's about a 1-hour drive from the airport.
Traffic conditions in Tenerife can vary depending on the time of day and the specific area. The southern resorts tend to be more densely populated and can have heavier traffic during peak tourist seasons. Traffic congestion is more common in urban areas and around popular tourist attractions. Rush hours in cities can be busy.
5. Road Types:
Tenerife has a mix of road types, including dual carriageways, motorways, and local roads. The TF-1 motorway is the main highway connecting the airport to the southern resorts, making it a convenient route for reaching your destination quickly.
Most resorts and towns in Tenerife offer public parking facilities, but in popular tourist areas, parking spaces can fill up quickly. Paid parking is common in cities and tourist zones.
Obey local traffic laws, speed limits, and parking regulations, and enjoy your visit to Tenerife!