You will find an excellent choice of car rental companies to choose from either at Tenerife South Airport or Tenerife North Airport.
If you want to collect your hire car direct from the terminal either in Tenerife North Airport or Tenerife South Airport most of the hire car companies have this option. Just filter your search to pick up location “in terminal”.
Alternatively, you can filter your search to “free shuttle bus”, where the car hire company will collect you from the airport terminal by shuttle bus and take you to their service desk.
The following car rental companies all have a service desk in Tenerife South Airport:
You can obtain a Shuttle Bus service from Tenerife South Airport to the following car rental service desks:
If you are collecting your hire car from the terminal in Tenerife South Airport you can find the offices just past the baggage collection point.
All the offices are situated in the same area sign posted “alquiler de coches”.
The following car rental companies have a service desk situated in the airport terminal in Tenerife North Airport:
If you are collecting your hire car from the terminal in Tenerife North Airport you will find the car rental offices just after the baggage collection point.
All the car rental offices are situated in the same area sign posted “alquiler de coches”.
What insurance is included in the price of your car hire?
Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection
Your hire car company in their agreement with you will normally cover for Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection.
What does Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection cover?
Your car rental company will partially cover damages incurred in the event of an accident and or theft. It is not a full comprehensive insurance cover.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) does not cover loss of keys, or damage to tyres, windows or the undercarriage.
In the event of an accident causing damage to the vehicle, or it is stolen, you will have an “Excess” premium to pay.
Theft Protection covers costs relating to the theft or attempted theft of the rental vehicle but does not cover the loss of personal possessions.
You will still be liable for the Excess Premium.
What is the Car Hire Excess Premium?
Many people hiring a car are unaware they are liable for the “Excess Premium”. They are caught off guard when they go to collect their hire car to be informed that they are liable for the “Excess Premium”, sometimes the excess premium costing more than the price of the hire car.
The “Excess Premium” is payable if you are involved in an accident, the car is damaged, the car is stolen or the keys are lost. Many car rental companies also charge for clutch failure during the rental period.
The amount of the “Excess Premium” varies depending on the hire company. In some cases the premium can be as much as £3,000! This amount will be held by the car rental company on your credit card in case such an event should happen.
If you do not want to be held liable for the “Excess Premium” payment, the hire car company will offer you their Excess Insurance Policy. However this can be very expensive, sometimes costing as much as £30.00 per day.
Santa Cruz is a lively and cosmopolitan city with a busy harbour which is a popular stop off for the many cruise liners visiting Tenerife. It is a great place to base your stay on the island.
Hiring a car during your stay in Santa Cruz will mean you can make the most of your stay, see some amazing scenery and get to visit some of the hidden gems of Tenerife.
Unfortunately, the major car hire companies do not currently, (Spring/Summer 2019), offer the facility to collect your hire car from Santa Cruz or the port in Santa Cruz.
There are a couple of smaller independent companies who offer car hire in Santa Cruz and the port. However, you will need to check their Terms & Conditions before booking with them and again there is limited availability.
If you want to hire a car and collect from the port in Santa Cruz you will need to book this before your arrival in the port with one of the small independent companies based in the port.
If you want to hire a car with one of the larger car rental companies during your stay in Santa Cruz, you will need to collect this from Tenerife North Airport.
If you are just visiting for the day and arriving by cruise ship, it is very easy to collect your hire car from nearby Tenerife North Airport. Tenerife North Airport is just a short 19 minute taxi drive from Santa Cruz. It is also easily accessible by bus.
Compare car rental prices for the duration of your stay in Santa Cruz in the box at the top of this page to find the best offers during your stay or visit to the island.
If you are arriving at Santa Cruz by cruise liner and want to hire a car for the day to see the island, it is easy to take a taxi from the port to Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos).
A taxi from the port to Tenerife North Airport costs approximately 30 Euros. The journey time from Santa Cruz port to Tenerife North Airport is just 19 minutes.
Alternatively, why not pre-book a private transfer service from the port to the airport?
A private transfer (taxi) can be pre-booked for as little as 29 Euros, again taking approximately 19 minutes (13 km), to transfer you to Tenerife North Airport.
When you arrive at the port your driver will be waiting for you at the entrance to the port and will take you directly to Tenerife North Airport.
It is an easy drive ro Santa Cruz from Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos).
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is approximately a 19 minute drive (13 km) from Los Rodeos airport.
Exiting Los Rodeos airport follow signs for the TF-5 (La Laguna/Santa Cruz).
Stay on the TF-5 for approximately 9 km.
After 9 km keep in the left lane to Calle la Salle/Calle Puerto/Av. Maritima/Tres de Mayo/(TF-5).
Keep in the left slip road to Av. Tres de Mayo. Follow Av. Tres de Mayo to your destination in Santa Cruz.
From Tenerife South Airport to Santa Cruz is approximately a 41 minute drive.
From Tenerife South Airport follow directions for the TF-1.
Continue on the TF-1 to the TF-4 (approximately 33 minutes).
Take exit 3 from the TF-1 to the TF-4 all the way to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Continue on the TF-4 to your destination in Santa Cruz.
There is a bus service from the port of Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport.
Depending which bus you take, the journey will take approximately 24 minutes.
Titsa run a half hourly bus service from Santa Cruz and the bus routes which run from Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport are numbers 102, 107, 108 and 343.
The bus leaves from Intercambiador in Santa Cruz, which is approximately a 6 minute walk from the port to the bus station.
The journey from Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport by bus costs 2,65 Euros one way.
Check out the Titsa website for more details.
If you want to hire a car during your stay in Santa Cruz then check out the best car rental prices via our car hire comparison site.
The major car rental companies in Tenerife are available to book through our site.
If you are arriving by cruise liner in Santa Cruz and want to hire a car for the day to see some of the island you will find that Tenerife is easy to navigate.
After collecting your car from Tenerife North Airport we would highly recommend that you visit the Teide National Park
The Teide National Park and Mount Teide are a must see for every visitor to Tenerife.
Tenerife’s world famous Teide National Park is just a 43 minute drive (34 km) from Tenerife North Airport.
Set in unique, breath-taking scenery, the Teide volcano sits in the middle of the park, where you can take a cable car to the summit. On a clear day you can take in the full beauty of the landscape and the island.
On your way to The Teide National Park you will pass through the pretty Orotava Valley.
The Orotava Valley is approximately a 34 minute drive (30 km) from Tenerife North Airport.
The drive through the valley on the way to the Teide National Park is an added bonus.
There are some amazing views and plenty of places to stop off and take a photo and take in the view and the beauty of the area.
The old town of La Orotava is a typical old Canarian town and is a pretty place well worth a visit.
In the town you will also find the botanical gardens which are beautiful to wander around and enjoy the more than 3000 different tropical plants.
There are lots of places to stop off and have a drink or something to eat whilst exploring the town.
When making your car hire booking online a debit or credit card can be used to confirm the reservation.
When you collect your hire car a credit card will be required by the car rental company. Some of the smaller independent companies will accept payment with a debit card but these are generally not accepted by the larger car rental companies.
The credit card will need to be in the name of the main driver.
Please note that prepaid cards or cards not in the main driver’s name will not be accepted.
Why Do I Need a Credit Card to Pay for My Car Hire?
Car rental companies require all customers to leave a security deposit before they will release the hire car. The deposit will be held against the credit card until the car is returned undamaged, or any fines paid.
It is important that you also ensure that the credit card has sufficient funds available on the card to cover the rental company’s deposit which will be held against the card.
Generally the car hire company hold a security deposit of around 1,000 Euros but it can be up to 3,000 Euros. Check your car hire company’s Terms & Conditions for the amount of the security deposit they will hold. You will need to budget for this amount to be held against the card.