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, (Summer 2018), offer the facility to collect your hire car from Santa Cruz or the port in Santa Cruz. This means there is very limited availability to hire a car in Santa Cruz itself.
There are a couple of smaller independent companies who do offer car hire in Santa Cruz and the port, however you will need to check their Terms & Conditions before booking and again there is limited availability. We would strongly recommend that if you want to hire a car from the port in Santa Cruz that you book this before your arrival.
However, if you are wishing to hire a car during your stay in Santa Cruz, or even 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.
Check availability for car hire in Tenerife during your stay.
We would always recommend that you pre-book your hire car before arriving in Santa Cruz.
Compare car rental prices for the duration of your stay in Santa Cruz in the box on the right hand side of the 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.
Santa Cruz is easy to drive to 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.
We strongly recommend if you are arriving at the port of Santa Cruz via cruise liner that you book your car hire before you arrival date at the port.
As highlighted above, there is very limited availability for car hire direct from the port in Santa Cruz as only one of the major car rental companies offer the facility to hire a car directly from the port.
The closest collection point for car hire is from Tenerife North Airport.
Tenerife North airport is only a 19 minute taxi drive from the port to collect and drop off your hire car at the airport.
There are some smaller independent car rental companies who have offices near the port.
We would recommend that you check with these direct as to their Terms & Conditions for car rental.
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.
All the major car rental companies in Tenerife are available to book through our site.
If you are arriving by cruise liner to Santa Cruz and have decided to hire a car for the day to see some of the island you will find that Tenerife is easy to navigate around.
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 that you will drive through 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 a beautiful place 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.