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Car Hire Santa Cruz

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.   You will need to go to nearby Tenerife North Airport to collect your hire car.

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 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.

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 out the current car rental offers from Tenerife North Airport on our website.  Just enter your details in the box at the top of this page.

We would always recommend that you pre-book your hire car before arriving in Santa Cruz.

Car Hire from the Port at Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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) to collect your hire car.

A taxi from the port to Tenerife North Airport costs approximately 35 Euros.  The journey time from Santa Cruz port to Tenerife North Airport is just 15 minutes by taxi.

Alternatively, why not pre-book a private transfer service from the port to the airport?

A private transfer can be pre-booked for as little as 45 Euros. Tenerife North Airport is 13 km from Santa Cruz and it will take you approximately 15 minutes from Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport.

Why Should I Book a Private Transfer from the Port in Santa Cruz?

  • When you arrive at the port your driver will be waiting for you at the collection point as you disembark the ship.
  • You pre-book the exact time that you wish to be met from your cruise ship.
  • Your driver will take you directly from the port to Tenerife North Airport to collect your hire car.
  • Any passengers with mobility issues can be catered for by pre-booking your specific requirements.

Directions from Tenerife North Airport to Santa Cruz

  • Santa Cruz is approximately a 15 minute drive (13 km) from Los Rodeos airport.
  • Exiting Los Rodeos airport follow signs for the TF-5 (La Laguna/Santa Cruz).
  • Continue on the TF-5 for approximately 9.5 km.
  • After 9.5 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.

Directions from Tenerife South Airport to Santa Cruz

  • From Tenerife South Airport to Santa Cruz is approximately a 41 minute drive.
  • Leaving Tenerife South Airport follow directions for the TF-1 (Santa Cruz).
  • Continue on the TF-1 for approximately 57 km (35 minutes).
  • Take Exit 3 off the TF-1 onto the TF-4 sign posted Santa Cruz.
  • Continue on the TF-4 to your destination in Santa Cruz.

Bus Service from the port of Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport

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.

Car Hire Santa Cruz

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.

Tenerife in a Day from Santa Cruz

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

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.

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.

La Orotava

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.

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