The popular tourist resort of Playa Blanca is located on the southern coast of the island of Lanzarote, roughly 27km from the airport.
As such, there are four key ways you can travel from Lanzarote (Arrecife) airport to your accommodation in Playa Blanca; hire car, taxi, public transport or on a package holiday transfer.
Which method you choose will likely depend on a couple of different factors, including; what you plan to do during your trip, where you’re staying in Playa Blanca, your budget and who you’re travelling with.
As such, we’ve put together this guide to help you determine which transport method might be best for you.
A hire car is an excellent option if you’re planning on doing a lot of exploring during your time in Lanzarote or if you’re staying in a self-catering complex that isn’t well connected to the rest of the area.
While having a hire car gives you the freedom to come and go as you please without adhering to any set timetables, it comes with its drawbacks, including additional costs and stress.
If you’ve decided that you’d like to hire a car during your trip to Lanzarote, it’s often best (both most convenient and affordable) to book your hire car online in advance and collect it from the airport upon your arrival.
Most car hire desks inside Lanzarote Airport are located opposite the baggage claim area in the arrivals hall.
Once you’ve got your keys and the details for your car, you’ll likely find it parked upstairs in the car park.
Driving in Lanzarote is relatively easy since just one main road connects the airport with Playa Blanca.
In fact, the only time you may struggle driving in Lanzarote is when you arrive in Playa Blanca and have to try and find your accommodation since it’ll be slightly busier with both cars and pedestrians.
The journey from Lanzarote to Playa Blanca should take no more than one hour, and most hotels and apartment complexes have parking directly outside.
The vast majority of car hire companies in Lanzarote provide the hire car with a tank 1/4 full of petrol, and you’ll be expected to return the vehicle with a similar tank to get your deposit back.
As a result, you will need to fill the hire car with petrol during your hire period.
Luckily, you can find petrol stations on most major roads within Lanzarote as well as a handful just outside the airport.
Staff at the petrol stations are accustomed to assisting tourists with fuel top-ups when required.
Petrol prices in Lanzarote are similar to that of the UK (despite the fact it’s a significantly smaller island); as a result, you shouldn’t spend more than €10 per day on petrol unless you’re driving a 4×4 or minivan.
If you’re not travelling as part of a package holiday that includes transfers or hiring a car for your trip, then you’ll more than likely look for a taxi to take you from the airport to your accommodation in Playa Blanca.
In this case, you’ll be looking to pay roughly €50 – €70 one-way, although the price will vary depending on the taxi size you get and your exact location.
Pro tip: Unlike some other countries, you’ll rarely have to haggle with a taxi driver in Lanzarote to turn on their meter.
The taxi rank at Lanzarote airport is located just outside the arrivals hall and is well signposted within the airport.
Given that taxis are the most popular way to travel from Lanzarote airport to major resorts across the island, it’s not surprising to find up to 100 people waiting for a taxi at any one time.
However, given the taxi rank is incredibly well organised, this queue does move relatively quickly & you’ll often rarely wait in advance of 30 minutes.
When it comes to travelling back from your accommodation in Playa Blanca to Lanzarote airport, most hotels will be able to call a taxi to come and collect you.
However, in the rare case that isn’t possible, you should be able to flag a taxi down from outside your accommodation relatively easily – just be sure to leave 10 to 20 minutes in advance to allow for the extra wait time.
If you’re looking to save money on your transport between Lanzarote airport and your accommodation in Playa Blanca, you could look to take the local bus.
Of course, this isn’t the most convenient method of transportation and depending on how much luggage you have and where you’re staying in Playa Blanca could make the start of your trip here stressful.
That said, if you think taking the bus is going to be best for you, then you’ll be able to take the airport bus from the bus depot area, which is outside on the roof of a building next to the airport.
You’ll find this area by turning right when coming out the double doors at baggage claim and walking along past the tour operator stands and out another set of double doors.
If you’re unsure at any time, staff members will be able to point you in the right direction; however, for the most part, it’s very well signposted and, therefore, relatively easy to find.
Once you’re at the bus depot area, you’ll be looking for the Lanzarote public bus. This is notable since this is also the area where tour operator buses leave from (Tui, Jet2 etc.)
Two buses go from Lanzarote airport to Playa Blanca via Puerto Del Carmen, and they are the 161 and the 261.
These buses run every 30 minutes between Monday and Friday from 7.30am to 10.30pm, with fewer buses at the weekend and on public holidays.
The bus journey from Lanzarote airport to Playa Blanca costs €3.30 per person, with children travelling for free with a paying adult.
The bus from Lanzarote airport to Playa Blanca will take roughly an hour and arrive at Playa Blanca bus station on the outskirts of the region, from where you’ll have to walk to your accommodation.
Walking from the bus station to your accommodation should be possible.
However, if you’re staying at the far edge of Playa Blanca down by Dreams Resort & Princess Yaiza or at the other end where TUI Blue & H10 Timanfaya Palace, the walk is likely going to be more than 30 minutes on a range of inclines across various terrains.
Taking a taxi from outside the bus station would be possible since a small taxi rank is just across the road. However, the hassle of moving your luggage around for the small savings is more than likely not worthwhile.
Package Holiday Transfers
If you’ve booked a package holiday with the likes of Jet2 or TUI, you might find that transfers from Lanzarote Airport to your hotel in Playa Blanca are included in the cost of your holiday.
In this case, collect your baggage and then exit through the double doors. Upon doing so, on your right, you’ll see the desks for different tour operators where staff members will be on hand to direct you to your bus.
The bus area is outside the airport; follow the red pathway up and around to the left. From there you’ll be able to take either a lift or an escalator up to the second floor.
Luggage trolleys are not permitted up to the second floor where the buses leave, making getting to the bus area incredibly difficult if you have a large number of items or mobility issues.
However, while there are signs telling you not to take the luggage trolley upstairs, nobody was stopping you, and in some cases, it’s more than understandable as to why it would be required.
In peak hours, you might find additional tour operator representatives here to direct you; if not, simply proceed to your allocated bus bay location by following the signposts.
There are no vending machines here, only toilets, and in our case, we waited over an hour for our bus to leave; therefore, it’s well worth picking up a drink and a snack in the arrivals airport if you think it may be required.