How to Get From Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Del Carmen

There are three ways you can travel from Lanzarote Airport (also known as Arrecife Airport) to Puerto Del Carmen:

  1. Taxi
  2. Hire Car
  3. Bus

The easiest way to travel from Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Del Carmen is by taxi. The taxi rank is outside the terminal building, and the journey takes 10 to 15 minutes.


⏱️ Time: 15 minutes
💵 Cost: €20 – €30

The easiest way to travel from Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Del Carmen is by taxi. The taxi rank is well-signposted outside the terminal building.

Depending on the time of day, it’s not unusual to see 100+ people waiting for a taxi at this taxi rank. However, the queueing system is well organised, and taxis constantly arrive, so you rarely wait more than 15 minutes.

Taxis in Lanzarote run on a meter, and taxi drivers always turn the meter on. As such, the exact price you pay for a taxi from Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Del Carmen will depend on:

  • The time of day
  • The distance travelled

However, a taxi from Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Del Carmen typically costs between €20 and €30. You can pay for the taxi in cash, but most taxis also carry card machines.

Sadly, taxis in Lanzarote don’t carry car seats. If you’re travelling to Lanzarote with babies and children, you’ll want to bring your car seat to use in the taxi.

There is no Uber in Lanzarote. As such, when travelling back to Lanzarote Airport most hotels can call you a taxi. However, in the rare case that’s not possible you can flag a taxi down from the roadside – leave an extra 10 to 20 minutes.

Hire Car

⏱️ Time: 15 minutes
💵 Cost: €20 per day

Hiring a car is an excellent option if you want to explore more of Lanzarote. There are plenty of car rental shops in Lanzarote; however, the best place to pick up a hire car is from the airport. Here you’ll find:

  • The best availability
  • The largest range of vehicles
  • The cheapest prices

The car hire desks at Lanzarote Airport are in the arrivals hall opposite the baggage claim area. Once you have your car’s details and keys, you can find your vehicle in the car park.

Parking outside hotels and apartments in Lanzarote is limited, and most are roadside. As such, be sure to read the parking availability at your accommodation before booking.

Obviously, hiring a car in Lanzarote is more expensive than taking a taxi from the airport to Puerto Del Carmen.

Car rental is typically between €10 and €30 a day, and you might spend another €100 on petrol. As such, you’ll want to ensure you maximise the use of the car to make it a worthwhile investment.


⏱️ Time: 30 minutes
💵 Cost: €1.40 per person

The bus is the cheapest way to get from Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Del Carmen.

The bus stand at Lanzarote Airport is outside the terminal building. As you exit the baggage hall, turn right towards the tour operators. Carry on through the double doors and then exit the building. When you exit, you’ll see a small bus shelter on your left; the bus leaves from here.

Two buses go from Lanzarote to Puerto Del Carmen:

  1. 161
  2. 261

These buses travel through Matagorda and then along the strip in Puerto Del Carmen before continuing to Playa Blanca.

Buses leave every 30 minutes from 7:30am to 10:30pm, Monday through Friday. However, there are significantly fewer buses on bank holidays and weekends. So much so that I couldn’t get the bus back to Lanzarote Airport on my recent visit despite my flight not being there until 1:00pm.

When the bus arrives at the bus stop, you’ll want to open the luggage bay underneath for your suitcase. You can then board the bus and pay the driver. The journey from Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Del Carmen is €1.40, with children travelling for free. The bus driver only accepts cash, not cards.

If you’ve never been to Puerto Del Carmen before, you’ll want to have Google Maps to hand to know when to press the bell for the bus to stop.


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