How to Get From Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca

It’s 28km (17.5 miles) from the popular tourist region of Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. Subsequently, there are three ways you can travel between the two locations:

  1. Taxi
  2. Public Bus
  3. Cycling

The easiest way to travel from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca is in a taxi. The taxi journey takes 30 minutes and cost me €37.40 on my last visit (January 2023).

However, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca. The bus journey takes around 30 minutes, depending on the number of stops, and costs just €2.75 per person each way.


⏱️ Time: 35 minutes
💵 Cost: €37.40

The easiest way to travel between Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca is in a taxi. The journey is direct. Plus, a taxi can pick you up from anywhere in Puerto Del Carmen and drop you off wherever you want to be in Playa Blanca.

I took a taxi from Montana Club in Puerto Del Carmen to Dreams Resort & Spa in Playa Blanca in January 2023. The journey took 35 minutes and cost €37.40 (we gave the driver €40 and left the change as a tip).

All taxis in Lanzarote run on a meter, and you will not need to haggle with the taxi driver to turn the meter on.

If you would like a fare estimate, the taxi driver will happily provide one. However, it will only be an estimate, as the taxi meter will determine the exact fare. A taxi meter in Lanzarote takes into consideration the following:

  • Pick-up and drop-off location: As far as I know, this is only for the airport.
  • Time: Journeys during the evening cost slightly more.
  • Duration: The longer the journey takes, the more it will cost. This covers any delays or traffic you might encounter. However, traffic in Lanzarote is uncommon.
  • Distance: This is the main component of your taxi fare in Lanzarote. The further the distance, the more the taxi journey will cost.

Taxis are always available in Puerto Del Carmen, regardless of the day or time. However, there isn’t a rideshare service such as Uber. Instead, there are three ways you can get a taxi:

  1. Go to a Taxi Rank: There are several taxi ranks on the strip along the front of Puerto Del Carmen.
  2. Hail a Taxi: Taxis with illuminated green lights are available to hire from the side of the road. Simply raise your hand as the driver approaches to signal.
  3. Ask at a Hotel: The reception desk at a hotel can call a taxi for you.

Mobility-assisted and minivan taxis are available in Lanzarote. However, these taxis are more limited. As such, I’d recommend asking a hotel to call for this type of taxi. Instead of trying to get one at a taxi rank or the side of the road.

I took the taxi from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca with my wife and baby, Oliver.

Oliver was just four months old at the time, so we took along his car seat. The driver was happy to wait while we strapped the car seat in correctly, and the pushchair fit in the boot easily.


⏱️ Time: 30 minutes
💵 Cost: €2.75 per person

The cheapest way to travel from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca is on the 161 bus. The journey costs €2.75 per person each way, while children under four are free. Provided they don’t use a seat and instead sit on a parent’s lap.

The 161 bus is the only direct route from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca. Buses leave roughly once every hour from 05:00 until 23:00.

You can find the most up-to-date bus times on the Arrecife Bus website (which is in Spanish) or on the boards at the bus stop.

The bus journey from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca takes around 30 minutes. The exact time will depend on where you catch the bus in Puerto Del Carmen.

The 161 bus runs from Lanzarote Airport to Playa Blanca and goes along the front strip in Puerto Del Carmen. The strip front in Puerto Del Carmen is long and has several bus stops. You can catch the 161 bus from any bus stop going toward Playa Blanca.

The only bus stop for the 161 bus in Playa Blanca is the Playa Blanca Bus Station. From Playa Blanca Bus Station, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Marina or a 30-minute walk to Aqualava water park.

Much like in Puerto Del Carmen, you’ll find taxis outside the bus station should you need them.

Many people travel by bus to Playa Blanca on a Wednesday or a Saturday for the market in the Marina. As a result, space on the bus can be significantly more limited than usual.


⏱️ Time: 90 minutes
💵 Cost: €0.00 + Bike hire (if required)

Cycling is an incredibly popular sport in Lanzarote. As such, cycling between the two towns of Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca is relatively common.

However, I would only recommend doing so if you’re experienced in road cycling for two reasons:

  1. Most of the journey will take you along the LZ-701, a single-carriageway with a speed limit of up to 80 kmph.
  2. The incline of the journey is a testing 244m.

If you want to cycle from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca, you can hire a bike from one of several shops along the front. With a distance of roughly 27km, the journey is likely to take around 1.5 hours.


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