While staying in Puerto Del Carmen, we decided to visit Playa Blanca for the day.
However, we were shocked to find a lack of clear, up-to-date information about the best way to travel between the two popular resorts in Lanzarote. As such based on our own experiences, we’ve put together this guide to help future holidaymakers.
In short, if you’re travelling without luggage then the easiest way to travel to Playa Blanca from Puerto Del Carmen is by bus. Buses leave hourly from stops along the main strip in PDC and the journey takes roughly 30 minutes costing €2.75 per person.
However, there are some situations whereby you might want to take a taxi or even cycle instead.
⏱️ Time: 30 minutes
💵 Cost: €2.75 per person
💻 Buy Bus Tickets: Omio
The most affordable way to travel from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca is via bus.
The journey costs €2.75 per person each way with children under the age of four travelling for free provided they don’t use a seat and instead sit on a parent’s lap.
There are two bus routes that pass through Puerto Del Carmen on the way to Playa Blanca and they are number 6 and number 161.
Buses run along the front adjacent to the beach in Puerto Del Carmen and leave every hour daily with the journey taking 30 minutes in total.
Many people choose to travel to Playa Blanca on a Wednesday or a Saturday for the market in the Marina. As a result, the buses between 8am and 10:30am can be very busy on these dates.
In this case, you could look to book a dedicated tour to the market where you’ll go on a coach, set off earlier going on a quieter bus or get a taxi.
Buses arrive into Playa Blanca at the bus station which is located at the top of town (around a 20-minute walk from the Marina).
If you’re looking to return back to Puerto Del Carmen after a day exploring Playa Blanca then you will come here to catch the bus.
⏱️ Time: 35 minutes
💵 Cost: €37.40
💻 Reserve Taxi: Hoppa
During our most recent trip to Lanzarote, we were travelling with baby Oliver (aged four months) and therefore chose to get a taxi to Playa Blanca from Puerto Del Carmen.
While a taxi is more expensive than the bus it does provide a level of comfort and convenience.
You can often find taxis with green lights (meaning available) driving around on the streets of Puerto Del Carmen, alternatively, there are multiple taxi ranks along the strip.
In our case, we were lucky enough to find a mobility assistance taxi that was available and managed to take us from Puerto Del Carmen (Montana Club) to Playa Blanca (Dreams Resort & Spa).
The journey took 35 minutes and cost €37.40 (we gave the driver €40 and left the change as a tip).
Given that the taxi we got was a mobility assisted one we were easily able to fit in the pushchair (not collapsed) alongside our bags.
The driver was happy to wait while we strapped in the baby’s travel car seat, and on our return journey back to Puerto Del Carmen from Playa Blanca, we noticed the taxi was equipped with children’s car seats should they have been required.
Taxis in Lanzarote run on a meter, although the taxi driver is often happy to give you an estimate of the journey cost if you require one.
Unlike some other countries around the world, it’s very unlikely you’ll have to haggle with the taxi driver to turn the meter on, and instead, they’ll do it automatically (and as such you’ll be charged the licenced fare).
Cycling is an incredibly popular sport in Lanzarote, and as such cycling between the two towns of Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca is relatively common.
The distance between the two locations is just over 26km and takes roughly 1.5 hours.
The majority of the ride will see you go along the LZ-701 a single carriageway with a speed limit of up to 80kmph which can be incredibly daunting for those inexperienced in road cycling.
This along with the 244m incline along the route doesn’t make cycling a popular choice for novices visiting the island.