The ferries that get you to Lanzarote
Lanzarote is the closest Island to mainland Spain and for some travelers also a good ferry start-location if you seek to travel to the Canary Islands from Spain. This guide however skips the chapter on getting to Lanzarote from the mainland but focuses on traveling to Lanzarote from the other Canary Islands.
- From Tenerife to Lanzarote (currently there is only an indirect / not attractive route possible from Tenerife!)
- From Las Palmas / Gran Canaria to Lanzarote
- And the (fast) Corralejo to Playa Blanca connection that gets you from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote.
The other islands do not have a direct connection, if you want to travel from La Palma, La Gomera, or El Hierro then you need to first travel towards Los Cristianos (Tenerife) and from there on onwards you can travel to Lanzarote. Be careful though: Don't underestimate the distances between the Canary Islands. These indirect ferry routes are not that attractive.
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Map with all ferry routes to Lanzarote
The routes from Spain (Cadiz and Huelva) are excluded from this overview since we have a specialized guide for this: Getting from Spain to the Canary Islands. For Lanzarote, the connection from Cadiz is a very interesting one though! Be sure to check that one out if you want to go from Spain to the Islands.
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From Gran Canaria to Lanzarote
From Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Arrecife is quite a long connection, in 6 hours however you will arrive at Lanzarote when you leave from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. You'll be traveling with Naviera Armas on the Ciudad de Ibiza. Which is above all a cargo ship with passenger seats instead of a passenger ship with cargo options. =) Not very luxurious but ok if you don't have very high expectations.
Gran Canaria ⇔ Lanzarote (Arrecife)
Ferry from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote
This is what we call a cool ferry connection. This route is very popular for day trips from or to Fuerteventura. There are 3 companies sailing on this route from Corralejo to Playa Blanca: Armas, Fred Olsen and Lineas Romero:
- Fred Olsen, with the Bocayna Express is there in 25 minutes.
- Armas with the Volcan de Tindaya is there in 35 minutes.
- Lineas Romero with the Don Juan is there in 30 minutes.
There is not a huge difference between these ferries and ferry companies, since it's only a short time we would recommend just booking the ferry that has a good time for you. In terms of cost they are also more or less the same.
Fuerteventura ⇔ To Lanzarote
Ferry from Tenerife to Lanzarote
While many websites and booking engines regarding ferry trips show direct connections between Tenerife and Lanzarote this is currently not the case. You have to travel indirectly with a stopover in Gran Canaria. This makes this trip a very long option: 10 hours to go from Tenerife to Lanzarote.
If you want to ferry hopping from Tenerife and you are considering Lanzarote, we would recommend going to Fuerteventura instead.
Tenerife ⇔ Lanzarote
To Conclude: Lanzarote Connections
Google Maps is not listing all the accurate connections and also several booking engines are behind on the true connections from and towards the lovely island of Lanzarote. A few things you should know before we conclude:
- North of Lanzarote there is a small island called La Graciosa, you can visit this Canary Island on a day trip from Lineas Romero. You have to depart from Orzola. (in the North of Lanzarote)
- There is no direct connection between Arrecife and Puerto del Rosario.
- There is no direct connection between Arrecife and Tenerife.
And then to finally conclude:
Lanzarote is a top destination from Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Spain. The indirect connections are not something we can advise you to do. If you go ferry hopping on the Canary Islands: Lanzarote is not the best option to end or start. Mainly due to the distance between Arrecife and Tenerife. However, if you want to do this and want to visit 4 islands, this is the best route to go for:
Start: Lanzarote -> Fuerteventura -> Gran Canaria -> Tenerife -> La Gomera -> Tenerife. (Fly or Ferry back) The total ferry cost of this route between the islands would be around € 600.
Frequently asked questions ferry to Lanzarote
From Corralejo to Playa Blanca is a fast connection used a lot for day trips from one island to the other. With multiple sailings every hour there isn't a connection near Lanzarote that can compete with these numbers.
Armas and Fred Olsen are the big companies, there is however also a smaller ferry company active: Lineas Romero.
There are two harbors: Arrecife and Playa Blanca. These harbors will bring you to most destinations.
In August it's difficult, all parking spaces(except a few in Arrecife center) are free though so if you manage to find a spot you don't have to pay for it.
On all ferries in the Canary Islands dogs are allowed on the ferries. Also on the ferries from and to Lanzarote.