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Ferry to Canary Islands from Spain

Discover the best routes to the Canary Islands

Huelva ⇒ Las Palmas

Spain ⇔ Gran Canaria
33 hours
Up to 2 times per week
1300 km, 810 miles

Huelva ⇒ Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Spain ⇔ La Palma
40 Hours
Up to 2 times per week
1300 km, 810 miles

Cadiz ⇒ Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Spain ⇔ Tenerife
44 hours
Up to 2 times per week
1400 km, 872 miles

Cadiz ⇒ Arrecife

Spain ⇔ Lanzarote
27 Hours
Up to 2 times per week
1100 km, 685 miles

Cadiz ⇒ Las Palmas

Spain ⇔ Gran Canaria
37 hours
Up to 2 times per week
1300 km, 810 miles

From Spain to the Canary Islands

There are three vessels that depart from the South West of Spain towards the Canary Islands. One is operated by Fred Olsen and two are operated by Naviera Armas (From a customer perspective one is run by Trasmediterránea). 

All three of these ferries visit multiple Islands upon arrival in the Canary Islands. This however changes a lot depending on the season which adds a bit more complexity to bringing you the #1 Ferry guide for traveling from Spain to the Canary Islands. We have it for you though =)

Ships on this route: Ciudad de Valencia, Volcan De Tinamar & Marie Curie. The ships don't matter that much, They are all known to be not very luxurious. 

The duration of the crossing varies from 27 hours to 54,5 hours. This big difference is due to the stopovers and the different positions of the Islands. The harbor of Arrecife on Lanzarote is the closest harbor and is reachable in 27 hours.

If you're willing to sleep in a chair instead of your own cabin, the trip can turn out to be quite affordable. Since the trip is long however, we would advise booking a room though.

Due to competition on this route and high demand, the prices are quite low in comparison with different long ferry routes around the world.

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The two routes from Spain to the Canary Islands

In the map below, you can see an orange route and a dark blue route. On the Orange route, two vessels are active, and on the Dark Blue route, only one. 
  • Dark Blue line: Ciudad de Valencia operated by Trasmediterránea and owned by Naviera Armas, from Cadiz to Lanzarote (28 hours total) to Gran Canaria (37 hours total) to Tenerife (44 hours total) and back to Cadiz.
  • Orange line: Marie Curie (Fred Olsen) and Volcan de Tinamar (Naviera Arma) from Huelva to Gran Canaria (32 to 33 hours) to Tenerife (38 Hours) and back to Huelva.

See our unique map with these two routes

Map with all ferry routes in the Canary Islands

If you want to travel from one Canary Island to another –  which is a very popular thing to do –  then you can use the map below. 

More explanation of this map can be found on the page with all possible ferry connections within the Canary Islands

Timetable, availability, and compare prices

Our online booking module makes it easy to find and book your desired ferry crossing to the Canary Islands. All you have to do is enter your departure port, destination, and travel dates. The system will show you the best routes and possible alternatives. You can then choose the ferry that best suits your needs and budget. Have a great trip to the Canary Islands!

Travel tip: If you go by Ferry go for Lanzarote

The 27 hours of travel time towards the first stop of the Ciudad de Valencia towards Lanzarote is an interesting one if you want to go by ferry towards the Canary Islands. From Lanzarote, you can island hop to different Islands. That's a great and calm place to start.

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Which port should I leave from? 

The choice between Cadiz and Huelva as a port of departure is explained below.

You can choose two cities/ports when traveling to the Canary Islands by Ferry: Huelva and Cadiz. Both harbors are near each other, which means that in terms of 

  • If you want to travel to Lanzarote: The only option is to leave from Cadiz.
  • If you want to travel to Gran Canaria: It's better to leave from Huelva since you don't have to stop somewhere and end up at your harbor instantly.
  • If you want to travel to Tenerife, it's also better to leave Huelva, since you will be 6 hours faster than the Cadiz option. 
  • For the other Islands, you have to make a stop in between. For Fuerteventura, for instance, we would advise taking the Ferry from Cadiz to Lanzarote and making a stop there from Playa Blanca in the south. The other islands are most accessible to reach from Tenerife, Which means a departure from Huelva would be the best option.

Ending up in Gran Canaria (Las Palmas):

1 naviera armas

Cadiz ⇒ Las Palmas

Everything you need to know about the ferry from Cadiz (Spain)to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). A ferry that takes 37 hours, you will be sailing in the vessel: Ciudad de Valencia.

2 olsen armas

Huelva ⇒ Las Palmas

The ferry from Huelva and Las Palmas. Read everything about this ferry connection from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands.

Things you need to know about the Huelva Santa Cruz de Tenerife ferry

  • Our advice is to always arrive very early at the port, don't let a traffic jam, long queues or any other problems make you miss this ferry. Consider arriving at the harbor about 90 minutes to 150 minutes early.
  • Travel with the Marie Curie, a fast ferry by Fred Olsen, or the Volcan de Tinamar.
  • This ferry travels from Spain to Tenerife.

For more info regarding this connection, we advise you to read our frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions: Spain - Canary Islands

Yes. It's easy and not that expensive to take a car on this route. In terms of relative costs compared to similar lines with this distance, this is a cheap ferry connection. Bringing a car (or a motorhome or caravan) along of course does bring in some extra costs. 

It's also possible to hop on to other islands with your car when you land on Tenerife, Lanzarote, or Gran Canaria after reaching the Canary Islands.

Prices change based on seasons, full ships, and time of booking. However in general the ferries leaving from Huelva (Fred Olsen and Armas) seem to be a bit cheaper. Especially if you are traveling by ferry towards Tenerife or Gran Canaria.

Fred Olsen, Naviera Armas and Trasmediterranea. The last one however is also since 2021 part of Naviera Armas.

The fastest ferry connection is the ship from Cadiz to Arrecife on Lanzarote. This connection can be made in 27 hours. Other connections take on average around 33 hours. Since it's a long connection and wind and weather have a huge influence these times can never be calculated exactly.

No, this one isn't active anymore. You can read all about it on our page this Madeira / Funchal to Las Palmas connection

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