A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Lanzarote vs. Gran Canaria for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lanzarote or Gran Canaria?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Lanzarote or Gran Canaria, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Lanzarote or Gran Canaria?

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of Spain's Canary Islands, located off the northwestern coast of Africa. Some of its most popular features include the volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park, the underground caverns of Cueva de los Verdes, as well as the resort towns of Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen, and Playa Blanca.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of Spain's Canary Islands, located just off the coast of northwestern Africa. It is the third largest of the islands, and is known for its variety of volcanic beaches. This island is sometimes called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, which allow for a range of activities like hiking, biking, surfing, and scuba diving.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Barcelona, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Spain, The Best 10-Day Tours in Spain, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Spain.


Which place is cheaper, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Lanzarote is €161, while the average daily cost in Gran Canaria is €125. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lanzarote 95
    Gran Canaria 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lanzarote 190
    Gran Canaria 126
Compare Hotels in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria

Looking for a hotel in Lanzarote or Gran Canaria? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Lanzarote


Hotels in Gran Canaria


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lanzarote 40
    Gran Canaria 46

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lanzarote

Also for Lanzarote, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Lanzarote Airport Departure Transfer (Playa Blanca Hotels to Lanzarote Airport): $118
  • Parasailing Adventure with Hotel Transfers: $60
  • Dolphin-Watching Sunset Cruise with Transfers: $53
  • From Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to Fuerteventura: $49
  • From Las Palmas: Guided Volcano Hike with Transfers: $46
  • La Graciosa at your leisure (bus transfer and return ferry ticket): $43
  • Roundtrip Ferry Transfer to La Graciosa with Free Wifi: $31
  • Aquapark Costa Teguise tickets with Optional Transfer: $31
  • Private Transfer from Lanzarote Airport (ACE) to Arrecife Port: $29
  • Private Transfer from Arrecife Cruise Port to Arrecife Hotels: $29
  • Puerto del Carmen & Puerto Calero Boat Transfer: $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gran Canaria

Also for Gran Canaria, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • From Playa del Inglés: Guided Jet Ski Tour & Hotel Transfers: $164
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Las Palmas airport (LPA) to Maspalomas: $100
  • Private Transfer from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $100
  • Playa Del Ingles: Discover Scuba Diving - Free Transfers: $93
  • Private Transfer from Las Palmas airport (LPA) to San Bartolomé de Tirajana: $91
  • Private Transfer from San Bartolomé de Tirajana to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $91
  • Private Transfer: Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: $80
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Las Palmas airport (LPA) to Fataga: $80
  • Private Transfer: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) : $80
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Las Palmas airport (LPA) to Mogán: $79
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Mogán to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $79
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Puerto de Mogán to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $78

Is it cheaper to fly into Lanzarote or Gran Canaria?

Prices for flights to both Gran Canaria and Lanzarote change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Lanzarote 42
    Gran Canaria 34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lanzarote

For Lanzarote, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Music Hall Tavern - MHT Comedy Drag Dinner Show: $54
  • Puerto del Carmen: Music Hall Tavern Comedy Drag Dinner Show: $64

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lanzarote 17
    Gran Canaria 20

Tours and Activities in Lanzarote

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lanzarote.

  • 2-Hour Surfing Experience for Beginners in Famara: $56
  • 2-hour Buggy Tour from Costa Teguise: $144
  • 2.5-hour Lanzarote Sunset Cruise from Marina Puerto del Carmen: $55
  • 2h Buggy Tour guided by the north of Lanzarote: $144
  • 2hrs Dolphins Sunset Sailing Cruise With Drink: $54
  • 3 Hour Amazing Automatic Can Am Buggy Tour of Beautiful Lanzarote: $189
  • 3 Hour Buggy Adventure (Manual Transmission) in Lanzarote : $156
  • 3 Hours Guided Tour with Polaris SLINGSHOT Around Lanzarote: $189
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour in Los Volcanes Nature Reserve: $57
  • 3-hour Buggy Tour from Costa Teguise: $200
  • 4-seater Mixed 3h Guided Buggy Volcano Tour in Lanzarote: $278
  • Aqualava Waterpark Lanzarote Entrance Ticket: $28

Tours and Activities in Gran Canaria

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Gran Canaria.

  • Firgas, Tejeda, Guayadeque - VIP Tour Gran Canaria: $53
  • Guided Tour With Electric Moped: $83
  • Tour in a real VW 70's Buggy in Gran Canaria 4 People. : $155
  • 1-day Tour in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from South of Gran Canaria: $44
  • 2-H Sunset or Morning Segway experience near by Sand Dunes: $86
  • 2-Hour Afternoon Snorkeling Experience in Gran Canaria by Boat: $50
  • 3-Hour Hiking Experience in Roque Nublo: $71
  • 4 Hour Boat Tour with Snorkeling from Puerto Rico and Mogan: $83
  • 7-hour Hop on Hop off Tour of Historic Gran Canaria: $78
  • Afrikat Afternoon Cruise: $83
  • Agüimes: Cocodrilo Park Zoo Entry Ticket: $11
  • Agaete: Gran Canaria Coasteering Tour with Snorkeling: $76

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lanzarote 9.29
    Gran Canaria 7.14

Sample the Local Flavors in Lanzarote

Also in Lanzarote, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wine tour discovering the origins of vineyards in Lanzarote: $38
  • Wine Tasting Tour at El Grifo Bodega: $55
  • Half Day Timanfaya Volcanic Tour with Wine Tasting: $62

Sample the Local Flavors in Gran Canaria

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Gran Canaria:

  • Spanish Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour in Mogan: $54
  • Spanish Cured Meats & Wine Tasting Tour in Mogan: $61
  • Banana Museum, Rum Distillery and Winery Guided Tour with Tasting: $76
  • Gran Canaria Picnic Experience & Wine Tasting: $104


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, we can see that Lanzarote is more expensive. And not only is Gran Canaria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gran Canaria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gran Canaria and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Lanzarote would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lanzarote than you might in Gran Canaria.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Lanzarote Expensive? and Is Gran Canaria Expensive?.



When is the best time to visit Lanzarote or Gran Canaria?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Lanzarote or Gran Canaria in the Summer?

Both Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In the summer, Lanzarote is around the same temperature as Gran Canaria. Typically, the summer temperatures in Lanzarote in July average around 24°C (75°F), and Gran Canaria averages at about 23°C (73°F).

It's quite sunny in Gran Canaria. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Lanzarote. Lanzarote usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Gran Canaria during summer. Lanzarote gets 282 hours of sunny skies, while Gran Canaria receives 293 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Lanzarote usually receives rain Gran Canaria. Lanzarote gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Gran Canaria receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Lanzarote 24°C (75°F) 
    Gran Canaria 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Lanzarote or Gran Canaria in the Autumn?

Both Gran Canaria and Lanzarote during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In October, Lanzarote is generally around the same temperature as Gran Canaria. Daily temperatures in Lanzarote average around 23°C (73°F), and Gran Canaria fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

In Gran Canaria, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Lanzarote. In the autumn, Lanzarote often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Gran Canaria. Lanzarote gets 224 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Gran Canaria receives 213 hours of full sun.

Lanzarote usually gets less rain in October than Gran Canaria. Lanzarote gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Gran Canaria receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Lanzarote 23°C (73°F) 
    Gran Canaria 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Lanzarote or Gran Canaria in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.

Lanzarote is around the same temperature as Gran Canaria in the winter. The daily temperature in Lanzarote averages around 17°C (63°F) in January, and Gran Canaria fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

In Lanzarote, it's very sunny this time of the year. Lanzarote usually receives more sunshine than Gran Canaria during winter. Lanzarote gets 204 hours of sunny skies, while Gran Canaria receives 187 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Lanzarote usually receives less rain than Gran Canaria. Lanzarote gets 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Gran Canaria receives 25 mm (1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Lanzarote 17°C (63°F) 
    Gran Canaria 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Lanzarote or Gran Canaria in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Lanzarote as well as Gran Canaria.

In the spring, Lanzarote is around the same temperature as Gran Canaria. Typically, the spring temperatures in Lanzarote in April average around 20°C (68°F), and Gran Canaria averages at about 19°C (66°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Gran Canaria. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Lanzarote this time of the year. In the spring, Lanzarote often gets more sunshine than Gran Canaria. Lanzarote gets 250 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Gran Canaria receives 225 hours of full sun.

Lanzarote usually gets less rain in April than Gran Canaria. Lanzarote gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Gran Canaria receives 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Lanzarote 20°C (68°F) 
    Gran Canaria 19°C (66°F)

Typical Weather for Gran Canaria and Lanzarote

Lanzarote Gran Canaria
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 17°C (63°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Feb 18°C (64°F) 18 mm (0.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Apr 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 19°C (66°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 0 mm (0 in) 22°C (72°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 24°C (75°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 24°C (75°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Dec 19°C (66°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)