Should you visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Lanzarote?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Lanzarote, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Not everyone traveling to Spain is looking to collapse on a beach somewhere. If you're in search of a bustling, vibrant and colorful Spanish capital city without the crowds of Barcelona, you might want to book a few days in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Located on the eastern tip of the island of Tenerife on the Canary Island chain, Santa Cruz's bright buildings, charming shops and rich, green scenery are there to greet visitors from all over the world - including you.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Lanzarote or Santa Cruz de Tenerife?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is €101, while the average daily cost in Lanzarote is €129. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Lanzarote in more detail.
A hotel room in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is about €72 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
The prices for places to stay in Lanzarote can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €76, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €152.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Santa Cruz de Tenerife €36
Typical double-occupancy room
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The average traveler spends about €34 per day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Food in Lanzarote costs travelers about €34 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
The cost of a taxi ride in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €51 per person, per day, on local transportation in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Lanzarote than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €32 on transportation in Lanzarote on average per day.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife €51
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santa Cruz de Tenerife:
Private Transfer: Tenerife to Tenerife Airport (TFN):
Departure Private Transfer Tenerife to Tenerife South Airport TFS by Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer Tenerife to Tenerife South Airport TFS by Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfer Tenerife to Tenerife South Airport TFS by Sedan Car:
Private Airport Transfer: Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Tenerife North Airport (TFN):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lanzarote
Also for Lanzarote, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Aquapark Costa Teguise Entrance and Transfers:
Lanzarote Airport (Arrecife) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Costa Teguise Hotel):
Lanzarote Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to Playa Blanca Hotels or Address):
Lanzarote Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to Puerto del Carmen Hotel):
Low Cost Private Transfer From Lanzarote Airport to Arrecife City - One Way:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Lanzarote Airport to Lanzarote City - One Way:
Is it cheaper to fly into Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Lanzarote?
Prices for flights to both Lanzarote and Santa Cruz de Tenerife 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.
Entertainment and activities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife typically cost an average of €20 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing expenses in Lanzarote, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €13 per day, per person.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife €20
Tours and Activities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Here are a few actual costs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Anaga Natural Park Hiking Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup:
Malpaís from Güimar and caves following the Chaxiraxi´s steps hiking tour:
Private 4-hour Tour of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up:
Private 4-hour Tour to La Laguna from Tenerife from Hotel or Port pick-up:
Private 4-hour Tour to UNESCO Heritage La Laguna from Tenerife with driver/guide:
Private 6-hour Tour of La Laguna and Anaga Biosphere Reserve w/ Hotel pick-up:
Private 6-hour Tour of La Orotava + Puerto de La Cruz with Hotel pick-up:
Private 8 hours Tour to El Teide from Tenerife Hotel with driver/guide:
Private Full Day Tour to the Top of the Teide: go hiking and return in cable car:
Private Full Day tour of UNESCO Heritage: La Laguna and El Teide:
Private Shore Excursion in Tenerife from your Cruise Ship:
Round the island tour in 8 hours:
Tours and Activities in Lanzarote
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lanzarote.
Lanzarote Teguise Market Shopping Tour:
Timanfaya National Park Skip the Line:
Lanzarote Jameos del Agua Skip The Line Tour:
Aquapark Costa Teguise Entrance Ticket:
Fuerteventura Express Tour:
1-hour Snorkelling Tour from Puerto del Carmen:
Lanzarote Special Tour with Water Bus and Manrique Foundation:
Walking Tour through La Corona Volcano and Famara Cliff:
Lanzarote Grand Tour with Timanfaya National Park and Jameos del Agua Tickets:
Fat Electric Bike Advanced Tour 5 Hours In Fuerteventura From Lanzarote:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Santa Cruz de Tenerife may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.00 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Lanzarote, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €7.43.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Lanzarote, we can see that Lanzarote is more expensive. And not only is Santa Cruz de Tenerife much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santa Cruz de Tenerife would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 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 Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
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