Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Tenerife South Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
Not so big airport, steal benches, I SLEPT OUTSIDE. – Miroslav
TFS Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport.
What to Expect
The largest airport on the island, Tenerife South Airport (code: TFS) serves a variety of routes across mainland Spain and Europe, with both traditional and low-cost carriers. Amenities include a variety of eateries and shops, including duty-free. For 24 hour eats, check out Cafe & Tapas, with locations airside and landside, and the airside Cafe Ritazza. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Overnight sleepers report a pleasant and safe experience as long as you’re prepared. If you’re there early enough, try for the few benches in the check-in area or the Burger King, which shuts down for the night. Otherwise, bring a sleeping bag or travel mat to bunk down on the ample floor space. Common complaints are bright lights and frequent loudspeaker announcements, so bring along an eye mask and noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Tenerife South Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport. We’ve listed a few of the better rated hotels because there were many other hotels that didn’t always have flattering reviews:
- Hotel Playa Sur Tenerife (3.5km from the airport) – No airport shuttle » Check Rates
- Santa Barbara Golf & Ocean Club by Diamond Resorts (5.6km from the airport) – No airport shuttle » Check Rates
- Vincci Tenerife Golf (5km from the airport) – No airport shuttle » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Tenerife South Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Free unlimited WiFi is available at Tenerife South Airport. Connect to the “AIRPORT FREE WIFI AENA” network.
Additionally, there are internet access terminals located at the Boarding Area, Level 0 and Check-In Area, Level 0.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: in the Arrivals and Departures Halls.
Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available.
BankingServices – CaixaBank provides full-service banking and currency exchange services. Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall, Floor 0. Hours: 8:30AM – 2:00PM (Mon – Friday). Note: From November to May the bank is only open from 5:00PM – 7:30PM on Thursdays.
Chapel – The airport offers a Catholic chapel and a multi-denominational chapel. Location: Floor 1, Departures Hall, Landside.
Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Airside on Floor 1 • Observation area (no dedicated play area).
Currency Exchange – Global Exchange has two counter locations: Airside, Floor 0, Boarding Hall (Hours: 5:30AM – 9:30PM) • Landside, Floor 0, Arrivals Hall (Hours: 9:00AM – 11:00PM). Caixabank has a counter landside, Floor 0, Arrivals Hall (Hours: 8:30AM – 2:00PM).
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as small selection of shops (GAP, Superdry, Sunglass Hut, souvenir shops, etc.)
Fast Lane – If you want to get through security “quickly” you can pay 4,40€ per person (pre-book online).
Food & Drinks – Cafe & Tapas is open 24 hours a day in both its’ landside and airside locations. Café Ritazza is open 24 hours a day in its airside location. Most other food concessions are open during flight hours. Vending machines are located throughout the airport.
Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the airport information desk for assistance. Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall, Floor 0. Hours: unknown
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags by having them covered with plastic wrap. Location: on the ground floor, near check in desks.
Medical Services – Nine Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are available landside and airside.
Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there are power outlets at Cafe and Tapas. (July 2019)
Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: unknown. Hours: unknown.
Pharmacy – Location: Departures, Floor 0. Hours: 9:00AM – 1:00PM and 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 10:00AM – 2:00PM (Sat & Sun).
Police – Locations: Floor -1, Baggage Claim Hall • Floor 0, Baggage Claim Hall • Floor 1, Departures Hall.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards and more at the airport’s Post Office. Location: Floor 0, Departures Hall, landside. Hours: 8:30AM – 2:30PM (Mon-Fri).
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking – Smoking is permitted Airside in the Montana Roja Lounge.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Tenerife South airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Air Europa • Alba Star • Austrian Airlines • Binter Canarias • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Condor • Corendon Airlines • Danish Air Transport • EasyJet • Edelweiss Air • Enter Air • Eurowings • Evelop • Finnair • Iberia • Icelandair • Jet Time • Jet2 • Laudamotion • Luxair • Neos • Norwegian • Novair • Orbest • Ryanair • SAS • SmartLynx • SmartWings • S7 Airlines • TAP Portugal • TAROM • Transavia • TUIFly • UIA • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
City buses 40, 111, 415 and 711 link the airport to Santa Cruz, along with a few nearby towns. Route 343 links Tenerife South and North airports in a nonstop 50-minute journey (one way). For fares and more information, visit the Tenerife South Airport website.
Onsite car rental agencies, located near the exit in Arrivals, include Auto Reisen • Cicar • Europcar • Goldcar Rental • Hertz • Interrent • Sixt • Topcar.
Metered taxis are readily available outside of Arrivals. From 6:00AM – 10:00PM, the initial fare is €3.15 plus €0.55 per km travelled. Slightly higher rates apply from 10:00PM – 6:00AM and on Sundays and holidays. An additional €1.70 surcharge is added to trips originating or terminating at the airport or the sea port.
Last updated: 2021-10-20
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.