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How to get to Teide Cable Car

The heart of Tenerife is home to one of the most majestic and impressive mountains in Europe and the world. We’re talking about Mount Teide.

At Volcano Teide, we encourage you to visit Mount Teide in a sustainable way using group transport. That is why we recommend our Mount Teide Tour excursion, during which our guides will tell you everything about this majestic volcano, which you will ascend by cable car to an altitude of 3,555 metres.

    

 

It’s inspired countless Guanche legends and soars imperiously upwards to an altitude of 3,718 m, making it the highest peak in Spain, the third highest volcano on the planet from sea level and the most visited national park in Spain and Europe.

Teide National Park is a highly valuable natural reserve thanks to its landscapes and is of great scientific, astronomical and volcanological interest. That’s why we would prefer people to avoid using cars as a conservation measure, instead travelling by group transport to prevent overcrowding in the areas inside the National Park used for vehicle parking. And there is more you can do to contribute to the sustainability of Mount Teide.

 

Now we get to the crux of the article: how to get to Mount Teide? How to get to Teide Cable Car? What’s the route there like? Are you wondering how to get to Teide Cable Car by car? What about public or private transport?

If you want to know how to get to Teide Cable Car base station, make sure you read the information below.

Ascending Mount Teide by private bus
Mount Teide: how to get there by group transport and help protect the environment

Mount Teide: how to get there by private bus with a guide

The first option of getting to Mount Teide are the day and night excursions run by Volcano Teide.

These experiences include transport from your accommodation or nearby point. Moreover, you have a guide who can focus on your needs. 

The transport takes you to the National Park where you can then ascend to La Rambleta by cable car and hike along one of the available trails, visit Teide Observatory, watch a sunset from one of the most prized viewpoints on the volcano or observe the skies with long-range telescopes. It all depends on the excursion that you choose.

If you don’t mind what time of day you go and it’s the type of excursion that matters to you most, make sure you read about our excursions here.

Are you a romantic, inspired by the colours of a sunset and the stars twinkling in the skies when night falls? Take a look at the information about our night excursions and choose the one for you.

Mount Teide: how to get there by public transport

Are you wondering how to get to Teide Cable Car by public transport? Here’s your answer: there’s a daily bus. You can check the days, prices and timetable here.  
For further details, take a look at the article on how to get to Teide Cable Car by public transport
 

 

How to get to Teide Cable Car in your own vehicle

To get to Mount Teide by car there are four different routes.

Where are you departing from? Below we explain how to get to Teide Cable Car when you’re visiting Mount Teide by car:

  • From Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de La Laguna: take the TF-24 from La Laguna (Carretera de La Esperanza) which then connects to the TF-21.
  • From Puerto de la Cruz or La Orotava: take the TF-21 from La Orotava.
  • From Los Gigantes: take the TF-38 via Chío, which connects to the TF-21.
  • From Playa de las Américas or Los Cristianos: the TF-21 from Vilaflor, which takes you to the National Park.

Teide Cable Car is at km 43 along the TF-21.

Below is an interactive map with information about Mount Teide and how to get there, the road network that takes you to Mount Teide (with suggestions of interesting stops along the way), the National Park, Teide Cable Car, the Altavista Refuge (currently closed to the public) and Teide Observatory, and trails for going hiking near the volcano:

This is the approximate distance between the most popular points on the island and the route to Mount Teide up to the cable car base station:

  • Santa Cruz: 64 km.
  • La Laguna: 55 km.
  • Puerto de la Cruz: 45 km.
  • Los Gigantes: 52 km.
  • Los Cristianos: 47 km.
  • El Médano: 52 km.

Check out this article on how to get to Mount Teide by car to find out which route to take depending on where you’re staying, and what to do on the way: the journey is fun too!
 

 

Mount Teide: how to get there – enjoy the journey too

As we mentioned above, the cable car base station is at an altitude of 2,356 m. But... What will you come across as you ascend the slopes in your car?

So that you can make the most of the journey, we’ve created a guide detailing all the different routes so you can enjoy the lesser-known side of the volcano:

Download now our FREE guide of Teide

Ascend Mount Teide by cable car and enjoy the wonderful views
Ascend Mount Teide by cable car and enjoy the wonderful views
 
 

The cable car timetable when you arrive

If you’ve weighed up the options of how to get to Teide Cable Car and decided to travel there independently, we recommend booking your cable car tickets in advance to avoid queuing and ensure you get a space. 

Do you want to make your trip premium? Here is all the information you need about adding an audio guide and/or trail guide to your excursion.

As you know, the National Park is a protected natural space. If you’re going to travel to the cable car by car, we recommend that you visit in the afternoon or even at night as a conservation measure and to prevent overcrowding in the areas set aside for vehicle parking, which are small and cannot be expanded.

And yes, it is possible: the cable car also operates outside its usual timetable. At dusk, the cable car opens for 90 people only and offers an amazing prize in the shape of a sunset viewed from the Pico Viejo Viewpoint with the shadow of Mount Teide falling across the Atlantic, Gran Canaria on the horizon and the sun setting with La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro as special guests. The perfect accompaniment to the multicolour crater that once housed lakes of lava and is now home to the viewpoint.

So, here is all the information you need about the cable car times and prices.
Would you like to see all the activities and excursions that involve the cable car together in one easy table? Take a look at this document:

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Frequently asked questions about getting to Mount Teide

Mount Teide: how to get there?

You can get to Mount Teide by public transport, in your own vehicle or with an organised excursion. Although as a conservation measure and in order to protect the treasure of nature that is the Teide National Park, we advise you to avoid the car and choose collective transport (either public transport or an organised tour).
 

 

How to get to Teide Cable Car?

You can get to Teide Cable Car on your own, either in your own vehicle or by public transport, or with an organised excursion. 

If you travel to Mount Teide independently remember to book your cable car tickets in advance. These are sold exclusively online and you want to guarantee your seat. 

If you prefer to join us on an organised tour here are different excursions and activities with cable car which you can do with us. 
 

 

How long does it take to ascend by Teide Cable Car?

Teide Cable Car base station is located at an altitude of 2,356 metres. Its modern facilities include two cars which make it possible to ride up to the upper station, located at an altitude of 3,555 metres, in about 8 minutes.

What’s the best time to ascend by Teide Cable Car?

We answer this question in this article featuring the best days and times to ascend Mount Teide by Cable Car

Prepare well

It’s cold up high on Mount Teide, even in the middle of August.

We’re warning you because when people think of Tenerife they often think of beaches, sunshine, the sea and high temperatures. So, don’t forget that Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain and has a high mountain climate. 

That’s why we recommend that you check the conditions in the National Park before your visit and find out how to prepare for your trip.

When you’re ready we’ll be delighted to welcome you to Mount Teide where you’ll experience first-hand a National Park that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We’re waiting for you!