Ferry Service Routes and Times in La Palma
The Canary Islands are connected to the mainland (Cadiz) and to each other by ferry services that are available through Fred Olsen Ferries, Naviera Armas and Trasmediterranea. Ferries are modern and quite luxurious with first class services offered on some boats. Passengers can check-in online up to 7 days in advance with some companies or get the handy App from Apple's App Store or GooglePlay for the ferry companies' timetables. Some ferry operators offer free Internet access on their boats via designated points. There are children's play areas, bars and cafes as well as restaurants and shops for passengers to enjoy while their ferry crossings happen.
Ferry connections from La Palma go to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Cadiz on the mainland and Tenerife, but also to Lanzarote's Arrecife harbour. Ferries leave from Santa Cruz's harbour.
Fred Olsen Ferries
Contact Details of Operator: Avenida Bajamar, 1e, 38700 Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, tel +34 922 41 74 96; https://www.fredolsen.es/en
The La Palma to Los Cristianos on Tenerife route stops over in SS de La Gomera. Boats leave at 05.15 to arrive at 08.20 and at 10.00 to arrive at 11.20. A basic crossing without car just taking a Pullman seat costs around 75.00 euros return per person.
The Gran Canaria route leaves Agaete Harbour at 06.00, 08.00 and 10.00 every day, arriving in La Palma at 15.05, 15.05 and 22.35, with a stop over at SS de La Gomera.
Naviera Armas Ferries
Contact Details of Operator: https://www.navieraarmas.com, Estación Marítima local 3, 38700 Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, tel +34 902 45 65 00
The company links La Palma with Arrecife in Lanzarote, a trip that takes around 20 hours. Naviera Armas ferries also go from Santa Cruz on La Palma to Gran Canaria.
Contact Details of Operator: https://www.trasmediterranea.es/en/routes, Plaza de la Constitución, 0, 38700 Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, tel +34 902 45 46 45
La Palma and Lanzarote are linked with one sailing a day, which leaves Santa Cruz at 16.00 and arrives about 7 hours and 30 minutes later at Arrecife on Lanzarote at 23.00.
The return journey starts from Arrecife at 23.59, to arrive back at Santa Cruz at 08.00 in the morning.
La Palma to Fuerteventura ferries leave Santa Cruz at 16.00 too, arriving at Fuerteventura at 20.00.
The ever popular route from La Palma to Tenerife is covered once a day by Trasmediterranea. The boat leaves at 16.00 to arrive at 21.30 in Tenerife. Return voyages start at 23.59 from Tenerife, arriving at 08.00 in La Palma's Santa Cruz port.
The La Palma to mainland Cadiz connection via Trasmediterranea leaves also at 16.00 to arrive at 12.30 the next day in Cadiz. The return boat leaves Cadiz at 17.00, arriving at 08.00 in La Palma the following day.
Boarding passes can be printed off at the auto check-in machines in the ports or passengers can get them from the ferry companies' windows in the port.
The Fred Olsen line operates a bus link, which takes ca 60 minutes to arrive at the port. This is available on the Tenerife-La Gomera-Tenerife and La Palma route. The bus starts from Muelle Ribera in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1 hour and 45 minutes before the boat leaves. Buses starting from the bus station in Santa Cruz de Tenerife leave 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to scheduled crossings.
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