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How to Get to La Gomera

Getting to La Gomera from Tenerife is very easy if you know how. To make your getaway perfect, I'll tell you all the ways to get there.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

7 min read

How to Get to La Gomera

Discover La Gomera | ©Werner B.

Knowing La Gomera taking advantage of a trip to Tenerife is one of the essential plans that you must do on your vacation. It is located only about 40 kilometers away and, despite its small size, has amazing landscapes that seem from another planet.

So, if you have some free time in Tenerife to escape a day to La Gomera, I tell you how to get there so you can start preparing your visit.

The most comfortable way: in an organized excursion from Tenerife

Take an excursion| ©Phoenix Trimegisto
Take an excursion| ©Phoenix Trimegisto

If you don't have much time to see La Gomera in one day, the most comfortable and quickest way is to join an organized excursion from Tenerife. This type of activity will help you get the most out of La Gomera, since you won't have to worry about organizing the logistics (finding transportation, hiring the services of a guide, locating tourist attractions, finding a good place to eat...) Everything is designed for you to let yourself go, relax and focus on enjoying the experience!

In addition, compared to visiting La Gomera on your own, with an organized excursion to La Gomera from Tenerife you will save time (both in planning the visit and once on the island, where the guide will show you the most important things) and also money (the cost of visiting La Gomera on your own goes up as you will have to rent a vehicle to tour the island).

Depending on your tastes or your budget, there are different organized excursions to explore La Gomera. In this regard, I recommend you read the article The best excursions to La Gomera from Tenerife to know the best options with which you can explore the island.

Book an excursion to La Gomera from Tenerife

Travel on your own to La Gomera from Tenerife: Use the Ferry

Ferry to La Gomera| ©Tony Hisgett
Ferry to La Gomera| ©Tony Hisgett

The ferry is the most popular option to get to La Gomera from Tenerife. Currently the companies Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen cover the route. If you wish to visit the island on your own by ferry, I advise you to buy your tickets in advance.

A detail to take into account when budgeting your trip is that the single adult ticket of the company Naviera Armas (from 40 €) is a little cheaper than the company Fred Olsen (from 41 €) but both ships are large, comfortable and stable.

The boat sails from the port of Los Cristianos, south of Tenerife, to the port of San Sebastian de La Gomera. It has daily routes and in only 50 minutes you will disembark in the capital of the island.

Getting on the ferry with or without a car

If you are going to visit La Gomera on your own it will be essential that you have a vehicle to move around the island, so I advise you to rent one to move from one place to another with greater freedom. There are many companies where you can hire this service, although if you want to simplify procedures, you can also book it together with the ferry ticket in the same company.

In case you travel to La Gomera from Tenerife and you want to take your car with you, in order to access the ferry with the vehicle you have to present yourself well in advance to the boarding following the indications of the transport that you can consult in your ticket. However, if you have any doubts about this, it is advisable to contact the ferry company in advance.

Traveling by ferry to La Gomera with the family

If you plan to visit La Gomera as a family and you are traveling with children, they will need to have their own ticket to ride the ferry, although the ticket price for children (4 to 11 years old) or babies (0 to 3 years old) is lower than that paid by adults.

The journey to La Gomera from Tenerife will fly by for the little ones because the ferry has a wide range of leisure activities to entertain them until they reach the Port of San Sebastian de La Gomera: children's and play area, cartoons, movies... they will have such a good time on board that they will not want to get off!

Have lunch on the ferry and continue your route around the island

You can take advantage of the trip to La Gomera to have a snack in the ferry's cafeteria. This is a good option if you get hungry on the way and want to kill the munchies quickly or if you are traveling with your family and prefer to eat on board so that the kids don't miss their meal times. This way, you won't have to worry about finding a restaurant when you disembark and you can continue your route around the island as you had planned.

Where the ferry drops you off and how to get to the center of La Gomera

The ferry from Tenerife arrives at the port of San Sebastian de La Gomera, the capital of the island. To get to the city you can walk, take a cab or bus (lines 3 and 7 stop near the port).

Book an excursion to La Gomera from Tenerife

Fly to La Gomera: with a flight from the airport

Fly to La Gomera| ©Rob Hodgkins
Fly to La Gomera| ©Rob Hodgkins

The fastest option to get to La Gomera is to take a flight from Tenerife. The island has only one airport (located in the town of Alajeró) which receives planes from the international airports of Tenerife South and Tenerife North. In case your plane from the mainland lands in Tenerife South, taking a boat is the easiest way to get to La Gomera. However, if you land in Tenerife North, apart from the ferry, you have the option of getting to La Gomera by plane with the airline Binter, which has two daily flights.

Compared to the ferry, it is not a very popular option, as the plane ticket is more expensive (from 100€). In addition, although the journey takes about 30 minutes, after landing at La Gomera airport you will have to opt for a different means of transport to get to San Sebastian de La Gomera or any other point on the island.

By rental car, to move around more freely

Rent a car| ©Jordi Sabaté
Rent a car| ©Jordi Sabaté

If you do not want to depend on the schedules and availability of public transport to go to San Sebastián de La Gomera from the airport of the island, it is best to book a rental car that allows you to move at your leisure with total freedom.

Some companies that provide this service on the island are Cicar or Avis. Depending on the characteristics and brand of the vehicle you can find options from 30 € per day.

Remember that to rent a car in La Gomera you will need the following documents:

  • To have an identity card or passport.
  • To have a valid national or international driver's license.
  • To have a minimum seniority in the driving license of 1 or 2 years.
  • To be 21 years old or older, depending on the car rental company.

By bus, the most economical option

Travel by bus| ©
Travel by bus| ©

If you do not have a rental car to go to the capital when you land, the best option is to go to the airport bus station and take line 3 of the bus operated by the company GuaguaGomera, which costs 4€ and will take you there in about 1 hour.

La Gomera has 7 lines to connect the different localities of the island:

  • Line 1 - Valle Gran Rey - San Sebastián de La Gomera.
  • Line 2 - Vallehermoso - San Sebastián.
  • Line 3 - Alajeró - San Sebastián.
  • Line 4 - Vallehermoso - La Dama.
  • Line 5 - Vallehermoso - Alojera.
  • Line 6 - Valle Gran Rey - Airport.
  • Line 7 - San Sebastián - Airport.
  • Line 8 - Vallehermoso - Valle Gran Rey.

By cab, the fastest transport

Take a cab| ©Humphrey Muleba
Take a cab| ©Humphrey Muleba

You can also take a cab that will take you to San Sebastián de La Gomera in only 35 minutes. It is the fastest way but compared to the bus it is a bit more expensive since the trip costs between 40 and 55 €.

A piece of advice? Always take the cab at the established cab rank at the airport and avoid those drivers who offer the same service outside that point.

Book an excursion to La Gomera from Tenerife

Comparative table with the different ways to get to La Gomera from Tenerife.

Although in my opinion the best option is to hire an organized excursion, as it is much more comfortable and includes an expert guide, the ferry ride and even lunch with the typical gastronomy of the area, below I leave you a comparative table with the different ways to get to the island of La Gomera, so that you have all the information at a glance:

  • Organized excursion
  • The most comfortable and complete way
  • Departure from Tenerife by ferry
  • 10 h and 30 min duration
  • Expert guide
  • Lunch included
  • By ferry
  • A popular option
  • Departure from the port of Los Cristianos, in the south of Tenerife.
  • 50 minutes duration
  • Possibility to take a car
  • You need to walk or take a cab or bus to get to the capital city
  • By plane
  • The fastest option
  • Departure from Tenerife North or Tenerife South
  • 30 minutes duration
  • The most expensive option
  • You need to take a cab, a bus or rent a car to get to the city