Step beyond the obvious tourist spots and you’ll find a cultured and civilised island waiting to be explored.
Approximate flight time: 4 hours 25 minutes (total distance 1849 miles)
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com, Ryanair and TUI
Airports in Tenerife: Tenerife South & Tenerife North
Seasons: High: May - October : Low: December - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Getting to Birmingham Airport is easy whatever mode of transport you use. If you’re travelling by public transport then you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is free and frequent transport from the station which takes you to the terminal in just minutes.
You’ll find a choice of car parks if driving to the airport - all of which are easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 70% off.
Need currency for your trip abroad? Look no further. Whether you’re looking to top up your Euros before you fly, or withdraw a few UK pounds for your return, head over to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
We have a fantastic selection of cafés, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy a tasty meal before you fly. If you’re travelling with kids, Wetherspoon and Frankie & Benny's have children's menus.
Whether you’re in need of last-minute holiday essentials or you’ve got time to kill before your flight, there’s a huge range of shops for you to browse. Check out World Duty Free for great savings, grab a magazine and bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith, and browse the fashion and beauty stores to treat yourself to something new for your holiday. Head to Rituals for an extensive collection of luxurious yet affordable products for body and home.
For extra comfort and relaxation, why not book into an airport lounge? Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views.
For more information on the other services available, see our guide to terminal facilities. If you’re travelling with young children, read our tips for the family traveller to make your experience as seamless and enjoyable as can be.
Average temperature in Tenerife
Arriving at Tenerife Airport
From Birmingham Airport you will arrive at Tenerife South Airport, which is well connected to the rest of the island by public transport. Buses are a great way to get around and an affordable way to travel. Bus 111 runs from Tenerife South to the capital of the island, Santa Cruz. Bus 343 runs between the airport and Tenerife North Airport, with stops at all the island’s top resorts on the way. Ticket prices vary depending on your destination. The number 450 serves the major beach resorts.
If you prefer to travel by private transport, there are plenty of options for you too. Private airport transfers can be arranged, and some hotels even offer a free shuttle. Taxis can be found outside the terminal building, or alternatively you could rent a car should you want freedom and flexibility on your holiday.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Tenerife
Tenerife is the island of a thousand experiences and can be visited at any time of the year. Get lost in nature, relax on the beach, hike the Teide volcano, shop, play golf or walk the old town cobbles; there’s something for everyone in Tenerife.
The official language spoken in Tenerife is Spanish. You’ll find most locals are able to speak some English, especially in the popular tourist areas. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some time to learn some simple Spanish phrases for when you’re in town though. Dos cervezas por favour (two beers please).
Nicknamed La Isla De La Eterna (the island of eternal spring), Tenerife is mild all year round. Expect an average of 24°C during summer and 17°C during winter.
Culture in Tenerife
The Canary Islands were conquered by the Spanish at the end of the 15th century. Since then Spanish influence has dominated the traditions, customs, and general culture of these islands, including Tenerife.
From festivals to food, Tenerife has a lot to offer. The biggest annual festival on the island is the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is held each February in the city of Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. The carnival is the second-biggest in the world after the Rio carnival in Brazil and follows a chosen theme each year. Previous themes have included The Thousand and One Nights, The Roaring 20s, Hollywood Musicals and Magic. The carnival is a ten-day fiesta of street processions, floats, games, music and dance competitions. Book your holiday in February to experience this magical event.