I'm planning to take a ferry from Gran Canaria to Tenerife and then Tenerife to La Palma on 21 December. The ferry from Gran Canaria arrives at Tenerife 17:00, and the ferry to La Palma departs at 19:00. But: there is 80 km between the ferry terminals. Both ferries are operated by the ferry company Fred. Olsen and they sell the journey as a single entity. Does anyone know, or can anyone infer from their website, whether they offer a transit between the ferries to ensure connection? It's very tight (if at all possible) with regular scheduled buses (based on Google Maps information), so otherwise I'd need to take a taxi.

UPDATE 6 October 2012: In the new timetable, the ferry to La Palma departs at 20:00 rather than 19:00, whereas the ferry from Gran Canaria arrives at the same time. So travellers have three rather than two hours, which makes the usage of regular buses much more feasible.

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    Zooming in on google maps it shows the ferry paths, and it would appear there are two on the routes you want where the terminals are much closer together - are you sure that's your only option?
    – Mark Mayo
    Aug 14, 2012 at 22:55
  • Can't say yet for sure, as the timetables for the Christmas period are not finalised yet. But in the present timetable, it appears only Trasmediterranea has ferries Las Palmas – Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Santa Cruz de La Palma, but only on Thursdays, whereas Fred Olsen has daily ferries Las Palmas – Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Los Cristianos – Santa Cruz de La Palma. As I arrive on a Friday, I can't use the former option.
    – gerrit
    Aug 15, 2012 at 7:46

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Yes, there is. However, information on internet is quite poor, therefore I describe my own experiences here.

On 21 December 2012, I travelled from Gran Canaria airport via Las Palmas, Agaete, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Los Cristianos to Santa Cruz de La Palma. The ferry company Fred Olsen operates many ferry-bus connections. I will describe my experiences below.

The airport bus from Gran Canaria has two stops in Las Palmas: San Telmo and Santa Catalina. Neither bus-stop is serviced by the ferry-bus, but rather the bus leaves from the Fred Olsen office close to El Corte Inglés, which is in turn close to the second and last bus-stop of the airport bus. Personally, I was in a hurry, and only just made it by running up the escalator, across the square and around a block, asking a few times for the way. In the ferry office, show your ferry reservation and you will get a ticket for the bus. The bus goes straigt to the Gran Canaria – Tenerife ferry.

ferry-bus at Agaete Ferry-buses at Agaete, Gran Canaria.

Upon arrival at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, there is a ferry-bus connecting with Los Cristianos departing 20 minutes after arrival of the ferry. The bus waits for a delayed ferry and the next ferry waits for a delayed bus. If you have a through-ticket Gran Canaria – La Palma (or La Gomera, or El Hierro), this connection is guaranteed.

Ferry-bus at Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Ferry-bus at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, connecting with the ferry to La Palma.

ferry-bus timetable photo

Photo of timetable of ferry-bus at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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    Glad you had better experience with busses/transport and thank you for sharing it. Jan 10, 2013 at 0:01

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