Driving on Tenerife

The roads in Tenerife are, for the most part, in good condition. The traffic is lighter than in the UK. The exceptions are in the city areas and some junctions approaching the TF1 motorway during rush hour.

The TF1 motorway links the island from Adeje and the southern resorts and runs to the south tip of the island, following the eastern coast up to Santa Cruz in the northeast. From here, it goes north past La Laguna and back down to the island's northern coast, heading west past Puerto de la Cruz and ending at Los Realejos. The TF1 motorway is currently being extended from the western coast to the north.

Some roads in the mountains twist and turn with some precarious hairpin bends over high cliffs, and there is often mist and fog at altitude. Some petrol stations in rural areas are closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions About Driving In Tenerife

What Side Of The Road Do You Drive In Tenerife?

On Tenerife, we drive on the right-hand side of the road, the same as in Spain and mainland Europe, with the driver controls fitted on the left side of the car.

Do You Have To Wear Seat Belts When Driving In Tenerife?

Wearing seat belts is compulsory; children under 3 years old must travel in fixed child seats, and children under 12 must not travel on the front seats.

What Are The Speed Limits In Tenerife?

Speed limits on Tenerife are as follows: towns 50km/31mph, rural roads 90km/55mph and motorways 120km/74mph.

Do Motorcyclists Have To Wear Helmets In Tenerife?

Motorcyclists must wear crash helmets when riding a scooter or motorcycle.

Can The Police Issue On-The-Spot Fines In Tenerife?

Motoring offences are penalised with on-the-spot fines, and visitors are subject to substantial penalties. Breath tests are carried out randomly, and the blood alcohol limit is 0.08%.

Do you Need An International Driving Permit To Drive In Tenerife?

You do not need an International Driving Permit to drive in Tenerife if you have a photocard driving licence issued in the UK.

How Old Must You Be To Hire A Car On Tenerife?

You must be at least 21 years old and have held a driving licence for over a year; you will also be required to produce a valid licence.

Are There Parking Restrictions In Tenerife?

There are parking restrictions on busy streets in Santa Cruz, Playa de las Americas and Puerto de la Cruz; you will need to buy a pay and display parking ticket or risk your car being towed away.

Last modified on Sunday, 28 August 2022 13:07