Naviera Armas Volcan de Tamasite Ferry
The Naviera Armas Volcan de Tamasite Ferry docked in Morro Jable Harbour
Although inter-island travel isn’t as popular in the Canaries as it is elsewhere, there is still plenty of potential to travel between the islands. Fuerteventura is well-served by ferries and Lanzarote in particular is very easy to get to. The ferry journey between Corralejo, in the North of Fuerteventura, and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote takes just 25 minutes and is served by a number of operators.

Fuerteventura is, perhaps, a little less-well served by flight connections and the only direct routes in operation are to Gran Canaria and Tenerife North. Binter Canarias is the dominant inter-island airline, and while direct flight options might be limited, they do offer transfer tickets to all of the other islands. For the moment, a 20kg checked-in bag is still included in the price of a ticket (subject to change, check when booking!), and you won’t need to re-check your bag if you have booked a connecting flight with them. A new competitor, CanaryFly now also operates on the Fuerteventura to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura to Tenerife North routes.

One reason why island-hopping isn’t that popular in the Canaries, is the very large subsidy that is only applied to residents of the Canary Islands. This has had a huge impact on the elasticity of the market and means that while subsidised fares are low for residents, fares for non-residents are very expensive. It is sometimes cheaper to fly to the UK from Fuerteventura and then back to Tenerife, than to travel directly between the islands!

Ferries

While Lanzarote may be the easiest island to get to from Corralejo, if you are staying in the South of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria is closer and the two-hour ferry from Morro Jable brings you right into the city centre of Las Palmas.

Besides the ferries from Morro Jable and Corralejo, Naviera Armas also operate ferries from Puerto del Rosario to both Las Palmas (>5 hours) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (9 hours). Combination tickets to go from Morro Jable to Santa Cruz de Tenerife via Las Palmas are also available from both Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen (particularly useful when taking a car).

The small island of Isla de Lobos, off the North coast of Fuerteventura can also be visited on a day trip from Corralejo port (there are several operators).

Ferry Routes

Corralejo – Playa Blanca (Lanzarote)
Naviera Armas (Car Ferry), Fred Olsen (Car Ferry), Lineas Romero (foot passengers only)
Morro Jable – Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
Naviera Armas (Car Ferry), Fred Olsen (Car Ferry)
Puerto del Rosario – Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
Naviera Armas (Car Ferry)
Puerto del Rosario – Santa Cruz (Tenerife)
Naviera Armas (Car Ferry)

Taking a Car to another Island

If you do plan to take a rental car to another island, you must pre-arrange this with the car hire company – even if you plan to return the car to the same location as you picked it up. The ferry may even refuse to allow you to take the car on board unless you can show them express permission from the car hire firm.

Links

Fred Olsen
Naviera Armas
Lineas Romero
Naviera Nortour
Binter Canarias
Canaryfly

Canary Islands Overview
Guide to Lanzarote
Gran Canaria Guide
Tenerife Guide