There are no nonstop flights to the Canary Islands from the United States; Americans can transfer in Madrid, in England, or elsewhere in Europe. Iberia, its sister carrier Vueling, and Air Europa have direct flights daily to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura from several cities in mainland Spain (3 hours from Madrid).
Interisland flights are handled by Binter, using small turboprop planes with great low-altitude views of the islands.
Flights to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura from mainland Spain tend to be more expensive. A cheaper option is to fly to Gran Canaria or Tenerife and take an interisland flight from there.
Air Europa. 911/401501; www.aireuropa.com.
Binter Canarias. 902/391392; www.bintercanarias.com.
Iberia. 901/111500; www.iberia.com.
Vueling. 902/808022; www.vueling.com.
Fuerteventura. 902/404704; www.aena.es.
Gran Canaria. 902/404704; www.aena.es.
Lanzarote. 902/404704; www.aena.es.
Tenerife North (Los Rodeos). 902/404704; www.aena.es.
Tenerife South (Reina Sofía). 902/404704; www.aena.es.
Transfers on Tenerife
Tenerife has two airports: Reina Sofía (TFS), near Playa de las Américas in the south, and Los Rodeos (TFN), in the north near Santa Cruz. As a general rule, long-distance flights arrive at the southern terminal, and interisland flights use the northern one, but there are exceptions. Allow plenty of time to travel between airports for connecting flights. The TITSA bus (Route 343, €9.70) connects the airports directly; travel takes about 50 minutes. Driving time from one airport to the other is also about 50 minutes; you can hire a taxi for about €90 or rent a car for around €35.