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Opening Hours

Cable car-open daily 9am - 4pm

Cable car cost- €25

The cable car to take you to the top can be closed at short notice due to adverse weather. It is advisable to book cable car tickets in advance as queues of up to two hours are normal on the busiest days.

How to get there

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

There is a bus service operated by the island’s bus operator (TITSA) to the base station of the cable car. Bus number 348 operates from Puerto de la Cruz, while bus number 342 leaves from Playa de la Americas. There are fleets of buses that depart from 9.15am and return from Teide at 4pm. It is possible to drive to the base of the cable car station as a public road crosses the National Park that contains the volcano. Another option, provided you are fit and healthy is to cycle, several professional cycle teams use this route for altitude training.


How big is the National Park?
The Teide National Park measures 130 sq. km in size. It is sparsely populated with occasional wisps of sulphur released as a reminder of what is contained below ground. It is an arid, sun drenched land of rocky formations and scrubland.
Can I reach the summit of the volcano?
The cable car takes you to within 200m of the summit in just 8 minutes. From here access to the summit is limited to 200 people per day. This is controlled by a permit which you need to apply for at the national park office in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. You must take a photocopy of your passport when you apply and you are given a time and date of when you can access the summit. There are lots of walking trails close to the summit and excellent views across to the neighbouring islands.
How long does it take to climb without using the cable car?
There are dozens of routes you can use, some more challenging than others and you should allow yourself 4 or 5 hours to make the climb. It is achievable providing you are reasonably fit and wearing suitable footwear. The terrain is rugged and it can get hot, up to 40C in the summer.
Can I stay overnight on the mountain?
There is a small hotel (Tenerife Parador Hotel) at 2000m above sea level although most visitors travel on day trips from the coastal hotels. There are some overnight tours to view the night time sky from this elevated position above the clouds.
Is it safe to visit an active volcano, how likely is an eruption?
During a 2006 scientific assessment it was reported that over the last 30,000 years there have been 4 to 6 eruptions every 1000 years. Most of these were low level eruptions. The last eruption was in 1909 and the threat to Tenerife’s inhabitants and the 4.5 million annual visitors to Teide National Park is minimal. However, a study conducted in 2009 concluded that Teide could have a violent eruption at some time in the future.


A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Mount Teide was granted this honour in 2007. It is the most visited natural wonder in Spain and the 8th most visited natural wonder throughout the world. Mount Teide is the world’s third largest volcano and when measured from its base below the depths of the ocean it is the highest of the world’s volcanoes outside of the Hawaiian Islands.
Flora and Fauna
The ancient lava flows on the hillsides surrounding Mount Teide have given rise to a thin but nutrient rich soil that supports a variety of plants including 33 that are only found on Tenerife. Among them is the Teide bugloss, with red flowers standing up to 3m in height. The Teide violet grows as high as the summit and so is the highest flowering plant species found in Spain. The Teide National Park has 70 unique species of invertebrate including spiders and beetles. In contrast there are only 10 species of birds found in the National Park including the Atlantic canary a subspecies of the kestrel. There are three species of reptile unique to the mountain area including the Canary Island’s lizard, skink and wall gecko. The Leisler’s bat is the only mammal native to the island although other non-native species of mammal have been introduced there.
Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna. Source: Cornelia Schneider - Frank / Pixabay

The Shadow of Teide
The shadow of the volcano is the worlds largest projected onto the sea. This phenomenon only occurs during sunset, while at dawn it partially covers the islands of Gran Canaria or La Gomera. Perhaps the strangest event of this shadow is that it appears as triangular in shape while the volcanoes silhouette does not resemble this shape. Lots of visitors to the volcano will climb to the top just before sunset to witness this strange event.
The Shadow of Teide

The Shadow of Teide. Source: Goldcar/ facebook

Teide National Park is often used as a reference point when scientists are studying Mars related topics due to the environmental similarities in the geological formations.

Places nearby

Pico Viejo
Pico Viejo is the second highest peak on Tenerife and although accessible to the general public it is a strenuous climb over slippery fields of rocky scree to reach the summit. There is an extremely steep path and the strong winds make this isolated peak a tough climb that you can be proud of achieving should you reach the top.
Pico Viejo
Pico Viejo. Source: Hans Braxmeier / Pixabay
Los Roques de Garcia
The rock formations are the work of thousands of years of erosion and windy weather that have created a combination of eerie and beautifully shaped standing pillars of rock. The Cinchado is reportedly the most photographed rock in the world. It is a red rock with a slender base.
Los Roques de Garcia

Los Roques de Garcia. Source: Bgabel / Wikimedia

Teide Observatory
The Teide Observatory is an internationally renowned astronomical observatory located on the lower slopes of the mountain. During good weather it is possible to observe the night sky using solar, microwave and radio telescopes in addition to the traditional use of optical telescopes used at night. The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias operate the observatory.
Teide Observatory
Teide Observatory. Source: M W / Pixabay