Tenerife – How to climb the Teide by cable car and reach the peak of the volcano

Tenerife take Teide cableway

A holiday trip to Tenerife is incomplete if you do not live the experience of climbing the Teide by taking the cableway.

Indeed, with its 3,718 meters high, this huge volcano is the highest peak in Spain and is the great iconic image of the island of Tenerife, and even of the Canary Islands.

El Teide is the central axis of the Teide National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and which has become the most visited national park in Spain and Europe, with more than three million visitors a year.

El Teide is located in the spectacular landscape of the Cañadas del Teide, a huge volcanic caldera 17 kilometers in diameter where lava flows descend from the peak of what is the third highest volcano in the world.

To give you an idea of ​​the spectacular nature of this volcanic landscape, I will tell you that after visiting it, astronaut Neil Amstrong commented that it was the place on Earth that I had seen the most that resembled the Moon.

How to climb the Teide

Apart from enjoying these unparalleled volcanic landscapes that in spring are covered with the intense red of the flowers of the red tajinaste, endemic plant species of the national park, the excursion must be completed going up to the Teide.

From the peak of Teide you will have the most impressive panoramic views not only of the aforementioned landscape of the Cañadas del Teide, but also of the Canary Islands, as you can see other islands such as Gran Canaria, Gomera, Hierro or La Palma.

How to get to Teide

The most common way if you want to get on your own is to get to Teide with the rental car.

From the north, either by the road that leads from La Laguna by the long tail of the Mount of Hope that separates both parts of the island, or by the road that goes up from the Valley of the Orotava.

If you are staying in the south of the island, you have the TF 21 road that goes up to the Cañadas del Teide.

You can also take the bus to Teide using one of the public transport lines, from Puerto de la Cruz, in the Orotava Valley, with line 348, and from Playa de las Américas, line 342.

These buses leave at 9.15 and at 15.30 they start the return from the Teide Cable Car.

But the most usual thing is to get on the bus of a Tour al Teide to which you have signed up, including excursions for cruise passengers departing from the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Cableway History of Mount Teide

To climb the Teide you have a cable car whose base is located at 2,356 meters, although the more daring can choose to climb the peak walking on a hiking tour that will take between 8 and 10 hours.

The Teleferico del Teide was begun to build in 1962 from an initial project that goes back to 1930, when its founder was impressed by the numerous cable cars that allowed the ascent to the mountains in Germany and Switzerland.

According to this initial project, the cable car would have two sections until reaching the terminal station, although in the end the current layout of a single section was chosen.

Finally, the cableway of Teide was opened to the public in August 1971.

It should be noted that between 1999 and 2007 a complete renovation of the facilities was carried out, including the incorporation of the most modern design cabinets

Teide Cable Car Times

The Teleferico del Teide schedules are every day, from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the last climb, the last descent being at 16.5 o’clock.


  • Teleférico del Teide tickets
  • Tours and excursions to visit the Teide
  • Teide Tour with cableway
  • Cruise tours from Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Guided tour of the Teide Observatory
  • Tour Sunset and stars on the Teide

Next to the departure station is the cable car parking, which I can assure you, that if you do not arrive soon, you will find it complete, so you may have to leave the car quite far away.

The parking lot is open between 8 and 6 p.m.

How to climb the Teide without queues

When you arrive at the ticket offices you will find two access lines, those who will buy the tickets at the moment, and those who have bought them in advance through the Internet.

The advisable option is to buy the tickets in advance because in this way you are guaranteed to go up to Teide without queues, which are formed every day and can be extended to more than one hour.

Prices Teide Cableway

The prices of the entrance of the Teide Cable Car (2018) round trip are, in general, 27 euros, and the lowest, 13.50 euros.

You also have the option of only paying one trip, in case you want to go up or down by walking, and the price of each trip is 13.50 euros.

You have to keep in mind what to do when the Teide Cable car closes.

Book a hotel for your trip on Vacation Travel Tip

Indeed, that there are days when, due to inclement weather, especially due to wind, the cable car does not provide service; in that case you should know that the tickets already acquired are valid for one year.

You can also cancel your online reservation.

Routes and viewpoints on the Teide

The ascent in the cable car will take you only 8 minutes, and you will reach the viewpoint of the Rambleta located next to the upper station of the same.

From there you have great panoramic views of the Cañadas del Teide and, in the background, on clear days you can see the silhouette of the island of Gran Canaria.

Three hiking routes leave from the cable car station, one of them in the direction of the volcano’s peak.

You have to take into account that due to the high altitude, 3,540 meters in the cable car station, although the route is almost flat, you will get quite tired in your walk through this area of ​​the volcano.

And, of course, you’ll get much more tired if the route is on the rise; therefore, children under 2 years of age, pregnant women and people with cardiovascular problems are not allowed on the cable car.

Thus, the route of the Mirador de la Fortaleza (No. 11) is almost flat and goes towards the northwest, by the slope from where you will see panoramic views of the Orotava Valley, Mount de la Esperanza and La Negra Colada, the result of a of the great eruptions of the volcano.

Getting to the last viewpoint will take you about 25 minutes.

For its part, the route of the Mirador Pico Viejo (No. 12) goes west to see the crater known as Pico Viejo, where the last major eruption of Teide occurred in 1798.

From the viewpoints of this route that will take you about 30 minutes, you will also be able to see the islands of La Gomera, Hierro and La Palma in the distance.

How to ask permission to climb the Pico del Teide

The third route that you find is the one from the cable car station that leads to the Pico del Teide.

This route known as Telesforo Bravo is very demanding.

Depending on your physical conditions, it can take you from 40 minutes to almost an hour, since you will have to overcome a drop of almost 200 meters to reach a height of 3,718 meters.

I can assure you this because of the experience I lived many years ago when I climbed to the peak with my little son on my shoulders.

Now to climb the Pico del Teide you have to request a permit as this route is limited to only 200 people a day.

Therefore, as far in advance as possible it is essential to ask for permission to climb the Pico del Teide, which depends on the agency that manages the Teide National Park.

Once you arrive at the Teide superior station on the date and time indicated on your permit, you will find a control booth where they will check the permit and give you access to the trail.

During the ascent by a zig zag path you will smell the sulfur that the fumaroles give off, and when you reach the edge of the cone, you will be able to see the inside of the crater, with its small fumaroles and the yellow and greenish colors of the land.

In short, an essential experience in Tenerife.

Tenerife – How to climb the Teide by cable car and reach the peak of the volcano
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