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The islands are connected by ferries, ‘fast ferries’ and jetfoils.

Schedules and prices – and even routes – can and do change. This isn’t so important on major routes, where there’s plenty of choice, but it can mean a big delay if you’re planning to travel a route that has only a couple of boats running per day, or even per week. If time is tight, flying is a much faster alternative (often with competitive prices).

The three main companies:


Fred Olsen

Naviera Armas

Approximate Durations for Main Ferry Routes

Arrecife (Lanzarote) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 8hr
Playa Blanca (Lanzarote)Corralejo (Fuerteventura)30min
Agaete (Gran Canaria)Santa Cruz de Tenerife1½hr
Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) Morro Jable (Fuerteventura)2-3hr
Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)Santa Cruz de Tenerife2½hr
Los Cristianos (Tenerife)San Sebastián de la Gomera45min
Los Cristianos (Tenerife)Valverde (El Hierro)3hr