Flights & getting there
Surprisingly, only two public buses arrive at the park daily: bus 348 from Puerto de la Cruz (€6.20, one hour) via La Orotava, and bus 342 from Los Cristianos (€7, 1½ hours). Bus 348 departs at 9.30am, and bus 342 at 9.30am (or 9.15am from Costa Adeje); both arrive at the Parador Nacional, and leave again at 4pm. That’s good news for the countless tour companies that organise bus excursions, though not so encouraging for the independent traveller.
The best way to visit is with your own car. There are four well-marked approaches to the park; the two prettiest are the TF-24 coming from La Laguna and the TF-21 from La Orotava (and Puerto de la Cruz). The TF-21 is the only road that runs through the park, and the Parador Nacional, the cable car and the visitors centres are all off this highway, as well as several miradors, where you can pull over and take the shot to impress the folks back home. To see anything else, you have to walk. The TF-21 continues on to Vilaflor, while the TF-38 highway links the park with Chío and Los Gigantes.