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How to get to La Palma

La Palma, also known as San Miguel de La Palma, is the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands, an island archipelago comprising seven large and six smaller islands that sit in the Atlantic Ocean around 1100km (683mi) off the Spanish mainland and just 100km (62mi) from the northwest coast of Africa.

The most convenient route to La Palma is by air to La Palma Airport (SPC), located 8km (5mi) south of the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma.

From many overseas destinations this may require first flying into Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), also known as Gran Canaria - Las Palmas Airport, located 19km (12mi) south of the capital, Las Palmas, followed by a connecting flight to La Palma Island.

By sea, La Palma is a four-hour ferry ride from Tenerife, with connections to and from the neighbouring islands of La Gomera and El Hierro.


Flight times to La Palma

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to La Palma.

Within Spain: Iberia offers the most convenient daily flights to La Palma Airport (SPC) from Madrid. Binter Canarias offers frequent daily flights between the Canary Islands

Madrid to La Palma is 3 hrs, direct flight
Gran Canaria to La Palma is 50 min, direct flight
Tenerife to La Palma is 30 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: EasyJet, British Airways and Iberia offer the most convenient scheduled flights to La Palma Airport (SPC).

London to La Palma is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight

Manchester to La Palma is 6 hrs 45 min, connecting flightsˆ


From Germany: Condor Flugdeinst, Eurowings and easyJet offer the most convenient flights to La Palma.

Dusseldorf to La Palma is 4 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to La Palma is 4 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Hamburg to La Palma is 4 hrs 44 min, direct flight
Munich to La Palma is 4 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Berlin to La Palma is 6 hrs 45 min, connecting flightsˆ


From France: Iberia offers the most convenient scheduled flights to La Palma Airport (SPC).

Paris to La Palma is 6 hrs 45 min, connecting flightsˆ


From United States: British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia offer the most convenient scheduled flights to La Palma Airport (SPC).

Atlanta to La Palma is 14 hrs 4 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to La Palma is 12 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to La Palma is 13 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to La Palma is 15 hrs, connecting flightˆ
New York to La Palma is 11 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to La Palma is 16 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to La Palma is 16 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, Iberia and KLM offer the most convenient scheduled flights to La Palma Airport (SPC).

Toronto to La Palma is 11 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to La Palma is 13 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to La Palma is 16 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and Iberia offer the most convenient scheduled flights to La Palma Airport (SPC).

Adelaide to La Palma is 28 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to La Palma is 28 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to La Palma is 28 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to La Palma is 29 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to La Palma is 25 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways and Iberia offer the most convenient scheduled flights to La Palma Airport (SPC).

Auckland to La Palma is 30 hrs 45 min, connecting flightsˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Eurowings offer the most convenient scheduled flights to La Palma Airport (SPC).

Singapore to La Palma is 20 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

La Palma Airport (SPC), located on the central east coast of the island near the resort of Los Cancajos, and 8km (5mi) south of the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma.

A frequent public bus service runs between the airport and the city centre, as well as to all the major towns on the island. Taxis and hire cars are also available.

Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), informally known as Las Palmas Airport, is located 19km (12mi) south of Las Palmas.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around

Apart from walking, the best way to explore La Palma is by hire car or local bus. Alternatively, taxis are generally inexpensive for short distances.


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Latest update: How to get to La Palma: 4 October, 2019


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