17th Jul 2022 @ 6:00 am

For new residents or tourists, it can be a little confusing to navigate the island’s bus system, with many not in the know about the best sources of information and mobile apps. Here’s your guide to Lanzarote’s buses.

Photo: Intercity Bus Lanzarote Facebook page.

In this article we will give you a comprehensive guide to getting around on Lanzarote and list the best sources of information and times. You’ll soon be travelling the island at peace, knowing that you’re going in the right direction!

Your Bus Bible

Not only is it the official website for the island’s buses, but it also tells you everything you need to know. Arrecifebus.com should be the first place you visit when you’re unsure of which buses to get and at what time they arrive/depart.

It lists the many lines and timetables, shows a map of the lines, had downloadable travel brochures and an FAQ section for all your questions.

Appsolutely Brilliant

The Moovit App is another essential for those that use the buses regularly. Simply enter the name of the area you wish to visit, and the app will find the appropriate bus lines to take, and how to get to each stop.

The app also lists bus times; however, buses can be late and often are late on Lanzarote. You can find the Moovit app on the Apple Store and Google Play store.

IntercityBus Lanzarote

The IntercityBus app is another brilliant addition to the roster and acts as an all-in-one place to access your bus card balance, next stops, bus routes, and lines and time tables. The app itself can show you your remaining balance on your bus card, and will open the appropriate webpages or apps when you are trying to find out information on lines, timetables and routes.

Bus Travel Cards

If you use the buses often then you may want to think about applying for a bus card from the main bus station in Arrecife (next to the UD Lanzarote football ground).

There are a couple different cards, which allow you to utilise a 10%, 20%, 30% or 50% discount on bus fares. The cards are contactless and are scanned on the bus when stating which stop you wish to travel to. The percentage discount cards can be recharged on the buses themselves.

Some of the available discount cards are, BONO GENERAL (10% discount on bus fares, which anyone can apply for), BONO RESIDENTE (20% discount on bus fares, only residents can apply), BONO JOVEN (30% discount on bus fares, only residents can apply), BONO FAMILIA NUMEROSA (30% on bus fares, for resident families), BONO DISCAPACIDAD (50% discount on bus fares, for residents that suffer from a disability). Find all the card options here: https://arrecifebus.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2218&lang=es

For those that use the bus daily, the BONO RESIDENTE CANARIO card is the one for you. For just 20 euros a month (and an €2 charge when you apply for the card for the first time) you will have unlimited free travel on buses for 30 days at the point of purchase. It is important to note that this card must only be recharged at the main Arrecife Bus Station, you cannot recharge it on buses.

To apply for a card you must take a trip up to the Arrecife Bus Station. Make sure to bring a passport sized headshot, a copy of your DNI or NIE, residency certification and an updated empadron.

Until recently I had only assumed that you could purchase 1 month at a time on the BONO RESIDENTE CANARIO card, however, you can purchase up to 3 months in one go costing a total of 60 euros. Upon purchase you will receive a receipt which has the expiry date written on it.

Unfortunately for those that use the 20 euro resident card, there is still no way to make the purchase online so you must travel up to the main bus station in Arrecife every time you wish to recharge the card.

Delay Notices

To keep up to date with any bus delays, traffic jams or bus route diversions, follow the IntercityBus Lanzarote twitter account here: https://twitter.com/intercitybuslz

BUS DISCOUNTS INTRODUCED (From Sept 1st until Dec 31st 2022)

The Lanzarote Cabildo have just announced a series of bus card discounts in order to encourage the use of public transport, “we are increasing public transport aid like never before, we are aware that the current situation affects many”, stated Cabildo President, María Dolores Corujo.

There will be a 50% discount on the Lanzarote bus cards: bono residente, bono joven, bono familia numerosa, bono discapacidad, bono desempleado, bono pensionista, bono estidiante and bono pensionista especial.

For those that use the 20 euro bono residente canario card (which allows for unlimited travel) the cost per month will be halved to 10 euros.

THE DISCOUNTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY APPLIED FOR EXISTING CARD USERS

TAKE NOTE: The discounts will run from September 1st until the end of the year only.

FREE TRAVEL FOR WORKERS

In addition to the discounts, the Cabildo have announced that they will be allowing free travel for bono residente canario users who use the buses to get to work more than 20 times per month.

In order to receive your free bono residente canario months, you must register at least 20 trips to work in each month that the discounts will run for (from September 1st until 31st December) or 80 trips total between the dates specified.

The free travel isn’t transferable and only the sole user must use the card. Failure to comply with the specifications may result in the user having to pay the full amount for the period of time, totalling 40 euros with the bono residente canario discount.

To apply for the workers bono residente canario travel discount, you must apply via the arrecifebus website: https://arrecifebus.com/index.php?lang=es and lick on “solicite aqui su Bono Bus” on the left hand menu.

From there, you will be able to insert the necessary details and documentation and you will receive a notification after submitting your details.

If you wish to find out more information you may go to the Lanzarote Cabildo, or call 928 810 100, or send an email to: atencioninformacionciudadana@cabildodelanzarote.com.

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