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

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