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.
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. The arrecifebus.com website should be the first place you visit when you have a question regarding public transport on the island.
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.
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.
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.
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. Some cards can be recharged on the buses themselves, however, some require a trip up to the bus station in Arrecife for renewal.
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 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.
You can apply for a card online or at the Arrecife Bus Station (a form can be completed on the arrecifebus.com website, however, you will still have to go to the present a passport photo and pick up the card.)
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
Free travel for frequent users
As of January 1st 2023, residents of the Canary Islands using the Bono Residente Canario card will have free travel.
As of March 1st, 2023, the minimum number of uses of the card will be 15 trips per month (otherwise the card will be blocked and the user will be charged 20e per month for subsequent renewals.)
You can complete the application online at the arrecifebus.com website here: https://www.arrecifebus.com/index.php?option=com_chronoforms5&view=form&Itemid=345&lang=es
Those that already have a Bono Residente Canario card can head to the bus station in Arrecife to request the documents needed to apply for the free travel offer.
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