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Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)
Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

TF-21, kilometer 43, Tenerife, Las Canarias

The Basics

Your journey starts at the accessible lower station at 7,730 feet (2,356 meters), from where you rise over a diverse volcanic landscape to the upper station at a sky-high 12,200 feet (3,718 meters). If you have limited time, simply soak in the views before returning to the bottom. For a full-day adventure, take one of the routes leading to popular outdoor destinations in Teide National Park.

The La Fortaleza vantage point offers views of the northeastern part of the island, including the Orotava Valley, while Pico Viejo looks out over Mount Chahorra’s crater and beyond to La Gomera. If you're feeling intrepid, continue to the summit crater of Mount Tiede, or gain some astronomy knowledge at Teide Observatory. Tours led by guides with expert knowledge of the volcanic landscapes help take the guesswork out of a trek.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tenerife

star-5
Amazing trip, ❤️ guide...
Reda_M, Nov 2021
Teide Half Day Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Optional Cable Car Ticket
Amazing trip, ❤️ guide and bus driver deserves a tip☺️ Seen more then I could dream of. Smooth and enjoyable trip
star-5
Brilliant day
Aileen_M, Oct 2021
Teide Half Day Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Optional Cable Car Ticket
Trip was great. Really interesting and the guide Benjamin was brilliant. Very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm. Proud and passionate about his country. Good value for money as well.
star-5
Amazing views from the mountain
Anna_S, Aug 2021
Teide Half Day Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Optional Cable Car Ticket
Excellent guide, very knowledgeable, very small group (there was only 11 of us). The guide is not going with you up with the cable car so it's your time to explore the mountain. Was waiting for us as we descended. My daughter wasn't feeling well after coming down, the guide ensured me it's just the altitude and helped her to lay down with legs up. She was feeling fine before we came back to hotel. Lots of photos moments. Just a little warning: the cable car swings while passing the towers and it might be a slightly terrifying feeling while high above the ground so it may not be for everyone.
star-4
Trip to Mount Tiede
Christine_B, Feb 2020
Teide Half Day Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Optional Cable Car Ticket
The trip was excellent- brand new very modern mini bus - good tour guide. One disappointment was we hadn’t enough time up the mountain as queue for cable car up and down was time consuming We had to rush our photos and walk etc in Order to be back at the designated time

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A rest area complete with restrooms and a coffee shop is located at the lower station.

  • The hike to El Teide crater requires a special permit; though free, it should be reserved online well in advance.

  • Mountaintop weather conditions are unpredictable and often cold, so bring extra layers.

  • If planning a hike, bring all the water and food needed for the day, as there are no restaurants at the upper station.

  • Pregnant women, visitors with heart conditions, and children under 3 are not permitted on the cable car due to the risks associated with a sudden change in altitude.

  • The cable car is not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The cable car’s lower station can be reached via the TF-21 road, or by public bus No. 348 (from Puerto de la Cruz) or bus No. 342 (from Playa de las Americas). Free parking is available.

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When to Get There

Arrive early for fewer crowds and a view of the morning fog lifting off the island. Spring and fall bring ideal weather for outdoor activities on Tenerife. Summers can get hot but also offer reduced hotel rates as tourism wanes.

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Teide Observatory

Thanks to their remote location free from light pollution, the Canary Islands are among the world's best stargazing destinations. As the island’s highest peak, Mount Tiede makes an ideal location for the Teide Observatory, where you can study the heavens alongside professional astronomers. Guided observatory tours allow amateur stargazers to use solar and nocturnal telescopes and explore the state-of-the-art mountaintop complex.

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