Although Tenerife is one of the major summer destinations in Europe, finding flights to Tenerife from Birmingham proves to be a bit challenging, especially when you are on a set budget. There are plenty of indirect connections but those are very expensive. The direct flights are offered by two low-cost carriers but it takes a bit of planning to be able to get the best deal possible.

Airport choices

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is served by two airports: Tenerife South and Tenerife North. Both receive flights – regular and charter – from other European cities, from the Spanish mainland and from the other Canary Islands. You can get from either airport to the towns on the island by bus. But all buses stop at midnight so you might want to ask for a shuttle when you book your hotel room.

Birmingham International Airport serves not only Birmingham but also the rest of the West Midlands. The airport is located about 8 miles away from the city center and receives domestic and international flights. You can get from the airport to the city center by train, bus or taxi. The bus fare is £1.70 (one way) while the taxi fare is little over £20.

Best airline choices

The low-cost carriers Monarch Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines offer direct flights to Tenerife from Birmingham. There are also regular carriers offering indirect flights to Tenerife from Birmingham and you can choose from:

By far, the best prices are offered by Monarch Airlines, which also run web-only promotions quite often.

Typical prices

Tenerife is a very popular summer destination among European travelers, especially Brits and Germans. During the Easter holiday, the Spanish are also flocking here. So it’s not hard to figure out that the prices are high during the peak season.

Even if you choose a low-cost carrier, during the peak summer season the prices start around £230pp for a round trip flight. However, for indirect flights prices can be as high as £1,800pp for a round trip (2 stops each way).

Outside the summer peak, the prices are lower, starting at £180pp for a round trip direct flight. But the indirect flights are still expensive even during spring and fall.

Money saving tips

Make sure to research the flights well as some low-cost carriers offer web discounts. Be flexible with your departure dates as fares vary a lot from one week to another. Book in advance but not too far in advance either.

Check several deals websites, such as Expedia or skyscanner but you can also run a search directly in the search engine in order to find the low-cost carriers not covered by the major booking websites.