Tenerife has always been a popular summer destination among Europeans. The summer fares tend to be quite high so it’s best to plan your vacation as the summer draws to an end. Although there are direct flights to Tenerife from Bristol, the prices are quite high and you need to be flexible in order to find a good deal.

Airport choices

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is served by two airports: Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) and Tenerife North (Los Rodeos). Both airports receive regular and charter flights from Europe, from the Spanish mainland and from the other islands in the archipelago. The airports are connected with the towns on the island via buses although it might prove a bit tricky to use them (you might need to change several of them to get to your hotel).

Bristol is served by Bristol International Airport located about 8 miles from the city center. It receives scheduled flights from many major European cities, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Brussels, Lisbon and Madrid. There’s a bus connecting the airport to the city center. The journey takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Best airline choices

Direct flights to Tenerife from Bristol are offered only by Thomas Cook.

If you prefer regular airlines, the only option to get to Tenerife from Bristol is by making two stops on the way: in Amsterdam and Madrid. The airlines offering such indirect flights are: KLM and Air Europa.

Typical prices

Tenerife is a very popular summer vacation destination among British and Germans. Spanish prefer to spend their Easter vacation on the island. So, during these peak travel months, the prices are always higher.

As the summer draws to an end, prices tend to go down. However, since there is only one airline offering direct flights the prices tend to be high no matter when you fly. More, even if you choose the regular airlines and make two stops on the way, the total price is about the same.

By the end of September, a direct round trip flight to Tenerife from Bristol costs £311, while if you choose an indirect flight the price starts at £332.

Money saving tips

If you are flexible in your approach you might find some incredible deals if you plan to fly with Thomas Cook. You need to check their prices often and play around with your departure dates to find the best alternative.

You can also check if the airports close by offer better deals. Birmingham, Gatwick and Stansted are all within easy reach from Bristol. And all offer plenty of connections to Europe, including to Tenerife.

Do check numerous websites and skyscanner is one of the best choices when you look up flights in Europe since they also comprise the low-cost carriers. Expedia is another good website to check out, especially if you are after the discounts.

Booking in advance is a good idea but be careful how far in advance you book. In the case of some low-cost carriers, it is actually more expensive to book too far in advance.