As it happens with all popular tourist destinations, although there are plenty of ways to get there, the prices will eventually make anyone spend quite a lot of time finding a good deal. Tenerife is a very popular vacation spot for Europeans (including Spanish) so the prices are high during the summer season. There are flights to Tenerife from Glasgow but you need to do a bit of research to find the best deal.

Airport choices

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is served by two airports: Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) and Tenerife North (Los Rodeos). Both 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 – which stop at midnight – but you might need to change routes to get to your destination.

Glasgow is also served by two airports. The largest is Glasgow International Airport, about 14 km west from the city center. It receives regular flights from all over the world. The airport is connected to the city center via shuttle buses. The second airport serving Glasgow is Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, located further away from the city center. It’s the Scottish base for Ryanair and serves other low-cost carriers as well.

Best airline choices

Thomas Cook Airlines, a low-cost carrier, offers direct flights to Tenerife from Glasgow. Other carriers serving the route include: Iberia, British Airways and KLM but none offer direct flights.

Typical prices

Tenerife is a very popular summer destination for Brits and Germans while Spanish prefer it around Easter time. It only makes sense that those are the most expensive times to fly to Tenerife.

Although Thomas Cook Airlines is a low-cost carrier that doesn’t mean you can find incredibly low prices especially during the summer peak. A round trip ticket starts at £200pp during the peak season. If you choose an indirect flight prices start around £420pp for a round trip flight.

Outside the summer season (spring and fall) the prices offered by the regular carriers tend to be lower, starting around £240pp for a round trip flight.

Money saving tips

Be careful when booking in advance especially when you deal with low-cost carriers. If you book too far in advance the prices are more expensive than if you were to wait until 2-4 weeks before departure.

If you choose a regular carrier the prices are lower outside the summer season and you can book the tickets in advance (up to 8 weeks if you want to find the best fares).

It is recommended to fly mid-week in order to avoid the high weekend fares. And, if possible, avoid flying on public holidays and during the children’s summer vacation.

Do check numerous websites and skyscanner is one of the best choices when you look up flights in Europe. Expedia also provides some good deals.