Tenerife's capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, located in the north-east of the island. Although it is not the largest city in the Canary Islands, it is home to the only tram system in the Canaries. I paid a brief visit to Santa Cruz in February 2017.
The tram system is operated by MetroTenerife, and comprises two lines.
Line 1 links the centre of Santa Cruz with the nearby town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna (also known as La Laguna).
Line 2 is a short line running in Santa Cruz' suburbs, providing connections to line 1.
Tram tickets are sold at ticket machines at tram stops. At the time of writing, a single ticket for the tram costs €1.35. This does not permit transfers. There is also an all-day ticket, for use on trams only, costing €4.50.
A 5-journey ticket, costing €6, does allow transfer to and from buses in the Santa Cruz area. The BonoVia stored-value ticket, available in denominations of €15 and €25, can also be used with each tram journey being charged at €1.05. This fare also permits transfer to and from buses in the Santa Cruz area.
A monthly pass allowing unlimited travel by tram and bus within Santa Cruz and the surrounding towns of La Laguna, Tegueste and El Rosario is available for €45.
Transport Interurbanos de Tenerife, S.A. (TITSA) provides bus services across Tenerife. This includes services to, from and locally within Santa Cruz.
I noted standard single-deck buses operating many of the services in and around Santa Cruz.
Some were in the latest all-green livery...
...some were in green with limited cream swirls...
...but many still carried an older livery of green and white.
I also noted some buses with advertising for visitor attractions on their lower panels.
These were operating on services into Santa Cruz from the popular resort areas. This one is on a service returning to Puerto de la Cruz, on Tenerife's north coast, then on to Icod and Buenavista.
As in the southern resorts, I noted a few buses displaying non-existent route number 800.
I understand the "800 en servicio" display is used for buses which are running late and are not stopping to pick up passengers.
In the southern resorts, most of the buses I saw were high-floor vehicles with steps at the entrance and exit doors.
In contrast, although I did observe some step-entrance buses in Santa Cruz, I noticed a greater proportion of low-floor buses with step-free access.
Another difference compared to the southern resorts was that some of the buses had three sets of doors, rather than two.
Not all of the buses I saw were full-length single-deckers.
I noted a number of these shorter vehicles on services operating locally within the city.
I also noted minibuses operating.
At the opposite end of the scale were articulated buses.
From what I could see, these were being used on some journeys on route 910 to Playa de Las Teresitas, a popular beach close to Santa Cruz.
Fares on TITSA buses vary according to the distance travelled. Fares can be paid in cash on boarding, although using the BonoVia card (€15 or €25) offers a substantial saving. As noted above, for regular travellers within the Santa Cruz metropolitan area, a monthly pass allowing unlimited journeys by bus and tram is available.
The main hub for buses in Santa Cruz is a multi-level terminus, Intercambiador.
Some local services terminate outside...
...while others use stands on the first floor of the building.
Longer-distance services, including those from and to the southern resorts, arrive and leave from the second floor.
Tram line 1 terminates outside the Intercambiador building.
Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours of Santa Cruz were being provided by City Sightseeing. using open-top double-deck buses.
The tours were starting from Plaza de España.
At the time of writing the tours are suspended.