Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a Budget
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a Budget

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Santa Cruz is the colorful, vibrant and exciting capital city of Tenerife located in the North-East of the Island. Unlike the rest of the island, Santa Cruz is known for it’s urban culture, urban architecture, and bustling city life – with over half of the whole population of Tenerife living here! So if you’re looking for a cheap city break or how to travel to Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a budget, check out this epic guide.

Getting Around Accommodation Food and Drink Attractions Top Tips


Getting Around Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a Budget

When choosing your budget trip to Tenerife, it’s important to choose the right airport for you. With two airports to choose from on the island, you can choose to fly into either – but for quickness and low prices, it’s easiest to fly into Tenerife North Airport. This is the closest airport into Santa Cruz, located just 13km away from the capital city – so you can be in the city center in no time!

If you have booked a package holiday or all-inclusive holiday, you should be able to get a bus shuttle included in the price. These buses will take you straight from the airport to the hotel and not cost you a cent.

The quickest way to get into the city is to use the public transport system, but you can get a taxi if you want. But be warned, this will cost you around €30 for a single ticket – not great for your budget trip to Tenerife!

Instead, why not grab the bus? (go on, you’re on holiday!) The number 102 bus will take you straight from the airport directly to Santa Cruz and will take you around 30 minutes to get there. And for just €2.65 for a single ticket, you can’t really go wrong!

Check out the timetable here:

When you get into the city, it’s easily walkable – so you won’t need to spend any money on public transport in Santa Cruz. But if you get really desperate and your feet hurt after your night out last night (we won’t judge) the tram is the easiest option! The Metro travels all around the city and is quick and simple. A single ticket will cost you €1.35, or you can buy a 1 day Bono Ticket for €4.50 with unlimited travel.

Check out more about the ticket options here:

Budget Accommodation in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

There are so many cheap accommodation options in Santa Cruz that you will find yourself overrun with options! So to help you out, we’ve handpicked a few options for hotels, all-inclusive hotels, airbnbs and hostels in Santa Cruz. You can thank us later…


Hotel Adonis Capital, Santa Cruz **
From €39.75 per night

Renovated in 2011, the Hotel Adonis Capital offers up-to-date (yet still traditionally Spanish) rooms and facilities in the heart of Santa Cruz. Located next to the incredibly popular Calle de Castillo shopping street, the hotel is also just a 5-minute walk away from the ocean – meaning you’re within walking distance of everywhere in the city, perfect for getting around Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a budget!

Hotel Horizonte, Santa Cruz **
From €36 per night

Alright, it may not be much to look at – but to be honest, there’s so much to explore during your budget trip to Tenerife you won’t be spending much time in the hotel! The Hotel Horizonte offers all of your basic needs, for a VERY basic price. Located right in the center of Santa Cruz, you’re just a short walk away from all of the main Santa Cruz attractions.

There are no all-inclusive hotels in Santa Cruz because it is primarily a grab-and-go style city. But if you’re looking for something a bit fancier, here’s a luxury hotel in Santa Cruz that might be right up your calle.

Silken Atlántida Hotel, Santa Cruz ****
From €65 per night

This Silken Hotel is the epitome of Spanish luxury. This 4-star hotel comes complete with views of the ocean, a fitness center with Jacuzzi, one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz (The SOOK Restaurant) and incredibly spacious rooms and suites. A double room will set you back just €65 per night, per room – and when you book online, you get yourself a free drinks voucher in the hotel bar!

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There are hundreds of cheap Airbnbs in Santa Cruz, that finding the perfect one for you won’t be a problem. The idea behind Airbnb is simple. You rent a private room or an apartment from a host, and the place is entirely yours for the duration of your stay – but remember, you do need to cook and clean for yourself! Nevertheless, it is the perfect way to cut costs during your budget trip to Santa Cruz. Here’s one we’ve handpicked just for you:

Apartment in the center of Santa Cruz

This cute (but huge) apartment in the center of Santa Cruz will set you back just €45 per night and can house 3 guests – so that works out as just €15 each per night! With a large lounge and study area, two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and balcony this apartment has everything you could possibly want, and is just a 10-minute walk away from most of the attractions in Santa Cruz!


If you’re going Canary Island hopping, or just planning a short trip to the city, one of the cheapest forms of accommodation in Santa Cruz is to stay in a hostel. You may have to share with other people – but that’s all the fun of traveling, right?! Hostels are notoriously cheap, and here’s one of the best and cheapest hostels in Santa Cruz:

El Jostel, Santa Cruz
From €20 per night with breakfast

If you’re not really up for sharing a dormitory with 10 random strangers, then El Jostel is for you. The dorms only sleep 4 people, so if you’re traveling as a group, this could be the perfect Santa Cruz accommodation option. The communal areas are all impeccably furnished, and doesn’t look like your average hostel – it just looks like one big homely apartment! The hostel is located in the center of Santa Cruz and will cost you €20 per night, including breakfast.

Dinner & Drinks on a Budget in Santa Cruz de Tenerife


The food in Santa Cruz is second to none. With traditional Tenerife cuisine mixed in with Spanish and Mexican flavors and delicacies – as well as big portions – you definitely won’t be leaving Santa Cruz hungry. So if you love Tapas, potatoes, fish, Paella, and meat (they love rabbit in Santa Cruz), then you’re in the right place. Check out some handpicked options for dinner and drinks in Santa Cruz that will be perfect for your budget trip to Tenerife.

La Taqueria Santa Cruz

Price Range: Very Cheap

What you get: La Taqueria Santa Cruz serve some of the most authentic and traditional Spanish cuisines in the city and is well worth a try! With burritos, tacos, seafood, rice, beans, and more to choose from, you can even create your own plate combinations of your choice! If you’re asking us, we reckon you should go for the Carnitas Plate – complete with fried pork, rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and tortillas for just €9.50.

Restaurante Los Pinchos

Price Range: Very Cheap

What you get: Restaurante Los Pinchos in Santa Cruz offers some of the best seafood in Tenerife – and we’re not kidding! With it’s 4.5 star TripAdvisor rating, it’s not just us who love what this restaurant has to offer. But be warned, their ‘Big Plate for 2’ can serve six hungry mouths rather than two, you know, unless you’re super duper hungry.


Chemas Gin Club

Price Range: Cheap

What you get: Is there anything better than wine (or gin) and cheese? Answer: nope. Chemas Gin Club is one of the best wine and cheese restaurants, and gin clubs in Tenerife. The professional barmen will pretty much make you up a drink of your choice to enjoy. And wash it all down with some traditional Spanish cheese.


Tibu Tenerife

Price Range: Fairly Cheap

What you get: If you’re looking for a bigger night out than sitting in a bar and drinking wine and eating cheese, Santa Cruz offers various nightclubs and bars. Tibu Tenerife is one of the most popular clubs in Tenerife, and decked out in traditional Moroccan decor, featuring world-renowned DJ’s and open until 6am! You’d be silly not to.

For all of the best nightlife options in Santa Cruz and all of the upcoming events for all of you party-goers, check out the official Santa Cruz nightlife website:

Cheap or Free Attractions in Santa Cruz de Tenerife


There are so many attractions in Santa Cruz that you could spend half your time deciding where to go next. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of the top things to see and do in Santa Cruz during your budget trip to Tenerife. Some of them are even completely free!

  • Tenerife Auditorium. Pictured above, the Tenerife Auditorium is one of the most iconic pieces of architecture on the island. The wave-like structure can be viewed from across Santa Cruz but is well worth a closer visit. Luckily, looking with your eyes is completely free, so you won’t need to spend a cent! The auditorium hosts various events and performances throughout the year, so if you’re interested in seeing a show (you will need to pay) check out the What’s On page here:
  • Castillo Street. Castillo Street is very similar to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. This is the main shopping street of Santa Cruz and runs through the center of the city. It is the heart of Santa Cruz, and lined with shops, cafes, boutiques and more. And unless you buy any souvenirs (it will be hard to resist. Trust us) it’s a free attraction in Santa Cruz.
  • Museo de Tenerife. If you’re looking for a bit more culture during your budget trip to Santa Cruz, why not check out Tenerife’s National Museum? The museum holds one of the largest collections of natural history for the island, with mummies, artifacts and more. General entry for non-residents is just €5 but if you visit the museum between the hours of 4pm and 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays you get in for free!
  • Playa de Las Teresitas. During your city break to Santa Cruz, you have to make at least one visit to the beautiful beaches of Tenerife. And in Santa Cruz, it’s all about Playa de Las Teresitas. The mix of golden and black volcanic sand from Mount Teide make an incredible sight, and is perfect for a bit of R&R.


Final Top Tips for Visiting Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a Budget

Now we’ve given you the lowdown on everything you need for a budget trip to Santa Cruz; we’re going to be extra generous and offer you some final top tips to make the most out of your visit to Santa Cruz, without spending a whole heap of money.

  • There are two airports in Tenerife. So how do you know which one to choose? Well, Tenerife North is closest to the city of Santa Cruz, and is also the airport that the least amount of tourists fly into – so you should be able to grab yourselves some cheap flights! You have to start off your budget trip to Santa Cruz right, you know…
  • Ditch the taxi. Using the public transport system in Santa Cruz is so much easier for getting around Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a budget. If you plan on using it a lot, buy a Bono ticket for unlimited travel.
  • There are no all-inclusive hotels in Santa Cruz, so be prepared to pay for your food and drinks separately. Always remember to budget this in!
  • There are numerous options for accommodation in Santa Cruz, figure out the best option for you and shop around for the best deal. Unlike many cities, staying the heart of the city will not cost you extra, so you could save some money on public transport if you stay in the center.
  • The food in Santa Cruz is incredibly cheap. The restaurants offer big portions and cheap price tags – even for drinks. So if you’re going for a night out in Santa Cruz, have a few cheap drinks in the restaurant before making your way to the nightclub.
  • Santa Cruz is teeming with attractions, especially free ones! Check out the sights and the sounds of the bustling streets, the beaches, and the architecture – and take advantage of deals for paid attractions in Santa Cruz.
  • Embrace the city! Santa Cruz is everything you’d expect a traditional Spanish city to be, so embrace it, and have fun!

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