How to Visit Mount Teide [by Car, Cable Car, or Hike] (2023)

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One of the most common questions people have when taking a trip to Tenerife is how to visit Mount Teide. This famous volcano is the tallest peak in the Canary Islands and all of Spain, reaching nearly 12,190 feet above sea level. It’s in Teide National Park, the best national park in Spain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting it is considered one of the best things to do in Tenerife.

So, if you’re traveling to the Canary Islands, specifically Tenerife, you should definitely hike up Mount Teide, a must-do activity in Spain. I know that this excursion can be intimidating, so in this guide, I’ll explain everything you should know and share the best ways to visit Mount Teide.

The first thing you should know is that you can climb Mount Teide on your own, or you can book one of the tours in Tenerife that goes to this mountain. In this article, I’ll tell you all the options so you can choose the one that suits your fitness level, budget, and preferences.

How to visit Mount Teide

During our trip to Tenerife, we decided to walk up Mount Teide on Trail 7, or the Montaña Blanca route, and spend the night in the Altavista Refuge. It was the most incredible experience, especially since we could watch the sunrise from the summit.

You can hike up Teide mountain on your own, or you can drive or take the cable car, so there are options for all travelers.

Go up Mount Teide by cable car

Taking the cable car up Mount Teide is the most comfortable way, and it’s the option that most visitors choose.

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Go up Mount Teide by cable car

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The cable car station is located 7,730 feet above sea level and connects to La Rambleta, which is at an altitude of 11,660 feet. If you want to reach the top of Teide volcano, you’ll have to complete the remaining 530 feet or so on foot.

Moreover, the cable car goes over an area of the mountain where the terrain is very uneven, which is why it’s one of the most popular ways to climb Mount Teide. The trip lasts a little less than 10 minutes, so you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful view of Teide mountain and its surroundings.

If you want to go up the volcano by cable car, I recommend booking your ticket in advance here.

In case you also want to hike to Mount Teide’s summit, you must get a permit, which you’re responsible for obtaining.

Climb Mount Teide on your own

If you’re in good physical shape and enjoy hiking, you can walk up Mount Teide.

There are several hiking routes that you can take to visit Mount Teide. We did Trail 7, or Montaña Blanca trail, which is one of the most popular hikes in Tenerife. It starts at the base of the White Mountain, quite close to the cable car station. From here, you have to hike about 5 miles to reach La Rambleta, which is 11,660 feet above sea level.

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Climb Mount Teide on your own

It’s a challenging route, with about a mile of elevation gain, so it’s not recommended for people in poor physical condition, or who aren’t used to hiking in the mountains.

Once at La Rambleta, you’ll find several more paths, such as Trail 10 or Telesforo Bravo, which leads to Mount Teide’s peak. It’s a short trail, just 1,970 feet long, but it’s quite difficult due to the 656-foot elevation gain. To take this trail, you’ll need to request a permit in advance since only 200 people can enter this area each day.

There are also other trails I recommend in the area: Trail 11, which leads to the Mirador de la Fortaleza, and Trail 12 to the Mirador del Pico Viejo. From the Mirador de la Fortaleza, you’ll get incredible views of the southern part of the island, while you can see the northern region from the Mirador del Pico Viejo. These two trails are perfect if you want to climb Teide without a permit.

If you prefer to climb Teide mountain with a guide, I recommend this full-day hiking tour, which includes the permit. Remember, you’ll need to get the permit to climb Teide if you’re going to hike on your own.


Visit Mount Teide by car

If you’re looking for another option, you can drive up Mount Teide by car. While you won’t be able to reach the peak by driving, you can go to the foot of the volcano, where the cable car station is located. The parking lot in this area is free, so be sure to park there to avoid any violations or related problems.


If you have your heart set on going to the summit of Mount Teide in Tenerife, you must hike or take the cable car. However, if you choose this way, you won’t be able to reach the peak.

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Visit Mount Teide by car–Efrén Yanes

There are several roads that you can use to drive up Mount Teide, so no matter which part of the island you’re in, you can get there without any issues. The best options from the south are Vilaflor Road (TF-21) and Chío Road (TF-38), which is ideal for people who get carsick on curvy roads. If you’re going to visit Mount Teide, Tenerife from the north, take La Esperanza Road (TF-24) or La Orotava Road (TF-21).

Even if you don’t go to the summit, the surroundings of the Teide volcano, also called Las Cañadas del Teide, is one place you can’t miss, and you can easily get there by car. This area was created after several volcanic eruptions, so it’s a unique mix of a desert landscape and peculiar rock formations, like the Roques de García. Also, during the spring, you can see the tajinaste rojo, or tower of jewels, a plant that only grows under specific conditions. Best of all, from here you can appreciate how high Mount Teide is!

Permit to climb Mount Teide in Tenerife

You’ll need a permit to climb Mount Teide’s Peakunless you book a tour that already includes it.

To access the summit, you must take Trail 10 (Telesforo Bravo), which connects La Rambleta with the mountain peak. You can only complete this journey on foot, and you must have a special permit to be granted access. Be aware that, to protect this natural place, there is a daily limit of 200 hikers who can reach the summit.

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Permit to climb Mount Teide in Tenerife

The good news is that the permit is free and you can request it through this link, where you’ll have to select a day, time slot, and the number of people in your group. I strongly recommend applying for the permit in advance since, during high season, they sold out three months in advance.

Once you’re at Mount Teide, Tenerife, you must present your permit receipt, or you’ll be denied access to the peak.

How to Climb Teide without a permit

If you want to climb Mount Teide, Tenerife without a permit, be aware that you’ll only be able to get to La Rambleta. In other words, you won’t have access to Trail 10, so you won’t be able to reach the peak. Of course, the views from La Rambleta are gorgeous, and you’ll still have access to Trail 11 and Trail 12, where you can enjoy impressive panoramas from La Fortaleza and Pico Viejo viewpoints.

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Climbing to the peak of Mount Teide without permission–Efrén Yanes

Also, if the permits to climb Mount Teide are unavailable, another option is to book a tour to Teide that includes the permit or to spend the night in the Altavista Refuge.

If you’re going to stay at this refuge, you’ll be able to access the summit at dawn to see the sunrise. However, since you’ll be without a permit, you’ll have to leave the peak before 9:00 am. This is actually how we were able to do our Mount Teide climb without a permit.

What do you need to climb to the peak of Mount Teide?

Now that you know the different ways to access and request the permit to climb Teide, I’ll share some other important tips.


Check if you can climb Teide mountain today

Before you climb Teide, Tenerife, check this website to see if the volcano is accessible on the day of your visit.

This website will show you if the facilities are open, including the cable car, parking lot, and observatory. You’ll also be able to see the current status of the trails and roads.

While it’s not common, there are times when the weather conditions or a fire risk forces the Mount Teide facilities or trails to close. That’s why I recommend checking on the day of your hike or drive to see if it’s possible to make the trip.

Best clothes to visit Mount Teide

Without a doubt, it’s best to wear warm clothing when climbing Mount Teide in Tenerife. Most visitors to the island bring spring/summer clothes since the temperatures here are higher for most of the year. However, when you’re over 12,000 feet above sea level, the temperature is very different! Also, make sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots, especially if you’re going to hike Mount Teide.

When is the best time to climb to the peak of Teide mountain?

The optimal time to hike on Mount Teide is during the spring and autumn months. In winter, the temperatures are much colder at the peak, and snowfall can make it impossible to access. Summer isn’t a terrible time to go, but it will be much warmer, which can make the walk a bit tedious.

As for the best time to climb the Teide volcano, many travelers say that the hours between 12 pm and 4 pm are best because there are fewer tourists. Yet, for us, the best time is before dawn so we can watch the sunrise from the summit.

El Teide Refuge, a magical place to sleep on Teide mountain

Spending the night in the Teide refuge is an incredible experience. We were lucky, although we had to book in advance, to stay overnight here, and we had a wonderful time.

The Altavista Refuge has a capacity for up to 54 people and reservations are limited to one night per guest. The accommodation provides bedding, and there is a small kitchen, but you’ll want to bring water and food since there isn’t a restaurant, just some vending machines. Also, the refuge has toilets, but no showers, so it’s mostly just a place to spend the night.

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El Teide Refuge, a magical place to sleep on Teide mountain

If you stay at Altavista, you’ll be able to see the spectacular starry sky and one of the most striking sunrises on the island. Moreover, if you get to the peak of Mount Teide before 9:00 am, you can access the area without applying for a permit. Just be sure to leave the summit before 9:00 am.

You can reserve a night at Altavista here. Of course, if you don’t want to stay there, you can go to the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide, which is right next to the Teide volcano and is one of the best places to stay in Tenerife.

Best tours to hike Mount Teide

For those who don’t want to explore Mount Teide by car, or who haven’t been able to get a permit to the peak, there are several great climbing tours available. These excursions are also what I recommend if you’re not sure how to climb Mount Teide and want a guide. While there are many options, these are the best tours:

  • OPTION 1: Tour with cable car ride + access to the summit
  • OPTION 2: Tour with cable car ride from the north (also from the south)
  • OPTION 3: Tour of the Cañadas del Teide from the north (also from the south)
  • OPTION 4: Hiking tour to climb Mount Teide following the Montaña Blanca trail

As you can see, the tours depart from both northern and southern Tenerife, and there are options with or without the cable car ride, depending on how much you want to hike. If you want to know more about the best excursions on Mount Teide, you can take a look at our guide.


That’s everything from me! Now you have all the information you need to visit Mount Teide and reach the highest peak in the Canary Islands. Have a safe trip and enjoy your ascent to Teide!

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How long does the cable car to Teide take? ›

How long does it take to ascend by Teide Cable Car? Teide Cable Car base station is located at an altitude of 2,356 metres. Its modern facilities include two cars which make it possible to ride up to the upper station, located at an altitude of 3,555 metres, in about 8 minutes.

Can you drive up Mount Teide? ›

Visit Mount Teide by car

If you're looking for another option, you can drive up Mount Teide by car. While you won't be able to reach the peak by driving, you can go to the foot of the volcano, where the cable car station is located.

Can you just walk up Mount Teide? ›

Reaching Mount Teide's highest point is not easy, but only because you need a permit for it. To hike to the top of Mount Teide you need to take trail No. 10, Telesforo Bravo, which starts at La Rambleta and ends at the highest point in Spain. But: the entrance to the trail is not open.

What is the best road to Teide? ›

If you are staying in the north of the island and you intend to visit the famous volcano, driving to Teide through La Esperanza on TF-24 is the best option.

Do you need a permit for Teide cable car? ›

Yes, absolutely. The permit is independent from how you get to the beginning of the path. If you want more information on how to climb the peak with the cable car, don't miss this post about reaching Mount Teide summit using the cable car.

Is Teide worth? ›

No visit to the Canary Islands would be complete without visiting the Mount Teide volcano, Spain's highest mountain. This imposing volcano is the reason for the island's existence and casts a huge shadow over the entire island. But those who visit Mount Teide will be rewarded with incredible views from the summit!

Is it easy to drive around Tenerife? ›

The island is pretty easy to navigate, especially if you stick to the big roads. The TF-1 highway links the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the northeast to Costa Adeje in the southwest, while the TF-5 highway connects Santa Cruz to Puerto de la Cruz in the north.

Are there toilets on Mount Teide? ›

Teide Cable Car Upper Station

It is equipped with Wi-Fi, toilets and Spain's highest public telephone. There is no coffee shop, and you are recommended to come prepared for changes in temperature. Located at 3,555 m altitude, the upper station is the starting point for three marvellous routes: Route No.

What movie was filmed on Mount Teide? ›

Clash of the Titans – 2010

Some of the scenes were filmed in the Teide National Park in Tenerife, made a World Heritage Site in 2007, where you can find the Teide volcano. At 3,718 metres, this is the tallest peak in Spain and all the landmasses emerging from the Atlantic Ocean.

Is Mount Teide free? ›

Access to the Pico del Teide

Access to Mount Teide is free – the only permit that you may need to get is if you are planning on climbing to the summit. You can get the permit to reach the summit on this website.

Is Teide National Park free? ›

After 9 am, you need a permit to hike to the top of El Teide. Permits are free, but you should get one well in advance of your planned hiking date.

Can you see lava in Teide? ›

Mirador de Las Narices Del Teide: Here you can view the massive field of black lava and cruise on the road that was built into it. Mirador de los Poleos: At this lava viewing point the rocks are brown and sharp with small trees growing in the distance.

What should I wear to Mount Teide? ›

Clothes for ascending Mount Teide
  • Breathable cotton T-shirt.
  • A good sweatshirt.
  • A cap.
  • Mountain hiking footwear.
  • You could wear shorts—make this decision depending on the weather forecast and how much you feel the cold.
  • A windcheater (optional).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun cream.
Apr 4, 2018

How long does it take to walk Mount Teide? ›

Total length: 8.31 km. Altitude change: 1,188 metres. Time taken to climb the Teide on foot: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes (and 4 hours 15 minutes descent)

Is it cold at the top of Mount Teide? ›

Mild temperatures (max 7°C on Sat morning, min 1°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light. Mount Teide Weather (Days 4-6): Light rain (total 2.0mm), mostly falling on Sun afternoon. Mild temperatures (max 7°C on Sat night, min 6°C on Sat night).

How much does it cost to climb Mount Teide? ›

One-way tickets (up or down) are €10.75 for resident adults, €5.38 for resident children, €21.50 for non-resident adults and €10.75 for non-resident children.

Can you get altitude sickness on Mount Teide? ›

In general, people do not suffer from altitude sickness in Teide, but you can experience some dizziness or minor headaches. That being said, keep in mind that this route to Teide reaches 3,715 meters above sea level, so in case of severe dizziness and vomiting you'll have to descend immediately.

How do you climb Mount Teide without a permit? ›

Mount Teide hike. First of all in this post we want to let you know that climbing mount Teide without permit is only possible when staying the night in the Altavista del Teide refuge. In this case is needed to keep your reservation of the refuge as this makes possible to climb Teide without permission from 6a. m to 9p.

Was Star Wars filmed on Mount Teide? ›

Rumours that the original Planet of the Apes and Star Wars were filmed in Tenerife are purely just that, rumours. For a grandstand view, a cable car trolleys visitors up Mount Teide, Spain's highest point.

Can I drive in Tenerife with US license? ›

Can I use my American driver's license in Spain? If you're from the USA, driving with a U.S. driver's license is permitted as long you have an IDP.

What is the cheapest month to go to Tenerife? ›

The cheapest months include March, April, May (excluding the Easter period), October and November. The temperature in Tenerife rarely dips below 18°C in these months, so sightseeing, hiking and other activities are all still possible – and there will be fewer people on the beaches.

What to do in Tenerife by car? ›

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Do you flush toilet paper in Tenerife? ›

Yes. 99% of the island has modern toilets and sewage facilities that can cope with disposal of standard toilet paper.

Is there a cafe at the top of Mount Teide? ›

A panoramic restaurant with the finest views in Tenerife

The Teleférico del Teide panoramic restaurant was specially designed with the aim of sharing with customers the very best gastronomic experiences that the island of Tenerife can offer, all in the extraordinary setting of the Teide National Park.

Can you go to Teide at night? ›

If you want to ascend Mount Teide at night, with the help of the Cable Car, and watch the sunset from an altitude of 3,555 metres, we recommend the activity Sunset & Stars (Sunset and Stars on Teide), which, in addition to cable car tickets, also includes an astronomical observation using long-range telescopes.

What animals live in Mount Teide? ›

Among the Park's vertebrate species are endemic reptiles such as lizards, geckos like the Tenerife Gecko, and the Gran Canaria skink, although the most emblematic reptile in this National Park is the Tenerife lizard (Gallotia galloti galloti).

What is interesting about Mount Teide? ›

Situated on the island of Tenerife, Teide National Park features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world's third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment.

Why is Mount Teide famous? ›

Mount Teide is the third highest volcanic structure and most voluminous in the world after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii. It is the highest peak on the Canary Islands and in the whole of Spain.

Do you need a permit to visit Teide National Park? ›

Teide National Park has had to regulate visits to this emblematic and fragile area in order to protect it and offer visitors a higher quality and safer experience. Because there is a daily quota of visitors that can access this area every day, a permit must be obtained in order to visit Pico del Teide.

Can you see Africa from Mount Teide? ›

The African coast lies only ~ 313 km from Mt Teide, but this is greater than the visibility range V ~ 253 km. There are reports of Africa being visible from Fuerteventura.

How do you get to Teide Observatory? ›

Getting here

The entrance is located at km 1 of the TF-514 motorway, which can be accessed from km 37 of the TF-24 motorway. It takes approximately two hours to reach the Teide Observatory from the south of the island, an hour and a half from Santa Cruz, and an hour from Puerto de la Cruz.

How do you pronounce Mount Teide in Tenerife? ›

Pi·co de [pee-kawthe], a volcanic peak in the Canary Islands, on Tenerife.

How stable is Mount Teide? ›

Mount Teide is an Active Volcano

In fact, it has not erupted since 1909. And although it is completely safe to hike up there as backed by experts, it's still good to note that Mount Teide is an active volcano.

Is Teide Road open? ›

Status of the access roads to Teide

The cable car is open!

What is the rainiest month in Tenerife? ›

Tenerife weather in January

Despite January being the coldest and wettest month of the year in Tenerife, it is still a good month to visit the island if you are looking for winter sun.

What is the hottest month in Tenerife? ›

For the highest temperatures the best time to visit Tenerife is between June and September although the sub tropical climate offers sunshine throughout the year and winter months are equally popular with visitors. The hottest month of the year is August with an average daily maximum of 31 C and an average low of 22 C.

How long does it take to descend Mount Teide? ›

Total length: 8.31 km. Altitude change: 1,188 metres. Time taken to climb the Teide on foot: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes (and 4 hours 15 minutes descent)

How long does it take to ride the longest cable car in the world? ›

The cable car in China's spectacular Tianmen Mountains is the longest in the world, taking 30 minutes to travel seven kilometres and to tackle a 37-degree incline, all while hanging precariously over the 99 Bends Road.

Is Mount Teide cable car running? ›

Status of the access roads to Teide

The cable car is open!

What do you wear to Mount Teide? ›

Clothes for ascending Mount Teide
  • Breathable cotton T-shirt.
  • A good sweatshirt.
  • A cap.
  • Mountain hiking footwear.
  • You could wear shorts—make this decision depending on the weather forecast and how much you feel the cold.
  • A windcheater (optional).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun cream.
Apr 4, 2018

Do cable cars ever fall? ›

The Cavalese cable car crash is the deadliest cable car crash in history. On 9 March 1976, the steel supporting cable broke as a fully loaded cable car was descending from Mt. Cermis, near the Italian ski resort of Cavalese in the Dolomites, 40 km (25 mi) north-east of Trento.

Which is the best cable car in the world? ›

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  • ​Mérida Cable Car, Venezuela. ...
  • ​Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, USA. ...
  • ​Vallée Blanche Cable Car, France. ...
  • Gulmarg Gondola, India. ...
  • ​Skyline Queenstown, New Zealand.
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Are cable cars safe? ›

Cable cars are one of the safest modes of transport in existence. According to a survey, there are 0.35 incidents per billion kilometres. In itself, this figure is already not high, but if you consider only gondola railways used exclusively in cities, then the figure is significantly lower.

How do you get to Teide National Park? ›

There are different ascent routes, but the most popular and easiest way to summit Teide is by taking the cable car (there's only one cable car in the whole park). From the top station, La Rambleta, you'll have to hike up the final 163 meters to Teide Peak. Make sure to purchase your cable car tickets in advance.

How long does it take to walk up Mount Teide? ›

It's another steep uphill climb of 2-3 hours from there to the peak. We've done a lot of distance hiking and I found it hard going, mainly due to the effects of walking at altitude.


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