What is the Canary Island Resident Discount?
Residents of the Canary Islands (as well as the Balearic Islands and Ceuta) are eligible for a 75% discount on domestic travel between the Canary Islands and to mainland Spain.
Who is Eligible for the Island Resident Discount?
To take advantage of the domestic travel discounts, you must be registered as living in the Canary Islands via empadronamiento in the town hall.
You must also be one of the following:
- a Spanish national
- an EU/EEA/ Swiss National
- a family member of an EU national
- a non-EU National holding a long-term residence permit
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How to Get the Canary Island Resident Discount
If you fall into one of the above categories, you’re in luck! Soon you’ll be exploring the seven wonders of the seven islands at a delightful 75% discount.
- A valid, unexpired TIE (Spanish foreigner ID card)
- A Certificado de Empadronamiento (Certificate of Residence) with a Canary Islands address
Some town halls (Las Palmas, for example) offer this service online.
- Check the website for your local town hall (the ayuntamiento where you did your empadronamiento) to find out if they offer the service online.
- If so, fill out your info and your Certificado de Viajes should be registered and ready to print. In theory you don’t need to carry this with you to travel, but I definitely recommend doing so. Better to be safe than sorry.
Register In Person
If your town hall doesn’t offer the service online, do it the old fashioned way.
- Make an appointment at your local town hall.
- Bring your TIE and Certificado de Empadronamiento.
- The appointment usually takes just a few minutes to process and print sobre la marcha and you’ll be out the door with the paper in hand. Some town halls charge a fee of about €3 for the document.
Please note that the document is only valid for 6 months and you will need a fresh copy after that time. The date is printed at the bottom.
Booking Discounted Travel
When searching for flights or ferries online, there will be an option on the search page for discounts. Select “Island Resident Discount” and the fares shown will already reflect the discounted rates.
In some cases – especially the first few times you book travel – you may get a pop up warning saying that you haven’t been found in the SARA database for the Resident Discount. Select “try again” and it will try up to three times to validate your residence. Your booking should go through regardless, but you’ll need to bring your proof of residency with you for check-in or risk being denied boarding.
Travelling with the Canary Island Resident Discount
To board a flight or ferry, you must bring:
- Spanish Nationals: A valid Certificate of Residence and a Valid National Identity Card / valid passport *
- Spanish Nationals under 14 years, without a DNI: A valid Certificate of Residence
- EU/EEA/ Swiss Nationals: A valid Certificate of Residence and a valid National Identity Card issued by the country of origin/ valid passport. *
- Family members of EU nationals: A valid Certificate of Residence along with the valid residence card indicating his/her status of existing EU family member. *
- Non-EU Nationals holding a long-term residence permit: A valid Certificate of Residence along with the valid resident card indicating his/her condition of long-term resident. *
* If your residence wasn’t validaded when you booked your passage, you must bring your Certificado de Viajes.
** I recommend carrying a copy of the Certificado de Viajes even if you were verified in the system. Better safe than paying triple!
What Happens if You Don’t Hold the Correct Documentation?
Travelling By Ferry
If you book travel with Armas or Fred Olsen and are found to not have the correct documentation as noted, you will need to pay the difference, including the higher prices incurred for purchasing in person on the day of travel. I’ve seen this happen to friends who were not properly registered in the system.
Travelling By Air
Several airline websites state that those unable to show the valid documents at check-in will be denied boarding. Even if you check in online, it is not uncommon to be asked to show the appropriate documents when boarding the aircraft.
I recently heard a tale of 3 friends who didn’t carry proper documentation on a Norwegian flight and had to pay in full for new seats without receiving any refund from the original booking.
I’d love to hear about any issues you’ve had the the Canary Island Resident Discount in the comments below in order to better assist future readers. If you have any questions, ask away!