Tenerife is today a typical holiday island, therefore the economy and infrastructure have been adjusted in line with the tourism. In 1885 the first tourists came to the island, 350 in all. Six years later there were already 5,000 visitors in the year. In 2001 there were 4.8 million. Tourism concentrates mainly on the north coast around Puerto de la Cruz and in the south around Los Cristianos. In agriculture, bananas, tomatos, potatoes and wine are mainly cultivated.

The motorways lead from the capital Santa Cruz, via both airports to Puerto de la Cruz in the north and Los Cristianos,  Las Americas and Adeje in the south.

The two airports service the island well. Tenerife north, Los Rodeos, near La Laguna, which is close to the capital, is only 20 minutes from Puerto de la Cruz. Tenerife Sur, Reina Sofia airport, is close to all the resorts in the south.

If you are looking for an inexpensive, reliable and clean means of transport, then look no further than the green public bus service of the TITSA bus company, which has a route to nearly every locality on the island. The main and regular routes encorporate all the large towns and the two airports along the main motorway network. Most of these main services are on airconditioned comfortable coaches, with luggage holds. If you plan to use this service regularly then you will save money if you buy a bono card. The two airports Los Rodeos (TFN) and Reina Sofia (TFS) are both well serviced, having bus regular departures to all the main towns. A comprehensive free bus timetable with a general bus map of Tenerife is available at main bus stations and some kiosks.

There are 3 railway lines from Santa Cruz to the air ports in the North and the South and to San Andrés.