About Fred Olsen Ferries
Fred Olsen Express is an inter island ferry service based in the Canary Islands, Spain. The company operates a fleet of six modern fast ferries, including the world's first trimaran fast ferry, the Benchijigua Express, which entered service in 2005.
Fred Olsen Express operates five routes throughout the Canaries. The Fred Olsen ferries Benchijigua Express, Bonanza Express and Benchi Express offer a pleasant crossing in about 40 minutes.
Fred Olsen is a clear market leader, covering 6 sea routes for foot passengers, leisure vehicles and freight, carrying more than 2,700,000 foot passengers, 550,000 cars and more than 200,000 heavy goods vehicles each year. The fastest crossing from Tenerife to La Gomera goes via the harbours Los Cristianos de Tenerife to San Sebastián de La Gomera.
Thanks to the incomparable service offered by Fred Olsen Express and its fleet of spectacular, modern fast ferries, the Canary Isles have been brought closer together. Without a doubt, Fred. Olsen Express is your best choice for travel between the islands.
Tourists visiting Lanzarote have the option to visit two neighbouring islands, La Graciosa and Fuerteventura. There are also ferries departing from Arrecife to other islands such as Gran Canaria. It is well worth a visit to Fuerteventura, if you are here in Lanzarote for any length of time, and the best way to get there is by the regular ferry services operating from Playa Blanca at the south of Lanzarote.
The quality of the ferries operating on this route is exceptional for such a short journey, with the recently introduced Fred. Olsen Bocayana Express putting many cross channel ferries to shame.
Comfortable crossing from Tenerife to La Gomera
With the big Fred Olsen ferries La Gomera can be reached safely from Tenerife. The smaller ferry Benchi Express is a bit more maneuverable and is also able to go into the ports of Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey on La Gomera.
The company currently operates the following seven vessels:
Fast passenger ferry: Benchi Express
The passenger ferry Benchi Express runs since the end of March 2009 between between Tenerife and the three ports of La Gomera: Valle Gran Rey, Playa Santiago and San Sebastian.
Three times a day the Fred Olsen ferry Benchi Express goes between the islands and can carry about 330 passengers in each journey.
Tickets can be booked in advance with ferryto.net or at the terminal but if you are travelling right in the middle of peak holiday season, it is best booked in advance.
The Benchijigua Express is a fast trimaran, operated by the company between Los Cristianos in Tenerife, San Sebastian in La Gomera, Santa Cruz in La Palma and La Estaca in El Hierro. It was delivered to Olsen in April 2005 by Australian shipbuilding giant Austal.
Bencomo and Bentago Express
The Bentago Express and Bencomo Express are very similar fast catamarans, operated by the company between Santa Cruz in Tenerife and Agaete in Gran Canaria. They were both delivered to Olsen in the late 1990s/early 2000s.
The Benchi Express is a 40m catamaran delivered to Olsen in March 2009. The Benchi Express connects Los Cristianos in Tenerife and San Sebastian de la Gomera, then going on to connect Playa Santiago to Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera. The main crossing takes 55 minutes from Los Cristianos to San Sebastian. The ferry was acquired from Italian operator SNAV. The ship was previously called SNAV Aquila.
The Bocayna Express is a fast catamaran, operated by the company between Playa Blanca in Lanzarote and Corralejo in Fuertaventura . The ferry has operated the 15 minute crossing since 2003 when it was delivered by Australian shipbuilder Austal.
The Bonanza Express is a fast catamaran,similar to the Bentago and Bencomo Express, operated by the company between the islands of Tenerife, El Hierro, and La Gomera. The Bonanza Express was meant to be sold to Euroferries for a service between Ramsgate and Boulogne, but the deal fell through and the Bonanza Express has found its way back with Fred Olsen in the Canaries once more.
The Betancuria is a conventional car / passenger ferry which operates a new route linking Gran Canaria with Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Built in 1981, the Betancuria can carry 1,536 passengers and 450 cars.