Currency: Euro. Those traveling to Lanzarote from outside Europe should keep in mind notes refer to 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro bills, whereas coins are represented by 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and by 1 and 2 euro coins.

Money exchange: tourists should expect banks to offer, as usual, the best rates. However, banks open, as a rule, Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 2pm. On the other hand, exchange desks practice rates virtually as convenient as the banks. Tourists often rely on exchange desks since they have much more generous opening hours. In addition, certain banks also charge a commission for an exchange transaction, and tourists are also required to present their passport. All in all, it is advisable that visitors exchange some money before heading for Lanzarote.

ATMs and credit cards: ATMs can be spotted throughout Lanzarote, and they generally accept all major European and North American credit cards. Puerto Calero seems to be a little less endowed in this respect, so tourists should be aware of this aspect and raise cash before heading for Puerto Calero.


Post offices: major post offices refer to the ones located in Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Arrecife. Stamps can be purchased both from these offices, as well as from supermarkets.

Internet connection (WiFi): access to the Internet is available in all major tourist hotspots in Lanzarote, being enabled by the plethora of hotels and Internet cafés.

Telephones: in order to call to Lanzarote, one should first enter the country code (0034), the region code (928) and then the number. In order to make calls from Lanzarote, public phones are said to be the cheapest. These work either with coins or phone cards. The latter can be easily purchased from plenty of venues, such as supermarkets or tobacco shops.

Useful numbers

Emergencies (police, fire brigade, Red Cross emergencies): 112

Arrecife Local Police: 0034 928 811 317

National Police: 0034 928 597 107

Arrecife General Hospital: 0034 928 801 863

Arrecife Island Hospital: 0034 928 810 500


Tourist information offices: there are several tourist information offices in Lanzarote. They mark the most frequented and popular tourist destinations, as well as certain infrastructural hubs (the airport, the capital).

Time zone: GMT plus 1 (March to October)

Spoken language: Spanish. English and German are also spoken, given Lanzarote is a popular destination both with Englishmen and Germans. However, they are not as widely used as expected.

Electricity: AC 220 volts, 50 Hz; two-pin plugs. For electrical appliances working on different parameters, adaptor plugs can be purchased from sundry supermarkets or shops.

Papers: People coming from Australia, New Zeeland, Canada, Israel and the United States need a valid passport if they want to come to Lanzarote, but for a limited time period (90 days). For longer stays, such visitors also need a visa. For medical cases, European citizens need to hold a European Health Insurance Card.

Tap water: tap water, though biologically purified and distilled, should, as a rule, be replaced with bottled water, which is both cheap and healthy.

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