Not only plane tickets go up: traveling by boat to the peninsula has risen up to 100% this summer

Not only plane tickets go up: traveling by boat to the peninsula has risen up to 100% this summer

Los plane tickets between the Canary Islands and the peninsula have become one of the main protagonists of the rise in prices in recent months. The stoppage of tourism and travel due to the covid placed them at bargain prices and during 2021 and the first part of 2022 they remained at acceptable levels. However, since tourism began to pick up in June last year, prices have not stopped rising and today rates are generally above 2019 levels.

However, it's not just airfare that has gone up. Boat tickets between the Canary Islands and the peninsula have skyrocketed this year compared to 2022 -in a single financial year- up to 100%. The increase is not an isolated event nor is it a matter of one of the two companies that operate these routes, but rather occurs in a general way in the shipping company Armas-Trasmediterránea and Fred Olsen, according to what CANARIAS7 has been able to verify.

A boat ticket with Arms last year, in a double cabin for two people and with a motorhome cost 676 euros. The ticket was purchased in March to travel between April 20 and September 2 from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Huelva. That same ticket, bought only 20 days apart, but for the same travel dates has cost 1,447 euros this year, 114% more. The extra cost is 771 euros.

In the case of Fred Olsen, the rise is 45%. A ticket purchased in February to travel from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Huelva between the end of July and the beginning of September for two people with a cabin and a normal car cost 561.5 euros last year. This year, the price in the same conditions It has come out for almost 809 euros, which means an increase of 300 more euros.

Rising prices, fuel and demand

Sources from the shipping companies attribute the increases to various factors and reject that this increase of 45% and 100% is general, as in the detailed cases. Among other reasons, they point to the rise in CPI and that led to an update of its rates by 6% since the start of 2023.

Las fuel fluctuations since the war between Russia and Ukraine began in February of last year is another reason for the increases. As these sources explain, fuels have become up to 55% more expensive compared to 2021. Even so, they ensure that the increase has not been transferred to rates directly or proportionally.

The shipping company also points out that prices increase in periods of greatest demand, especially in the summer months. Although, as confirmed by the examples used, the two tickets were purchased for the same dates of the summer season. «Stocks of cheaper accommodations/rates - such as seats or double cabins - run out very quickly, leaving accommodations with higher prices available. The differences between rates can be between 20 and 30% depending on the offers that are available at any given time”, these sources point out.

As they point out, the high demand for individual passengers Those who travel with pets cause the stocks of single or double cabins to run out quickly and in the end the quadruple cabins remain, which are more expensive.

In the case of Fred Olsen, the shipping company recalls that since the line with Huelva became operational, in 2019, demand has grown exponentially, by more than 200%. For this year, an even greater growth is expected and that is why the offer for passengers and passenger cars has been reinforced and a second cargo ship is incorporated that will free up capacity in the ROPAX destined for passengers. This will also cover a market that, according to these sources, was not sufficiently covered to date. The current service for passengers consists of two round trips a week departing on Tuesdays and Fridays from Huelva, or Thursdays and Sundays from the Canary Islands.