City buses in Palma de Mallorca
There is a developed bus service on the island of Mallorca. While there are local bus routes in the capital. And there are intercity bus routes that connect all the towns of the island.
Public buses in Palma de Mallorca operated by EMT. On the official public transport website EMT, the capital of Mallorca. You can find the current timetables and ticket prices. As well as a map of the city and the location of the stops of interest. All city buses equipped with screens indicating the current and next stop. At the stops there are plates. With the numbers of the routes passing through them and the time of their arrival.
Tourists will find the following city bus routes useful:
- Bus number 1. From Palma de Mallorca airport to the city center. And the port where cruise ships dock.
- Bus number 21. from Palma de Mallorca airport to San Arenal.
- Tourist bus 50. Circles the city. Passing Pueblo Español, Bellver Castle and the main shopping centers – Av. Jaume III and Porto Pi, as well as past the port. These buses have 2 floors, the second floor has no roof. The fare for adults is 18Euro, for children – 9Euro. You can hop on and off such a bus any number of times during the day. (the popular concept of Hop on – Hop off).
The fare for the city of Palma de Mallorca the same of your destination 1.5 Euro. Children under 5 years old accompanied by an adult travel free of charge. Tickets can bought both from the driver. And at tobacco kiosks – the cost will be the same. I advise you to take into account. That drivers accept banknotes over 10 Euros. Therefore, if you have a 20, 50 or 100 Euro bills. Be sure to change it before boarding the bus. You can also buy 10 tickets at once at a reduced price.
Some bus stops, including the main one – Estación Intermodal. Equipped with an electronic board. That displays the time until the next bus arrives. The bus timetable indicated at the bus stop. But the timetable provided. By Google Maps does not match the timetable. At the bus stop, the timetable on the public transport website. In general, buses arrive at a different time, i.e. they are late for an indefinite time. For example, we left according to the schedule at the bus stop. And it arrived only after 47 minutes! And it happens that the bus simply does not come.
Another local feature is that bus stops. On certain routes scattered throughout the city. For example, at least 3-4 bus routes go from El Arenal to Palma. But they all leave from different stops. So if you want to get from to Palma. You will have to choose which route to take and go to this stop.
On Friday and Saturday. As well as on the nights before the holidays, from 22:00 to 06:00. Night buses run around the city every 20-30 minutes (Spanish “bus de nit”). The night bus runs along the entire Paseo Maritimo promenade. Where the nightlife of the capital Majorca concentrated.
Metro in Mallorca
The main metro station in Palma de Mallorca, Estación Intermodal, is located in the heart of the city. The Mallorca metro connects the island’s capital with the city of Mariachi. Metro working hours: from 06:00 to 23:00. During the day, metro trains run quite often, but at night and on Sundays, trains run at intervals of up to 30 minutes. Metro trains leave from platforms 1-4 at Estación Intermodal.
Intercity buses in Mallorca
Intercity buses throughout the island are mainly served by the TIB (Transports de les Illes Balears) bus company. You can get to almost anywhere on the island of Mallorca by bus, so it is a great transport option for those who do not want to rent a car.
The building of the central bus station and railway station is located in the Plaza España underground.
Most useful intercity bus routes:
- Bus number 15, 23, 25 : Palma de Mallorca – El Arenal.
- Bus number 104 : Palma de Mallorca – West Coast. Stops: Palma Nova, Portals Nous, Magaluf, Port Adriano, Santa Ponsa.
- Bus number 210 : Palma de Mallorca – Puerto Soller. Stops: Valldemosa, Deia and others.
- Bus number 340: Palma de Mallorca – Pollença with a stop in Inca.
- Bus number 412: Palma de Mallorca – the north-east coast of the island. Stops along the route: Port Vell, Cala Millor, Porto Cristo, Dragon Caves, Manacor.
- Bus number 501 : Palma de Mallorca – Cala d’Or with stops in Ses Salines, Campos, Llucmajor, El Arenal.
- Bus number 3: Palma de Mallorca – beaches of Palma Bay. A route for those who want to see the most beautiful beaches in the vicinity of the island’s capital.
Trains Palma de Mallorca – Soller
The most popular train route in Mallorca is the vintage Soller train. The train interiors are made of wood. On its way, the train passes through 13 tunnels through the mountains, stopping in picturesque towns and villages. A ticket for the Soller train will cost you 11 Euros round trip.
Trains in Mallorca
Train connections in Mallorca are represented by three separate lines, diverging north and east from the capital of the island. All trains leave from the main train station in Plaza de España (Estación Intermodal).
Ferries to Mallorca
Cruise ships and ferries from other cities and islands of Spain arrive daily in the capital of the island of Mallorca. In particular, these are ferries of the companies Baleària, Trasmediterranea, Iscomar Ferries, arriving from Barcelona, Denia, Ibiza and Valencia. Liners and ferries arrive at the port of Palma de Mallorca, from where you can take bus 1 to the city center or airport.
Car rental in Mallorca
Getting to know the island of Mallorca will be incomplete without renting a car. By renting a car, you will not depend on the sometimes slow public transport, and you will not need to understand how it works.
You can rent a car both at the Mallorca airport and in the center of the island’s capital and in other cities in different parts of the island: Cala Ratjada, Alcudia, Santa Ponsa, Cala Millor and others. Renting an economy class car for a day will cost you an average of 25-40 euros. To rent a car, you will need a passport, a credit card (not debit, embossed), and a driver’s license. The main problem when moving around the island is the lack of free parking spaces.
If you want to travel around the island by car, you can easily rent a car, I advise you to do this in advance on the Rentalcars website in order to rent a car at a better price and choose a car of the desired class.
Taxi in Mallorca
Taxis in Majorca are painted white with a red and yellow line running through the middle of the bonnet and the driver’s front door. Taxis can be ordered by phone or taken directly on the street in crowded places – at shopping centers, at the port, at the airport. When traveling at night and on weekends, there is an increased fare. Taxi drivers practically do not understand English – it is difficult for them to explain where to go without Spanish.
The following taxi fares apply in Mallorca:
- 3.95 Euro boarding fee
- 3.95 Euro – Taxi call fee by phone
- 6.95 Euro – airport fare
- 1-1.2 Euro – 1 km fare
Travel from El Arenal to the airport by taxi will cost you 20-25 Euros. However, you should be careful with local taxi drivers: they are not clean on the hand, and can easily calculate the boarding fee twice. It happened with us when traveling from our hotel in El Arenal to the Fan Shopping Center – the driver incredibly counted us over 21 Euros to pay, although literally the next day for a longer route to the airport, including the airport fare, we paid only 20 Euro. Whenever possible, when traveling around the city, it is better to take a taxi on the street in order to avoid paying the tax for calling a taxi by phone.