Getting around Mallorca
Around the same size as New York’s Long Island, Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands measuring 100 kilometres from north to south and 100 kilometres from east to west.
Unless arriving by ferry from the mainland, your first encounter of Majorca will be at Palma International Airport (PMI), where after having cleared passport control and picked up your luggage you will enter the main arrivals hall.
It is here that you will meet up with your tour representative for onward transport to your hotel, or sign all the paperwork required for a hire car. All of the main car rental firms are represented at the airport along with a couple of Spanish companies you may not be familiar with.
Prices of course vary, as do policies regarding bringing the car back with a full tank or an empty tank. To help you decide what options are best for you, we suggest you visit our car rental page where you can not only find the best car rental deal but also company policies regarding the amount of fuel in the tank.
In order to hire a car you need to be over 21, with a full-driving licence and a current credit card. Third party insurance comes with your policy as does emergency breakdown coverage with a number to call should you find yourself in an emergency.
The roads in Mallorca are of a top European standard with the main Ma13 motorway linking Palma in the south with Alcudia in the north. Travel around the coastal roads can be slow in the summer due to the amount of tourists on the islands, while the cliff-hugging roads in the west and north of the island will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up. In Mallorca just as the rest of the continent you drive on the right-hand side of the road and like most countries, these days drinking and driving comes with heavy penalties and even jail time.
Without a car in Mallorca, the best way to travel around the island is by bus using the capital city of Palma as your hub. Buses between the airport and the main bus station run every 15-minutes and cost just 3.00€ each way. To get to the main bus station in Palma take the number 1 bus getting off at the Placa d’Espanya. To travel onwards from Palma select your route and pay the driver on the bus. Try and have the correct fare ready and if not pay with bank notes no larger than 20.00€ as drivers will not accept 50.00€ notes.
Travelling by rail is a third option from Palma to Manacor and Sa Pobla with both lines connecting in Inca. For rail enthusiasts the 27.3-kilometre scenic journey from Palma to Soller is a must do attraction aboard an antique wood-panelled 1912 train.
Usually most taxis in Mallorca have a green light on the roof that indicates whether they are available or not and a display of tariffs in the passenger window explaining the metered fare. There are the cheaper taxi options or more luxury transfer option from Majorca Palma airport. Taxis that are booked in advance would usually be less than not pre-booking and getting a taxi directly from the airport as additional fees are usually added.
Mallorca has an excellent network of cycle routes covering the entire island that has spawned 170 clubs dedicated to the sport. During the cooler winter months, many of the world’s top cycling teams come to Mallorca in order to train for the Tour de France.
The best way to get around Mallorca is to make use of the many excursions that are on offer from the beach resort hotels or sign up for activities where the operators pick you up from your location. For a day out in Palma take advantage of the hop-on-hop-off bus that allows you to travel around the city for up to 24 hours getting on and off at one of it’s 16 stops around the city.