Getting around Balearic Islands


Most tourists visiting the Balearic Isles arrive by plane. Each of the three major islands, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, is served by an international airport, linked by direct flights to Europe’s main capital cities. Palma Airport, Son Sant Joan, is not only the biggest locally but one of the chief tourist airports in Europe. It lies eight kilometres from the city centre. There is a bus (No. 17) to the airport every 20 minutes from the Paseo Mallorca.

Should travellers decide to go to Mallorca by ship, the Trasmediterránea ferry line runs a scheduled passenger service. From Palma, ferries run regularly to Mahón, Ibiza, Valencia and Barcelona.

Ibiza cruise ship

There are only two railway lines in the Balearics, both on Mallorca. One is privately owned and links Palma with Port de Sóller. It is a quaint electric train which relies mainly on tourists visiting Sóller. The second is the Inca railway, the last of a once extensive network of trains that connected many of Mallorca’s towns.

Coaches and rental cars are the most usual means of transport for tourists visiting the islands. Tariffs are very economical and there is a wide range on offer. The Balearics are covered by comprehensive network of roads. Three toll-free highways lead from Palma, to Palmanova, Cala Blava and Inca respectively.

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