Majorca: Local Travel Info
Most Popular Spanish Mediterranean Island
Internal Flights and Major International Airports in Majorca
The one and only airport in Majorca is Palma De Majorca situated 8km to the east of the capital Palma. Holiday makers going to and from Majorca airport can travel by car, taxi or bus. The airport in Majorca also has a 24 hour bureaux de change.
Getting to and from the Airport at Majorca
Getting to and from the airport at Majorca is very straightforward. Taxis depart from the taxi rank located outside Door D on the Arrivals floor. There are a number of taxi companies running and the journey time from the airport to Palma city centre should take no longer than 15 minutes. The bus stops are located near by the taxi rank as well as one outside the check-in floor. Bus No.1 runs to Paseo Majorca in the centre of Palma. The journey takes roughly 30 minutes from Palma De Majorca Airport to Palma. Driving to and from Majorca’s airport is also fairly straightforward as the roads are well sign posted. If coming from Palma take the Autovia main road towards Santanyi and turn off before the airport. There is sheltered parking close to the terminal for both short and long term parking. The ground floor is used by rental car companies whilst long-term parking is on the 6th floor. All floors at the Majorca airport cater for disabled passengers.
Renting Cars in Majorca
Renting a car in Majorca is a fantastic way to explore the island and is great value for money. Car hire in Majorca will cost between 50 and 60 Euros for a week. Usually the driver must be at least 21 years of age and have held a valid driving licence for at least a year, most hire companies in Majorca will insist on you having a valid credit card as well. It’s a good idea to book your car before hand online and pick it up from the airport when landing. The speed limit in Majorca is 120kph and on the main roads 100kph, minor roads are 90kph and the country roads are 60kph. Random breath-testing checks can happen at any time and any speed tickets are to be paid immediately. The usual rules apply such as wearing seatbelts, no parking on a yellow line and drivers are forbidden to use their mobile phone when driving. Remember to drive on the right hand side of the road!
Drivers License Requirements in Majorca
As with the majority of European countries driving in Majorca is permitted with your normal licence. It needs to be written in the Roman alphabet, if the licence is written in another alphabet it is necessary to show an International Driving Permit in English. These are available from driving associations such as the AA and RAC. It is important to keep your driver’s licence with you at all time when driving in Majorca. If your licence has no photograph be sure to carry another form of ID that does have a picture of you. Remember to have your V5 (registration document handbook) as well as a certificate of motor insurance. Third party motor insurance is the minimum requirement when driving in Majorca. The usual driving rules apply in Majorca, for example seatbelts are required by law, no parking on yellow lines and stick to the speed limits as a fine will be issued and you will be expected to pay it on the spot.
Majorca by Bus
Majorca provides an efficient bus system linking Palma to all of the main towns so it’s a good way of making your way around the island. The buses in Majorca are divided into five different zones all going from Palma. If the bus number is in the 100s its route covers the southwest of Majorca. The 200 buses cover the west, the 300s cover the central terrain of Majorca, the 400 buses take the east coast route as well as some central areas. To visit the south of Majorca look out for the 500 buses. It is worth investing in Bono Bus which is a travel card for the buses in Majorca and is great value for money. Bus timetables are available from the Placa d’Espanya which is where the main bus stop is in Palma.
Majorca by Taxi
The taxis in Majorca have standard fares which all taxis follow by law. It is possible to flag down a taxi or another option is to wait at a taxi rank. These are signed as a T in a blue square. When a taxi is in use their green light will be on above their car and it will indicate how many passengers the taxi is carrying. Taxi fares in Majorca vary for different times of the day. From 7am to 9pm Monday to Friday you will be charged roughly 3 Euros. Other than these times, weekends and holidays there is a slightly more expensive fare of 4 to 5 Euros. There is then a charge per kilometre of less than 1 Euro. These fares may vary from time to time but every taxi will be the same. Check the official taxi fares in Majorca which is often situated in one of the rear windows. Taxis can add extras to your fare including airport pick ups which is 2.50 Euros. A taxi from the port has an added extra of 1.70 Euros. They can charge per bag/luggage which will be 0.55 Euros. However taxis cannot charge extra for guide dogs, prams, wheelchairs and you can ask for a receipt that will show the breakdown of all fares.
Cycling in Majorca
Cycling around Majorca is a good way to explore the island. If you feel you can take on the hilly northwest then you can take your own bike or hire from the various hire companies. It’s a good idea to research hire companies before arriving on the island and find your nearest company. There are plenty of routes to cycle in Majorca whether you want an easy flat terrain in costal areas or if you want a challenge take advantage of the fantastic mountainous landscape. The views at the top will be worth the hard work.
Walking in Majorca
There are plenty of walking tours in Majorca. It’s wise to look up the walking tours and chose your most suited walks. Often there are various 6 to 10 mile walks and the walking guides will usually assess your fitness and abilities before hand and match you to a suitable walk route. However it is not necessary to go on a tour but if you go alone be sure to plan your route before hand. Walking is a great way to explore the diverse terrain around the island. The Tramontana range provides spectacular views and a world away from some of the touristy beach resorts. From hidden mountain passes, mule tracks or walks through sleepy villages there are options for everyone. Geologists, historians and birdwatchers will find a great deal to keep them occupied with ancient pathways and beautiful monasteries to discover.
Majorca by train
There are two railways lines in Majorca which connect Palma with Inca and Soller. Fast trains to Inca take 35 minutes while the Soller train is now used mostly as a tourist attraction. The train is mostly made of wood and dates back to 1912. The train travels through 13 tunnels on its way to Soller and takes a good hour. The Soller train in Majorca is a fantastic way to appreciate Majorca’s true beauty and there are ten stops on the way to take in the villages and enjoy some tasty Majorcan food. The train station in Palma is next to the Plaze d’Espana near the bus station and a return to Soller is just over 10 Euros.
Majorca by boat
The best way to see the coastline of Majorca is to travel by boat. Travelling my boat in Majorca will allow you to see the remoter coves which are often inaccessible by road. Boat trips in Majorca run throughout the year. There are also sailing trips and Catamaran exursions.