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Getting to Cala d’Or – Taxi transfers, Car hire & Bus

Getting to Cala d’Or from Palma airport can be tackled in a number of different ways.  These could be; hiring a car, taking a taxi or pre-booked private transfer, catching a bus or even using the train partway.

Cala d’Or is on the west of Mallorca and is 59km/36miles from Palma airport. The roads aren’t too busy and most of the journey is on the Ma-19 directly from the airport.  It’s approximately a 53 minute car journey from Palma airport.

If deciding to take the bus, passengers will need to go to Palma city first, to the main bus and train station and from there take the bus to Cala d’Or.  Palma city bus station is 8km/5miles east of Palma de Mallorca Airport.

Taxi – Private Transfer

A Taxi for 1-4 persons to Cala d’Or is approximately €80-90.  Taxi fares range in price depending on; the season/holidays, the amount of baggage, the company and the time of day.

Parking in the summer season can be very scarce around the center of Cala d’Or.  Therefore a taxi transfer is a very good option to avoid parking problems and driving stress.

The Palma airport taxi area is directly in front of the arrivals building on the ground floor.  There are normally plenty of waiting taxis available so this makes a taxi a good option.

However at busy times it may be that you have to wait in the taxi queue.  Palma airport taxis do charge a fixed price but it is always better to get a price before you start out on your journey.  This is because there will be variables which could mean you will charged more than expected.

Also bear in mind that most Palma airport taxis will only take a maximum of 4 passengers per 1-4 pax taxi.  Therefore if you are a family of five passengers, even if one is a very small baby, you will need to take two taxis.  This will cost a lot more than you might have budgeted for.  Another point worth noting is that waiting taxis at Palma airport don’t always have safety seats for children available.

Pre-Booked Private Transfer

Pre-booking a private taxi transfer is probably the most comfortable and convenient way to get to Cala d’Or from Palma airport at any time of the day or night.

If you choose to take a taxi from Mallorca airport it may be best for your group to pre-book a private transfer ahead of time.  This is because it can often work out to be more economic especially if you are a large party, also the vehicle is often more comfortable.

When pre-booking a private transfer it’s possible to have peace of mind and book for child safety seats in advance.  This is because you will have the assurance that your driver will be waiting for you and your children when you arrive.

Another plus about pre-booked private taxis is that you will usually get a more luxurious vehicle than a regular taxi. Your driver will meet you with a name placard in Mallorca airport’s public arrivals hall.  Drivers will in most instances also help with luggage.

In most cases it’s possible to book a vehicle large enough for your travel group.  The larger vehicles come in sizes of 1-7 minivans or 8-20 minibuses.  Those who require a coach are even able to do so with some private transfer websites.

Cala d’Or by Bus

Palma airport passengers will first need to get either a taxi or the local airport bus from the airport to the Palma city bus station.  Then from there they will be able to take the 501 bus from Palma city to Cala d’Or, this bus takes approximately one hour thirty five minutes.

Mallorcan buses are comfortable and air-conditioned. The overall bus journey time to Cala d’Or from Palma airport will be about two hours fifteen minutes.

Getting from Palma Airport to Cala d’Or

Take the airport bus to Palma city bus station. (Intermodal Station – Plaza de Espana)

From the airport take the route No.1 bus to Palma city which costs €3.  Buses go every 15 minutes on average although after 21:30 only every 30 minutes.

Airport buses runs from:
November to April: 6:00am to 1:10am
May to October: 6:00am to 1:50am

Palma to Cala d’Or – Bus route 501

At the Palma city Bus Station you will be able to buy a ticket from the bus driver on the bus 501 to Cala d’Or.  This should be €8.45 for a single journey and a return ticket would be €18.90. 

The journey time from Palma city to Cala d’Or is one hour and a thirty-five minutes approximately, some buses are a bit quicker others a little slower.

Always check with the bus company for the most accurate timetable. The following times are from the bus company’s website but are possibly subject to modification.

Palma to Cala d’Or

Route 501: Palma,  s’Arenal,  Polígon Son Noguera,  Llucmajor,  Campos,  Santanyí,  s’Alqueria Blanca,  Portopetro,  Cala Egos,  Cala d’Or,  Cala Ferrera,  Cala Gran,  Calonge

Winter Timetable
Monday to Friday: 07:05  08:25  12:50  17:20  21:10

Sundays & Holidays: 10:00  15:00  20:15

Summer timetable
Monday to Friday: 06:00  08:25  10:30  13:05  14:15  17:00  17:30  18:00  18:45  21:40

Sundays & Holidays: 06:00  10:30  14:15  18:45 

Cala d’Or to Palma

Route 412: Calonge,  Cala Gran,  Cala Ferrera,   Cala d’Or,  Cala Egos,  Portopetro,  s’Alqueria Blanca,  Santanyí,  Campos,  Llucmajor,  Polígon Son Noguera,  s’Arenal,  Palma 

Winter Times
Monday to Friday: 05:50  10:10  14:25  18:55

Sunday & Holidays: 07:15  12:45  17:30

Summer timetable
Monday to Friday: 05:55  07:40  10:00  10:00  10:10  12:05  14:45  16:00  19:05  20:20

Sundays & Holidays: 07:40  12:05  16:00  20:20

Alternative Method

The Train

It is technically possible to get the train partway but because of the extra travel time and hassle it would only be worth it if there wasn’t any other travel options. Total travel time including waiting would be around 3 hours.

Passengers would have get from the airport to Palma city bus and train station and then get the train to Manacor. 

At Manacor station it would be possible to get bus route number 425 to Cala d’Or  for the 50 minute journey.  However 425 buses don’t run on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.  Another option from Manacor to Cala d’Or is a taxi for around €35.

Train tickets can be purchased at the station at automatic ticket machines or in the ticket office. Prices are €3.55 to Manacor for a single fare and €7.10 return fare.

Monday to Fridays the first train from Palma to Manacor leaves at 6:15 and the last train is at 22:15. Trains from Palma to Manacor run every hour and journey time is about an hour. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays they start at 6:10 every hour until 22:10 and the journey time is 67minutes.

Return trains Monday to Fridays depart Manacor for Palma from 6:23 every hour until 22:23 and take approximately 60minutes. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays they start from Manacor at 6:24 every hour until 22:24 and the journey time is 67minutes.

Getting to Cala d’Or with a hire car

If you decide to hire a car at Palma airport to get to Cala d’Or, it will be about 55 minutes to drive.  It isn’t too difficult as there isn’t so much traffic although there are lots of different roads to take.

Exit Airport

Simply exit the airport taking the main highway eastbound following signs for Platja de Palma/Santanyí and merge onto the Ma-19.  If you hired a car from one of the car hire companies on the east side the airport then you will join the Ma-19 heading towards Santanyí one junction nearer to your destination.

Once on the Ma-19 follow signs for Campos and Santanyí.  After  approximately 21km/13miles the motorway will come to an end at a large roundabout, keep right following the signs for Campos and Santanyí still taking Ma-19.

Leaving the Ma-19

After a further 9km/6miles on the Ma-19 you will come to the town of Campos.  It is possible to take the Ma-19 virtually all the way to Cala d’Or but it quicker exiting the Ma-19 at Campos. Continue straight over the first roundabout heading towards Felanitx

At the following roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Carrer de la Rambla following the sign for Felanitx. After few hundred metres take the second exit on the roundabout straight over in the direction Felanitx now on the Ma-5120

Continue through the town for a few hundred metres more and take the third exit on the roundabout still heading towards Felanitx on the Ma-5120. 

After approximately 10km/6miles you will come to the town of Felanitx.  At the roundabout, take the second exit continuing straight onto Carrer de Campos following the sign to the Centre.

Stay on this road for about 300 metres until you come to a crossroads junction, turn right following the sign for Cala d’Or, this will be the Ma-14.  Follow the road for approximately half a km until the junction and turn a sharp left and immediately you will be at the next junction and will need to turn right, in each case following the sign for Cala d’Or.

After 4km/2.5miles turn left off the Ma-14 following the sign for Cala d’Or.  This road will be the Ma-4016, stay on this for 5km/3mile.  At this point you will come to a roundabout and will need to take the first exit in a straight direction again following the sign for Cala d’Or on the Ma-4012.

After around 300 metres turn left onto the Ma-4013 following the sign for Cala d’Or. 

Stay on this road for a further 3km/2miles until you come to Cala d’Or.

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