You will have no trouble finding the taxi rank at Mallorca Airport as it is directly opposite the arrivals hall from the Gate C Exit. Once you have picked up your luggage all you have to do is look up and follow the signs that have an image of a taxi on them. All taxis in Mallorca are white with no exception and have the red and yellow colours of the Mallorca flag on their bonnet and both front doors. Plus, just like any other large city in the world, they have the universal illuminated taxi sign on the roof to let you know if they are available or not.
All journeys are calculated by taximeter with a supplement of 2.90€ for picking up and dropping off at the airport. The standard fare also increases for journeys after 10pm at night and is more on weekends and public holidays. Taxis in Mallorca are strictly regulated not allowing cabs to carry more than four passengers and that includes children no matter how small. Child seats are also not available, and you may have difficulty taking a party of four if you all have luggage. If you have special needs like a child seat, restricted mobility or travelling in a group, you might be better off organising a Private Airport Transfer rather than taking a taxi. Another drawback to taking a taxi from the airport is that you might have to wait in a long queue until a car becomes available. After Madrid and Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca International Airport is the third busiest in Spain and can be packed with holidaymakers during the peak summer season.
Because long lines for taxis are quite common during the summer, pirate taxi drivers may try and approach you offering you are a ride with some story of how they just dropped someone off but are not allowed to legally pick up passengers at the airport. As tempting as it may sound to jump the queue, do not do it as these private cars are not licensed and insured to carry passengers.
Flying these days is the most stressful it’s ever been with passengers having to arrive at airports hours before their flight, just so they can empty their pockets, separate things in their bags and worry about if any cosmetics or toothpaste is too big to take with them on the aircraft. With all this in mind plus a, no doubt full flight to deal with, the last thing you want to do when you get to Palma Airport is to be hanging around waiting to take a taxi or catch a bus to Porto Cristo. You can save yourself tons of time and avoid all the hassle of getting to your hotel, villa or apartment by booking a Private Airport Transfer. to Porto Cristo
The way it works is that you telephone or book online with a reputable company and they arrange to have a driver waiting for you in the arrivals hall when you get off your flight. There is no waiting around and no guessing as to how much it is going to cost as you have already been given that information when you made the booking. Our favourite of all the private car hire firms in Mallorca is Solhop which, judging by all the complimentary comments left on TripAdvisor, is most other people’s as well. What we like about Solhop is the fact that their cars are new, and we can book a vehicle to suit our needs. All Solhop’s drivers speak English and there is never a problem if you need to cancel or alter your booking.
If you are staying outside of the major resorts or plan on seeing as much of Mallorca as possible, then renting a car from the airport is your best bet.
Having your own transport not only allows you to experience Mallorca at your own pace it also offers you the opportunity to visit places you could not get to any other way.
Just about every major car rental company in Europe has a desk in the arrivals area of Palma de Mallorca International Airport and has cars and vans available to suit all your needs.
Alamo, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, RecordGo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Goldcar, Rhodium, Interent, Keddy by Europcar all have desks at the airport.
Centauro, OK, Hiper, Wiber, Dollar and Drivalia have lots close to the airport and provide a free shuttle bus service.
As we have already mentioned Palma Airport is an extremely busy place during the summer and with a finite number of vehicles available try and book your car as far in advance as possible.
Pay close attention to what the rental agent is telling you with regards to the fuel policy and while most operate leave full return full tank policy there are some who do not. Also, make sure to read the rental agreement properly, making sure to list all people who will be driving the car and that you have the correct amount of insurance coverage.
Please also see our page Car Hire from Mallorca Airport for more detailed information on this topic.
Porto Cristo is very easy to get to from the airport by following the signs for Manacor. When leaving the airport, take the first exit onto the MA-19 in the direction of Palma and then take Exit 3 onto the MA-20 Palma ring road until you reach the exit for the MA-15 which will take you all the way to Manacor. Once you reach Manacor turn right onto the MA-4020 which will take you right into Porto Cristo.
In order to get to Porto Cristo from the airport, you need to catch the L1 Airport-Palma-Airport bus to the city’s main bus station in the Plaça d’Espanya. Once there take the escalator down to the Estacio Intermodal and take the TIB (Transport de les Illes Balears) Line 412 to Porto Cristo. Due to the fact, the 412 bus also links Manacor with Palma the service is quite frequent and has a journey time of less than two hours.
For more information on this topic, please also see our page Taking buses in Mallorca.