If you are unfamiliar with buses at Palma airport and Mallorca it might seem challenging to rely on them for your holiday. However they are frequent and plentiful and travelers will be able to get to most places in Mallorca using them.
There are essentially two types of buses, buses for Palma city and surroundings and buses for the rest of the island.
The blue, white and red buses are for Palma city and surrounding areas. These are run by the EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transports). The airport buses are also operated by EMT.
For routes stretching out across the island you will need the red and yellow buses, these are run by the TIB. (Transport de les Illes Balears)
To use the TIB buses for various destinations across Mallorca you will need to get to the main Palma city bus terminal, Plaza de Espana. It’s called the Intermodal Station and Mallorca trains are located here too.
To get there you will need to take the airport bus route No.1. (an EMT bus)
At Palma airport there are only two bus routes serving the airport. Route No.1 to Palma city and Palma Port and route No.21 to Arenal.
To get to the main bus terminal at Palma you will need to take the route No.1 bus. Getting off at stop Placa d’Espanya (Plaza de Espana), Intermodal Station. You can also easily return to the airport from the bus station on the route no.1 bus.
All airport buses have the next stop on their electronic display system inside the bus and go every 15 minutes on average but after 21:30 only every 30 minutes.
Palma airport to Palma city/port: 6:00am to 1:10am
Palma Port to Palma city/airport: 5:30am to 1:00am
Palma airport to Palma city/port: 6:00am to 1:50am
Palma Port to Palma city/airport: 5:30am to 2:10am
The Palma airport bus No.1 cost €5
To see where to catch the no.1 bus at the airport and for more details about the no.1 bus click here.
Once in Palma at the main bus station you will have to purchase a ticket from the bus driver on the bus.
You can only use bank notes of €20 or less to pay on the bus. Only if your fare is more than €20 can you pay with a €50 bank note.
Before this stage though you will need to know the bus route for your destination. To see individual bus routes and actual time tables it really is best to see the official TIB website as there are many routes and timetables are constantly adjusting.
To get the most accurate timetable for any TIB route it’s best to ask for a timetable printout for a particular route at the bus station. (horario de ruta __ )
The routes are organized into five zones 100,200,300,400,500. These approximately represent an area of the island but the routes overlap the zones.
Andratx, Peguera, Santa Ponsa, Magaluf, Palmanova
Playa de Palma, C’an Pastilla, Valdemossa , Soller
Puerto de Pollensa, C’an Picafort, Alcudia, Puerto de Alcudia
C’an Picafort, Cala Ratjada, C’an Pastilla, Cala Millor, Porto Cristo,
Cala D’Or, Cala Figuera, Ses Salines, San Jordi, Llucmajor,
Special routes for Markets across the island
Bus timetables are subject to change during holidays and festivals. The contact details of the main bus establishments in Mallorca are below.
Transport de les Illes Balears
Plaça d’Espanya s/n, Palma.
Customer Service Telephone: +34 971 17 77 77
Empresa Municipal de Transports
Calle Josep Anselm Clavé 5, 07002 Palma
Customer Service Telephone: +34 971 214 444
Sms for latest arrival info. 659 251 530