Take the Mallorca public buses to discover the island

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The the Mallorca public buses system provided us with some rays of optimism

We spent our summer vacation again on the well-known Balearic island of Mallorca after a 16-year absence, but this time we were joined by our son. We made the decision to return here as a result of an exceptional lodging bargain we discovered at Grupotel Taurus Park in Playa de Palma and couldn’t pass up.


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We chose to explore the great locations in Mallorca on our own this time around rather than using guided tours as we had done on our last visit to the island. And the public bus system in Mallorca provided us with some rays of optimism in order to accomplish this.

A developed country (or island) is not a place where the poor have cars, it’s where the rich ride public transportation


Two Mallorca public buses lines are run by the city of Palma: Serving the entire island is TIB. Buses called EMT-City are designed to move people quickly across Palma’s sprawling city center. By looking at their colors, you can quickly identify these buses. TIB are red and yellow, whereas EMT are blue and white in color. EMT Services The EMT services are extremely frequent (every 15 minutes or so) and available all year long. Prices range from 2,00 to 5,00 euros, depending on the distance traveled and the line used, and the routes include the entire Palma city center. For 30 cents each way, you may travel with your dog. Visit EMT Palma – Bus Service for further information, including the cost of tickets.

Services TIB Bus services are available to the majority of the island on an hourly basis from May through October during the peak travel season, providing convenient access to all areas of Mallorca, no matter where you are. Even though the winter service is much less extensive, it nonetheless runs a few times daily to guarantee that all residents have relatively easy access to the city or other locations. Prices vary depending on where you are going and how long the trip is, but common routes cost between 3 and 15 euros, with cheaper tickets being offered. For further information, visit www.tib.org on the internet.

The theory is over, though. We won’t focus exclusively on the sights to visit and activities to partake in around Mallorca in this article, but rather on how to get there in a practical manner using the local bus system. The first place we went was Port d’Andratx, a charming setting about 5 kilometers from Andratx town. Many people think of it as the most picturesque harbor in the Mediterranean; it’s a chic port with a well-kept and furnished yacht club that offers more than 450 berths. From Playa de Palma to Plaza Espana , in the city of Palma, we traveled by EMT bus line 23 for this purpose. When we got on the bus, we gave the driver a cash payment of 2 euros for each passenger. Estación Intermodal, Palma’s primary bus and train station, is located in Plaza Espana. Palma is connected to other communities on the island via TIB buses, the train connects the city center to Inca, Sa Pobla, and Manacor, and the Metro transports people to Marratx and the University of the Balearic Islands. From here, the venerable old train to Sóller departs as well. Plaza Espana is practically traversed by every urban EMT bus route. However, don’t look for TIB bus platforms on the ground. As with metro and train stations, this one is underground.

We boarded bus TIB 101 at Estación Intermodal, and it took us nine stops to get to S’Aluet in Port d’Andratx.

The fact that paying directly with a bank card at the machine in front of the driver’s boarding is far less expensive on all TIB bus routes than doing this is crucial information to know. A discount of at least 40% is available when using a single bank card to pay for a group of up to 5 travelers. In Camp de Mar, where we came with bus number 122, We made a “stopover” on the way back. The well-heeled and glitterati throng to this beachfront town in the southwest of Mallorca, adjacent to Andratx, which has a very sophisticated beach area and is surrounded by tiny, luxury hotels.  

There is a well-maintained, immaculate beach area with a tiny wooden bridge that goes in the direction of a rocky islet known as “La Illeta.” A small cabana is available for food and drink consumption here. With its pristine waters, towering pine trees, and striking rock formations, the setting is what makes this place so appealing. We spent 14.90 euros for three persons using a bank card for this initial journey that took us the entire day.

On another day, of course, I used bus 203 to get to Valldemossa and then from there to Port de Soller. Option 204 will take you considerably more quickly to Port de Soller from Estación Intermodal if you don’t want to stop at Valldemossa. Valldemossa feels like a world away from Palma de Mallorca despite being only a 15 to 20-minute drive away in the Tramuntana mountains. Valldemossa, which is perched on a hilltop and encircled by terraced ground, was given that name in honor of Muza, the first Moorish landowner in the region. The town is a delight to visit with its car-free cobbled lanes and rich cultural heritage.

Take the Mallorca public buses to discover the island

North-western Mallorca’s secluded Port de Sóller is a charming, little coastal community that has gained popularity in part because of its antique tram, big bay with protected harbor, and attractive surroundings. As a former fishing port, it is a fantastic site to eat fish and seafood, and the well-equipped marina is the ideal starting point for boat and sailing expeditions to nearby bays like Sa Calobra, which gained notoriety through the Hollywood movie Cloud Atlas.

Our last three days in Mallorca were spent in the north of the island, in Port de Pollenca, at Apartamentos Torre Playa, where we felt fantastic and where we again came by bus – line 301 TIB

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Particularly appreciated by the British, Puerto Pollensa consistently attracts devoted travelers. Only extensive stretches of sandy beach, dotted with palm and pine trees, a wonderful selection of cafes and restaurants, and some good hotels can be found on the island because of the strict building codes in place there.

The town, which was once just a small fishing port, is today a lovely, family-friendly resort with an interesting past. The last day, we took the 5 euro per person EMT bus line A1 from Estación Intermodal, Palma’s main bus and train station, back to the airport.

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