The bus system in Mallorca is very well organised, affordable and clean, and it offers a great alternative to driving as a way of getting around the island. From Palma you can get anywhere on the island by bus, whether it is a day trip outside of the city or to get across town, and from outside Palma, a bus stops in nearly all villages to come to the city. Here is the lowdown.
There are two main bus companies in Mallorca, the EMT (blue and white buses) which run bus routes across Palma and the surrounding areas, and the yellow and red TIB buses or coaches which link the villages and towns with Palma.
For the EMT bus you can buy a 10 ticket bono pass at cost of 10€ which permits travel on any EMT bus; these can be bought at centrally located tobacco shops or stationary stalls. Alternatively a bus ride will cost you 1,50€ and you can pay the driver as you enter the bus. Drivers do not usually carry change for more than 20€, so make sure you have some loose change with you.
To plan your route, visit www.emtpalma.es – also available in English and German. Alternatively, call +34 971 214 444.
The TIB buses leave from Palma’s main ‘Intermodal station’ which is at Plaza de España (you will need to go down the escalators). There is a ticket office in the station that can provide timetables for any bus, train or metro service you may need to take.
Buses and trains within the CTM company (for villages and towns further afield than Palma) all have different prices depending on the destination of your journey. Tickets can be bought beforehand at the ticket office or on the bus or train. If you are planning on using the public transport regularly while you are here you can buy a 20 or 40 ticket pass for a slightly cheaper price, these can only be purchased at ticket offices. For more information on TIB buses and trains visit: www.tib.org.
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