I am sure we all recognise that an easy way to negotiate ourselves around tourist destinations or from one sightseeing hotspot to another is by hire car, taxi or even bicycle. Public transport systems are often overlooked as being either too inconvenient or difficult to use. On Mallorca this couldn’t be further from the truth!
Mallorca has an excellent, efficient and reasonably priced public transport system which includes the Metro in Palma, Trains from Palma to Inca, sa Pobla and Manacor and Island-wide Bus routes. Additionally there is a unique narrow gauge railway from Palma to Sóller which is over 100 years old and an equally ancient five kilometre tram system from Sóller to Port de Sóller.
TIB Public Transport Bus
TIB – Consorci de Transports de Mallorca is the transport authority for the Island which it splits into five distinct areas. Buses are numbered in the hundreds from 100 to 535 dependent upon the region in which they operate. For example Bus 102 operates in region 1, the Ponent Region, on a route between Port d’Andratx and Palma, whereas Bus 352 operates in region 3, the north of Mallorca between Port de Pollença and Can Picafort. TIB has also arranged tourist sightseeing routes and timetables to suit all tastes throughout the Island. Details can be obtained from TIB and local Government tourist offices.
An additional Bus service, numbered in the 800’s is run across the Island to coincide with daily markets where, for example, Bus 835 leaves Port de Pollença at 09.30 am every Thursday bound for the market at Inca and returns when the market closes at 1.00 pm. There is an excellent travel map of the Island detailing all public transport routes operating during the summer which is available here.
Ferrocarril de Sóller
In the centre of Palma, adjacent to the Parc de les Estacions you will find the Estació Intermodal which is the train and metro station and also the central bus terminus. Approximately 100 metres away across the Carrer Eusebi Estrada is the location of the Ferrocarril de Sóller from where you can catch the privately owned and run narrow gauge railway northwards through the Tramuntana Mountains to Sóller. The same company runs the electric tram which runs between Sóller and Port de Sóller.
Sóller to Port de Sóller Tram