The bus service from the tourist resorts to Palma is good. The buses stop at Placa de Espana. Here you can find various bus stops where you can take a bus to several seaside villages. Moreover at Placa de Espana there is a modern underground station. This is the bus, train and tube station. Here you can take your bus or a train to various villages on the island. See; Valldemossa, Inca etc.
About the tickets from the tourist resorts to Palma. You can buy them on the bus, but I'd recommend to buy a card (bono 10 viatges) valid for 10 journeys. It is much cheaper than buying a single ticket each time you take a bus. You can buy it from some newstands.
We stayed in Cala Millor, and it took us only 1 h 15 min to get to Palma for a day visit. The buses were on time and air-conditioned. Price return was 13 euros per person, which is far better than 65 euros one way by taxi. The bus to the Cuevas del Drach (Dragon caves) was also almost on time, and it took us just over 20 minutes to get there, cost- 1.60 euros one way. All in all, the buses are reliable, frequent and comfortable.
When you land at Palma Airport and want to get to the city centre then the easiest and cheapest way of doing this is to catch the Palma Airport Bus, This is Line 1 and runs between the airport and the centre of Palma.
This service runs about every 15 minutes
Departs from airport: 06:10am to 01:10am.
Departs from Palma: 05:30am to 01:00am.
The Palma Airport Bus stops along the route at these stops.
From airport: arrivals, airport petrol station, Joan Maragall (GESA), Av. Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga., Plaça d'Espanya, Av. Compte de Sallent, Passeig de Mallorca, Av. Argentina, Passeig Marítim, Port de Palma, Portopí, Dic de l'oest.
From Palma back to the airport: Dic de l'oest, Portopí, Port de Palma, Passeig Marítim, Sa Feixina, Passeig de Mallorca, Instituts, Av. Alemanya, Plaça d'Espanya, Av. d'Alexandre Rosselló, Porta des Camp, Joan Maragall (GESA), airport (departures), airport (arrivals).
The costs are very reasonable at €1.85 per person each way
The bus routes that extend out from the centre of Palma around the shores of the bay can get very crowded. Although they use modern 'bendy buses', which seem to depart at least every 10 minutes on workdays and public holidays and Sundays, it is often difficult to get the space to sit down.
With such a linear settlement pattern, and large numbers of non-car owning customers (tourists) the place is crying out for an effective tram system along the front.
I've seen things mooted in the local english-language newspaper but any development is probably a few years off yet.
UPDATE : NOV 2007 - it seems to be back on the agenda again, what with the new Metro line out to the university about to open. A scaled down affair might be just around the corner.
The local bus service is excellent around the southern resorts only and not for further destinations. They are commuting regularly . It is more comfortable to take a public transport and most advisable.
The bus is named PALMA & it goes to Portals Nous, Marineland, Palmanova, Magaluf, Cala Vinyes & the Casino.
it is Bus Nº1.
The buses run quite regular & are very cheap too only cost around 1-2 Euros.
The bus times are
Regular service bus to Casino are at:
0640, 10.15 , 15.45 & 18.15.
Regular service bus to Palma are at:
07.50, 09.30 ,12.00, 17.00 & 20.00.
The internet widely advises getting the no.17 bus to Palma, we found this to be incorrect.
Bus No. 1 goes from the airport to Palma every 15-20 minutes throughout the day.
It costs less than 2 euros and if you are staying at the Hotel Horizonte I think it stops at the bottom of the hill.
I made the mistake of getting off in Palma as I had read that this terminated near the train station, we then had to catch a taxi.
We only went on the bus a few time because i cant speak much spanish i found it difficult to ask where i wanted to go,they also get quite full during the day.But it was a good experience.