Minorca Island Transportation

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    Traveling by bus

    by himalia11 Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    Bus in Ciutadella

    The main bus stations are in Mahon/Maó and Ciutadella from where busses go to all kind of villages. It may be more difficult to get somewhere else from other towns, and there may not be that many connections. For example from Cala Galdana, there were only 2 connections to Mahon (one in the morning, one in the afternoon), and 3 or 4 (depending on the weekday) to Ciutadella. This was in September, it may be more in the high season. So you need to do some planning when you want to go somewhere, and may first need to go to one of the towns at the major road ME-1 like Ferreries or Es Mercadal and travel further on from there.
    There are different companies that run busses, which are TMSA, AutosFornells, and Torres. Cala Galdana was served by TMSA and busses were pretty comfortable, and the air-conditioning is nice!

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  • Car Hire for Seniors and everyone else

    by Denise1953 Written Jun 21, 2012

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    After reading the post "Car Hire for Seniors!" I have to agree 100% I have used www.poppycars.com for a number of years and have also had a car from Jason from www.alphacarsmenorca.com and will give both 10 out of 10.

    They do get booked up early and on occasions when they have none available, roger the owner recommended www.solcarhire.com another local company who give 100% service, again highly recommended.

    My advice is: Keep away from the agency's and international co's. The smaller local hire company's are a much safer bet.

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    By air or sea

    by ranger49 Updated Dec 3, 2011

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    My daughter stepping out for return flight 1981
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    The airport at St Climent, Maó receives thousands of tourists from all over Europe, including during the summer months, many budget carriers. In the UK departures from Regional airports dry up mid October including my locals Cardiff and Bristol which are conveniently equidistant an hour from home.
    On such a small island nowhere is very far from the airport, making transfers easy, quick and reasonably inexpensive.
    2.
    As well as being a cruise destination there are regular ferry services between the Island and Palma, Mallorca, (quite a short crossing).
    Barcelona and Valencia operate daily sailings in summer, fewer in winter months and if travelling with a car are quite expensive.

    For cruisers Mahon is a good shore visit, easy to get around on foot and explore the city in a few hours - but be prepared for steep upward inclines and many steps to reach the town.

    3.
    The harbour was full of sea-going yachts. Every day seemed to bring a bigger and better one!
    We wondered who owned and could afford to roam the waves in these multi- million $/£ luxury vessels!

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    Car Hire for Seniors!

    by ranger49 Updated Oct 13, 2011

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    We had researched car hire before we set off for our holiday but ran into the problem of ageism and the upper age limit!

    Once settled in our hotel we made good use of public transport but after meeting a couple who had hired several times through a local company, on their recommendation, we contacted -

    http://www.poppycars.com/index.php5

    This company is run by a British couple who have lived on the Island for some years. Their Terms and Conditions are transparent and there are no hidden extras. Reviews of the service offered are very good.
    They agreed to deliver a car at a very reasonable price to our hotel the following morning. This was arranged swiftly and easily by email.

    A larger car than expected (Opel/Meriva) arrived on time but was in fact supplied by -

    http://www.alfacarsmenorca.com/

    a newish company which works closely with poppycars and offers identical T&C including 25 EUR of Diesel Fuel - car to be returned empty

    The body work had a few "end of season" minor scratches but the car was trouble free throughout the 8 days we had it.

    I would have no hesitation in renting through either company in future.

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    Around the Island

    by ranger49 Written Oct 12, 2011

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    The main Bus Station is in Maó and there are good sevices to most parts of the Island and fares are very reasonable. The buses are comfortable and air conditioned. You can see all the routes and fares on the web site.

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    TomTom

    by kevin36 Written Apr 19, 2009

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    Route Planner

    A useful link for TomTom Route Planner free

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    Cuadricycle

    by kevin36 Written Aug 4, 2008

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    You will see these Bikes peddling around Cala'Bosc and they are fun,However they can be hard work too,We hired one for a couple of hours to go to the lighthouse and look,there does not appear to be any hills until you are peddling one of these.
    But its one of those things you have to do when your on holiday,as a fellow tourist said to us: "It seemed like a good idea at the time".
    It will cost you about €9 for an hour and €15 for two hours,that was this years prices,however with fuel going up who knows! (Joke).
    Make sure you plan it well as they are not speed machines.
    They come in many forms from a 2seater to a 6seater, as long as everyone peddles it should be no problem.

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    The Red Bus

    by kevin36 Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    I was very impressed with the bus service provided in Menorca.
    Firstly they are clean,Modern, Air conditioned, on time,and the drivers very polite and helpful as is most of the people we came across.
    If you have a pushchair,no more struggling trying to get it on the bus,the driver will see you have a pushchair and press a button to open the side luggage hatch,just put it in and get on.
    The bus stop for Hotel Cassas Del Lago is out the front door 10yds on your left you want the No 65 for Ciutadella and Mahon,for Mahon you Change at Ciutadella we got the 614 Mahon Express.
    There are two buses that go from Ciutadella to Mahon you want the Express it only stops at a couple of places on route the second stops at all the stops.
    when you get to Ciutadella there is a hut featured on picture no5 that's where you get your return ticket to Cala'n Bosc.the other side of the square from where you got off is where you get the express to Mahon.
    buses run from:07:00 -24:30 except Sundays Sundays til 23:15 to Ciutadella.
    If you are early there is a nice outside Coffee place nearby to the Mahon bus stop.
    Prices: very good value, at the time we went:
    €1.70euros each single to Ciutadella.(20min journey)
    €4.40euros each single to Mahon. (approx 45mins - 1hr)
    Its better than driving and trying to find parking,I recommend it,its very easy to use so be don't worried I had a hire car but still went on the bus.

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    Rent a car

    by Belsaita Updated Jun 17, 2008

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    our rental car, parked in Ma��

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    You can see a good bit of the island by public transport. You can reach by bus (more or less frequent) all the main towns/resorts, even some popular beaches,. However, some of the best spots of the island only may be reached by car, bike, boat... or feet!

    So, even the island is not big; having your own car will give you the freedom to discover it by yourself. You can easily reach by car and a short walk many "off the beaten track" small beaches and beautiful landscapes that would be very dificult to reach otherwise.

    Besides, you may know that depending on the winds, usually you have one side of the island with quiet sea, while the other is having big waves. Depending what you want to do, you should go to one side or the other (i.e. you want to sail, snorkel…). Therefore, having a car is a must as you just go to the opposite side if the one where you are is the “wrong” one this particular day!!

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    Bus travel

    by chazgilbert Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Happy bus travel

    A network of buses run from Ciutadella's centre - Placa dels Pins. They travel to just about every resort on the island's western coast, and are very good value at 1.60 euros for a single (summer 2006).

    I say buses - they're actually air-conditioned cocahes; very comfortable and very good value for money. Furthermore, they run regularly and pretty late into the night.

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    Quick n'Easy

    by chazgilbert Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Menorca's airport

    We flew from Manchester to Menorca, which took about two-and-a-half hours. We chose to fly from Manchester because it worked out a lot cheaper than flying from London or Birmingham.

    Prices do vary between airlines- we flew with Monarch and it was very good value for money.

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    Car Hire

    by steventilly Updated Sep 20, 2006

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    Our Car in Ciutadella

    To see Menorca at its best you need a car. Sad but true in these days of eco-travel, but there you go. So much of Menorca's beautiful coastline is inacessible to those stuck with using public transport, as are many of the historical sights.
    We hired a car in Menorca, the first time I've driven in a country that drives on "the wrong side", i.e. the right. It was a great place to lose my virginity because the roads are fairly quiet and of good quality, certainly on the A and B routes. Lesser routes tended to be quite narrow and often walled in, so care was needed.
    The Menorcan drivers (and fellow tourists) seemed to be very level headed and I saw no crazy manouvers or aggressive behaviour. Quite a difference to everyday driving here in the UK!
    We hired our car through HolidayAutos and took out extra (annual) insurance with Insurance4CarHire, which gives a greater level of coverage and also insures your excess.

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    Buses

    by steventilly Written Sep 20, 2006

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    A Bus In Es Castel

    The bus service seems fairly decent, at least between Mahon and Ciutadella. Buses are frequent and on time and the fares are reasonable. They call at all of the major towns en route, those being Alaior, Es Mercadel and Fererries. The bus service from Es Castel to Mahaon was also very good, and you could set your watch by the bus departures (every 1/2 hour). I can't comment on services from other towns. What I do know is that buses from other places only run to Mahon or Ciutadella, i.e you cannot get a bus direct from A to B without changing at one of those other two places.
    The services ran from quite early till quite late and would suit some people. They're certainly on a par with most buses elsewhere that we've been. The major drawback is that outside of the two main cities. most of what makes Menorca a great place to visit, i.e. its bays & beaches, is inaccessible to those limited to bus transport.

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    You'll need a car

    by pompeyalbie Written Sep 19, 2006

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    Although it is a small island th best way to get around the island is by car. There is only one major road which acts as a spine from Mahon to Cuitadella with roads going off to the various places. beware though of the speed limit as the police are hot on speeding. The pace on the island is very laid back and nowhere near as busy as the other Spanish islands.

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    buses to ciutdella

    by catherineneill Written Dec 27, 2005

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    getting around the resort is asy. the beaches are about 20minutes walk, but there is a mini train thing whch runs every 20 minutes from the centre to the beaches.

    you should definately go to ciutadella. its about 5k from calan forcat and the bus service is about every half hour, torres alles motorcarres is the name of the company. from there you can also get buses to the capital, mahon, although we had everything we needed so we didnt go.
    your tour operator or hotel reception should be able to do the arrangements and tell you times and pick up points

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