Whilst I was planning our trip I looked up different modes of transfer options, the taxis are really expensive as are the hopper buses. The Palma number 1 airport bus was 2.50euro per person and was an excellent and reliable service every 15 minutes. On arrival you walk out of arrivals the bus stop is well signposted and easy to get to. Save a bit of money by using this excellent service.
It seems quite easy to get around the Palma area by bus - if you are not local I do not think you would want to drive here and I do not think there is any need to.
The buses go to all tourist sites such as the Aquarium, nearby resorts such as Arenal and also the airport.
The website (English link below) is easy to read and follow.
All public transport schedules can be seen at the page http://horariodebus.es It includes bus, train and boat schedules for Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands: Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. All you need to know is from where you start and where you go, travel time and date, press submit and you get the time table, the changing places. All infromation is also available per cell phone on a reduced version.
TIB, the local bus agency will take U everyhwhere on the island. This yellow and red buses are comfortable enough for the island. The longest ride is only 75 km so it will take no moew than half an hour to get there. The prices ranges from one euro to 10 euros, depending on where U're heading. As U can see in the pic, U can even put your bicicles on the bus, on the same place of the bagagge. This is only permisible if there is not enough bagagge to fill this place.
The buses departats each day, around two hours each. Check previously the schedules on the web site or just go to the bus station to see the shedules.
Don't bother with a taxi into town from the airport, get the bus instead. Unless you have loads of luggage ans kids you can take Bus No. 1 from just outside the terminal building as this runs right into central Palma and then along the Paseo Maritimo towards the port. The No. 1 service runs frequently - details can be found at www.a-palma.es
Buses around Palma are also easy, frequent & cheap. Download a map from the web-site and it's quite easy to find your way around. We didn't have a car and used the buses to go to Cala Mayor, Porto Pi shopping centre and S'Arenal. Most routes are a fixed fare and maps, which are at all bus stops, are easy to read.
Some excursions by bus that are planned with guides allow you to know the hidden places and the places you cannot miss.
You will know lots of info about the places you will visit.
The guides were really good and pleasant people.
U´ll see it, is a two floor open roof bus all red with signs on english, french, german and spanish. Take the tour to visit all the main touristical places. It´s a quick way to visit all the places if U don´t have enough time.
13 euros if U´re tourist.
In each bus stop U'll find a schedule of the particular bus that stop there. In places where more than 3 buses stop U will find in the rear of the bus stop a map of all the itineraries. They are each one with a particular color so is easy to follow the map. Also the instructions are in spanish, english, german and french.
Buses are well organized in Palma. Almost in each bus stop U´ll find a map of the city with all itineraries and their schedules. Price: 1.10 euro. Most of them have a time between one eah other of around 15 minutes. Some of them are quicker, can be 10 minutes, others can be 30. Check the schedules because on wekends and holidays some lines doesn't work and others can change their shedule from 10 minutes to 1 hour.
All the lines stop working after 11pm so if U´re planning to be back home before midnihgt, watch the hour. After 11pm U´ll have the option of the "Night Bus". U'll not miss it, is red, with pictures of people dancing allong the sides. Price: 1 euro
I was staying in Alcudia on the other side of the island, and it seemed easy enough to get a bus. If I remember correctly, it took about an hour.....but this was a couple of years ago, so I could be totally wrong. If you go into the Tourist Information wherever you're staying, there'll probably be bus timetables, etc
Walking is the best way to discover Palma, as you get to see so much of the place. Even if you get lost (!) it usually makes for an interesting detour.
The best way to travel to Palma is by airplane. Iberia, the most important Spanish company, offers good prices. (ticket in picture) Also you can arrive by ship, but is worst...specially during thunderstorms!!! The best company by ship is called Trasmediterranea.
From Palma you can travel by car, mountain bike or motorbike...is a really a flat island excepting north area with mountains. By bike not impossible, but it's hard!
In my opinion by boat is the best solution. There is one problem in Mallorca by car. Majority of roads around this island are REALLY! narrow. This cause accidents, specially in summer time. Be careful please! A good option is take a bus of the different companies around island. You can avoid drive because driver is a professional!
Take the train from Palma to Inca you'll have really unforgettable memories.