Rental Car / Taxi, Palma de Mallorca
If you are not hiring a car there are plenty of taxis waiting outside the airport as well as tourist destinations and town centres to whisk you to your hotel. Just make sure you agree a price before getting in. As in many countries, there are standard tarriffs which they should stick to.
Mallorca is very well served by taxis. Their rates are clearly published inside the cab itself and even attempting a little spanish helps bridge the gap between you and the taxi drivers who are probably sick of people badly pronouncing and shouting the name of places they want to go to.
If you have no Spanish at all write the name and address of your destination and don't forget to have the address ready for your hotel or accommodation for your return trip. If you prefer to book a cab their are many companies from which to choose from:
It may also be useful to pick up a good map of the island from the information desk at the airport as Mallorca is a large island and it will help to put travelling distance and time in perspective.
The reason we rented a car around Palma was cause we wanted to be free and travel around for 4 or 5 days.
We came to Palma, for 7 days, and while looking at the map we saw that we could also go travel around Menorca area.
To Palma itself we came with a flight, but the decision to rent a car with the intention to travel Mallorca became a smart one
You can rent a car from any rent agent around, chech 2 or 3 places before to compare between prices.
Driving on Mallorca is very easy. The roads are excellent (a few on the northwest coast can be a bit daunting) and most things are well posted (although you will find a few signs missing). We rented our car through AutoEurope, which then gave us our rental through GoldCar (I think this was the name...it's pretty popular in Spain). Our experience was very good. We probably paid 120 EURO for the week and we got a compact, essentially brand new car. All I can really say is having a car on this island will save your holiday - you'll need to get away from the tourist swarms!
Beware of taxis when you get off the airport. Most will charge you a hefty 15-16 euros just to get to Arenal, which is a meager 4 Km from the airport. Instead, take the bus to Palma and then transfer to Arenal. Cost of journey: 4 euros.
We hired a car from Anse 2004 which was a few doors down from our hotel on Paseo Maritimo. We got a VW Polo which was in very good condition. At the end of the hire period we could drop the keys off at our hotel reception which was very handy.
I would recommend this company.
There are so many great little off-the-beaten path areas on the island that tourist busses just don't go to. Many of the great castles and hikes we did were accessible by narrow roads, only accessible by car.
Majorcataxi.com is a taxidriver association of Palma de Mallorca, who hnough internet, offer you a transfer service by cab from and to the airport (Sont Sant Joan) and all hat whit the best price and effeciently.
It is a quality service because you d´ont have to wait a the airport, we will be altead there waiting for you, you´ll know the price before you get the service and if you are happy with the service, you are able to contract the return service. To make the reservation, your would have to fill in a form and with your name, we will look for you at the gate an your will get the confirmation back by e-mail.
getting from the airport to the city center of Palma is very convenient. Take a taxi (20 min) or rent a car. The advantage of renting a car is that you can use it for further travel on the island.
If you only stay in Palma you might use it to get to 'El Arenal', the clubs outside town and to the beaches near by as well as the fabulous Miró Museum (with the ancient finca of Miró). The only problem is the parking spaces are very rare.
There are two ways to get to Palma, one is ship and the other by plane. Palma´s airport is one of the most modern in Europe, and has connections to all over Europe. There is a ferry from Valencia, Barcelona and Alicante daily, that takes about 8 hours.
For moving around Palma i would recommend you to rent a car, its the easiest way to see the whole island. Taxi is quite expensive, its only worht to use it in the city. There is bus connections from the city to the nearby beaches like Palmanova, C´an Pastilla, S´Arenal. I would recommend you to take the train to a town called Soller. Its a slow train that goes through the mountains, and gives you beautiful views.
Apart from this, most beaches have scooter, Bicycle and Rollerblades rent, which is quite good to move around in the beach towns.
If you are in a differnt country, air is the best, though you will definitely have a stop-over if flying in from the U.S.
If you are coming from somewhere in Spain, there is a ferry from Valencia, which takes between 6 and 9 hours. It is not too expensive, and is an interesting ride.
Getting around on foot is quite easy, as Palma is small. If you want to see the rest of the island, you can rent a car or take public transportation. Within the city, there are buses which are easy to ride. With just a little Spanish, you can ask the driver to let you know when you have reached your destination, or ask another passenger. 'Bono bus' tickets can be bought at any tabaqueria and give you ten rides fairly cheaply.