Public transport: Bus, train and subway
A different way of getting around the island
Mallorca has an extensive public service transport network which is constantly evolving in order to improve connectivity between towns and satisfy user demand.
Palma's Plaza de España is considered the hub of public transport (bus, train and metro), as most lines operate from there.
In terms of accessibility, most vehicles are adapted and stations and stops are built following universal accessibility standards.
There are two types of buses. On one hand, the metropolitan buses of the city of Palma (EMT), and on the other hand, the intercity buses (TIB) that cover the rest of the island of Mallorca..
METROPOLITAN BUSES (EMT Palma)
Buses in Palma, the capital city, cover routes connecting the city center with different places, neighborhoods or nearby towns. They are easily identified by their white, blue and green colors. Most of the city bus lines stop in Plaza de España, which facilitates the connection with the intercity bus service, trains and subway to the rest of the island.
You can buy the ticket on the bus or, in advance, a prepaid card at any point of sale. For payment on board, only bills up to 10 euros are accepted. Children under the age of 5 travel free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Information about routes and timetables are available here.
Lines of tourist interest
- From the airport, lines A1 (destination: Palma city centre) and A2 (destination: s'Arenal) operate.
- From the port to Palma city centre, line 1 operates.
- Line 2 (city centre circular) is free of charge.
- Lines 4, 25, 35 go to the most popular beaches in Palma and the surrounding areas
- Line 46 goes to the Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation.
- Line 50, the City sightseeing bus, offers several routes to discover the city.
Travelling with pets
Passengers are allowed to travel with dogs on all lines of the transport network, either in an approved transport basket or on a leash and muzzled. More information here.
INTERCITY BUSES (TIB)
They are characterized by their red and yellow color. They are regular buses that operate all over the island. This bus network is divided into 5 groups (lines 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500), which are distributed radially from the centre of the capital, Palma (intermodal station in Plaza de España), to the different regions of Mallorca. There are also routes between the different towns of the municipalities and some lines connect Palma airport (PMI) with different localities (during the summer season). Information about routes and timetables are available here.
To use the public transport network (intercity buses, train and subway), you can use your bank card (Visa, Mastercard and Maestro) directly on the transportation system, without having to purchase a ticket beforehand. This payment method offers the best price, maximum flexibility and allows for transfers. You can also buy your ticket online before you travel, it is 40% cheaper than a single ticket bought on board. These tickets do not allow transfers. Please click here for information regarding the different types of tickets.
Travelling with pets
It is forbidden to travel with pets, with the exception of guide dogs.
Travelling by bicycle
Most intercity buses have two bicycle racks.
Palma has a single metro line (M1), which connects the city center with the campus of the University (UIB), in the suburbs, passing through the Son Oliva neighborhood, the Son Castelló industrial estate and the metropolitan area of Son Sardina.
Palma has two railway stations, operated by two different companies, both located in Palma's Plaza de España. On one hand, the old and iconic Sóller train station. On the other hand, the modern intermodal station, from where the railway line operates to different destinations: Inca (T1), sa Pobla (T2) or Manacor (T3).
Travelling by bicycle by train and metro
Bicycles can be carried on most trains (in the spaces reserved for this purpose). Please check the current timetable with the trains that allow it.