Flying to and from Palma de Majorca airport
PMI - Palma de Majorca’s airport (www.aena.es) is located just 8km from the centre of the city, and is well served by budget and international airlines. It also serves as the main hub for the rest of the Balearics, especially out of season. If you wanted to go to Ibiza from London in February, say, you’d need to come through PMI to do it.
Although it was expanded considerably several years ago – over 21 million passengers came through it in 2010 - it’s still easy to navigate with not too much long-distance hiking between gates, parking is close by and car hire centres are easy to locate. There is wifi throughout (paid for by the hour on all major credit cards), but shopping, surprisingly, is fairly limited outside of the usual duty-free options. Don’t save your gift buying until the departure lounge then!
Getting to Palma
Taxis to and from the airport incur a 2.70 euro supplement charge, and the fare from the airport to the centre is around 22 euros, including supplements. You will spend a bit more than this if you are delivered to the door of your hotel as opposed to the Plaça de Espanya (considered the centre of Palma). Taxis Palma Radio (www.taxispalmaradio.com, 0034 971 401 414/ 0034 971 400 004) speak English and let you to book online. You need to do this at least 48 hours in advance of your arrival time if you want to be picked-up at the airport. They also offer other services such as museum and market tours around the island.
If you prefer to take the bus you need Line 1. It is quick, easy and delivers you to the centre with several stops en route for just 2 euros. For detailed information on bus times and fares see www.emtpalma.es/EMTPalma. Buses leave every 15 minutes, the earliest departure from the airport being 6am, and the latest 1.50am.
If you are renting a car - (see Majorca car hire) - leave the airport via the MA-15 Palma-Santanyí motorway. It is well signposted both to and from Palma, and car hire return is well signposted once you are within the airport grounds (it's just opposite the arrivals hall, with an easy walkway connecting the two areas). Drop off is quick and easy compared to mainland airports like Barcelona and Madrid, and there’s a petrol station signposted just before you come into the arrivals terminal of the airport.Generally you are better off to return the car full, then pay the rental company fill-up fee.
There is no train from Palma airport to the centre of the city.
Getting to the resorts
If you are staying at a large hotel such as those in Cala d’Or, there’s a good chance they will send a shuttle bus to get you. If you are staying at an independent boutique hotel or B&B you’ll most likely need to sort yourself out, although it’s always worth asking. Many places are happy to send a car for you providing you pick up the cost.
As a general rule of thumb it will cost you just over 1 euro and take you about 1 minute for every kilometre you travel in a taxi. Pollensa is 64km from the airport, Sóller is 32km from the airport, and Cala d’Or is 57km from the airport. The exception is Deià, located 32km from the airport, but about 50 minutes by taxi and about 50 euros due to the small, windy roads.
To get a bus to the resort, unless something has been pre-arranged with your hotel, you’ll need to go into the centre of Palma (bus number 1). See How to get around Majorca for details of how to do this.
Click here for Majorca car hire - including advice and options from the airport.
Majorca is well connected to all of the other Balearic islands by ferries - Menorca is approximately one hour away if you leave from Alcúdia, Ibiza around three hours from Palma, with a connecting boat from Ibiza port to Formentera that takes about one more hour. Many islanders hop from one island to the other through the summer, and this can be a fun way of seeing them all.
From the mainland, Baleària (www.balearia.com) has standard and high-speed ferries from Barcelona and Dénia to Palma, and ferries between Majorca and Menorca. Similar is Transmediterranea (www.transmediterranea.es). Iscomar (www.iscomar.com) runs slowish ferries between Barcelona and Palma (about 8 hours) and Dénia and Palma (about 6 hours), which are a little bit cheaper. All offer both passenger and car ferries.