Ibiza is only about 40 kilometres in length, but it can prove surprisingly difficult to get around if you don’t know exactly where you’re going or how to get there. Hire cars are great, meaning you aren’t limited to anyone else’s time scheduling and you have the freedom to go wherever you want (see Ibiza car hire for further information on hiring a car). But if you don’t have a license, the budget or merely don’t want to be the designated driver here on the famous party island, here are some other options.
The buses (www.ibizabus.com) do service all areas of the island, but don’t go directly to a huge percentage of the smaller beaches – major tourist areas are ok though. Annoyingly, buses are also limited during the siesta period, making it easy to get stuck somewhere in the middle of the day. The first buses start at 7am and the last buses are at around midnight, so be prepared to stick to those schedules. Tickets are between 1.45-1.85 euros for a single and you’ll need to buy them from a terminal by the bus stop rather than give the bus driver cash. A rechargeable bus pass can be purchased for between 15 and 50 euros, however there is no discount on the rate of the fare and, in this case, you need to buy from the driver directly. Only in Ibiza!
For night owls, the Disco Bus is a shuttle service running all night to get you to all the clubs safely and covers San Antonio, Ibiza Town, Playa D’en bossa, Santa Eulalia and Port des Torrent.
I love the quaint little white boats that travel up and down the coastline, like mini-ferries, servicing Ibiza Town to Playa d’en Bossa, Figueretes, Santa Eulalia and Talamanca or San Antonio to Cala Conte and the north. The information for these boats varies throughout the season so you need to check the boards at the dock, but generally they go around every half an hour, cost about three euros and are truly one of the most pleasant ways to get around in Ibiza, not to mention seeing parts of the island you could never see by car!
This is generally the easiest way to get around, though during August you might find yourself waiting a while to be collected. It costs 3.25 euros to be picked up from the street and 4.45 euros if you’ve phoned ahead to book. As a very rough guide, I calculate that taxis cost around one euro for every minute you’re in the car (though some will need to add tolls, waiting time and booking fees). There are plenty of easy-to-find taxi stands (parada de taxis) in each resort, though if you need to call for one, a bit of basic Spanish is necessary as is the precise location of where you are.