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Basic information

  • Area: 208.63 km² (80.6 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 971
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 401,270
  • Official language: Catalan, Spanish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Palma – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Palma is served by Palma de Mallorca Airport which is located around 8 km east of the main city centre. As the third largest airport in Spain and (in the summer months) one of the busiest in Europe it operates flights to and from major cities all over the continent. There are a number of transport links between the airport and downtown including taxis and buses. Official airport taxi’s can be hailed from outside Arrivals, and the journey into the city usually takes around 20 minutes and costs €15. Public bus number 1 leaves from outside Door D of Arrivals and takes passengers into the city. Tickets can be bought from vendors in the airport building or from the bus driver on boarding. The fare is usually around €2 and the journey takes 30 minutes depending on traffic.


Palma has an excellent bus system that transports passengers around the city centre and to surrounding areas. Operated by Empresa Municipal de Transportes Urbanes de Palma de Mallorca (EMT) bus services run across 30 lines with single fares starting from around €1.50. Tickets can be purchased from the driver on boarding.

Long distance buses arrive and depart from the main bus station found near to the train station on Plaza Espana. Frequent services run to main cities on the island and can be booked at the terminal building or via contacting the bus companies directly.


Palma metro system with its comprehensive network and reliable service is a great way of getting around the city. The metro has one main line that connects 9 stations throughout the city centre, with trains running every few minutes. Operating from 6.15 am through to 23.00 pm the metro system is a convenient mode of transport with tickets being bought from manned booths on the station concourse, or from automatic kiosks.


There are many official taxis that operate in the city centre, which can be hailed in the street or pre-booked by telephone. Predominantly operated by large companies, vehicles are almost always licensed and use their meters – just make sure they are switched on before you set off. Fares are standard and reasonable, but expect to pay extra fees for heavy luggage, waiting, call out and certain destinations.


Most trains arrive and depart from Plaza de Espana train station, located in the city centre. The station offers daily services to a number of Majorca’s main destinations including Inca, Manacor and Sa Pobla. Tickets can be purchased from booths on the station concourse or by contacting the companies (Soller Train, Soller Tram and Inca Train) directly.