Extended timetable for buses in the Sierra Tramuntana
Mallorca's transport authority has just announced that the already good bus services which connect the towns of Soller, its port, Deia and Valldemossa with Palma are to be improved starting in a couple of weeks.
The services are important not only for the tourists who wish to travel about in the area, but also for the people who live there who need to get to Palma for work or social reasons.
The towns are connected by two bus services run by Arriva, the giant transport company which will be familiar to most Europeans, and whose buses are decked out in the red and yellow livery of TIB, the Balearic Islands Transport consortium.
Bus number 210 runs from Puerto Soller to Soller, Deia, Valldemossa to Palma (and occasionally on to Playa de Palma) and costs only €4.30 for the full journey whilst the 211 runs from Puerto Soller to Soller, Bunyola to Plama and costs €3.25.
From mid April, Arriva will bring in new buses so that the service on both routes will be every 30 minutes at the busiest times of the day. With tickets so cheap and a journey time of about 30 minutes on the faster route its a quick and easy way for holidaymakers in the mountains to get to Palma for some shopping and sightseeing, and vice verse, city-breakers in Palma to experience the wonderful scenery of the rugged coast of the north-west.
The 210 bus is particularly useful for hikers who can use it to get to Deia and Valldemossa and then walk the GR221 dry stone route over to Soller to reconnect with the bus. Even if you're not a hiker, then these picture perfect towns are wonderful places to visit with attractions like Robert Graves' house, Chopin's cell in the monastery, spectacular scenery, quaint architecture and some really good bars and restaurants.
Take a look at the TIB website for the bus timetables (which at the time of writing have not been updated)