Seven direct routes for 2018
The two public transport authorities in Mallorca will together provide 7 direct bus routes from the airport in the summer season next year. The EMT which is responsible for public transport in the city of Palma and TIB which provides services by bus, train and tube for the rest of Mallorca will make it cheaper for us to travel from the airport next year.
You may remember that direct services from the airport to some of the main resorts were introduced this year under the name of Aerotib and to howls of protest from the taxi drivers. A compromise was eventually reached and four services were introduced throughout the summer season;
A11 Peguera - Magaluf - Airport
A32 Can Picafort - Platja Muro / Alcúdia - Airport
A42 Cala Bona - Cala Millor - Airport
A51 Cala d'Or - S'Arenal de Llucmajor - Airport
and all are now finishing until next year.
The balance of accounts, according to Aerotib, is that the buses carried just over 155,000 passengers until the end of September. This represents a mere 1% of passengers arriving at the airport but is viewed by the authorites as a good enough start for a first year and with very little publicity in the countries where our visitors come from.
However, with plenty of time to plan for next year, there will be a big publicity push in the big tourist trade fairs taking place over winter and Aerotib are confident enough to introduce a new service up to Cala Ratjada for next year. Obviously the attraction for travellers is the cheap price compared to a taxi fare, particularly for solo travellers or couples and the journey time is only a little slower – 45 minutes to Magalluf for example.
The other two airport buses are the EMT's 1 which runs to the port of Palma via the city centre and the transport hub for links to almost everywhere on the island, and the 21 which shuttles up to Arenal via Playa de Palma. When I'm on a short break and travelling light, I always use the bus service and spend the taxi money on something useful, beer normally.