Busses and trains on Mallorca – the public transport system
The bus and train system on Mallorca has improved quite a bit in recent years. Even though some places are still only to be reached by rental car , in many cases you can reach your destination comfortably by bus or train, using the public transport system.
On Mallorca, the public transport system consists of four train lines and one (mini) subway (which may be closed when its raining because of flooding). Besides the railway system, there are many bus routes, covering the whole island of Mallorca. On the bottom of this page you will find a map with all train and bus routes on Mallorca.
The trains of Mallorca
There are three train lines that belong to the public transport system on Mallorca. The T1 running to Inca, the T2 to Sa Pobla and the T3 to Manacor. The fourth train line is a private line running from Palma to Soller.
The T1 train from Palma to Inca is our “shopping-train”. It stops in Son Caülls, where you will find the Outlet-Center Festival Park. From here it runs on to Inca, a town known for its leather products, like for example the famous shoes made by Camper. There is a Camper outlet store on the outskirts of town. Of course, not all models are available here and not every shoe is on offer in every size, but one can get some quite good deals here.
Also every Thursday from 8am to 2 pm, one of the biggest weekly markets in Mallorca is taking place here in Inca. The stalls are spread all over town and once you have dodged the ones offering fake brandname products, you will find arts and craft stalls with handmade products in the center of town (anything from handmade soaps and cushion covers to leather products made in Inca). Also there are stalls with local specialities and fresh produce from the local farms.
Fridays and Saturdays there also is a market in Inca, although slightly smaller.
The T2 follows the same path to Inca as does the T1, but does not stop there. It runs on all the way to Sa Pobla, passing Llubi and Muro, among others.
The T3 also runs along the same tracks to Inca as the other two lines, but goes on from there to Manaor, passing Sineu and Petra.
In Sineu every Wednesday there is a weekly market that is worth a visit. This market is said to be the oldest market in Mallorca (since 1306). Apart from that though, Sineu, like Petra, is a pretty sleepy little town and not very touristy..
In Petra one can visit the birth place of Junipero Serra. He was a Franciscan monk who conducted various missions in California and local legend has it that during his travels he founded Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In Manacor there is a great church, one could nearly call it a cathedral. Monday´s big weekly market takes place in the streets around said church.
All three train lines also stop in the town of Santa Maria, where every Sunday one of the most popular weekly markets takes place. There is a section that offers ecological products (fresh produce, flour, soaps, etc). Also in this part of the market, on most Sundays, different performers entertain us with good life music.
The train to Sóller
The most famous, and most beautiful, train ride on Mallorca is the old wooden train running from Palma to Soller. This train is owned by a private company, thus the fares are quite different from the public trains. However, there is a relatively affordable ticket that includes the round trip Palma-Soller-Palma (or vice-versa) and a roundtrip ticket for the tram from Sóller to the Port of Sóller. If you want to safe some money, you can always take the bus for one of the trips. This is faster and a lot cheaper. The only thing to be aware of is, that in summer the busses often are so crowded that you may not be able to get aboard.
That said though, the trip with the train from the beginning of the 20th century, is so wildly romantic that it is worth the money. It starts at the old train station at Plaza España (on the other side of the street of the modern underground station for the public trains), through Palma, due north through almond- and olive orchards all the way to Bunyola.
This sleepy small town at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains is not yet overcrowded by tourists. A cute little town where you can have a cup of coffee on the small town square with the locals, enjoying the view of the narrow streets and the church. Also this town is a favourite stop for bike tourists who are stopping here for refreshments either before or after crossing the mountains. It is about a 10 minute walk from the train station to the main square, where on Wednesdays and Saturdays there is a small weekly market until 2pm.
There are also some good hiking paths through the Tramuntana mountains that start in the vicinity of Bunyola.
Back on the train, leaving Bunyola, we start to cross the mountains. This is achieved by passing many tunnels (we have counted 13, but you are welcome to tell us differently). Once on the other side, we are greeted by a wonderful view of the valley of Sóller. While going down the mountain you will be amazed about how the train keeps making “secret” turns.
Once arrived in the lovely mountain town of Sóller, you can either stroll through the old town or enjoy yourself in one of the various cafes and restaurants on the town square with its unique architecture, just two minutes from the train station. Make sure to have a freshly squeezed orange juice while you are here, in the orange valley.
Another possibility is to take a trip with the old wooden tram down to the Port of Sóller, where you will find a great variety of Restaurants (careful: between November and February many of those close down for the winter. So usually does the train to Palma for repairs, so if you are here during the winter months, check before planning a train trip to Soller). The round port also features a family-friendly beach and various hiking paths start here.
View from the train of the valley of Sóller after crossing the mountains
The subway on Mallorca
There are two short subway lines on Mallorca. The M1 runs from Palmas Plaza España to the University north of Palma. This subway line is more for the use of locals, there is nothing very interesting for tourists along this line.
The subway line M2 goes from Plaza España to Marratxi. An equally uninteresting journey for tourists than the M1.
Busses on Mallorca
The bus network on Mallorca is extensive and the prices are affordable. The main bus station is in the underground Station at the Plaza España in Palma, where you also find the trains to Inca, Sa Pobla and Manacor and the subway. Contrary to the trains, you don´t have to buy your ticket in advance for the busses. When you get on, you pay the driver directly. Make sure to have enough change or small bills. Some drivers even refuse to take 20€ bills.
Also watch out during summer, the drivers are not allowed to have passengers standing up in the aisles. So, when all seats are taken, chances are that the driver will not let you on the bus or the bus might not even pull over to the bus stop. Mallorca is separated into various bus zones. So all busses with a 100 number cover the west of the island, busses with a 2oo number run to the north-west, the 300 numbers go north, busses with 400 numbers cover the east and 500 numbers the south of Mallorca. Busses that have 800 numbers are cross connections on the island.