About how the local bus network runs in Mallorca
The bus services on Mallorca offer a low cost approach to travelling around the island. Whilst the routes are extensive and it's possible to travel by bus to most of the towns, villages & resorts, the service can be infrequent, perhaps only operating once or twice a day.
Make sure you check the latest timetables (see below) to ensure you don't have a long wait! Note that during the large festivals & fairs, additional bus services will be available - check the Mallorca transport website for details.
Many of the bus journeys start or finish in Palma at Placa Espana where you'll also find tourist information and a ticket office. Manacor also has a ticket office.
Bus fares are a few euros, and you can pay the bus driver directly when you get on. They will have some change so you don't need the exact money, but it would probably be helpful for the drivers if you can manage to avoid handing over a €50 note! The buses are clean & tidy and reliable.
Palma de Mallorca has it's own bus service run by EMT. You pay for your journey when you get on board - single tickets only. You can buy a set of 10 journeys at a discounted rate in tobacco shops & EMT offices (Josep Anselm Clavé 5, around the corner from Olivar Market). A night bus runs on Friday & Saturday nights - and on nights before a public holiday (fiesta time!) - and starts on Avenida Gabriel Alomar. It runs past Placa Espana, Avenida Argentina and onto Passeig Maritim. They run approximately every 20 minutes.
There is a special bus that runs from Palma to the aiport - it's number one - there is also a bus that runs from the airport to the holiday resort of S'Arenal (number 21). For these airport routes, the timetables & stops can be found on Palma Transportation website. Tourist buses also run throughout the year around Palma, stopping at all the important historical sites.
For residents of Majorca, you can apply for an 'Intermodal Card' at your local town hall - this card can then be charged up and used like a swipe card to allow multiple journeys. The Intermodal Card is not yet available for visitors to the island.