About Trains in Mallorca
Mallorca has a small railway service that connects the capital, Palma, with several towns and villages on the island. It's divided into three routes which run between Palma and Inca, Sa Pobla, Manacor, Marratxí, Santa María, Consell, Binissalem, Lloseta, Muro, Sineu and Petra. There are also two metro lines in the city of Palma.
Train and metro routes are operated by SFM (Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca). All of them depart and end at Palma 'Estació Intermodal', situated in Plaça d'Espanya. Updated information can also be found on the TIB (Transports de les Illes Balears) website.
The opening of a railway line from Palma to Sóller from Palma to Soller in 1912 and a tram linking Sóller to its port the following year brought the north-west coast within easy reach of the capital. The vintage carriages are still in use, providing a joyride for tourists.
Several trains a day leave from Plaça d'Espanya in Palma, with its frequency increased from April to October. The train, all mahogany panels and brass fittings, leaves Palma amid a bustle of hisses, hoots and whistles before rattling down the city streets and into the suburbs. Soon you are out on the plain, passing small country stations and pigs rooting beneath the trees.
You can get off at Bunyola and visit the 'Túnel' factory where Mallorca's herb-based liqueurs are made - the label shows a train emerging from a tunnel. Stay on the train and soon you start to climb, entering a 3-km tunnel before returning to daylight for the drop, through a dizzying series of bends, to Sóller.
Hop aboard the Mallorca Wine Express and learn more about the island's vineyards while sampling their products. This four-hour tour starts from the Macia Batle winery in Santa Maria del Camí, just a 5-minute walk from the town's train station.
The 'Orange Express' tram from Sóller to Port de Sóller runs hourly, connecting with the arrival of the Sóller vintage train. Stand on the platform as it clatters through orchards and back gardens and you can imagine you are living 50 years earlier. It takes 20 minutes to complete the 5km journey to the port. If you do not want to return the same way, buses leave from the jetty for Palma via Deià and Valldemossa.
Train and metro timetables vary depending on the day of the week. Fares depend on the journey as there are four different price zones, with single tickets ranging from 1.60€ to 4.10€ and return tickets from 3.20€ to 8.20€. Children under 4 years old travel for free.
You can purchase tickets from the ticket offices and automatic ticket machines at the stations of Palma, Inca and Manacor or from the train conductor. Conductors will have some change so you don't need the exact money but many won't accept a note larger than 20€.
Guide dogs are allowed on all trains. Most lines also allow bikes on board, please enquire before boarding the train.
Palma de Mallorca Metro
Palma has the shortest metro system in Spain, with just 16 kilometres and 15 stations divided into two lines. Metro services run from 'Estació Intermodal' in Plaça d'Espanya to Palma's northern outskirts. Trains run every 15 to 30 minutes between 06:30 and 22:00 from Monday to Friday.
Mallorca island-wide trains
There are three train routes in Mallorca covering a total of 77 kilometres and 22 stops. The first train leaves Palma at around 06:00 and runs until midnight.
The main train line is T1, which runs between Palma and Inca via Marratxí, Santa María, Consell, Binissalem and Lloseta. It then branches off to the north (T2) to Sa Pobla via Llubí and Muro, or the south (T3) to Manacor via Sineu and Petra.