Getting Around Ibiza
The best way to get around Ibiza is by car since it allows you to traverse the island on your own time. Although bus service is available, the network doesn't connect all places of interest and doesn't operate at all hours of the day. Taxis can bridge the gap for those that want to take the bus, but the fares may add up. To reach other Balearic Islands, such as Mallorca and Formentera, or even the Spanish mainland at Valencia, travelers can take ferries.
To reach Ibiza, travelers can fly into Aeroport d'Eivissa (IBZ), also known as Ibiza Airport. The airport is situated less than 5 miles southwest of Ibiza Town, making a quick taxi ride into the city the best option for those who do not rent a car. Alternatively, visitors can take a ferry from Valencia or Barcelona.
A car is the best option if you plan on exploring more than one part of the island since it offers the flexibility and freedom to traverse beyond Ibiza's hot spots. You can rent cars at the airport, as well as at different locations around the island. There are four rental agencies at the airport, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National Atesa. Booking ahead of your trip tends to yield the best rates, and while you're at it, you'll need to obtain an international driving permit, which you can acquire from IDL Service and AAA. Keep in mind that the distance between destinations and speed limits are marked with the metric system – and that speaking on your cellphone while driving is illegal.
Ibiza does offer an efficient bus system, but its routes and hours of operation are far from extensive. Still, if you plan on sticking close to your hotel, except for one or two jaunts beyond to other top things to do, the bus can be an affordable option. One-way tickets don't cost more than 4 euros (about $4.75), which makes it an affordable way to get around. Also, during the summertime, the bus system offers extended nighttime hours on its Disco Bus. Other lines that might be of interest to travelers include the L7, which travels from Sant Antoni to Cala Bassa every hour, and the L10, which travels from Ibiza Town to the airport every 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the time of year. Keep in mind that some routes halt during the winter and resume again in the spring.
Since Ibiza is a party island, taxis are an essential option for getting around in the evenings. Keep in mind that rates go up at night. You'll likely need to call for your pick up and you might want to keep a map or write down (and know how to say) the address of your accommodations in Spanish to aid the taxi driver. If hailed on the street during the day (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.), taxi fares start at 3.65 euros (about $4.25) and increase by 1.09 euros (around $1.30) for each kilometer traveled. Keep in mind: Fares increase after 9 p.m., on the weekends and during holidays. Radio Taxi Eivissa and Ibiza Transit Express SL are two traveler-approved companies. You can also have your hotel call a taxi for you to ensure you're riding with a reputable company.
For Balearic Island hopping, a ferry is the way to go. Most ferries depart and arrive back into the ports located at Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Keep in mind that ferry season runs from May to October. There are a number of different ferry companies, including Aquabus Ferry Boats, Balearia and Trasmediterranea – and they all charge various prices. For instance, Aquabus charges 15 euros (the equivalent of about $17.50) for a one-way trip from Ibiza to Formentera, while a round-trip ferry ride from Ibiza to Majorca, which is four hours each way, will run you 61 euros (or about $71) on Trasmediterranea.
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