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Holiday Tips - Getting around

Useful tips on island transport, including driving, buses, taxis and ferries.

Excellent excursions

Excursions are a carefree way to enjoy the island and all its delights, you can discover Ibiza by boat, jeep, scooter, quad, tourist train and lots of other ways of transport - and of course as well by foot or bike!

See our selection of great excursions on Ibiza and to Formentera and book them online right here.


Car hire

We drive on the right-hand side of the road in Ibiza. Traffic on a roundabout has priority. For most crossroads and junctions it is regulated by signs if you have priority or not, if it isn't, you need to give way to the right. If you are in any doubt, just stop and give way to be safe.

Most driving licences are valid here (if in doubt check with your car hire company), and you must make sure to have this, along with your car rental documents, with you at all times. Seatbelts are compulsory. Children from 12 years or larger than 135 cm are allowed to sit on the passenger seat. Children under 12 or smaller than 135 cm must travel in the back of the car on a push chair or in a children's seat, according to the age. The car hire companies supply child seats, please request with your reservation. Headsets are not permitted, you are only allowed to use a hands-free device for telephoning whilst driving.

It is important to observe the parking restrictions or you run the risk of being clamped. Clamps are released upon payment of a substantial fine to the nearest Municipal Police office. To find out where you can park, please read our detailed parking info further below.

The legal limit for driving after drinking is 0.25 mg/l alcohol in your breath, or 0.5 g/l in your blood. This is equivalent to a small beer or glass of wine depending on the person, so our advice is not to drink any alcohol at all if driving. PLEASE be careful!

Petrol stations are marked on each map, and many provide a 24 hour service in high season. You have to pay before refuelling. If you want to fill up your car, you have to let the employee at the cash desk know and they will free your petrol pump.

Always check that your hire car has Comprehensive Insurance.

Please comply with all traffic regulations, the fines in Spain are very high!

Book your hire car online here. Please note that most car hire companies have an age limit and only rent to over 21 or even 23 year old.


Mopeds, motorcycles and scooters

Safety helmets are compulsory at all times on mopeds, motorcycles and scooters. On the spot fines are in effect, and the police are hyper-vigilant.

When renting mopeds, motorcycles or scooters, always deal with a company who specialise in two-wheel transport, making sure they offer a back up service should you require assistance. A reliable company will supply helmets free of charge, and will make sure you hire only what you are legally entitled to drive. Most hire companies have an age limit and only rent mopeds, scooters etc. to over 21 or even 23 year old.

You will also need to make sure you have adequate insurance cover and a secure locking system.

Our main advice to holidaymakers, whether choosing a hire car, mopeds, motorcycles or scooters is to please take good care whilst driving on the roads of Ibiza. This is especially true when it rains, the asphalt on Ibiza is very slippery, much more for example as in Northern European countries.


Accidents

Should you have an accident, phone your hire company and ask for support. In most rental vehicles there should be an accident report form, check at the pickup that you have it. Fill this out accordingly or at least take the full name and address of the other driver, the registration number and type of vehicle, plus a note of the insurance company and policy number if possible.

Ask the police for an English translator before making any statement. Do Not admit to any liability whilst in a possible state of shock. Always co-operate fully with the police.


Parking

Pay-park areas

According to the colour of the kerbs you can see if you are allowed to park at the side of a road or not. If there are no signs restricting parking at the curbs, it goes like this:

Yellow curb - parking is not allowed

Blue curb and blue lines on the road - pay park area

No colour - parking is allowed for free

In Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Santa Eulalia many areas have designated pay-park areas with blue curbs. Look for a pay machine, on this you'll find the times, when you have to pay - please note that these are different for summer (verano) and winter (invierno). On the pay machine you can choose the language for the instructions.

In Ibiza Town you have to insert your car number plate (matrícula), confirm by pressing the green button (the bottom one, this is used for the confirmation of each step. Then choose the payment method: coins or credit card.

Inserting a coin shows you the time up to when you can park; insert more coins until you have reached the wanted time. Or insert a credit card and pull it out again, then you can choose the time via the + and - buttons. The limit is mostly 2 hours for 2 Euros. Place the ticket visibly in your car windscreen. There also is an app for paying, follow the instructions on a pay machine for using it.

Be aware that traffic wardens patrol continuously throughout the day, so make sure you return to your vehicle in time. If you missed your time and got a ticket, you have up to 1 hour to pay a fine of 3 Euros and then the ticket is cancelled (via the button anulación de denuncia).

In Santa Eulalia it works the same way but without introducing the number plate. In San Antonio the pay machines have to be upgraded during 2017, so in many areas they have been dismantled. Look around carefully if you find one, if you can't see any, you can park for free.

Usually, in summer during 14.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs, and after 22.00 hrs parking is free, as it is on Sundays and bank holiday days. However, these times vary from zone to zone and from summer to winter, so check the details on the parking machines for the exact times.

Paid public car parks

In Ibiza Town there is a large parking in the town centre, stretching from the port into the shopping area, Parking Es Pratet (see Google maps). There are two entrances, one near the port and one near the Royal Plaza hotel. For the exits follow the signs saying salida. The parking is open 24/7, but it is quite expensive, especially in summer.

In San Antonio there is a quite large parking area on the main road lining the sea, near to the club Es Paradis (see Google maps).

In Santa Eulalia there is a parking garage near the main bus station (see Google maps). It is open 24/7, the parking fee is not expensive (1.80 Euros per hour as of August 2017, charged per minutes).

Free public car parks

In Ibiza town there are several free parking areas on the outskirts of town, some of them offer a shuttle service to the town centre.

For example there is a large free car park behind IKEA (Parking Es Gorg, see Google maps) near the Pacha roundabout. From here it is only a 15 min. walk along the harbour into town; in summer there is also a free shuttle bus running from the stop every 15 minutes into the centre (line 50, between 9.00 - 14.15 h and 17 - 21.15 h). Even in high season you almost always find a parking spot here.

There is another one next to the Congress Centre of Ibiza (Fecoef, see Google maps). From here it is a 15 min. walk into the town centre.

In San Antonio the Parking Ses Variades near to the sunset strip is free (see Google maps), but in summer it is very busy.

In Santa Eulalia there is a small public free car park at the south end of the town, turn right at the petrol station when you come into town, then the car park is situated on the right hand side after the supermarket Eroski (see Google maps). It is normally full, but as there are many people coming and going, one can be lucky. Furthermore there is a sandy area next to the Hotel Tres Torres at the north end of town (see Google maps) where one can park for free, but in high season this is normally quite full.

In most resorts and villages parking is no problem, even in high season. In Figueretas it can be difficult in summer, as well as in Cala Vadella during the high season. Parking at some beaches can be difficult in summer, for each beach we have detailed information about getting there and parking possibilities in our beach guide.


On the buses

Ibiza boasts an extensive and regular bus service. There are half-hour connections between all major resorts, including many of the most popular beaches. Buses run in the summer months from approximately 7.00 h until 23.30 h, and in the high season, there are additional night buses from Ibiza (via Playa d'en Bossa), San Antonio (via San Antonio Bay) and Es Caná (via Santa Eulalia) to and from the airport. The disco bus connects all major resorts and clubs from midnight until 6 am.

Timetables and bus routes are displayed at bus stops and in ticket offices, there they also have timetables for you to keep. Timetables change according to high and low season, so get a current one. If there is a ticket office (e.g. at the main bus station of San Antonio), then buy your ticket here before boarding the bus, if not, pay the driver when you get on the bus. Bus stops are sign posted 'P' (for parada = stop). Keep an eye out and ring the bell in advance of your stop. You'll find that local people love helping visitors. Make sure you know the last bus time before you set off, particularly to the beach as (except on the popular beaches) taxis are hard to find. You can, of course, take the radio-taxi telephone numbers with you.

Here you find the Google map locations of the main bus stations (estación de autobuses) in Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Santa Eulalia.

Most buses are air-conditioned and an extremely economical form of transport. Ask in your accommodation for more details.

For actual timetables see the website of the Ibiza Bus Company.

Here you will find actual timetables of the disco bus.

Read also our Ibiza Virgins' guides for daytime buses and the disco bus.


Taxis

Read your Holiday Tips - Ibiza taxi fares - here you'll also find detailled informationes and telephone numbers.


Island ferries & boats

The little water ferries are one of the most pleasant ways to circumnavigate Ibiza's picturesque coastline. They leave from the harbours or small landing stages, linking the surrounding hotels and beaches with the main resort. They generally leave about every 30 minutes or so, on many landing stages you'll find timetables. Ask for more details at the reception of your holiday accommodation.

Remember, the sun's rays are twice as strong when reflected off water, especially on pedalos, so cover up and use a sunblock.

Charter your own boat.


Ferries connections Ibiza - Formentera

The whole year round, the large ferry companies Balearia and Trasmapi connect several times per day from the harbour of Ibiza Town to Formentera. To get from the airport to the harbour you can take a taxi or the bus. On some of the ferries you can also take your car, scooter or bike. The ferry terminal for the Formentera ferries is in the centre of Ibiza Town (Google maps).

The Aquabus low cost ferry connects Ibiza Town (all year round) and Playa d'en Bossa and Figueretas (May till September) with the port of La Savina on Formentera. Please note that Aquabus is only for passengers (plus luggage, bike and pets).

There are also many boat excursions to Formentera offered from many resorts of the island.


Ferry connections to and from Ibiza

There are connections to the mainland of Spain (Barcelona, Valencia, Gandia and Denia) from Ibiza Town or San Antonio with the ferry companies Balearia or Trasmediterranea.

Visit the following page to check timetables and make online ticket reservations:

AFerry - online bookings

You can also book your ferry tickets from Balearia directly:

Balearia - online bookings


The above information is correct to the best of our knowledge, but may be subject to change.