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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: how to get around on Ibiza?

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Summer is well and truly upon us. Shops and bars are opening, the sun is shining, and we have even spotted a few bikini clad bodies on the beach! So in preparation, we have decided to produce a handy little series for you, giving you expert advice on all the things that will help you have a smooth, cost effective and authentic taste of this beautiful island that we call our home when you come to visit this year.

And where better to start than how to get around the island? It's easy to spend a fortune on taxis and even they can be difficult to locate in the height of the season. So read on for some invaluable tips.


This article is part of our Ibiza Virgins' Guides, packed full of information on how to get the most out of your stay on Ibiza. Check them out.


Find much more detailed information in our Holiday tips - getting around on Ibiza.


Taxis

Taxis in Ibiza run on a meter, so by catching an official one (with the green/red light on top) you won't get ripped off. You can't flag official taxis here - there are designated taxi ranks which often come with a long queue. But be patient and you will get one eventually as there is a steady flow of taxis returning to their posts.

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You can of course also order a taxi to your hotel or restaurant.


Water Bus

Another local's fave mode of transport in Ibiza Town is the water taxi. For little money, you can catch this small ferry from Ibiza Town to Marina Botafoch, Talamanca, Figueretes and Playa d'en Bossa. And the views up to the citadel Dalt Vila are delightful!

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The boat runs until midnight in the summer so it is just perfect if you want to nip over to Marina Botafoch for dinner then back in time for the street parades in the port!

For more boat trips around the island click here.


Car rental

I will always profess that the best way to see the island is to rent a car and get exploring. It is recommended that you do this online and well in advance, so that you can pick your car up from the airport. Parking can be notoriously difficult and/or expensive, so always best to check with your hotel or apartment owner that there is a safe and cheap place to park.

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Always always always get the full no-excess travel insurance. Spanish drivers tend to nudge cars whilst parking and there are some crazy folks on the roads. Any little scratch or dent could end up with you paying €600 excess unless you get this cover. I can't stress it enough!


Scooters

Again, there are scooter hire places all over the island and this is a fab, fun and cheap way to get around. You can grab a scooter and a couple of helmets and go where even cars can't go! They are free to park in the towns too, in designated motorcycle and scooter spaces!

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Stay safe! Don't drive drunk, don't undercut cars and just use your common sense. We see so many horrific scooter accidents where people try to show off and not be sensible.


Public transport

I, for one, am a massive fan of the buses in Ibiza. Clean, air-conditioned and just a couple of Euros a ride, the network, although slightly limited, is reliable. I always take the bus from the airport and feel smug that I have dodged the sometimes impossibly long taxi queue. The buses run from right outside Arrivals into Ibiza Town and San Antonio. They go every 15 mins in the high season.

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The Ibiza Bus website is available in a number of languages including English, German, Italian and French, which breaks down all the routes, shows stops on a map and gives times. This will definitely save you money and allow you to see much more of our beautiful towns and beaches.


Yacht

If you've got a bit of spare cash, and you want a day out to remember, then chartering a boat really is special. If you get a group together, and split the cost, you can get a day's charter including skipper, drinks and food for as little as €100 each! There are a number of reputable charter companies on the island who will offer you a range of styles and prices. This really is worth every penny for a once in a lifetime experience!

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Ask your captain to park up outside Mambo at sunset for an unforgettable sundowner session. Or spend the day diving into the crystal waters around the neighbouring island of Formentera.

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