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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.

Top tip

Try the new taxi app for Apple and Android phones - TaxiClick. Available at both app stores.


Water Bus

Another local's fave mode of transport are the water taxis. All are great value and, for little money, you can discover parts of the island which are more trouble to access by car. 

San Antonio harbour is full of small craft that have been transporting tourists to all the beautiful beaches around the bay for decades. Look for the information boards near to the Egg Roundabout.

In Ibiza Town you can catch a small ferry from the port to Marina Botafoch, Talamanca, Figueretes and Playa d'en Bossa. And the views up to the citadel Dalt Vila are delightful!

Top tip

The Ibiza Town 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

We always profess that the best way to enjoy 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.

Top tip

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. 


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!

Top tip

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


Public transport

We are massive fans of the buses on Ibiza. Clean, air-conditioned and just a couple of Euros a ride, the network, although slightly limited, is reliable. A bus ride from the airport will help you dodge the long taxi queues in peak season. The buses run from right outside Arrivals into Ibiza Town and San Antonio. They go every 15 mins in the high season.

Top tip

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.


Private hire/chauffeur

If you need an airport transfer or you’re on holiday with a large group and are planning a long, lazy lunch at your favourite beach restaurant or a big night out clubbing, why not travel in style and let your own personal driver deal with all the stress?

There are many professional private hire companies on Ibiza, but our first recommendation is always for Dipesa. The Dipesa Group have a large fleet of vehicles, large and small, that can handle your transfer in a timely and comfortable manner.  

Top tip

When feeling really extravagant, you could enjoy Diepsa’s exclusive Luxive service, with the highest standards of chauffeur-driven limousines and buses to be found on the island.


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 could get a day's charter including skipper, drinks and food for as little as €150 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!

Top tip

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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