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Ibiza Virgins' Guide to Disco Buses

In the words of the Vengaboys; “The Ibiza bus is coming and everyone is jumping…”

With three main party resorts on the island: San Antonio, Playa d'en Bossa and Ibiza Town, you'll need some foolproof tips on how to get around Ibiza hassle free.


Find here the actual timetables and prices for the disco bus.


Disco bus

The disco bus connects the party resorts to all of large clubs, typically running from 1 June till the end of September. Departing every half hour to 45 minutes, a one-way trip costs between €3 and €4 depending on which line you travel on.

As of July 2022, the Govern Balear still has a mask mandate for use on public transport, including taxis as well as buses. You will be refused boarding without one. Try to bring your own. They can be picked up in most convenience stores very cheaply. Though if you do forget, often the disco bus steward sells them for €1 each.

What you do with your mask once on board is up to you, but bear in mind there's hefty fines in store if the police happen to do a random stop and search.

Drinking whilst on board is generally discouraged, not least because of the mask mandate. However, if you do feel compelled to take a drink with you, glass bottles are prohibited and aluminium cans also not allowed. Please be sure to decant your drink into a plastic bottles before you leave your holiday pad. Water is allowed.

People on the disco bus are usually pretty excitable, which is just as it should be, but it pays to remember that a) not everyone on the bus is on their way to or from a party and b) bus drivers have breaking points too. So please keep it clean - in every sense of the word.

From San Antonio. You can catch a bus to any of the super-clubs from the main bus station. From Playa d'en Bossa, for the San Antonio bus via Amnesia there is a bus stop outside Ushuaïa and another one on the main road opposite Tantra bar.

From Ibiza Town. Buses start just outside of Pacha and pick up again in the port next to McDonalds. For Pacha, the bus will stop around 10 metres beyond the club. You really can't miss it - it says Pacha outside and looks like a club! The bus will do a loop and come back on itself, stopping on the right side of the road. So if at first you think it's driving past Pacha without stopping, don't panic.

The club that might catch you off guard when it comes to actually getting off the bus is Amnesia.

It's located on the highway between San Antonio and Ibiza Town. Amnesia's stop is quite hard to miss, look out for the flags, the bridge and the massive billboard that displays the night's festivities.

Privilege, shut for 2022, is a couple of stops earlier (when travelling from San Antonio) or later (if travelling from Ibiza Town or Playa d'en Bossa. Being that Privilege is not open this year, the bus won't routinely stop there unless there is somebody waiting to board (or somebody presses the bell!)

New for 2022, the disco bus has also finally added DC10 to the list of clubs. The L3B, which runs between Playa d'en Bossa and San Antonio, will stop at DC10 prior to outside Ushuaïa/Hï Ibiza, but only on nights where the club is open for obvious reasons.

If you are unsure, ask people around you, though the driver does always shout out the name of each club before each stop, so listen out, over the noise and ruckus, so you know where to get off.


MAP | The San Antonio bus station, for all buses including the disco bus, is just beyond the row of buildings behind the Egg roundabout, the roof looks like a massive cheese wedge/spaceship from Star Wars. You can't miss it. Google maps.


MAP | The Ibiza Town bus starts at Pacha and then goes onto the port of Ibiza (outside McDonalds) and then goes to Pacha and from there to the other clubs and party resorts. The Ibiza Town bus stop as shown above is not used for disco bus services in 2022 - the bus turns right at the crossroads with Pizza Hut/KFC/Pull & Bear, before that stop.


MAP | The Playa d'en Bossa bus stops. You can see the main stop just outside the football courts next to Ushuaïa. Further up the road, opposite Tantra bar, is the other main stop in Playa d'en Bossa.


Other buses

So, the late night disco buses are out of the way, let's move on to the regular buses that operate all throughout day. You might not have enough holiday budget to afford whizzing round in a taxi (me). Maybe you still don't have a license drive even a scooter (me again). If it's no to both, embrace your repressed memories of the school bus and all the big laughs you had on there as a kid.

Air-conditioned and regular, Ibiza's buses run all day until the disco buses take over. There are half-hourly connections between the major resorts.

Many buses, particularly to and from Ibiza Town, won't let you board wearing a bikini or without a top or t-shirt - rules are rules. If you are heading to the beach this way make sure you pack a sarong or bring a t-shirt with you.

For a full list of bus timetables and prices see the Ibiza Bus Company website.


Scooter or quad hire

If a scooter or quad is on your Ibiza bucket list you can find hire places in every town, so make sure you shop around a bit first to find the best rental prices. They're great little vehicles for exploring the island and are easy to park, just make sure you wear your helmet at all times. Not only is it for protection, you could find yourself being slapped a €200 fine if you get caught without one.

If you are traveling in a group, hiring a car might also be an option.

Head her for information about hiring a car or scooter.


Taxis

Taxis can be flagged down at any time of the day or night as long as the green light on their roof is showing. There's a taxi rank in San Antonio at the bottom of West End and next to the bus station, along the main road in Playa d'en Bossa and in Ibiza Town on Avenida Santa Eularia des Riu, opposite McDonalds, as well as another (sometimes quieter) one in the ferry terminal a few metres away.

All taxis work on a meter basis but it's always a good idea to ask roughly how much it's going to be so you don't get caught short.

Information about taxi fares.


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Find here a detailed guide about transport on Ibiza: Holiday tips - getting around.

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.


WORDS | by Francesca Evans and Stephen Hunt

Text full revised in July 2022

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