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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 all the large clubs and the party resorts from 1 June till the end of September. Departing every half hour to 45 minutes, a one-way trip costs between €3 and €4. Glass bottles are not allowed, so be sure to decant your drink into a plastic one before you leave your holiday pad.

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, the bus to Ibiza Town goes from any stop that has the "Discobus" motif stuck to it (pretty much every one). For the San Antonio bus via Privilege and Amnesia there is a bus stop outside Ushuaïa and another one on the main road near Bora Bora/Tantra bar.

From Ibiza Town. Buses start in the port just outside McDonalds and in front of Pacha. 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. You can see the bus stops for the three party resorts on the maps below.

The two clubs that might catch you off guard when it comes to actually getting off the bus are Amnesia and Privilege. Both are 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 (looking like a golfball roof at the top of the hill) is a bit more of a devil - the first time I went to the venue I got off the bus a stop too early leaving me to walk 15 minutes down the highway. Always keep an eye out for the white-arched gated entrance right on a main roundabout, through this you access the road which takes you up to the club.

Coming from San Antonio. The stop is the second roundabout after the tunnel, the entrance archway is on your left, on the roundabout and beware as the bus stops just before it! Cross the road after leaving the bus.

Coming from Playa d'en Bossa or Ibiza Town. Look for the second roundabout after a large industrial area on your right with the Hipercentro supermarket; the entrance archway is on your right on the roundabout.

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.

For Santa Eulalia and Es Caná. The disco bus only runs several times per night between mid June and mid September (around every one to two hours).


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 in the port of Ibiza (outside McDonalds) and then goes to Pacha and from there to the other clubs and party resorts. Only the bus to Figueretas and Playa d'en Boassa starts at Pacha and then goes to the stop in the port of Ibiza and then further on. For Ibiza Town you pay for all bus routes directly on the bus.

Please note: Since April 2019 the main bus stop of Ibiza Town has moved from Avenida Isidor Macabich to the CETIS building, so please ignore the marking on the map above, new location see here: Google maps) - but the disco bus doesn't stop here anymore.


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, near Bora Bora and 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.

Head her for information about hiring a scooter. If you are traveling in a group, hiring a car might actually be cheaper.


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, along the main road in Playa d'en Bossa and in Ibiza Town on Avenida de Bartomeu de Roselló, just up from the port. 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 detailled guide about transport on Ibiza: Holiday tips - getting around.


WORDS | Francesca Evans

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