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Getting Around in Palma

Palma, the capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, is all set to welcome thousands of visitors all over the world. Because of its awesome, picturesque and wonderful spots and untouched land reforms, it is emerging as a well-known city in Majorca. It appears a discrete region due to its exquisite beauties, beaches and bays. The city has a comprehensive bus system operated by the Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca (EMT). With a well-maintained metro line connected to nine stops, travelling in the city is fairly comfy and relaxing. The Son Sant Joan Airport of Palma connects to major cities in Europe. A visit to Palma is incessantly enjoyable and pleasurable owing to hassle-free journey. With an array of transport options, you are free to move in and around the city.

Bus System
With an extensive bus system, you stay tension-free in the entire journey. This mode of transportation is served by the Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca (EMT). It is connected to more than 20 routes, which operate buses between 0700-2100/2200 (approx.). The Plaça d'Espanya is the main bus station as well as the foremost stoppage for all buses. The city has a modern bus system with timetables and route maps available at all bus stops. Special discount is offered to students, OAPs, and children.

Taxis
Travelling in the city is very relaxing if you hire a taxi. You can hire white taxis on the street as well book a taxi at several ranks. If you prefer advance booking a taxi, confirm the reservation beforehand. Taxi Palma Radio is one of the oldest companies in the city. The symbol for a taxi on rent is a green roof-light (tlf. +34 971 20 12 12)

Rail
To know the city of Majorca, it is just the right option if you prefer rail. The Placa d'Espanya serves two railway lines. The first railway line links Palma with the town of Soller and it offers a picturesque route within the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains. Another railway line takes you to the city of Inca, which is famous for leather goods and Thursday market. From Inca, the line diverges to the towns of Pobla and Manacor respectively.

Car Rental
Most tourists prefer to rent a car because of its undefined freedom. With car rental, you can move around the city at your own pace. Rent a car offers a privilege to explore various spots of Palma. Hiring a car is a good option, especially if you are travelling with a family. Rent a car in Palma and drive to untouched spots, beaches. Explore the city according to your convenience as well visit the Passeig des Born, unleash the beauty of the Cathedral of Palma, and plan a journey to the Bellver Castle.  

Top Palma FAQs

Q.1) Where is Palma located?
Ans: Palma is the capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. A major city and port on the island of Majorca, it is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma.

Q.2) What is Palma famous for?
Ans: Set in the beautiful bay of Palma, Palma (i.e. Palma de Majorca) is famous for its stunning sunsets, and heritage. The city’s huge 13th century cathedral, the 10th century Arab baths and old quarter of narrow winding streets and ornate squares enhance the beauty of the city.

Q.3) What is Palma’s climate like?
Ans: The climate in Palma de Mallorca is typically Mediterranean. Warm average temperatures and seasonal rains are commonly observed. In the summer, weather is hot and dry as the temperatures averages between 29ºC and 31ºC. During winter, the temperature at night falls down to 5ºC or remains in between 5ºC and 9ºC. The rainfall patterns are very irregular. Months in autumn, between September and November are the rainiest while droughts are common as well.

Q.4) Which is the main airport in Palma?
Ans: Son Sant Joan, the main airport of Palma serves over 22 million passengers each year.

Q.5) Do I need a visa to visit Palma as a tourist?
Ans: Citizens of the USA, the EU, Norway, Iceland, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Spain and are entitled for a visit and stay for 90 days.

Q.6) What are the important but basic phrases in Spanish that a tourist should know when conversing with locals?
Ans: Here are Spanish equivalent phrases and phonetics of some useful English phrases.
  • Hello: hola
  • Good Day/Good Morning: Buenos dias
  • Good Night: buenas noches
  • Bye/See you later: hasta luego
  • Please: por favor
  • Thank you: muchas gracias
  • Sorry: Lo siento
  • Excuse me: oiga por favor!
  • How much is it?: cuánto es?
  • Yes: si
  • No: No
  • I don’t speak Spanish: No hablo Español
  • Can you speak English?: Habla Inglés?
  • Could you help me please?: Me puede ayudar por favor?
  • Where is …? Donde esta …?
  • Where are …? Donde están
  • When?: Cuando?
  • Why?: Por qué?
  • What?: Que?
  • a.m. : de la mañana
  • p.m. : de la tarde
Q.7) What is the official language of Palma?
Ans: The official languages of Palma are Spanish and Catalan. The local dialect of Catalan is called Mallorquin which is widely spoken in Palma along with Spanish and English to some extent as well.

Q.8) Which is the best season to visit Palma?
Ans: The best season to visit Palma is during summer, from the months of June to September. The temperatures between the month of June and September usually rise to around 25ºC.

Q.9) Which currency is used in Palma? Are there any ATMs?
Ans: Euro is the local currency of Palma, Spain. EUR is the official currency code for the Euro. The airport and the city have many conveniently located ATMs for cash withdrawal. The banks in Palma also have their own Cash Machines (ATMs) and foreign currency facilities as well.

Q.10) Which is the cheapest mode of transport to explore Palma?
Ans: The cheapest option to explore and roam in-and-around Palma is travelling by bus. All the towns as well as the remote areas in Palma are well-connected by bus transport system.

Q.11) Please provide the emergency numbers in Palma
Ans: Here are some useful emergency contact numbers that are used across the whole island of Palma.
  • Ambulance 061
  • Civil Guard 062
  • Fire Department 080
  • Local Police 092