Getting around Menorca is one of its attraction due to the compact nature of the island. With a little preplanning the task becomes more pleasurable.
Taxi fares are reasonable within their local areas but can become expensive once outside their normal area of operation.
Getting around by taxi is straight forward. Taxis are easily available around the main centres and can be found at Taxi ranks which are marked with a the letter T on a blue square. Taxis with an illuminated green light on the top can be flagged down from the roadside. A five mile journey should cost around €6.00.
Taxis operate a meter system with a basic charge plus a mileage charge. At night and on public holidays there is usually a surcharge.
If you were to take a taxi from the Mahon Airport to Cala Galdana, a journey of 35 to 40 minutes you would expect to pay about €35.00. However there is usually a surcharge for additional people and for luggage.
Getting around Menorca by bus can be rather complicated and many visitors opt for car hire as the easy, if more costly option.
The route between Maó (Mahon) and Ciutadella is the mainstay of the bus system. The single decker buses are highly visible in their Red Livery. You can pay the driver or purchase prepaid travel cards.
Bus travel is not fast but it will allow you to reach many destinations direct from Maó. Services can be infrequent and slow. And there are various bus zones' and to travel anywhere on the Island we recommend you purchase a card at €23.40 for a 10-trips.
There are three bus companies on Menorca to help in getting around the island and all run buses from the central bus station in Mahon to different parts of the island. The bus station is located just off Calle de Vassallo near the Placa de Esplanada.
TMSA buses operate from the bus station by Plaça de s’Esplanada. There are six services to Ciutadella which takes about an hour.
Ciutadella about €4.15
Alaior about €1.30
Es Mercadal about €2.10
There are regular services to the south-coast beaches, including Platja de Punta Prima.
Punta Prima about €1.20.
Some bus services run to Santa Galdana which takes approximately one hour.
Santa Galdana about €3.40
In season as many as five Autos Fornells services run each day between Mao and Fornells which takes about an hour.
Torres Alles Autocares operates the Aerobus which runs two circular routes around Mahon which start and finish at the bus station. They also have a beach bus service from Placa Colon in Ciutadella to various resorts around the island.
Autos Fornells based in Fornells, operates services in the north east of the island. More information and timetables are available on the Autos Fornells website.
Most of the Western beach towns are served by buses leaving from the main Plaza in Ciutadella. Other buses leave from Ferreries and Alaior. The main bus route which serves Mao, Alaior, Es Mercadal, Ferreries and Ciutadella runs along the centre of the island.
Check the daily paper for bus times and do check the time of the last bus. There is often a break in the service during the afternoon. You do not want to be stranded and forced to take a taxi back to your accommodation !
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