Getting Around Ibiza
Ibiza only has one airport, so once there it’s best to navigate the island via road or sea. However, many of the luxury villas have helipads if you want to arrive in style.
To really explore the island, it’s best to hire a car, especially if you are renting a villa. If you’re staying in one of the main hotels, buses and taxis can be used to get around.
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The island roads are sporadically tarmacked, and infrequently have their potholes filled in, so drive with care. Some roads are poorly marked.
There are no European A (motorways) or N numbers on the island.
There are plenty of car hire options both at the airport and in all the major resorts. Extra insurance coverage is advisable. Even though the minimum age for car hire in Spain is often 18, in Ibiza companies may only hire for those between 21-25 years.
Available taxis can be identified by a green light and charge on a metering system.
The general number for Radio Taxi for the whole island is 971 333 333.
Mopeds and motorbikes are available for hire in all the major resorts and is a good option for getting to some of the more out-of-the-way beaches. The minimum age for renting a moped is 18. Crash helmets are compulsory.
There is a shuttle service from the airport to many of the major resorts. In addition, the bus service on the island is fairly modern, and there are several different routes. In Ibiza Town, the bus station is located just a few blocks from the marina. You have to buy your ticket before entering the bus, and there is an office selling tickets on the same street. In the evening, however, you can buy your ticket on the bus as the office is closed. Buses run every 15-30 minutes depending on the time of day and route. From June until September, Discobus operates a night bus service stopping at all the major clubs and hotels.
Traffic drives on the right and speed limits are 50kph (37mph) in towns, unless otherwise signposted, and 90kph (57mph) in rural areas. The local police have the power to collect on-the-spot fines for any traffic violations and often mount speed traps, especially during high season and Christmas. New legislation requires all cars to contain reflective safety vests, which in the event of breakdown or accident, must be worn by the driver. This is normally only applicable to those who leave their vehicle outside a built-up area.
Individual car hire companies will provide breakdown service.
A valid passport, driving licence, car registration and proof of insurance is required.
Most petrol stations are open 24 hours during peak season and tend to be quite close to each other, so finding fuel is rarely a problem.
The ports of San Antonio and Ibiza Town offer hop-on boats that call in at nearby beaches during the peak summer months. Yachts, speedboats and sailing boats are also available to hire from companies such as Ibiza Yacht Rentals (tel: +34 669 826 484;www.ibiza-yacht-rental.com) and Boats Ibiza (tel: +34 663 745 520;www.boatsibiza.com).