Palma Mallorca Airport Guide
Palma Mallorca Airport Taxis (PMI)
Palma de Mallorca Airport is located approximately 8 km, or 5 miles from Palma, the capital city of Mallorca Island. This is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, and Palma de Mallorca Airport is its main gateway, handling over 21 million passengers per year. The airport is the third largest in Spain, and one of the busiest airports in Europe during the summer months, when tourists and holiday makers flock to the island to enjoy the seaside resorts located on long stretches of sandy beaches. Palma de Mallorca Airport has the official code of PMI, and is also commonly referred to as Son Sant Joan Airport. Bus and taxi services are available from the airport, to destinations within Palma and to surrounding towns and villages. Hiring a taxi can be a popular way to travel, as the journey is private, quick and convenient.
Palma de Mallorca Airport consists of four terminal buildings, referred to as Modules A to D. Module B is the smallest of the buildings, while Terminal C is the largest, but all terminals are well equipped with the essential amenities for arriving and departing passengers. Once passengers have collected their luggage from the baggage reclaim area of the terminal’s arrival area, they can proceed to the outside area of the airport to the transport option of their choice. There is no railway station on the airport’s site, but there are bus and taxi services available. Buses and taxis are found outside the arrivals area of the terminal building, opposite the car park building. The taxi companies in operation from Palma de Mallorca Airport include Fono Taxi (971 728 081), Palma Taxi (971 401 414) and Radiotaxi (971 755 440 or 971 764 545). Taxis can simply be hired upon your arrival at the airport, or booked in advance, from the telephone numbers just provided.
There is also a taxi company at Palma de Mallorca Airport which caters for disabled persons, and they can be reached at the telephone number of 971 703 529. The airport is equipped for the use of wheelchair bound passengers and passengers with reduced mobility as well. There are pavements with lowered edges or ramps, pedestrian routes with no obstacles, adapted toilet facilities in all areas of the terminals and lifts for access to upper floors of the airport building. Adapted telephone booths are available, and wheelchairs can be borrowed from the information staff members. Passengers, which require further assistance, can make prior arrangements with their airline company.
Although Mallorca Airport taxis are always far more expensive than bus services, many passengers prefer this form of transport for various reasons. A taxi can take you to the doorstep of your residence, hotel or place of business, which is very convenient and saves a lot of time, while buses have set stops along the way to their final destination. The bus stop may still be far from where you need to go. A journey by taxi is often quicker than a trip by bus, as it is more direct, and with no additional stops along the way. A quicker form of transport is often appreciated by business passengers with little time to spare, or even by families travelling with young children. The drivers of the taxis are generally very friendly and helpful, and can offer advice regarding hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions in the area. However, they may not speak fluent English or German, therefore, knowing a few words in Spanish is very useful.
The downside of hiring a taxi is always the price, and there may be extra charges added as well for various services. Travelling on Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays or very early or late in the morning and evening is more expensive than during usual hours on weekdays. A small charge is added for each item of luggage loaded and there is a service charge for travelling to and from Palma de Mallorca Airport. It is free however to load a wheelchair or baby seat into the taxi. Taxis don’t usually have a child seat for use. Guide dogs travel for free, but there may be charges for carrying any other animal on the taxi. On the Spanish Island of Mallorca, taxi fares are charged per kilometre travelled, and the taxis are therefore metered. Although set rates are applicable per kilometre driven, depending on the time of day or night and the day of the week, it is always recommended to discuss the average cost of the taxi trip with the driver before leaving the airport. It is always much harder to argue the price once the journey has been completed.
Although many hotels nearby Palma de Mallorca Airport offer complimentary shuttle buses for transport of their customers, a taxi is also a useful way to reach your hotel accommodation. Just two miles from the airport is the Hotetur Linda, and the Mac Paradiso Garden, Melia Palas Atenea Hotel, Tryp Bellver and Tryp Palma are just five miles away. There is a range of hotels throughout the city of Palma, and hostels, or ‘hostales’ provide a form of cheaper accommodation.
Another popular way to travel the city streets is to hire a scooter. They are reasonably inexpensive to hire, and are very useful in reaching places which may be difficult to reach by car or taxi. Taxis in Mallorca have a black and cream color scheme, and it is recommended to always use the official airport taxis waiting at the taxi rank at the airport. Further information regarding taxis at Palma de Mallorca Airport is available online, at http://www.aena.es, the airport’s official website.