Palma Mallorca Airport Guide
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Trains to and from Palma Mallorca Airport (PMI)

Palma de Mallorca Airport is located approximately 8 km, or 5 miles from Palma, the capital city of the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca. It is also nearby the village of Can Pastilla, and many other popular seaside towns and holiday resorts. There is no railway station at the airport. Most passengers use the Mallorca Airport buses for transport, but there are a few rail connections from the city of Palma, including the charming Soller Train.

Palma de Mallorca Airport is connected to various nearby locations within Palma and its surrounds by two bus services, known as Line 1 and Route 21. The Line 1 bus heads for the Port de Palma and the Placa d’Espanya, where the main train and bus stations of the city can be found. The Route 21 bus mainly serves the more popular hotels and holiday towns in the area. The buses provide a very inexpensive transport option to and from Palma de Mallorca Airport, and are available at frequent times throughout the day until late at night. The Line 1 bus is available every twelve to fifteen minutes, and the Route 21 bus departs approximately every half an hour. The Municipal Transport Company which operates the bus services is know as EMT, or the Expresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca, and the buses are easily found outside the arrivals terminal of the airport, opposite the car park.

The main railway station in Palma is known as the Estació Intermodal, or the Placa d’Espanya station, and is operated by Transport de les Illes Balears, which is the company that manages all nine stations of the metro line, and transport on the Balearic Islands. The metro line was constructed between 2005 and 2007, and the main line starts from the underground railway station in Palma, the Estació Intermodal. There are daily trains available, from just after six in the morning to eleven at night, traveling to Sa Pobla and Manacor via Marratxí and Inca. The train services are available more frequently during the day, and only about every half an hour early in the mornings, later at night and on Sundays.

Every day of the week, including Saturdays, the Manacor trains travel non-stop to Marratxí, with three trains an hour in both directions. The trains are available between 05:45 and 22:00, and the third train is the one to catch for Inca. Trains are also available on Sundays and public holidays, but only two per hour in each direction. On these days the trains will stop at all the stations on the way to the farthest terminal. The stretch of train line is doubled between Inca and Enllac, to enhance the capacity of the 5 km journey, while only single lines are in place between Manacor and Sa Pobla. The journey to El Caülls is very attractive, with lovely mountain scenery and views over the island’s landscape.

The oldest train connection to Palma de Mallorca has been operational since the very early days of the 20th century, and travels across the Mallorca plain and mountains to Soller. It is a wonderful journey complete with thirteen tunnels, and a vintage train mainly constructed from wood. The construction of this railway line began in 1907, after the long-awaited approval was given for the project, originally initiated by Juan Morall. The most difficult part of building the line was the section through the Sierra de Alfabia, Alfabia’s mountains. The tunnel through the mountain ended up being 2856 meters in length, and took four years to complete. On 16 April 1912, the railway was finally inaugurated, and two trains appropriately named ‘Soller’ and ‘Palma’ began their journeys. Later, more trains were added, and since July 1929, the trains worked by electricity. This railway service is therefore also known as the island’s ‘Red Arrow’ electric railway line. The trains are very popular with tourists and the journey is often said to be one of the most attractive in the whole of Europe.

The Soller Train stops in a number of towns and villages on its way to Soller. Travelers can therefore hop on and off along the way. Some of the stops include Son Sardina, Santa Maria, Caubet, Bunyola, Viaducto ‘Cinc-Ponts’ and the Can Tambor Stop. One train per day also stops at the Mirador Pujol d’en Banya, so that travellers can take photographs. This train journey is called the Panoramic.

Passengers arriving at Palma de Mallorca Airport will find train travel on the island to be very cost efficient. The train journey to Soller is only 6.50 Euro, and a return journey is about 11 Euro.