The Son Sant Joan Airport lies at a distance of 8 kms from the capital city Palma. It is one of the busiest airports in Spain, and the airport traffic is at its highest in the summer months. The airport handled 22,408,302 passengers and 90,280 flights in 2006. The highest numbers of tourists are from Germany, followed by Spain and Great Britain. All major airlines as well as charter and budget airlines have flights to the airport.
The Airport complex is divided into six floors and provides all modern facilities like banking, internet, pharmacy, shopping area, bars and restaurants, and disabled facilities. However, there is no left luggage facility at the airport.
The bus from the airport runs every 30 minutes and costs around 3 Euros. It runs between 7.05am and 5 past midnight. There is a taxi rank outside the airport, and a taxi would cost around 17 Euros according to your destination. The price might vary depending upon the number of suitcases, the time of day or night of the journey, and the number of passengers. The taxis do not carry child seats.
Mallorca by Car:
Car hire is available right at the airport and is a huge business in Mallorca. The intense competition among the several car rental companies enables you to get some of the best deals. However in the summer months, it is important to book the car in advance through the internet.
The best way to explore the island and the treasures in its interior is by car. Their innumerable rural destinations are all within comfortable driving distances. The great natural beauty of the island coupled with its mild climate enable you to have a memorable and easy drive. Parking spots are created at various points for you to enable to stop and take in the views.
The road infrastructure here is very good. The mountain roads can be very narrow and steep in places. So its important to drive carefully and slowly, and you need to stop at times to let the oncoming traffic pass. The summers will see considerable traffic on the roads. Driving and parking rules are stringently enforced. The rules are the same as in the rest of Spain. Speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h (75 mph), on bigger roads 70 km/h (55 mph) and in towns 50 km/h. In case of a breakdown, only the official towing service (Servicio de Gruas) is allowed to tow away the vehicles.