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Visiting Palma de Mallorca on Budget

Palma de Mallorca is a vibrant capital filled with many historic buildings, shops, refreshment stops and other attractions. The city is walkable with pedestrian streets in many places. There are two options for travelers who are on budget but want to get around the city to see as many attractions as possible. The first option is to get a city pass like Palma Pass.

Palma Pass

Palma pass offers access to tons of museums and monuments such as Majorca Cathedral, Almudaina Royal Palace, and Bellver Castle. The pass allows you to make 10 free trips on EMT city buses. The EMT city buses belong to the Municipal Transport Company. The pass also includes an airport transfer from the city center to the airport. Additionally, it offers discounts on the entry tickets to lots of attraction sites including Palma Aquarium, stores, souvenir shops and restaurants. Along with the pass, you will receive a guidebook that is written in 6 languages.

There are two types of Palma passes including 48 and 72 hours. The 48 hours pass costs $34 euros while the 72 hours pass costs $41 euros. The tickets for those below 18 years old will be cheaper. If you purchase the pass online, you’ll have to print it out. You can also purchase the city pass at a local tourist information center or the hotel.

The validity of the pass is counted from the moment you use it for the first service. So, if you buy a pass with a validity of more than one day, make sure you try to use the pass every day until you have visited all your destinations. There is no additional fee that you need to pay after paying the initial price for the city pass.

Palma de Mallorca Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours

Buying the hop-on hop-off bus ticket is the second option if you are not interested in the attractions included in the city pass and just want to visit a few places that are reachable by bus. Hop-on hop-off bus ticket means that you can get on or off the bus at any time. After finishing visiting an attraction, you can go back to the bus stop and wait for another bus to take you to your next destination.

With the hop-on hop-off ticket, you can take a bus from one of the 18 bus stops to visit the Palma attractions. You can expect to see a new bus arriving at the bus stop  approximately every 20 – 25 minutes. The hop-on hop-off ticket is available in a 24 or 48 hour validity. Buying the 48 hour ticket can help you to save more money. The ticket is a flat rate ticket that allows you to go onboard the bus as many times as you want.

You will be able to find a bus for every tourist destination including beaches, fish markets, fountains, gardens monuments, cathedral, palaces, and plazas. The bus ticket can be upgraded to include walking and boat tours. There are different operating times for the bus tours in the spring, summer and winter. It is important that you know when the tours run in different season of the year so that you know when you can or cannot catch a bus.

Most of the time, the bus is a double decker bus with an open roof. Passengers can climb to the roof of the double decker bus and admire the scenery as the bus travels to the destination. The double decker buses are equipped with multilingual audio systems. While on the bus, you can listen to stories and learn about the culture of the city with the free headphones.


In conclusion, you will be able to save money taking your family touring around the city no matter if you purchase a Palma Pass or hop-on hop-off bus. By saving money, you will have more money to spend on other stuff and services that make the trip more worthwhile and fun.