In this guide to taking a taxi in Mallorca, I will try and answer questions about how to book a taxi, where you can find a taxi and how much a taxi costs whether from the airport or calculating where you wish to go on the island.
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Does Uber operate in Mallorca?
It has just been announced that Uber will be allowed to operate from 8 June in Mallorca.
On the first phase of the taxi service’s launch in Mallorca, a fleet of 40 taxis has been delivered covering four areas Palma, Calvia, Llucmajor and Andratx. More areas are expected to follow.
To find out more about Uber in Mallorca, check out this article here.
Otherwise, you can normally you can recognise the regular licensed taxis – they are largely white cars with rear blue number plates. Although you will see taxis in other colours, you can recognise the official taxis by their blue rear number plates.
You will see hundreds of these taxis waiting in Arrivals at Palma de Mallorca airport and driving around the island.
Do I need to book a taxi at Palma Airport?
No, you don’t!
Follow the taxi signs to the taxi rank and join the queue.
The taxi line is well marshalled to get travellers into cars and to where they are going.
However, there have been recent reports that there has been a lack of availability of taxis at the taxi rank.
The best way to book a taxi in Mallorca
You can pre-book taxis to take you to the airport or if you’re planning a day trip or night out.
You can also hail a taxi from the street or wait at the taxi rank.
If you see a green light on the roof, it means it’s for hire. If the taxi is showing a red light, it means it’s already occupied.
If a taxi with a green light passes by, it may not be allowed to pick you up from the area (municipality) where you are waiting.
There are also several taxi ranks throughout the resorts.
To book a taxi, Google “taxi” and the resort you are staying in for options of taxi companies to call.
If you are booking a taxi to return to the airport during July and August, I would recommend pre-booking at least 48 hours in advance as I have known occasions when there has been no availability.
Also do not be late meeting your taxi, because it may not wait around!
Palma Taxis – The best app to book a taxi in Palma de Mallorca
The very best app to book a taxi in and around Palma de Mallorca in my experience of taking taxis on the island is Taxis Palma.
This is especially useful if you need a taxi immediately, so if you have been for a night out in Palma and wish to return to your hotel or accommodation.
Search for Taxis Palma in your App store, and download the app.
It takes a minute or so to register your phone number and name and you can upload a photo so the driver recognises you.
From there, you can book where you want to be picked up and where you want to be dropped off.
You will be notified when the taxi is on its way to meet you.
The app will give you a live estimated arrival time, and you can track the taxi as it arrives at your pick-up point.
The app will also give you an idea of how much the fare will cost too and you can even send a message to the driver if something changes.
When paying for your fare, you can also pay by credit or debit card.
Taxis Palma is absolutely a great option to book a taxi in and around Palma de Mallorca and my friends and I often use this late at night.
How much does it cost to take a taxi in Mallorca?
As a guide, check this link to see approximately how much you will pay for a taxi here in Mallorca, travelling from the airport to the main towns and resorts.
This will give you a good idea of how much a fare will cost.
And you will see it costs more to travel at night, at weekends and over public holidays. And you can see the fare difference on this link here which explains the supplements charged and approximate starting fares.
If you head on over to the Mallorca Under the Sun Facebook Group, you will see a really useful post put together by group member Nick Brown (it’s pinned in “Features” at the top of the page) about a guide to taking a taxi in Mallorca.
In summary, a supplement is already imposed if you are taking a taxi to or from the airport. Plus a small charge will be added if you book a taxi in advance.
You are likely to pay more if you cross the city limits of Palma or travel outside the municipality where the taxi is registered, you’ll see the driver touch the meter to adjust the fare.
There are no supplements for child seats, the number of passengers travelling, luggage or the provision of receipts.
However, as you are travelling you will see the fare. When the taxi arrives at your destination, the final fare will change when the supplements are added in, so you will see this final figure rise. Don’t worry though, this is perfectly legitimate.
So to roughly calculate your fare, it will cost €4 to get in a taxi, which includes the first kilometre or so, then about €1.10 per kilometre and about €20 per hour.
So roughly a half-hour journey that goes 30km would cost about €46.
How can I pay for a taxi in Mallorca?
You can pay by cash, card or mobile device. The taxis have card readers now, so it’s no longer important to pay in cash only.
However, you may wish to pay the driver a cash tip by rounding up the fare or tipping 10% of the fare.
What to do if you can’t get a taxi in Palma de Mallorca
In Summer 2022, demand for taxis was high during peak season, particularly in the centre of the city in the early hours of the morning.
So what do you do if you can’t get a taxi in Palma de Mallorca?
Most of the TIB buses run until midnight, and there is a night bus service on the Palma EMT bus network (otherwise known as the bus de nit) but it doesn’t service all routes.
You can see routes, and timetables and read about taking the EMT Night bus here.
I do recommend in the article linked if you travelling to the south-west (Calvia or Andratx), take the night bus to Porto Pi, and then try and hail a taxi from there, as you may be able to pick up a taxi returning from a drop-off in the South West as it returns to the city.