Getting around the island is relatively easy thanks to the numerous transport facilities. Car rentals, island buses, taxis, flights and trains – the options are in plenty.
The rail network on island consist of three lines which connect to four destinations. Starting from the Plaça d’Espanya station/ Estació Intermodal in Palma they include TIB, The Metro and The Main Line.
It is the Transport de les Illes Balears/Transport on the Balearic Islands that administers both the main line and the metro. TIB operates from Estacio Intermodal/Plaça d’Espanya (underground station) to Sa Pobla and Manacor via Marratxí and Inca.
The Palma metro Line in Palma, Spain was envisioned and built between the years 2005 and 2007 and starts from Palma Estació Intermodal platforms 1 to 4. They even have the facility of switching with the main line if there is an engineering purpose. The line consists of 9 stations and they include Plaça d’Espanya (Intermodal station), Jacint Verdaguer, Son Fortesa – Son Costa, Son Fuster Vell, Son Castelló, Gran Vía Asima, Camí dels Reis, Son Sardina and UIB (Universitat de les Illes Balears).The metro line was built at a cost of 312 million euros and there are daily trains operating here from 06:15 to 23:00. Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM) is the operator of this rapid transit type line.
The subway was launched on 25 April 2007 and runs all the way to the University of the Balearic Islands from the city centre. However, it remained closed for a few months in 2007 and 2008 when operations were called off due to flooding of the area. Services recommenced on 28 July 2008 .
The Main Line
The main line is quite popular as well as one which can be opted for by tourists who are looking forward to relish a few picturesque mountain views whilst their rail journey. Starting from the large underground Palma Estació Intermodal platforms 5 to 10, these lines continue to run underground for some distance. Soon after the Son Costa/Son Fortesa station, the line is disconnected from other transport all along its length. However, there are a few small level crossings in rural areas.
It is the portion from El Caülls to Inca which is the most lovable here. With great views of the mountainous landscape and beautiful island countryside, this segment of the journey delights travellers. There is a double track from the capital to Inca. There is an exclusive line from Inca working to Manacor and Sa Pobla passing through Enllaç halt, Sineu, Petra and Sa Pobla section.
Six days of the week (from Monday to Saturday), trains run from Manacor to Marratxi-non-stop. Three trains operate in each direction every hour (the third one is to Inca). Time is around 0545 to 2200. Sundays and holidays it is one train short and there is just two trains in each direction every hour. These trains halt at every station. In September 2010, services from Sineu to Manacor were called off as a consequence of a landslip.