Palma and the major resorts and beaches around the island are connected by boat tours and water-taxi services. Some of these are detailed in the Excursions En Barca brochure, available at tourist offices. Cruceros Iberia (971 71 71 90; Tue, Thu & Fri mid-May–mid-Oct) organises day trips to Sant Elm, leaving at 9.30am and returning at 5pm, for €52.50 per person including lunch and hotel transfers.
Most of the island is accessible by bus from Palma. All buses depart from (or near) the bus station (Carrer d’Eusebi Estada). For information contact Transport de les Illes Balears (TIB; 971 17 77 77; tib.caib.es).
One-way fares from Palma include Cala Ratjada (€9.05), Ca’n Picafort (€4.40), Port de Pollença (€5.10) and Port d’Andratx (€3.55).
About 30 vehicle-hire agencies operate in Palma. The big league has representatives at the airport and along Passeig Marítim, along with several cheaper companies.
Two train lines run from Plaça d’Espanya in Palma de Mallorca. The Palma–Sóller railway (971 75 20 51, 902 36 47 11; www.trendesoller.com; one way/return €9/14) was built in 1912 to replace the local stagecoach, and its trip to the north coast is now one of the island’s most popular excursions. Trains leave five or six times daily.
The other train line (971 17 77 77) runs inland to Sa Pobla (€2.65; 55 minutes) via the town of Inca (€1.80; 35 minutes). A secondary line links Inca with Manacor (€1.90; 40 minutes).
You can get around the island by taxi, but it’s costly. Prices are posted at central points in many towns. You’re looking at €70 from the airport to Cala Ratjada.