Taxi in Ibiza: is it a good option for getting around the island?
Taking a taxi in Ibiza is one of the most popular activities for visitors during the summer, who often opt for this means of transport to get to the beaches or nightclubs. Here we tell you everything you need to know about this means of transport in Ibiza. Is it better to take a taxi in Ibiza or a hire car? We will tell you all about it.
Taxi Ibiza: the island is the perfect size to get from one end of the island to the other in less than an hour. This makes taxis a good option for discovering the island without having to think about renting a car, looking for parking or keeping an eye on alcohol consumption. But like everything in life, it has its pros and cons. Before finding out the advantages and disadvantages of getting around the island by public transport, let’s take a look at how the taxi service works in Ibiza.
How to get a taxi in Ibiza
There are two ways to get a taxi in Ibiza: either by raising your hand if you are not near a taxi rank, or by going to the nearest taxi rank. In the latter case, if there is no vehicle waiting at the taxi rank, you will have to wait for the taxi to arrive. Taxis are always white, they have a diagonal coloured stripe across the door and the licence number is visible on the inside. You will always find taxi ranks in the main centre of Ibiza, which are usually detailed on the tourist maps of each area (or the Consell’s Ibiza Map). Some of them are:
Avinguda de Santa Eulària des Riu, in front of the port
Avinguda Isidor Macabich, 43
C/ Ramón Muntaner, between c/ Galicia and Avenida España (Ses Figueretes)
C/ País Vasco, between c/ Galicia and c/ Navarra ( Ses Figueretes)
Passeig de ses Fonts
Santa Eulària des Riu
C/ Sant Jaume, in front of Passeig de S’Alamera and at the town hall.
Avenida d’es Canar, next to the bus stop (Es Canar)
How much will a taxi cost in Ibiza in 2023?
Taxi fares in Ibiza for 2023 will increase by 6.4% compared to the previous year:
Setting the taxi meter running: 3,99 €.
Price per kilometre between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.: 1,20 €.
Price per kilometre between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.: 1.46 €.
Price per kilometre on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays and public holidays: 1,46 €.
Airport or port supplement: 1,96 €.
What are the telephone numbers to call for a taxi?
Radio Taxi Eivissa/Ibiza city: +34 971 398 483
Radio Taxi Sant Antoni: +34 971 343 764 / +34 971 340 074 / +34 971 398 483
Radio Taxi Sant Josep: +34 971 800 080
Radio Taxi Santa Eulària: +34 971 333 333
Radio Taxi Sant Joan: +34 971 333 333
Pirate taxis in Ibiza
Illegal taxis or pirate taxis are a problem that has proliferated in recent years in Ibiza, partly due to the fact that the taxi service on the island is limited to a certain number of licences. During the months of July and August, it is often difficult to get a taxi at certain times of the day, which is why this illegal transport service has grown in recent summers. It is worth remembering that illegal taxis do not offer the same guarantees to passengers (fares tend to be more expensive), nor do they offer safety guarantees (there have been occasions when the vehicle offering the illegal taxi service had not passed the compulsory Technical Vehicle Inspection (MOT). Obviously, in the event of any dissatisfaction with the service, no complaints can be made.
Are there Cabify and Uber in Ibiza?
So far, it is not possible to order an Uber or a Cabify in Ibiza. That is why the best alternative to the taxi service is to hire a rental car or to combine the use of taxis with regular bus lines and regular boat routes whenever possible. Getting around Ibiza without a car is possible, although depending on the destination and origin you will need to be patient with the times and adapt to the timetables available in each case. However, you should bear in mind that there are beaches in Ibiza that can only be reached by car, scooter or taxi, such as Cala d’Hort, Cala Jondal or Es Bol Nou. Other beaches, such as Aigües Blanques, Cala Sant Vicent, Cala Vedella or Cala Benirrás, are connected by bus, but the frequency is so limited that it is not worth having this option.
Advantages and disadvantages of getting around Ibiza by Taxi
Not all travellers want or need the same thing during their holidays. Find out which option will suit you best depending on your plans in Ibiza.
When is it a good option to choose a taxi as a way of transport in Ibiza?
- You arrive at the airport, you don’t have a hire car in Ibiza and you can’t – or don’t want to – get to your accommodation on the bus lines that in summer connect the airport with Eivissa, Playa d’en Bossa, San Antonio and Santa Eulària.
- You have chosen a hotel by the beach and you don’t want to move around too much during your holidays, other than a trip to the city or to a beach near your accommodation.
- You are staying in Ibiza town.
- You are staying in Portinatx, Santa Eulària, Es Canar, Playa d’en Bossa or the bay of Sant Antoni and you do not plan to leave the area.
- You are under 21 years old and want to experience Ibiza at its most nocturnal.
- You don’t have a driving licence.
- In your country they drive on the left and you don’t want to try driving on the right.
- You don’t want to rent a car in Ibiza because you have had bad experiences before and you don’t have confidence in finding a rental company without hidden costs or unpleasant surprises.
When is it best to rent a car in Ibiza?
- You don’t want to wait for a taxi at the airport and you want to have freedom as soon as you arrive on the island.
- You are staying in a villa or a country house.
- You want to explore Ibiza from north to south and east to west, going from beach to beach.
- You want the freedom to go to the most remote restaurants both day and night.
- You have no problem controlling your level of alcohol consumption.
- You are travelling with children and don’t want to spend the whole holiday in the area of your accommodation.
- You need to make the most of your days in Ibiza.
- You don’t want to queue for a taxi or depend on the availability of the service at certain times.
- You don’t want to be dependent on bus and boat schedules.
- Depending on your plans, it is more expensive to travel by taxi than to rent a cheap car in Ibiza.
- You want to get to know the villages and landscapes of the interior of Ibiza.
Main picture: © NC / Moto Luis