Vehicle hire is perhaps the most popular way to get around and enjoy the island, but you could also consider a motorbike hire. There are specialist vehicle and rental companies operating on the island. You could also consider travelling over to the island with your own motorbike or vehicle if you are planning a long stay, perhaps it would be more economical.
Filling your tank up is quite easy –there are a number of 24h petrol stations, especially during the summer months.
Parking, can be a bit hair raising especially during the high season, but each year parking in the urban areas improves and car parks are better indicated with signs; however, it is always wise to check your urban map prior to driving to town.
Around the coastline, the more commercial beaches have generally good parking facilities, the more remote “virgin” beaches normally have designated parking areas away from the beach and with limited parking spaces, Today, you will find that these beaches, particularly those around the Ciutadella area have illuminated indicatory boards highlighting the parking places available- these signs are generally placed at the start of the road, it is indeed a marvellous idea as it saves a wasted journey, particularly during the high season.
Taxis are plentiful and each town, the airport and the ferry terminals have taxi stands. The taxi companies also offer a 24h central contact number. If “timetables” don’t worry you, then the island has a very good public bus system; they are generally comfortable buses with air conditioning. The buses run regularly throughout the year connecting with the islands towns, airport and ports; and during the summer months a more frequent service is provided to link with the coastal resorts.
The bus company, “Transportes Menorca” (Calle Barcelona 8, Ciutadella, telephone 971 380 393 and Plaça Explanada, Maó, telephone 971 360 461) operates a Mao (Mahon) to Ciutadella (Ciutadela) run, that also links with the towns of Alaior,Es Mercadal and Ferreries. There are also other routes between Maó (Mahon) and Es Castell or Sant Lluis or Sant Climent and Cala en Porter.
Between April and October the company operates a regular line to the southern coastal areas of Cala Santa Galdana, Santo Tomás, Son Bou, Canutells, Binibeca, Punta Prima, S'Algar and Cala Alcalfar.The Company “Torres”operates in the Ciutadella area, linking the city centre with the local beach resorts of: Cala en Blanes, Calaen Forcat, Los Delfines, Sa Caleta, Santandría, Cala Blanca, Cala en Bosc, Son Xoriguer and Cala Morell.
“Autos Fornells” runs the northern routes’ linking Maó with the fishing village of Fornells and providing a route in the summer to the northern beach areas, such as Es Grau, S'Arenal d'en Castell, Son Parc and Playas de Fornells, as well as a daily connexion between Es Mercadal and Fornells.