One of the great advantages of being a small island is that it’s relatively easy to get to nearly everywhere easily; even more so in the case of one of the main towns Alaior, which is right beside Menorca’s Me-1 main road which Ciudadela with Mahón. Let us show you how to get to Alaior, whether you arrive by boat in Ciudadela or by airplane in Mahón.
How to get there
The different ways to get to Alaior
The airport in Menorca has great connections with both the mainland, primarily with Barcelona, as well as several European countries. Summer is always a very busy time, and we recommend that you book tickets well in advance.
Keep in mind that, for impromptu travel, the following periods will need prior booking: from June to September and the Easter and Christmas periods. If you are struggling to find a direct flight, there are often routes available via Mallorca, with regular daily flights between the islands all year round.
Nevertheless, Menorca offers activities throughout the year, so visiting in the cooler months is also a good option.
Mahón or Ciudadela harbours
Menorca has two main ports: Ciutadella, which primarily connects with Mallorca and Barcelona; and Mahón, to which the larger ferries come in and from Valencia as well.
Although it takes longer, travelling by car and ferry can often prove cheaper as you can bring your own transport to discover the island. The crossings are generally good.
The winter storms sometimes prevent the ferries crossing, and you may not be certain of sailing until an hour beforehand.
Whether you arrive by boat to the ports of Ciutadella or Mahón, or to the airport, it’s quite simple to catch a bus to Alaior. Line 01’s public bus service stops at Alaior and the other towns on the main road.
From the airport, you’ll need to get a taxi or Line 10 bus to the main bus depot in Mahón. From the port in Ciutadella, a shuttle bus does regular runs to the centre, where you can catch the 01 line.
Fast and convenient
Another option is to book a taxi. Whether arriving at the airport or one of the harbours in the summer season, there tend to be taxis available to take you to Alaior.
The trip takes about 15 minutes from Mahón, with it taking a little over half an hour to get there from Ciutadella and depending on the traffic.
Your own or a rental car
A rental car is the easiest option to get around Menorca. There is a varied range of both prices and vehicle types. To reach Alaior by car, whether it be from one of the two ports in your own car or in a rental car. Just follow the signs for the main ME-1 road.
Take the signs for Ciudadela when leaving Maó and, after about 15 minutes you will see a turning off the main road to Alaior. From the port of Ciudadela, go around the city on the southern ring road and join the Me-1. This trip takes a bit longer, between 35 and 40 minutes.
Scooter or motorbike
Use your own or a rental one
Renting a scooter on the island is becoming increasingly popular. It’s certainly a great way to discover Menorca when the weather is at its hottest. Another big advantage is easy parking. The downside is that only two of you can ride on it and you are not allowed to carry bulky luggage such as beach umbrellas or lilos.
Information on rental companies is available in both the ports and airport, with this being a perfect option for young couples and adventurous friends.