While it might be tempting to hop on a flight, sailing between these two blockbuster Balearic islands is infinitely more scenic – and often cheaper too.
The Balearic Islands are one of the most popular destinations in Europe for good reason. Bursting with brilliant beaches, lively fishing villages and enchanting coves, this is Spain at its most sun-washed and seductive. And those who can’t decide between the two islands, needn’t. Currently, three ferry companies sail between the two islands offering two routes between them around 80 times per week. Prices vary depending on whether you have a vehicle and the type of accommodation you choose. If you’re considering making the journey by ferry, we’ve compared five ferry connections to help you make the best decision.
Balearia offers the fastest ferry from Mallorca to Menorca, with a journey time of just one hour. All ferries depart from Alcudia (in the north of Mallorca) and arrive in Ciutadella. There are four sailings to choose from per day, though journey times vary depending on the time of day. Balearia also offers the earliest departure time, with a ferry at 04:30 that arrives in Menorca at 06:30. Onboard there are shopping facilities, a bar/cafeteria, luggage lockers for food passengers and seating for up to 650 passengers and space for 140 vehicles.
Trasmed only offers four sailings per week, but it is the only company that provides services to Mahon, which sits in the southeast of the island. Journeys depart from either Alcudia or Palma. Services from Alcudia take roughly 3 hours 29 minutes, while the weekly service from Palma takes 5 hours 30 minutes. Trasmed ferries tend to be larger than Balearia, serving as many as 878 passengers and 190 cars. Passengers can choose from onboard cabin accommodation or reserved seating. There’s free WFi on board, a restaurant and bar and shopping facilities too.
Menorca Lines offers roughly 12 sailings per week, with an average journey time of 1 hour 15 minutes. Ferries are much smaller than the alternatives, with room for 400 passengers and 65 vehicles, so it’s worth booking your ticket in advance. While tickets tend to be a little pricier, the company has the best customer reviews, with an average of four out of five stars. Passengers can choose from a morning 08:30 sailing or a departure at 17:30 in the late afternoon. There are special discount prices for children, families and passengers over 60 too.