The Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Menorca are approximately 149 miles (240 km) apart, with the island of Mallorca sitting almost directly between them. The quickest way to get from one island to the other would be via air travel, with flights that go from Ibiza airport and connect through the city of Palma on Mallorca before continuing on to Menorca. The trip will take about two hours and fifteen minutes, depending on carrier and route.
The second fastest option would be to combine travel by plane, car and ferry. You can take one of the several daily flights from Ibiza to Mallorca, with a flying time of about 40 minutes, transfer via shuttle or taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal in Alcudia, then hop a ferry over to the Ciutadella ferry terminal on Menorca, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Total travel time including transfers is approximately 2.5 hours.
The slowest mode of travel from Ibiza to Menorca would be to go exclusively by ferry. There are no direct ferries between the two, which means you’ll need to take one ferry from Ibiza to Mallorca, then drive to the town of Alcudia, located on the other side of the island, and take another ferry over to Menorca. Depending on ferry schedules, this route would take a total of about four hours.
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Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
The Ibiza airport, located just under four miles from Ibiza town, has regular flights from Ibiza to the city of Palma on Mallorca, where you can catch a connecting flight to Maó (also known as Mahón) Menorca’s capital city. There are quite a few daily flights between Ibiza and Palma that connect to non-stop flights between Palma and Maó. Each flight is about 40 minutes, and you can expect a total travel time of about 2 hours and 15 minutes with transfers.
If you want to break up the trip, you could have a longer layover in Palma and visit sights such as the Palma Aquarium or the historic Castell de Bellver.
By Plane, Car and Ferry
Duration: 3.5 hours
Your 40-minute flight from the Ibiza airport lands you in Mallorca’s capital city of Palma. From the Palma airport, you’ll take a shuttle or private transfer to the town of Alcudia, which is about a 45-minute drive.
Once you arrive at the Alcudia ferry terminal, you can catch one of the several daily ferries that go between Alcudia and the town of Ciutadella, located on the west coast of Menorca. Travel time from Alcudia to Ciutadella is anywhere from an hour and 15 minutes to just under two hours, depending on season and ferry route. There is direct ferry service from Palma to Maó, but it takes considerably longer and is less convenient.
If you want to explore Alcudia before embarking on the next leg of your trip, you could visit Aucanada Beach or tour the historic Ciudad romana de Pollentia, an ongoing archaeological excavation with ruins of a Roman forum and theater.
By Car and Ferry
Duration: 4 hours
Ferry service between Ibiza and Mallorca takes about two hours. Once you arrive at the Port de Palma on Mallorca, you can take a shuttle or private transfer across the island to the town of Alcudia, located approximately 34 miles (54 km) away and a 45-minute drive.
From Alcudia there are daily ferries to Ciutadella, the fastest of which takes about an hour and 15 minutes. You do have the option of taking the ferry from Palma to Maó, but this is a much longer route at nearly six hours. You'll also want to check the ferry schedules beforehand since this route does not offer daily service.