There’s no hiding the fact that Ibiza isn’t cheap. If you’ve not been to Ibiza I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of people paying 15 Euros for a small bottle of water in a club. Prices in Ibiza are getting ridiculous and while the rich and famous remain unfazed by the extortionate prices, ordinary party-goers are always looking to find ways of saving money. With the help of some seasoned Ibiza workers we’ve compiled a list of some of moneysaving techniques:
1. Take the Bus
One of the main ways your holiday spending money disappears in Ibiza is getting around the island. In Ibiza there is a monopoly on taxis, meaning there’s no Uber and no competition so the local taxis are run on a very expensive meter. Going from the Airport to San Antonio will usually set you back around €35! Saying that however if you’re staying in one of the main resorts (Ibiza Town, San An, Playa D’en Bossa) they are pretty well connected with Ibizas various bus lines. Buses usually go once every half hour during high season so once you locate your nearest bus terminal you can check the timetable and take the bus for €2. Obviously they’re not quite as convenient as a taxi but you’ll save a fortune over a week.
2. Drinks Deals
The good news is there are cheap drinks to be had in Ibiza if you know where to look. San Antonios famous strip consists of dozens of bars vying for your business and they’ll offer you free drinks to get you in. If you shop around you can get some great deals (some places even do all you can drink). In Ibiza Town the bars running along the marina offer the same although the staff are slightly less intrusive! In Playa D’en Bossa some bars will offer free shots etc you just need to ask!
3. Buy Booze from The Shop
The cheapest alcohol you’ll find in Ibiza is in the mini-marts or Supermarkets. A bottle of spirit can often be cheaper than buying 1 drink in a Superclub. One of the most popular places to enjoy your cheap drinks is outside Mambos where hundreds of people gather each night to watch the sunset. You’ll get the full Mambo experience without the expensive drinks prices. Another place where you can get involved in the party without having to buy their expensive drinks is on the beach of Playa D’en Bossa. Around Jet Apartments there is always some sort of pool/beach party going on and you can BYOB.
4. Claim your Free Chupitos
If you do make it out for a civilised sit-down meal on your holiday in Ibiza, you should always ask for free shots at the end of your meal. It’s customary for restaurants to offer free chupitos at the of your meal, however you often need to ask. Hierbas is the local drink of choice which is a bit like a herby Sambucca.
5. Avoid the Big Nights
If you’re on a budget and aren’t bothered about which DJs you see, try and avoid the really popular nights. You’ll know which ones they are as they’re the most expensive ones on the boards. You can often go to the same club for half the price if you go on another night. Some great alternatives to the big clubs include – Ibiza Underground, Sankeys, Destinos, Cova Santa & Blue Marlin. You can often see big DJ’s here with no cover charge just check the listings on their websites.
6. Go to the beach
Ibiza has some of the best beaches in Europe and best of all they’re free!! Some of the best ones are right on your doorstep. The best options on your doorstep if you’re staying in San An are Cala Gracionetta or Cala Saladetta. If you’re staying in Ibiza Town your best bet is Talamanca. For Playa D’en Bossa Ses Salinas is a beautiful beach if you want a change from Bossa beach. Finally if you’re in Santa Eulalia our favourite nearby beaches are Cala Llenya and Cala Nova.
7. Workers Taxis
Ok so I know we said that there was one taxi company in Ibiza (Officially there is only 1). However there is a cheaper alternative and that is workers taxis. Now these taxis are illegal so take them at your own risk – you could get a fine if the police find out and they are unlicensed. If you ask one of the Ibiza workers they will usually know a number you can call or else you can ask on the official Ibiza workers facebook group.
8. Menu Del Dia
If you’re going for a sit down meal there is a thing in Ibiza called ‘Menu Del Dia’ which translates to Menu of the day. Lots of restaurants offer this even if it isn’t on the menu you just need to ask. It will usually be a starter, main and desert (sometimes a drink too) for €10/€15! There is even an App you can download called menu del dia which will tell you which restaurants are offering it near your location.
9. Scooter/ATV Hire
Hiring a moped or a quad-bike on your trip to Ibiza is a great way to explore the island. There are dozens of rental shops dotted around Ibiza and the prices can vary pretty significantly. If you’re in Ibiza outside the main summer months (July, August, September) you usually have more room to bargain with them however even in summer you can usually get them down from their first price. Similarly if you are hiring more than one you should ask for a special price or get extra helmets for free.
10. Make Breakfast
Finally one of the most common ways people waste money in Ibiza… missing their breakfast. If you get free breakfast at your hotel make sure you actually eat it. Even if that means eating it after your night out 🙂