Formentera vehicle transfer regulations

How to bring your vehicle to the island

In order to maintain the balance between tourism and the daily life of the residents, as well as preserve a sustainable tourism model, the Formentera Council has applied a regulation limiting the number of vehicles allowed on the island from June to September.

Find out what to do to bring your car or motorcycle to Formentera in the summer, which ferry companies transport vehicles to the island and where to leave your car if you can’t board it on a ferry to Formentera.

Road to the “La Mola” lighthouse in Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

Road to the “La Mola” lighthouse in Formentera

Can I take my car to Formentera?

Yes, you can bring your car on a ferry to Formentera from Ibiza (or from ports in mainland Spain) without restrictions from the 1st of October to the 31st of May.

However, from the 1st of June to the 30th of September, the island implements a system to regulate vehicle flow. This restriction affects all motor vehicles that access Formentera, drive and park on public roads. The goal is to preserve the island’s peace and purity and secure sustainability, for now and the future.

Important: note that quad bikes, caravans and motorhomes are not allowed during this period.

In order to enter the island with a vehicle (yours or a rented one) during the summer months, you need to get a permit, which you can apply for on the Formentera Eco website. You also have to pay a fee that is:

  • €6 per day, with a minimum amount of €30, for cars
  • €3 per day, with a minimum amount of €15, for motorbikes

Hybrid vehicles get a 50% discount, while electric vehicles are not charged with the fee.

Exceptions to the Formentera vehicle transporestriction

There are certain vehicles that are exempt from the Formentera transportation restriction, such as vehicles belonging to:

  • Residents of Formentera
  • Owners with a second home in Formentera (1 vehicle per owner only)
  • Residents of Ibiza who work in Formentera
  • Individuals with reduced mobility

Learn more about the Formentera vehicle regulation system and find answers to your FAQs on the Formentera Eco website.

Lush vegetation at a road in Formentera, Spain

Lush vegetation and peaceful atmosphere on a road in Formentera

Do I need a car in Formentera?

Formentera is a small island where the maximum distance is about 19 km from end to end, so you can easily explore it without a car. To get around, we recommend you bring or rent a bike, or even walk, as most of the roads are not much of a challenge (except the one leading to Pilar de la Mola).

The island also has an excellent network of 32 “green routes” of traffic-free rural paths and tracks. The terrain is mostly flat, so exploring the island on foot is a great option. These “green routes” are also great for cycling. Many of them require only 15-30 minutes to complete by bike, while, for those who prefer a longer adventure, there are some taking 45-60 minutes.

As for bike rentals, you will find plenty at the port (La Savina) and across the island. There are also e-bikes available if you feel you need a boost along the way!

Tip: before you decide how to move around the island, you can first discover all the available options to travel there! Check our complete guide on how to get to Formentera from Ibiza, Mallorca or mainland Spain, and plan your trip step by step!

Bike-lane signage on a road in Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

Bike-lane signage on a Formentera road

Which ferry companies transfer vehicles to Formentera?

Whether you travel to Formentera from Ibiza (the most popular option), Mallorca or mainland Spain (Dénia or Barcelona), the ferry companies with which you can transfer your car, motorcycle or caravan are Baleària and Trasmapi.

These 2 companies, as well as Aquabus and Formentera Lines, allow the transportation of bicycles or motorbikes under 125cc to Formentera, free of charge.

Compare the companies' services and amenities and find out which ferry company to choose for your Ibiza - Formentera trip.

Where can I park my car in Ibiza before traveling to Formentera?

There are many parking lots close to the port of Ibiza Town where you can leave your car or caravan before you travel to Formentera. Some of them are free, while others charge per hour/day.

If you are going on a day trip to Formentera from Ibiza, we suggest parking your vehicle in one of the free public lots that you can find around the port, such as Es Pou Sant or Es Gorg. If, however, you don’t feel comfortable leaving your vehicle unprotected or want to stay in Formentera for a few days, you can choose one of the paid parking lots close to the port, such as Es Pratet.

Couple on a scooter riding to Cap de Barbaria lighthouse in Formentera, Spain

Romantic motorbike ride to the Cap de Barbaria lighthouse

Formentera is an untouched place where you can find tranquility and connect with nature. This is why the island’s environmental policy is so important: it protects what this place holds most precious, its biodiversity and unspoiled beauty

We assure you that you will enjoy unique experiences on the island, even without a car. Book your tickets online on Ferryhopper and prepare for an authentic Formentera adventure!