The climate in Ibiza and Formentera is typically Mediterranean: hot and dry in summer, cool and often wet from October to January. Much of the island shuts down in winter (October – April), although some hotels remain open all year round and this is actually a really nice time to visit. Think cosy duvets, log fires, hot chocolate in beach restaurants and windswept walks. Summers are reliably hot, with highs of 35 degrees C, and the island is full to the brim from May – September.
Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
In the summer months, many airlines offer direct flights from the UK and Europe. Check out easyJet (from Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, East Midlands, Luton, Gatwick, Stansted and Bristol in the UK, and from Berlin, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Lyon, Bilbao and Madrid); British Airways (from Gatwick and Barcelona); Iberia (from most Spanish airports including Barcelona, Madrid, Tenerife, San Sebastien and Seville, as well as Rome, Milan, Lisbon, Marrakech, Casablanca, Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, Zurich, Paris, Athens, Moscow, and a few worldwide destinations); Jet2 (from Belfast, Blackpool, Leeds and Manchester); Ryanair (Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Stanstead, Manchester, Bologna, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Pisa, Rome, Seville and Venice) and Monarch (from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester).
There are also charter flight services, bookable through the Charter Flight Centre and Travel Republic. However, from October to April most of these routes stop operating and your best bet is to fly via Spain with Iberia.
Although there are public buses, we'd recommend hiring a car when you’re in Ibiza as it’s by far the easiest way to get about. The roads are relatively quiet, and you soon get to know the main routes around the island. It also means you can reach the secluded beaches and more rural areas, all of which are beautiful. See our car rental recommendations.
There are also plenty of taxis on the island, but bear in mind that these get booked up at least a day in advance in high season. Make your plans early - and stick to them.