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Ibiza first-timer? Here’s How to do Ibiza on a Budget

As one of the most sought-after islands in the world celebrated for its legendary parties, music, and glamour there’s no wonder why Ibiza has a price tag to match. Those of you who have visited the island will know that you’re likely to open your wallet about as often as you apply sun cream. Although this is true, a trip to Ibiza doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little forward thinking there are plenty of ways to save money during your time on the White Isle.

So, if you have always dreamed of visiting the party capital but don’t have the bank balance of millionaire, think again. Take a look at our money saving tips from where to shop to where to stay in Ibiza, and who knows you may even have some euros left over on your return.

Purchase your tickets in advance

If you know what nights you want to attend before you travel it’s always a good idea to purchase your tickets in advance as you’ll find that they are between 5 or 20 euros cheaper. And you can often purchase an earlybird ticket which will be discounted. This may not seem like a huge saving, but trust us it makes all the difference as a drink in Ibiza’s big clubs is likely to set you back 20 euros.

Hop on the Balearic bus

If you haven’t noticed locals and workers always get the bus in Ibiza and there’s a reason for this – it’s so much cheaper. Depending on where you’re staying on the island there will most likely come a time when you need to get a taxi as many of the big clubs are based in or closer to Playa Den Bossa. So, if you’re staying in San Antonio and you’re planning on visiting most of Ibiza’s superclubs your taxi fares will soon add up.

Unsure where to catch this bus? All you need to do is head over to San Antonio’s Bus Station, situated close to the famous Pacha shop, and you can catch a bus to Playa Den Bossa for just 3 euros! And this doesn’t mean that you have to end your party early in order to catch the last bus as many of the buses to and from the party resorts run until 6.45 am.

Local supermarkets should be your best friend

A trip to your local supermarket in Ibiza is always worthwhile – particularly if your accommodation has cooking facilities. This is the perfect option if you want to save your pennies. Meals in Ibiza vary depending on the restaurant, but this is an excellent idea if you’re simply looking for a cheap snack to take to the beach. Plus, you can also purchase cheap alcohol which is great given what they charge in the big clubs.

Sunset strip doesn’t have to be expensive

You can’t go to Ibiza without a trip to the islands famous ‘Sunset Strip’. Although the bars and restaurants on the strip are undeniably the places to be seen during your time on the island, they aren’t cheap!

If you choose to go for a drink in the celebrated Café del Mar expect your bank balance to take a hit with a drink of vodka and a mixer costing 11.50 euro, ouch. But if you simply want the sunset experience without the hefty price tag then this is also an option.

Restaurants and bars on the strip allow drinking on the rocks, so you can take your own drink and watch the sunset along with dozens of over revellers. This way you still get to experience Ibiza’s unforgettable sunset without digging too deep into your holiday funds.

Bag yourself a boat party bargain

Boat parties in Ibiza are a great idea, yes they start early and your hair may not look the same as it did when you got on the boat, but it is a small sacrifice to make if you take into account what your ticket includes. By going on a boat party you can actually save some much needed pennies. Pukka Up Boat Party tickets cost around 60 euros and include entry into one of the islands superclubs as well as free transport, I mean who can argue with that?

Stay in affordable accommodation

Yes, Ibiza has some of the swankiest accommodation in the world such as the celebrity-filled Ushuaia Tower and the Hard Rock Hotel, but that doesn’t mean you have to sell everything you own for 7 nights on the Balearic Island. With plenty of good value 2 and 3 star accommodation available you can live the Champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget.

Thomson Scene hotels are a great choice as they offer excellent prices and chic accommodation which are never too far from all the action. The Hotel Es Puchet in San Antonio is an excellent choice, as part of Thomson’s Scene Style range it offers a first-class pool scene, a location which isn’t far from the heart of Ibiza’s nightlife, and chic interiors throughout all at affordable prices.

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