Everything you need to get to Sardinia and how to travel on the Island.
Sardinia has 3 airports with direct connections to main european cities:
- Cagliari – Elmas (CAG), in the South of the island
- Olbia-Costa Smeralda (OLB), in the North East of the island
- Alghero – Fertilia (AHO), in the North West of the island
You can click the airport links above to check updated flight schedule.
How to get by ferry in Sardinia? There are many shipping companies, different ferry lines and many rates.
We’ll give you some tips to book a ferry to Sardinia.
Let’s start by saying that we have four ports: Olbia (NE), Porto Torres (NW), Cagliari (S) and Arbatax (SE).
Olbia is the busiest port. It is linked to Genova, Livorno, Piombino and Civitavecchia. We include in Olbia port also the near docking of Golfo Aranci (20 Km), where moores the Sardinia Ferries shipping company getting from Livorno. The line from Civitavecchia is the fastest, during the high season it takes less than 6 hours. From Genova and from Livorno ferries take 10 hours of shipping.
It is a good access to get to the island, in fact through the SS131 “Carlo Felice” you’ll arrive in about 3 hours in Cagliari and southern Sardinia.
Porto Torres has the lines to Genova and to France (Marseille and Toulon) running all the year round. During the summer there are lines also from Civitavecchia. The trips takes 10 hours. It gives great access to the whole island, it’s nearer to Cagliari than Olbia (2 ½ hours).
Cagliari, is the main port for the whole South Sardinia and is the only one linked to South Italy destinations. Besides being connected with Civitavecchia, it is also connected with Naples, Palermo and Trapani. Shipping takes longer than the others, at least 12 hours.
Finally, there is Arbatax, linking Genova, Livorno and Civitavecchia. It is a good option for those who want to explore central east Sardinia.
Below we show you on a table a summary of the ferry lines:
|to and from Olbia
Genova-Olbia -> Moby, Tirrenia
Livorno-Olbia -> Moby, Sardinia Ferries (G.fo Aranci)
Piombino-Olbia -> Moby
Civitavecchia-Olbia -> Tirrenia, Moby
|to and from Porto Torres
Genova-Porto Torres -> Tirrenia
Marsiglia-Porto Torres -> SNCM
Civitavecchia-Porto Torres -> Grimaldi
|to and from Cagliari
Civitavecchia-Cagliari -> Tirrenia
Napoli-Cagliari -> Tirrenia
Palermo-Cagliari -> Tirrenia
Trapani-Cagliari -> Tirrenia
|to and from Arbatax
Genova-Arbatax -> Tirrenia
Civitavecchia-Arbatax -> Tirrenia
|Shipping Companies websites
Tirrenia – Moby – Sardinia Ferries – Grimaldi – SNCM
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The regional Bus company is the ARST. They manage also the narrow gauge train system, very fascinating. On their website there is a useful system to calcolate the itinerary https://arst.sardegna.it/index.html
A good way to connect Cagliari with Alghero Airport is offered by Logudoro Tours: https://www.logudorotours.it/orari.php
Another company connecting north to south is Turmo Travel: https://www.gruppoturmotravel.com/english-version/trasportopubblico.php
In Sardinia there is not a fast train (so far), so you can better enjoy our landscape 🙂