How to Get to Sardinia, Italy

By | December 15, 2022

By plane

The most famous of the three international airports in Sardinia is Costa Smeralda in Olbia, from which the famous resorts of Porto Cervo, Baia Sardinia, Porto Rotondo are within easy reach. From June to September, the Italian Meridiana Fly flies here directly from Moscow Domodedovo (1 time per week, travel time 4 hours) and the Russian Es Seven (3 times a week). The rest of the time, Olbia is conveniently reached by Alitalia flights with a transfer in Rome (6 hours 20 minutes) or Milan. Buses 2, 3 and 10 run between the airport and Olbia from 06:15 to 23:40 (15 minutes to the center). The cost of a taxi ride is 45 EUR. The prices on the page are for September 2021.

According to aviationopedia, Elmas Airport in Cagliari is convenient for those planning a holiday in Costa Rei or Villasimius. During the season, Es Seven flies here from Moscow (2 times a week, 4 hours 15 minutes). There are also options for connecting flights with Alitalia, KLM and other airlines. The center of Cagliari can be reached by bus (from 06:00 to 21:00 every 30 minutes), by train (railway station near the airport) or by taxi.

The cost of a taxi from any Sardinian airport to nearby resorts is 90-150 EUR.

Only Alitalia flies from Moscow to the small Fertilia airport on the west coast with a transfer in Rome. During the tourist season, it is convenient for residents of St. Petersburg to get here via Helsinki by direct flight of the TUI Nordic airline (3 hours 45 minutes). There is a regular bus from the airport to the nearest city of Alghero.

On a ferryboat

Ferries of the shipping companies Tirrenia (off. site in English), Grimaldi (off. site in English) and others connect Sardinia with mainland Italy. Ferries to the island depart from Genoa, Livorno, Naples and even from Sicilian Palermo. The shortest route is Civitavecchia – Olbia. The day ferry takes 5.5 hours, the night one – 8 hours, one way ticket from 40 EUR.

Transportation

The main means of transportation on the island are buses and trains. All urban and intercity bus services linking almost all the settlements of the island are operated by the regional transport company ARST. True, the frequency of flights is quite low, and the schedule is often violated. Tickets are sold at special ticket offices, vending machines, newsstands, bars and tobacco shops. Traveling without a ticket is punishable by a hefty fine.

Single tickets are valid on city buses for 90 minutes. The day pass is valid from the start of the first trip until 00:00 on the same day.

Major cities and ports of the island are connected by lines of the State Railway (off. site in English). Trains from Olbia to Cagliari depart 6 times a day (3.5 hours on the way), to Sassari – the second largest city in Sardinia – 8 times a day (1 hour 40 minutes). From mid-June to mid-September, of particular interest to tourists are the “Green Trains” in retro style (off. site) plying on several routes through the protected corners of the island. The length of the routes is from 46 to 159 km. To overcome them on a narrow-gauge railway, a train of 2-4 wooden trailers, led by an antediluvian steam locomotive, takes from 2 to 5 hours.

Taxi ride within the city – 25 EUR.

Ferries

An important role in the transport system of Sardinia belongs to ferries. They connect the main ports of the island, and the island itself – with the cities of mainland Italy. Especially popular is the ferry from Santa Teresa Gallura to Bonifacio in French Corsica (4 times a day, 50 minutes). On the ferry from Porto Torres you can swim to Spanish Barcelona (12 hours).

Bicycles for rent

Many hotels offer bike rentals. True, for two people the cost of such a service is quite comparable to renting a compact class car. Prices in street companies are lower, and the choice of bicycles – city, mountain, road, is much wider. When ordering via the Internet, the bike will be delivered to any place and taken back.

Sardinia Hotels

The most luxurious hotels in Sardinia are located in Porto Cervo, which are members of the international association The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts – Pitrizza, Romazzino and Cala Di Volpe, famous for the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Astronomical prices in them at the peak of the season (1000 EUR for a double room) reliably protect these corners of paradise from the casual public. They are hindered from raising the bar even higher by the rest of the fives, which also have everything necessary for a full-fledged VIP vacation, but at the same time cost half as much.

The best option for a vacation with a decent level of service is 4 * hotels located on the first line. A wide range of prices – from 100 to 350 EUR, allows you to choose an option that does not threaten complete ruin.

Ceteris paribus, the cost of hotels in the northeast of the island is 20-30% higher than in the south and west.

But not all hotels in Sardinia are designed exclusively for wealthy people. The most numerous and sought-after category of housing on the coast is 2-3 * hotels and guesthouses not chasing “stars”, where you can get a job for 50-120 EUR per day.

An alternative to a beach holiday is agritourism. More than 600 estates, wineries and farms of the island allow you to experience the joys of a serene rural life for only 55 EUR for a double room.

Sardinia Hotels