Getting to Sardinia
This page explores ways to travel to the island of Sardinia.
There are many ferries running daily to Sardinia. The ticket price varies depending on the point of embarkation, the time of year and the kind of cabin you take, but is about 100 euro on the day of the trip or 20 if booked in advance. Airlines are much more expensive.
In 2011 the anti-trust authority began investigating ferry prices between the mainland and Sardinia following a raft of complaints from travellers. In the previous months prices had risen by up to 150% and affected some 75% of travellers. The prices have affected Moby, SNAV, Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) and Forship, which trades as Sardinia Ferries.
Ferries go to Sardinia from (north to south mainland):
- Genoa, Liguria
- Savona, Liguria
- La Spezia, Liguria
- Livorno, Tuscany
- Piombino, Tuscany
- Civitavecchia, Rome, Lazio
- Fiumicino, Rome, Lazio
- Naples, Campania
- Palermo, Sicily
- Trapani, Sicily
Boats also run from the neighbouring French island of Corsica.
- Porto Vecchio
In addition, there are boats from Marseille and Toulon in France via Corsica.
Boats arrive in Sardinia at one of the following ports:
- Olbia (north)
- Golfo Aranci (north)
- Palau (north)
- Santa Teresa di Gallura (north)
- Porto Torres (north)
- Arbatax (east coast)
- Cagliari (south)
Major ferry companies include:
- Tirrenia (most destinations; the main ferry company)
- Grandi Navi Veloci (Genoa to Porto Torres and Olbia)
- La Mèridionale (Marseilles to Porto Torres)
- Moby Lines (Genoa and Olbia, Porto Vecchio, Livorno and Piombino; Civitavecchia to Olbia; Sardinia and Corsica)
- Sardinia Ferries (Civitavecchia and Livorno to Golfo Aranci; Civitavecchia to Cagliari)
- Saremar (Sardinia to Corsica)
- SNCM (Marseille or Toulon to Porto Torres, via Corsica)
There are 3 airports in Sardinia which link the island to most major European cities and many Italian cities.
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