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Getting there & away



Mainland France

Ferries between France and Corsica are operated by several lines:

Société Nationale Maritime Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM; 08 91 70 18 01; www.sncm.fr) Services from Nice, Marseille and Toulon to Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Île Rousse, Porto Vecchio and Propriano.

Corsica Ferries (France 08 25 09 50 95; www.corsicaferries.com) Runs year-round from Nice to Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Île Rousse, and from Toulon to Ajaccio and Bastia.

La Méridionale/CMN (France 08 10 20 13 20; www.cmn.fr) This SNCM subsidiary has year-round sailings between Marseille and Ajaccio, Bastia and Propriano.

Daytime sailings from Nice take around four hours; ferries from Marseille and Toulon are usually overnight.

In summer there are up to eight ferries daily (reservations are essential); in winter there are as few as eight a week and fares are much cheaper. In bad weather, boats can be cancelled at very short notice (often on the day of departure).

Fares start at around €24 per adult one way for Nice to Bastia (discounts are advertised in low season). Cabins start from an additional €25. Transporting a small car costs upwards of €53 one way. Count on adding from around €18 one way for taxes.


Between April and October, scheduled ferries link Corsica with the Italian mainland ports of Genoa, Livorno and Savona, and Porto Torres on neighbouring Sardinia. Fares are lower than from mainland France. The main crossing from Livorno to Bastia takes two hours, with fares starting from €16 one way per adult, and around €32 one way to transport a small car. Taxes will add from around €18.

Corsica Ferries (Livorno 0586 88 13 80, Savona 019 215 62 47) Ferries from Livorno to Bastia (April to early November) and from Savona to Bastia, Calvi and Île Rousse (April to September).

La Méridionale/CMN Ferries (April to October) between Porto Torres (Sardinia) and Propriano and Ajaccio.

Moby Lines (Corsica 04 95 34 84 94, Genoa 010 254 15 13, Livorno 0565 93 61; www.mobylines.it) Ferries (May to September) from Genoa and Livorno to Bastia. From April to September, smaller boats also operate between Santa Teresa di Gallura (Sardinia) and Bonifacio.

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Corsica’s main airports are at Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari (near Bonifacio) and Calvi.

Air France (08 20 82 08 20; www.airfrance.com) has year-round flights from Paris and Lyon to all airports except Figari. Seasonal flights operate from Bordeaux, Lille, Nantes, Mulhouse and Strasbourg to Bastia or Ajaccio. Air France also flies regularly from London to Corsica’s main airports.

Compagnie Corse Méditerranée (CCM; 08 20 82 08 20; www.ccm-airlines.com) flies from Bastia and Ajaccio to Marseille, Lyon and Nice year-round, and to Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Mulhouse, Nantes and Strasbourg in summer.

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