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Getting there & away



The island is accessible by ferry from Genoa, Savona, La Spezia, Livorno, Piombino, Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Naples, and from Palermo and Trapani in Sicily. Ferries also run from Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio in Corsica. French ferries running from Marseille and Toulon sometimes call in at Ajaccio and Propriano (in Corsica) en route to Sardinia.

The arrival points in Sardinia are Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Palau, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Porto Torres in the north; Arbatax on the east coast; and Cagliari in the south.

Italy’s main ferry company is Tirrenia (081 017 19 98; www.tirrenia.it). It runs ferries to Porto Torres, Golfo Aranci, Olbia, Arbatax and Cagliari from all the above Italian ports, except Savona, La Spezia, Livorno and Piombino.

Listed with their main routes, other companies include:

Grandi Navi Veloci (010 2 54 65; www1.gnv.it) Has year-round luxury ferry services from Genoa to Porto Torres and Olbia.

La Mèridionale (081 021 13 20; www.cmn.fr) Has twice-weekly boats from Marseille to Porto Torres.

Moby Lines (061 111 40 20; www.mobylines.com) Operates year-round between Genoa and Olbia, Porto Vecchio, Livorno and Piombino and Civitavecchia to Olbia. Also has ferries between Sardinia and Corsica.

Sardinia Ferries (199 940 05 00; www.sardiniaferries.com) Operates from Civitavecchia and Livorno to Golfo Aranci and Civitavecchia to Cagliari.

Saremar (0789 75 41 56; www.saremar.it in Italian & French) Operates regular ferries between Sardinia (Santa Teresa di Gallura) and Bonifacio, across the straits in Corsica.

SNCM (in France 08 91 70 18 01, in Sardinia 079 51 44 77; www.sncm.fr) Runs ferries from Marseille to Porto Torres (via Corsica). There are two to four sailings weekly, but in July and August some leave from Toulon instead.

For tickets and information in Porto Torres, go to Agenzia Paglietti (079 51 44 77; fax 079 51 40 63; Corso Vittorio Emanuele 19).

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The main airports at Cagliari, Olbia and Alghero link Sardinia with major Italian and European cities. As well as the major international carriers, there are several no-frills airlines, although some routes are restricted to between April and October.

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