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Flights

Getting around by air

High season in Sardinia is June to September. Holidays such as Easter also see a huge jump in prices.

Airlines

International airlines operate year-round flights from cities across Europe including Barcelona, Brussels, Dortmund, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich, Oslo, Paris and Stockholm.

Domestic flights connect with mainland Italian airports including Rome, Milan, Naples, Bari, Bologna, Turin, Venice and Verona.

Note that there's a marked increase in flights to and from Sardinia in summer, with many seasonal flights operating between June and September.

Italian airlines serving Sardinia:

Air Dolomiti (www.airdolomiti.it)

Air One (www.flyairone.it)

Alitalia (www.alitalia.it) Italy's national carrier.

Meridiana (www.meridiana.it)

Airports

Flights from Italian and European cities serve Sardinia’s three main airports. Flight schedules are available on the websites of all three airports.

Tickets

  • The best place to buy airline tickets for Sardinia is on the web with one of the (low-cost) airlines.
  • Students and people aged under 26 years (under 30 in some countries) coming from outside Europe have access to discounted fares with valid ID such as an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Discounted tickets are also released to selected travel agents and specialist discount agencies.
  • The alternative to booking direct with a low-cost airline on the internet is to surf online agents.

Australia

Flights from Australia to mainland Italy generally go via Southeast Asian capitals. From Sydney you’ll be looking at airfares upwards of A$2200. Flights from Perth are generally a few hundred dollars cheaper.

Canada

For airfares from the Canadian east/west coast, reckon on around C$750/820.

Alitalia has flights to Rome from Toronto.

Continental Europe

There are plenty of flights from continental Europe direct to Sardinia, although services drop off considerably in winter, particularly to Alghero and Olbia.

  • In Spain, Ryanair operates flights to Cagliari from Barcelona, Girona and Madrid, and to Alghero from Madrid. In addition, Iberia runs seasonal flights to Olbia from Madrid and Barcelona.
  • From Paris, Meridiana operates flights to Cagliari and, in summer, to Olbia.
  • If you’re travelling from Germany, you shouldn’t find it difficult to pick up a flight to Sardinia. TUIfly flies to Cagliari from Stuttgart, Cologne and Munich, and to Olbia from Hamburg. In summer Ryanair operates flights to Alghero from Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, and easyJet flies to Olbia from Berlin.
  • If you want to travel via the Italian mainland, all national European carriers fly to Italy. The largest of these, Air France, Iberia, Lufthansa and KLM, have representatives in all major European cities.

Italy

Domestic flights from the Italian mainland are operated by a number of international companies, including Ryanair and easyJet, and Italy’s big three domestic airlines: Alitalia, Meridiana and Air One.

  • For the internal leg of the journey, return fares cost approximately €70 to €160 from Rome and €130 to €180 from Milan.
  • You can also pick up flights to Sardinia from Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Parma, Perugia, Pisa, Rimini, Trieste, Turin, Venice and Verona.

New Zealand

Singapore Airlines flies from Auckland via Singapore to Rome’s Fiumicino airport, sometimes with more than one stop.

Alternatively Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.com) flies to Rome from Auckland via Hong Kong or Los Angeles and then London. Otherwise, Qantas or Alitalia flights from Australia are the most direct way to get to Italy and then Sardinia.

UK & Ireland

From the UK you’re looking at around £70 for a direct flight to Sardinia with a low-cost airline such as Ryanair or easyJet.

  • Between the end of March and the end of October Ryanair flies twice weekly to Alghero from London Stansted and Dublin.
  • From mid-April there are two weekly flights from London Stansted to Alghero.
  • EasyJet operates daily flights to Cagliari from London Stansted and, between June and October, twice-weekly flights to Olbia from London Gatwick.
  • Over spring and summer, British Airways gets in on the act with weekly flights between April and October from Gatwick to Cagliari.
  • Alitalia and Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) both have regular daily flights from Dublin to Rome.

USA

The North Atlantic is the world’s busiest long-haul air corridor and the flight options are bewildering. There are no direct flights from the USA to Sardinia, so you’ll have to fly via Rome or Milan.

From the US east/west coast fares start at about US$600/750. Standby fares are often sold at 60% of the normal price for one-way tickets.

Delta Airlines (www.delta.com) and American Airlines (www.aa.com) and Alitalia have regular flights from New York’s JFK to Malpensa in Milan and Rome’s Fiumicino airport. The latter also flies from Chicago O’Hare to Rome.

Continental Airlines (www.continental.com) operates from Newark to Rome and Milan, while United Airlines (www.united.com) has a service from Washington to Rome. Standard fares can be expensive, but you can usually find something cheaper if you shop around.

Airhitch (www.airhitch.org) is an online specialist. You give a general idea of where and when you need to go, and a few days before your departure you will be presented with a choice of two or three flights.

Courier Travel is a comprehensive search engine for courier and standby flights. You can also check out the International Association of Air Travel Couriers.