Getting Around

By far the best way to get around Corsica is by car, but rental and fuel costs can quickly add up. Even with the help of sat-nav, you’ll need a detailed road map, such as Michelin’s yellow-jacketed Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse (map 345), covering the entire island at a scale of 1:150,000.

Public transport only connects the larger towns and cities, from which local explorations can continue on foot or by bike or scooter (both readily available for hire). Corsica's only train line, the Chemin de Fer de la Corse (www.cf-corse.corsica), is an attractive if limited option, running across the stunning mountainous interior between Bastia and Ajaccio, with a branch route to Calvi and Île Rousse. The bus network is more comprehensive but often there’s only one bus per day, and none on Sunday.

Corsica Bus & Train (www.corsicabus.org) is a tip-top, one-stop website displaying up-to-date bus and train timetables, island-wide.