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Sea

Sardinia is accessible by ferry from ports in Spain, France and Italy.

  • The arrival points in Sardinia are Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Porto Torres in the north; Arbatax on the east coast; and Cagliari in the south.
  • Services are most frequent between mid-June and mid-September, when it is advisable to book well ahead.
  • You can book tickets at travel agents throughout Italy or directly online.

Useful ferry websites:

AFerry (www.aferry.co.uk) Information on routes, ferry operators and online booking.

Traghetti Web (www.traghettiweb.it) Comprehensive site listing major routes and ferry companies. Also has online booking.

Ferries to Sardinia

The following is a rundown of the main ferry routes to Sardinia, the companies that operate them and the route details. Fares are for a 2nd-class poltrona (reclinable seat) in high season and are intended as a rough guide only. Children aged four to 12 generally pay half-price, and under-fours travel free.

FromToCompanyFareCarDuration (hr)Frequency
CivitavecchiaArbataxTirrenia€45€141102 weekly
CivitavecchiaCagliariTirrenia€53€14113daily
CivitavecchiaOlbiaTirrenia€49€92daily
GenoaArbataxTirrenia€74€18615-182 weekly
GenoaOlbiaMoby€61€12110½daily end-May–mid-Oct
GenoaOlbiaTirrenia€71€18310-12up to 5 weekly
GenoaPorto TorresGNV€74€12411up to 4 weekly end-May–mid-Sep
GenoaPorto TorresTirrenia€64€10912daily
LivornoGolfo AranciSardinia Ferries€80€9810daily
LivornoOlbiaMoby€37€79daily
NaplesCagliariTirrenia€50€13913½2 weekly
PalermoCagliariTirrenia€50€138122 weekly
PiombinoOlbiaMoby€41€875daily end-May–Sep

+ Includes all taxes.

Ferry Operators

Three main ferry operators serve Sardinia from mainland Italy.

Grandi Navi Veloci From Genoa to Porto Torres in northern Sardinia.

Moby Lines From Civitavecchia, Genoa, Livorno and Piombinoo to Olbia in northeastern Sardinia.

Tirrenia To Cagliari from Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo and Trapani; to Olbia from Civitavecchia and Genoa; to Arbatax from Civitavecchia and Genoa; and to Porto Torres from Genoa.

From Corsica

The main crossing from Corsica to Sardinia is between Bonifacio and Santa Teresa di Gallura on the northern coast, though ferries also depart from Bastia, Ajaccio and Propriano. Corsica Ferries, Sardinia Ferries operates these services.

From Mainland France

La Méridionale operates ferries from Marseille to Porto Torres (via Corsica). Crossing time is around 10 hours. Tickets for a reclinable seat cost roughly €44 and for a small car €98 in high season.

From Mainland Italy & Sicily

Year-round ferries sail from Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo. Seasonal services run from Piombino in Tuscany.

  • Seasonal crossings generally operate from mid-April to the end of September.
  • As well as reclinable seats, most ferries also offer cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Prices vary according to the number of occupants (generally one to four) and position (with or without window). Note that cabins don't always cost a lot more than a reclinable seat, particularly in the low season – it's always worth checking.
  • Most companies offer discounts on return trips and other deals – check the website or ask your travel agent.

From Spain

Grimaldi Lines operate ferries from Barcelona to Porto Torres. Tickets for a reclining seat cost around €59 per person or €115 with a car. Journey time is 11¾ hours. Services run from mid-April to October with up to five weekly sailings between mid-June and early September.