Sardinia is accessible by ferry from ports in Spain, France and Italy.
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.
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.
|Genoa||Olbia||Tirrenia||€71||€183||10-12||up to 5 weekly|
|Genoa||Porto Torres||GNV||€74||€124||11||up to 4 weekly end-May–mid-Sep|
|Livorno||Golfo Aranci||Sardinia Ferries||€80||€98||10||daily|
+ Includes all taxes.
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.
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.
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.
Year-round ferries sail from Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo. Seasonal services run from Piombino in Tuscany.
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.