Ferry Sardinia: complete guide

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Discover Sardinia by ferry for your next vacation! An exciting and atypical stay guaranteed!

A dream tourist destination, Sardinia attracts visitors with its enchanting setting, spectacular coves, renowned archaeological sites and turquoise waters. Want more? Imagine olive groves as far as the eye can see, breathtaking panoramas, towns each more charming than the last, a rare joie de vivre and monuments listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites!

So, if you’re tempted by Sardinia, why not opt for an original and serene means of transport that will allow you to admire this island from the sea? A ferry trip to Sardinia is the perfect solution for an enriching holiday! Follow the guide!

Sardinia by ferry: the different crossings and ferry routes

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You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to ferrying to Sardinia! Whether you’re coming from France,Italy orSpain, Sardinia is easily accessible by sea.

Serving ports such as Cagliari, Arbatax, Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Porto Torres, you can disembark at any point on the island and visit the main Sardinian towns! If you’re interested in this tourist destination, there’s only one thing left to do: board a ferry to Sardinia, of course!

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Which port is best for arriving in Sardinia?

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You’re taking the ferry to Sardinia and wondering which port to choose. Don’t panic, Generation Voyage shows you all the Sardinian towns you can call at.

  • Porto Torres: as the main port of northern Sardinia, it’s easy to reach by ferry. And you won’t be disappointed! The town is a perfect blend of modernity and Roman remains. Don’t miss the Basilica of San Gavino!
  • Santa Teresa di Gallura: a beautiful village in the province of Olbia-Tempio, near the Maddalena archipelago. With its archaeological sites, beautiful beaches, unspoilt nature, jazz concerts, churches and cliffs, the Sardinian charm will leave you breathless!
  • Gulf of Aranci: this ancient Roman port has evolved over time into a magnificent city with Mediterranean charm. A veritable open-air museum, the city abounds in historic monuments, spectacular coves, steep cliffs and renowned archaeological sites both on land and at sea.
  • Olbia: coming to Sardinia by ferry is a great way to discover the Italian island. Olbia is a Sardinian city not to be missed for its heritage and environment. Don’t miss its Romanesque basilica, archaeological museum and Roman aqueduct if you’re a history buff. If you prefer a wilderness getaway, opt for a visit to the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo marine park.
  • Arbatax: situated at the foot of Capo Bellavista, bordered by beaches frequented by pink flamingos, Arbatax has all the makings of a postcard setting. A ferry trip to Sardinia will allow you to admire the sumptuous coastal scenery and crystal-clear waters.
  • Cagliari: capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is a city full of charm! With its varied and breathtaking landscapes, Cagliari, nicknamed the Gateway to Sardinia, has a very special character. To discover it, stop off at the Terrasse Umberto I, then visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, stop off at Cagliari Castle and finish in style on the Via Cammino Nuovo.

How do I get to Sardinia by ferry from France?

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If you want to travel by ferry to Sardinia from France, you’ll have no trouble finding a ferry company. Direct Ferries, the ferry comparison service, makes it easy to book a trip. The site matches prices and timetables of available ferry routes to the information you enter in the search engine.

Whether you’re departing from Corsica, Marseille, Toulon or Nice, Generation Voyage tells you everything you need to know about your ferry crossing to Sardinia.

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From Marseille

  • Marseille-Porto Torres: La Méridionale makes 1 ferry crossing a week to Sardinia in just 17 hours.

The port of Marseille is very well served, and is easy to get to on foot, by car, cab or bus. For the latter, take line 35 at Place de la Joliette and stop at Port de Croisière (Gate 4). There are also free shuttle buses from the train station every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm.

From Nice

  • Nice-Golfe d’Aranci: Corsica Ferries makes 1 crossing a week in 15h.

The port of Nice is well served, so it’s easy to get there on foot, by car, cab or bus. For the latter, take lines l00, 112, 12, 340, 57, 82 and stop at Port-Limpia. Shuttle buses run regularly between the railway station and the port.

From Toulon

  • Toulon-Porto Torres: with 3 8-hour crossings a week, Corsica Ferries takes you to Sardinia by ferry;
  • Toulon-Golfe d’Aranci: Corsica Ferries also operates this 10h route, once a week.

The terminal, located not far from the Mayol rugby stadium, has good connections to Marseille (35min by car) and the rest of France, via theA50 motorway. From the station, take bus line 3 and get off at the Mayol stop.

From Corsica

  • Ajaccio-Porto Torres: Corsica Ferries operates 1 crossing per week in 4 hours;
  • Bonifacio-Santa Teresa di Gallura: Mobi Lines and Blu Navy operate the ferry service from Corsica to Sardinia. Mobi Lines makes 4 50-minute crossings a day, while Blu Navy makes 3 in 1 hour;
  • Porto Vecchio-Golfe d’Aranci: Corsica Ferries operates 1 crossing a week in 3.5 hours.
  • Porto Vecchio-Porto Torres: Once a week, in 3.5 hours, Corsica Ferries operates 1 ferry service to Sardinia;
  • Propiano-Porto Torres: La Méridionale makes 1 crossing a week in 4 hours from Propiano to Porto Torres.

What is the average cost of a ferry journey between European countries and Sardinia?

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Between France and Sardinia

  • Return ticket: from €40 to €50 approx;
  • Return ticket with vehicle: approx. €110 to €130.

Between Sicily and Sardinia

  • Return ticket: from €100 to €110 approx;
  • Return ticket with vehicle: approx. €300 to €310.

Between Spain and Sardinia

  • Return ticket: from 90€ to 100€ approx;
  • Return ticket with vehicle: approx. €120 to €130.

Between Italy and Sardinia

  • Return ticket: from 35€ to 120€ approx;
  • Return ticket with vehicle: approx. €90 to €150.

Between Corsica and Sardinia

  • Return ticket: from €50 to €60 approx;
  • Return ticket with vehicle: approx. €110 to €125.

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How do I get to Sardinia by ferry from Italy?

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From Civitavecchia

  • Civitavecchia-Olbia: two companies operate this ferry service to Sardinia. Grimaldi Lines makes 7 crossings a week in 7.5 hours, while Tirrenia makes twice as many in 5.5 hours;
  • Civitavecchia-Golfe d’Aranci: Corsica Ferries operates 3 crossings a week in 6.5 hours;
  • Civitavecchia-Arbatax: Tirrenia makes 2 ferry crossings a week to Sardinia in just 10 hours;
  • Civitavecchia-Cagliari: Tirrenia operates 7 crossings a week in 13 hours;
  • Civitavecchia-Porto Torres: Grimaldi Lines operates 3 crossings a week in 7h15.

From Genoa

  • Genoa-Olbia: Mobi Lines operates 11 ferry crossings a week to Sardinia in 10 hours. GNV makes 4 crossings a week in 12:15 hours, while Tirrenia makes 5 crossings a week in 10 hours;
  • Genoa-Porto Torres: GNV operates 4 crossings a week in 11 hours, while Tirennia makes 7 crossings a week in 10 hours;
  • Genoa-Arbatax: Tirrenia makes 2 crossings a week in 15:30 hours.

From Livorno

  • Livorno-Olbia: Mobi Lines makes 14 crossings a week in 7 hours, while Grimaldi Lines makes 11 crossings a week in 8 hours;
  • Livorno-Golfe d’Aranci: Corsica Ferries operates the ferry service to Sardinia, with 3 crossings a day lasting 6.5 hours;
  • Livorno-Porto Torres: Corsica Ferries operates only 1 crossing a week, at 13:30.

From Naples

  • Naples-Cagliari: to take the ferry to Cagliari in Sardinia, you’ll need a Tirrenia liner. There are 2 crossings a week, each lasting 14 hours.

From Piombino

  • Piombino-Olbia: Mobi Lines offers 6 ferry crossings a week to Sardinia in 5.5 hours;
  • Piombino-Golfe d’Aranci: Corsica Ferries takes you to Sardinia by ferry, with1 crossing per week of around 7 hours.

From Savona

  • Savone-Golfe d’Aranci: also operated by Corsica Ferries. It makes 4 crossings a week in 11 hours.

From Sicily

  • Palermo-Cagliari: to make this ferry trip to Sardinia, you’ll need to book with Tirrenia. It makes 2 crossings a week, each lasting 12 hours.

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How do I get to Sardinia by ferry from Spain?

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From Barcelona

  • Barcelona-Porto Torres: for this ferry trip to Sardinia, you board Grimaldi Lines, which makes 3 crossings a week in just over 12 hours.

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How do I get around Sardinia by ferry?

  • Arbatax-Cagliari: Tirrenia operates 2 crossings a week in 5 hours.
  • Cagliari-Arbatax: also operated by Tirrenia, which makes 2 crossings a week in just 4.5 hours.

Which companies operate crossings to/from Sardinia?

There are a plethora of private ferry companies to discover Sardinia. To help you, we’ve categorized them by country:

  • France: Corsica Ferries, La Méridionale, Mobi Lines and Blu Navy;
  • Italy: GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci), Tirrenia, Mobi Lines, Grimaldi Lines and Corsica Ferries;
  • Spain: Grimaldi Lines.

When is the best time to travel to Sardinia by ferry?

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Although this tourist destination can be visited all year round, Generation Voyage recommends that you travel by ferry to Sardinia in spring or autumn. During these two seasons, temperatures are mild, rain is moderate and holidaymakers are few and far between, allowing you to enjoy a calm and peaceful vacation far from the hustle and bustle of summer.

We particularly recommend the months ofApril, May, June, September and October.

Tips for ferry travel in Sardinia

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Reservation

To book your ferry ticket to Sardinia, visit Direct Ferries to find the best ferry deals.

  • Choose your seat or private cabin online;
  • Please enter your personal details (first and last name), telephone number and e-mail address;
  • An insurance option is also available: for a few extra euros per passenger, the site offers an insurance policy that allows you to cancel a trip up to 48 hours in advance, with a full refund of the ticket;
  • An e-mail will be sent to you after payment.

Please note: open tickets are valid for 1 year.

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Good to know

  • If you own a vehicle, make sure the company can accommodate yours. Rates also vary according to the length of your vehicle (motorcycles will cost less than caravans);
  • On board the ferry, your pet can accompany you in the special cabins and in the public areas and restaurants reserved for them. A supplement of between €10 and €20 will be charged for your pet;
  • When it comes to eating out on board your ferry to Sardinia, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With all-you-can-eat buffets, food stores, snack bars and restaurants, there’s something for everyone;
  • As the journey is quite long, you’ll probably want to rest so that you’re in good shape when you arrive at your destination. On a ferry to Sardinia, there are several sleeping options: armchair, exclusive cabin, bed, luxury cabin… It all depends on your budget!

So, what are you waiting for to take the ferry to Sardinia?