How do I get to Sardinia from Marseille by ferry?

How about a trip to Sardinia this summer? Discover our mini-guide to Sardinia from Marseille by ferry!

The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and Italy, Sardinia – 1.65 million inhabitants (2017) spread over 24,090 km² – is separated from Corsica by the Mouths of Bonifacio and from Italy by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and lies to the north of Tunisia.

Marked by a multi-millennial history that has forged a strong island identity and a rich cultural heritage, Sardinia is attracting more and more travelers, even though the island is often shunned in favor of Corsica or Sicily.

As a result, from Olbia to Cagliari, from Alghero to Carbonia, you’ll find a Sardinia that’s not overly touristy. Despite increasing tourist development on the coast, the island has preserved its protected landscape and heritage inland.

Travelling to Sardinia from Marseille by ferry is a travel solution that allows you to put your own vehicle in the hold, so you can criss-cross the island’s roads after a 17-hour crossing and visit the most beautiful must-see sites: Alghero, Cagliari, Cala Gonone, the Maddalena islands, Costa Verde, Ogliastra, the Asinara national park, etc.

Are you motivated? Here’s how to reach Sardinia from Marseille by ferry!

Ferry companies linking Sardinia to Marseille

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Until recently, you had to make a stopover in Corsica, disembarking in Bastia or Ajaccio and boarding in Bonifacio or Porto-Vecchio, before you could take the ferry to Sardinia. Now there is a direct sea route from the port of Marseille to Porto Torres.

The French company Corsica Linea operates the direct route, in partnership with La Méridionale, with one crossing a week, all year round. The only difference between the two is that Corsica Linea’s route is direct, while La Méridionale’s calls at Propriano in Corsica.

In all, 3 crossings per month are possible in low season, and up to 7 per month in high season.

Ships depart early evening from the port of Marseille at 6:30 pm, arriving at Porto Torres the following day at 11:30 am. There are also crossings departing in the morning and disembarking in the evening (the journey takes around 10 hours during the day, compared with 17 hours at night). If you choose La Méridionale, the stopover in Propriano lasts just 1 hour.

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Plan a ferry trip to Sardinia with Direct Ferries

Cala Gonone, Sardaigne

Rather than visiting the websites of the two companies to find the crossing that suits you best, why not use a ferry comparison service to book your ticket more easily?

We’ve heard of Rentalcars for car rentals, and Skyscanner for flight comparisons. Now we’ve come to Direct Ferries, a search engine that lets you see available routes in just a few clicks. The platform enables you to find the best fares – albeit at set times – closest to the dates you initially entered.

Can’t get to Sardinia by ferry from Marseille? The Italian company Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) has a route from Genoa to Olbia. If more routes are available, however, you’ll have to drive to Genoa. In France, you can also take a ferry to Sardinia from Corsica, Nice and Toulon.

How do I book a ferry to Sardinia from Marseille?

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If you’ve already set the dates for your vacation, why not book your ticket in advance? Prices – as with airline tickets – can fluctuate rapidly, and are rarely adjusted downwards, especially when the summer season is fast approaching or when you’re already in the middle of high season.

Of course, it’s easy to book your ticket online. On the Direct Ferries website, you start by entering your desired travel dates, the number of passengers, the number of pets if any, the desired timetable, then the vehicle (type, make, model of vehicle): car, bicycle, camper van, van, or pedestrian passenger, without vehicle.

Next, you’ll compare the different prices obtained by the search engine. At the time of writing, there is only one crossing available per search (logical, with only one trip per week…), which limits the choice.

Unfortunately, ferry tickets to Sardinia from Marseille are much more expensive than those to Olbia from Genoa. It may be worth considering whether the cost of gas and tolls to Genoa is lower than to Marseille. You can then reserve a cabin (optional, but you’ll have to sleep on the boat’s deck without the cabin) and a seat.

The two companies, Corsica Linea and La Méridionale, offer discounts and deals every Sunday during the summer season. For example:

  • Prima Sardegna promotion: up to 50% off the basic ticket price
  • Family fare: 25% discount for parents travelling with at least one child
  • Senior rate: 25% discount for over-60s
  • Free for children under 4

Before you make your payment, there’s one option left to choose:free cancellation insurance. It’s up to you, but it allows you to cancel up to 48 hours before departure, with a full refund. Given the price of the ticket, it’s a good idea to take out this insurance in case of an unforeseen event.

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