Renting a car in Sardinia

The holidays in Sardinia are approaching and you still haven’t found a cheap car rental in Sardinia? You’re in the right place! This article will allow you to discover all the good deals for renting a car in Sardinia and enjoy your sunny vacation at a reasonable price!

  1. Holidays in Sardinia
  2. Renting a car in Sardinia
  3. Renting a car in Cagliari airport
  4. Renting a car in Cagliari
  5. Renting a car in Olbia airport
  6. Renting a car in Olbia
  7. Renting a cheap car in Olbia
  8. Renting a car in Alghero airport
  9. Renting a car in Alghero
  10. Renting a cheap car in Alghero
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Holidays in Sardinia

Sardinia is a popular holiday destination in Italy, known for its sandy beaches, secluded coves, and rugged mountains. To explore this beautiful island, car rental is often the best option.

There are many car rental companies on the island, with offices in major cities and airports. Rates vary depending on the season, type of vehicle, and rental duration. It’s generally more cost-effective to book in advance online rather than renting on-site.

There are two options for getting to Sardinia, depending on your starting point and travel preferences. The most common ways to access the island are:

  • By ferry: You can take a ferry to Sardinia from various Italian ports such as Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, and Naples. This is a good option if you’re traveling by car or prefer a slower, more peaceful journey.
  • By plane: There are direct flights to the airports of Cagliari-Elmas, Olbia-Costa Smeralda, and Alghero-Fertilia from many cities in Italy and Europe. This is often the fastest and most convenient way to get to Sardinia. However, if you choose this option, you’ll need to rent a car in Sardinia to be able to move around freely.

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Renting a car in Sardinia

Renting a car in Sardinia can be complicated if certain precautions are not taken. Perhaps you have already read our article with all the tips for renting a car in Italy, but we will try to cover some important points here for renting a cheap car in Sardinia:

  1. Book in advance: The car fleet of agencies in Italy has been significantly reduced since the pandemic, and the demand for rentals is still higher than the available cars. As the peak season approaches, prices soar, sometimes they drop before departure, sometimes not. So, it’s important to book as early as possible to get the best rates.
  2. Compare prices: By comparing different rental offers, significant savings can be made. Especially by comparing prices at airports with those in the city center, or with those of neighboring cities accessible by train.
  3. Opt for a reasonably sized car: Choose a car that meets your actual needs. Opting for a reasonably sized and economical car can not only save you on the rental cost but also on fuel expenses. Sometimes it may be worthwhile to look at the prices of utility vehicles as it is possible to find even lower rates.
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Renting a car in Cagliari airport

Cagliari Airport is the main airport in Sardinia. The flight prices are often more economical than those of other Sardinian airports, and consequently, renting a car at Cagliari Airport can be cheaper compared to other airports.

At the airport, you will find major car rental companies, and although we advise you to go to the city center to rent a car, if you have taken an evening flight, renting a vehicle from the next morning (usually at 10 am) could save you a full day’s rental. It is clear that often, on the first evening, we use the vehicle little, and if you plan to stay overnight, this can be interesting

Renting a car in Cagliari

Renting a car in Cagliari is often one of the simplest options. Getting to the city center of Cagliari is quick and economical! In just 6 minutes by train and for less than 2 euros, arriving in the city center to rent a car could save you hundreds of euros!

Another option, less convenient for reaching the center, would be the bus. Line 160 of the ARST company provides a journey in the evening when there are no more trains, while during the day lines 501 and 747 ensure connections from the airport to the city center, always for a fare of less than 2 euros, but the number of trips is very limited, 1 or 2 per day depending on the season

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Renting a car in Olbia airport

Olbia is the second busiest airport in Sardinia, but its worldwide reputation has made it a very exclusive place where it is difficult to find economical prices for hotels, restaurants, and car rentals as well. Renting a car at Olbia airport could therefore cost you a lot!

The strength of Olbia airport is its easy access to the city center, which is located 4km away, but also to reach the main attractions of the island by train or bus

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Renting a car in Olbia

From the city center, as we mentioned, car rental is always cheaper. However, thanks to the numerous connections (bus and train) from the city center of Olbia to other Sardinian cities such as Alghero, Cagliari, Palau, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Nuoro, etc., you might consider using public transportation instead of renting a car in Olbia. This solution may not be feasible throughout the entire island, but for a successful vacation in Olbia, could it perhaps be the ideal solution?

Renting a cheap car in Olbia

The most economical option for renting a cheap car in Olbia would be to travel to a city that few people consider but which will allow you to save even more on your rental! The city of Sassari is located 104km from Olbia Airport and offers very low rental rates compared to the rest of Sardinia! If you choose to rent a utility vehicle, the prices will be even lower!

Renting a car in Alghero airport

Alghero Airport is the least busy of all the airports in Sardinia, but you can still rent a vehicle directly at Alghero Airport from internationally renowned companies or easily reach the city center.

From the airport, you can use public transportation to reach Olbia, Sassari, Bosa, Stintino, Santa Teresa Gallura, Nuoro, and Cagliari.

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Renting a car in Alghero

The city center of Alghero is located 11 km away from the airport. If you decide to reach the center to rent a car in Alghero, the ticket will cost you 1 euro and will be valid for 90 minutes, while if you purchase the ticket directly on the bus, the price will be 1.50 euros. A good way to reduce the price of your rental

Renting a cheap car in Alghero

From Alghero Airport, it’s easy to reach the main points of interest on the island, and one of the most interesting cities for rental is Sassari, which you can reach by bus or train. As mentioned earlier, the rental prices are very attractive, and during peak season, it remains one of the only options to rent a cheap car near Alghero, to cope with the shortage of rental vehicles in high season.

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