Car Hire at Cagliari Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Undoubtedly the best way to explore Sardinia is by car. You can visit the best beaches, buzzing harbour towns, and quaint mountain villages. You might even get a taste of the elusive casu marza cheese. Hire a car at Cagliari Airport and get the most out of your holiday.
Where to hire a car at Cagliari Airport
Autoeuropa, Avis, Easy Car, Eurorent, Hertz, Budget, Sardinia Rent a Car, Pinna Rent a Car, Matta Rent a Car, Ruvioli Rent a Car, Pintauro Rent a Car and Autonoleggio all offer car rental from Cagliari Airport. The reception desks are on the ground floor of the airport in the arrivals hall.
Petrol stations near Cagliari Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is an Agip filling station about half a mile from the airport on the Viale Elmas Road.
Driving around Cagliari Airport
When you leave the airport you’ll find yourself on the SS130 dual carriageway. From here it’s easy to get onto the Strada Statale 131 Charles Felix, the spinal cord of Sardinia. This motorway runs all the way to Porto Torres on the north-eastern tip of Sardinia. There are quite a few junctions when you leave the airport and this can be slightly confusing. Plan your route in advance or choose a car hire package which includes a sat-nav system.
Getting to your destination
The capital of Sardinia is all about grand architecture and rich history, with locals nipping through the hilly streets on their scooters or sipping espresso at the pavement cafes.
It takes about ten minutes to drive to downtown Cagliari from the airport. In any large city finding a space can be tricky during rush hour, and Cagliari is no different. There’s an underground car park run by APCOA which charges €5 (about £3.67) for a full day. On-street metered parking is also available at a rate of 50c-€1 (about 37p-73p) an hour. Some hotels in Cagliari have guest parking lots.
The turquoise waters and white sandy beaches have made Pula popular with sun-seekers, while the ruins of the ancient city of Nora attract history buffs.
It takes around 30 minutes to drive to Pula from Cagliari Airport. There are a lot of places to park for free around Pula. As the area is so rural and most people arrive by car most of the hotels and villas have parking lots.
Costa Smeralda is all glitz, glamour, and gorgeous beaches. This is where the likes of George Clooney and Gwyneth Paltrow go on their holidays.
If you can’t find cheap flights to Olbia, flying into Cagliari is a good alternative. It takes about three hours to drive to the Costa Smeralda. On-street parking is expensive in comparison to other places in Sardinia: you can expect to fork out €1.50 (about £1.10) for an hour. Thankfully most of the hotels and villas have guest car parks.
Prices subject to change