Airports in Sardinia (Cagliari, Alghero, Olbia) - access, information

Sardinia is one of the most popular destinations for Polish tourists (and not only). This picturesque island in the Mediterranean delights with its beauty and is very often chosen as a destination for holiday voyages. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. It has a typical Mediterranean climate. The best time to visit Sardinia will be the months from May until October. There is little rainfall then, and the average temperature is 20-30°. The other months from November to April are more rainy, and it is also definitely windier then.

The island is most easily accessible by ferry from many Italian cities, as well as nearby Corsica. Tourists from Poland will be pleased to know that many cheap flights are available to Sardinia from several Polish cities. The area of Sardinia is very vast - fortunately There are as many as 3 airports in Sardinia. Two airports (Olbia and Alghero) are located in the north of the island, and one (Cagliari) is in the very south. Unless you are renting a car locally, keep this in mind - the distances from the various places on the island are significant! So when flying to Sardinia, let's choose the airport closest to our destination. Renting a car will also be a good option, which will give us the freedom to travel.

Map of airports in Sardinia

Airports Sardinia map
Airports in Sardinia - map (photo:

Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG)

Cagliari Airport (CAG) is the island's largest and main airport - although not large in itself. It has only one terminal. The airport is located approx. 7 km. from the center of the city of Cagliari - the capital of the Sardinian region. From Poland, the easiest way to reach Cagliari is by Ryanair from Katowice and Warsaw (Modlin airport).

There is access to free WIFI, ATMs, tourist information, and other amenities at the airport.

How to get the airport to the center of Cagliari?


There are no buses from the airport to the center of Cagliari. However, there is an available train. It runs from 5 in the morning to 9 in the evening every 20 minutes. It runs on the route Elmas Aeroporto (airport) - Cagliari S. Gilla - Cagliari. A single ticket costs €1.3.


We can easily get to the center by cab. The cab stand is located outside the arrivals hall (first floor). The fare to the center costs €15-20.

Car rental

The following rental companies operate at the airport:

  • Avis | Budget: (+39) 070 240081
  • Europcar: +39 070 240126
  • Hertz: +39 070 240037
  • Sixt: +39 02 9475 7979
  • Locauto: +39 02 430201
  • Interrent: +39 06 4522 9545
  • Noleggiare: +39 070 242195

Rentals are located outside the arrivals hall (in another building). Car rental will be a great option to comfortably explore all of Sardinia.

Bolt and Uber

Unfortunately, across the island, both Bolt and Uber are not available.

Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO)

Alghero Airport (AHO) is located approx. 10 km from the city center of Alghero and about 33 km from the city of Sassari. It is located in the northwest of Sardinia. The easiest way to reach Alghero is by Ryanair from Katowice and Wizzair from Katowice or Warsaw (Chopin Airport).

Alghero airport map

Airport transportation


Alghero Airport is well connected by bus lines to many cities in Sardinia. We can get to the nearest towns - Alghero and Sassari by public transport. The bus stop (for all directions) is located outside the airport on the right side about 150m from the arrivals entrance. More information on available bus lines and timetables can be found at here.


We can also get to the center of Alghero by cab. The town is about 10 km from the airport, which translates into a 15-minute drive. Contact for the 24-hour cab switchboard is below:

Car rental companies

Alghero Airport is home to the most popular car rental companies. Rental offices are located in the terminal, outside the arrivals hall.

Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)

Olbia Airport (OLB) is Sardinia's second largest airport. It is located about 12 km. from the city center of Olbia. We can reach this airport from Warsaw (Chopin Airport) with Wizzair airlines from Poland.

Transportation from and to the airport


Buses from Olbia Airport take passengers on lines 2 and 10 to Via Gabriele D'Annunzio in the town of Olbia, where the train station is located. Bus departures are every 15 minutes or so. In more remote parts of Sardinia we will go by train. Train lines connect Olbia with more distant towns.

Most buses are operated by ARST. We can buy tickets at the airport, bus stations, tobacco stores and kiosks at bus stations.


A cab stand is located near the arrivals hall. The trip between the airport and the center of Olbia will cost us about €15.

Car rental

There are numerous car rental companies at the airport, including Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz. Rental offices are located near the arrivals hall. Remember that, especially in the summer months, car reservations should be made well in advance - Sardinia in July, August is simply besieged by tourists!

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