Sardinia By Bus & Train: Moving Around The Island Without A Car!

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  1. Hi Clelia, My husband and I will be camping in Alghero in September. We are a mature couple with a car but don’t wish to be driving too much and would prefer using public trasport. What are your suggestions?

    Kind Regards

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      Hi Gladys,

      It really depends on what you want to do..I guess the camping is on the beach, right? it depends on where it is located. Alghero has a few public buses that will take you to the nearby villages and to La Pelosa beach in Stintino but I would still recommend renting a car for at least one or 2 days. It would be such a pity to miss out on great places that are not covered by public transport!

  2. Hi Clelia!
    Thanks for the many tips you’re giving in your blog, it’s amazing! I’m traveling alone to Sardinia the second week of September for 5 days and I’m thinking about staying in the east part, exactly in Cala Gonone, cause I’m really interested in hiking (maybe going to Gola di Gorropu), climbing and visiting the beaches like Cala Mariolu or Cala Goloritze. I figure i’d have to fly to the Olbia airport. The thing is I don’t think I’m gonna rent a car but I read that transportation is hard, how difficult would it be to go from the airport to the cala gonone area, get around the area to the places I want to go without a car?? And are there cheap nice places I could stay there?? I’d really appreciate it if you could help me. Thank you so much!
    Kind regards,

    Carolina

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      Hi Carolina, I just replied to a very similar message (same area, same issue of not wanting to rent the car) 🙂
      What I say is that it’s difficult to move around without the car. Yes, there is the boat trip you can join and the day excursions to Su Gorropu, but to really enjoy the beauty of the area in full, you’d need the car. It’s such a shame that in Sardinia the public transport is pretty bad. Yes we have some buses but they usually go from one village to the other and they don’t stop near the best touristic places or beaches. From Obia airport to Cala Gonone you shouldn’t have a problem, the real issue starts when you are in Cala Gonone, as your options are a bit limited, but having only 5 days, one or 2 days are spent on the boat (that is a must!) and other 2 days paying for a day trip to hike and discover the wilderness around.

      It can be done, but surely renting your own car definitely gives you a lot more of flexibility.

      I hope you’ll have a great time in Sardinia!
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Thanks a lot for your help Clelia! It definetely will help me planning my trip!! 🙂

        If it’s not too much trouble, do you have recommendations of which places those 2 days on the boat should include? or the information of some agency o group you could recommend? Again thank you so much for your help!

        cheers,

        Carolina

  3. Hi celia,
    would you please advise how to get from Villasimius to San Teodoro by public transport?
    and where to stay next to San Teodoro, to be able to get to Cagliari by public transport as well.
    I wanted to rent a car, but i heard the roads are narrow and the rental companies are scam, charging you extra fee.
    So i decided to go with the public transport.
    I am going next week 3rd, having the hotel booked at Villasimius, San Teodoro, and Palau (but now i am hesitating about Palau, since it is further away without the car). So i need to get to the destinations by public transport, and get to Cagliari. I checked ARST everything is in Italian, I dont speak…:(
    i need to know schedule and where I can get relatively easy…

  4. Clelia, hi. We’re visiting Sardegna for our honeymoon from 26 of July to 6th of August. I see that its tricky to visit island without rental car, but we don’t plan to move much. Does Blabla car or similar services active on island? Is it hard for example to catch a ride from Olbia to Alghero?

    Thanks and yes, this article is VERY desirable, keep working! 🙂

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      Hi Fedor, I am not aware of a wild use of bla bla car in Sardinia unfortunately, you could only rent a cheap car for a few days (with less than 100$ you could have it for a couple of days if you wish to explore a little bit). Alternatively you could choose an area that is served by public transport but there are not many places where it is truly reliable…

  5. Clelia,

    My wife has long held a romantic interest in Sardinia. we will be in the area in mid September this year. I would prefer to not rent a car, to fly or ferry in and then be a short distance to one of the remote or less populated beaches which would hopefully be attached to a small but friendly village / community including one or two nice places to eat and a bar with music. 🙂

    maybe just a two or three day drop in, chill out and kick back time.

    what would be your choice? there are so many choices …. too many choices. i’d like to get it right on the one time visit.

    Grazzi

    Jim

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      Hi Jim

      I need to write this guide asap as there are quite a few people that would like to visit Sardinia without renting a car 🙂
      As for your question, I can already tell you that not having a car limits the choices to the place you can discover as, unfortunately,the public transport in Sardinia is not that great (especially if you want to visit the most remote village in Sardinia, in that case you definitely would need a car).

      For those who don’t have a car, I always recommend the places that are easily reachable by bus and they are Villasimius/Costa Rei (from Cagliari airport or ferry boat), San Teodoro, Santa Teresa di Gallura (from Olbia Airport) and Alghero/Stintino (from Alghero Airport or Porto Torres if you are arriving by ferry).

      Being the easiest one to reach they are not remote and the beach tend to be more crowded than the rest (but if you go in mid september as you mentioned, you might be able to enjoy these places when they are less crowded).

      If you are looking for places to eat, nice beaches and a bar with music then San Teodoro might be the right choice for you, also because is the easiest to reach from Olbia airport, very near and well connected and the buses going to other locations around are more frequent that in other areas. This is what I would do (and what I did more than once actually!) when I still didn’t have a car.

      Hope it helps!
      Cheers
      Clelia

      Sardinia is a bad beast when it comes to visit without a car!

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      Hi Tena, sorry I’m just catching up with all the comments right now (I have way too many) and the guide will be ready soon!

  6. Hi! I have a question for you. Are there any guiding persons who are willing to use their personal cars to take us to the places we want to visit? We want to visit so many things and by bus it’s tough and takes a lot of time. And I was thinking that maybe there are some persons who have a car and are willing to take us for a smaller price than we would pay for renting a car or by going everywhere by bus.

    Thanks a lot!

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      Hi Alina

      I guess I’m too late for you, sorry! I’ll still reply to the comment in case other people have a similar question. In Sardinia is not very easy to have someone that will take you around by car, the best way is either go with a tour or rent your own car for now. All I can say is that people can try and ask the locals while they are there, maybe they are willing to take you to the places you want to visit for a small fee if they are going too… but personally I’ve never seen this happening.

  7. W are a family who are visiting Sardinia for the first time in June/July and want to bike around and find the best beaches, restaurants and Bed & breakfast that we can find. Can you help us?
    Kind Regards
    Charlotte

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      Hi Charlotte! Regarding the biking part, actually my brother is quite an expert but I can’t reach him at the moment so you can check out this website which is specialized in visiting Sardinia by bike, the best itineraries etc
      For the accommodation you can either have a look at my top 10 Sardinia Beaches post, where I suggest some good B&B’s around Sardinia, or my new guide, which was initially addressed to couples but it is now a massive post with so many info on beaches, things to see etc. You can combine the bike tours and my guides to create your perfect itinerary! 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

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