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

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Hi Celia, my boyfriend and I just booked a 5-day holiday to Sardinia. Our main stay will be in Olbia and would like to know your thoughts about renting a car versus taking public transportation when going around the area? My boyfriend is not really keen on driving due to road conditions in Sardinia. Any thoughts? Much love xxx


Hello Celia :), my boyfriend and I are planning a week vacation in Sardinia. We are very excited about it and I am like every day reading tips in your blog. Very useful! As many others, we do not have a car either. I have a question: is it possible to go around on bikes? We are planning to use the public transport actually, but just in case, I want to know if there is any chance to reach some destinations by bike? thanks for the info 🙂


Hi Celia, This is Sayan from Manchester UK. I found you are doing a great job. I need help on a 1 week trip planner covering south and North Sardinia. We are (me & my wife) reaching Sardinia (Cagliari) on 19th May and leaving from Alhegro on 26th May. I am planning to stay 19,20,21st in Cagliari area and 22nd to 26th in Alhegro or North area. Could you please tell me which beaches shall we select for the stay both in north and southern part. Please note we want peaceful area and not looking for partying or clubs or… Read more »


Wow! This very helpful.

Thank you so much. Now I am more excited to visit Sardinia. My boyfriend and I will be in Italy for more than 3 weeks but we will stay in Sardina for 1 week:

Thank you.



Can you help me how to use the public transport from Cagliari to alghero then we fly out from Olbia. We want to stay in the beach and try the local food.

You will be a great help. We will be there in september.

Thank you,


Hi Clelia! I will be visiting Sardinia at the beginning of July, and my friend and I will be flying into Cagliari airport. We would like to visit San Tedoro and the beaches around there but we’ve realised as we don’t have a car it might be difficult to get to the other side of the island. Do you know if there is public transport/a train to and from Cagliari airport to San Tedoro/Olbia? Also – would you recommend any places to stay that are close to beaches, and also close to nightlife? Thank you so much – I love… Read more »


Thanks this was really helpful! I am loving your blog!


Hi there, thanks for such a helpful blog!

I plan on visiting Sardinia in September with my boyfriend. Unfortunately neither of us have a drivers licence (only learners licence) and we are interested in your ITINERARY #1 – north east Sardinia. What is the best way to get around? is it do-able? Can we rent scooters in sardinia with a learners licence?

Molly Kingsley

Hi Clelia! I am currently studying abroad in Florence and a few friends and I will be taking a trip to San Teodoro the last weekend of April. We, unfortunately, won’t have a car, so I know that limits our options a bit. But I wanted to reach out to you to see what your favorite things to do in San Teodoro are/ask about any recommendations you may have. We are trying to do a canyoning trip one day, but that’s all we’ve really planned. We will be there for 3 nights and (as college students) are trying not to… Read more »

Amy Parker

Hi Clelia, We are a couple, looking to explore Sardinia as much as possible without a car for around 10 days. We cannot drive, but I have driven a scooter a couple of times whilst travelling! I wanted to ask how is scooter hire in the larger towns of sardinia, we wouldn’t be able to travel from city to city with one because of our luggage, but one would be good for a few days to explore costa smerelda or golfo di orsei. So we were thinking of hiring as we went along. I understand public transport from city to… Read more »



Im.going next september to sardinia-olbia but without a car. If possible visite good beaches without a car at la maddalena? Thanks



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


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… Read more »


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).… Read more »


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! 🙂

Jim Farnham

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… Read more »


HI celia 🙂 can you tell me what is the best way to move around island without a car? public transport etc,. thanks


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!

Charlotte Allen

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