Flying To Sardinia From Rome

Sardinia is only a one-hour flight West from Rome. The Meditteranean island has three main airports, Cagliari Elmas AirportOlbia Airport, and Alghero Fertilia Airport, all of which can be reached with a direct flight from the two airports of Rome. Fiumicino (FCO) Lenardo da Vinci Airport, and Ciampino (CIA).

You can find some really great deals on flights from Rome to Sardinia, especially during the off-season which is from September until May. If you would like to travel from Rome with a car, you can take a Ferry from the port of Civitavecchia which serves Rome.

There are daily flights connecting Rome with Sardinia. There are more than 10 daily flights which links up Rome with the three airports of Sardinia. The majority of the flights are served by AirItalia, only with a few budget airlines making the trip each week.

Flying To Alghero From Rome

Alghero Airport is located 8km north-west of Alghero and is named after the village of Fertilia nearby. It is a small airport that is a gateway to the north-west regions of Sardinia. From Alghero airport, you can easily reach beautiful destinations such as Castelsardo, Sassari, Stintino, Bosa, S’Archittu, and Porto Torres.

Alghero is the smallest airport in Sardinia. There are two flights every day, seven days a week, from Fiumicino (FCO) Leonardo da Vinci Airport. One is a morning flight, and the other is an evening flight, both of which are provided by Alitalia.

Flying To Cagliari From Rome

Cagliari Elmas Airport is the leading international gateway to Sardinia. The airport handles 3 million passengers a year. It serves the south of Sardinia and tourist destinations such as Carloforte, Iglèsias, The Costa Verde, Carbonia and Pula.

The eternal city of Rome heavily connected with Cagliari with around 7 flights every day. Most of the flights are from Fiumicino (FCO) Leonardo da Vinci Airport, but you can also fly with budget airlines from Ciampino.

Cagliari is by far the largest city in Sardinia, and has close economic ties with Rome. Italians also make the trip from Rome to Cagliari when they are chasing the sunshine, in total Cagliari gets a whole week more of sun than Rome.

Flying To Olbia From Rome

The Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is a prominent entry point to explore the north of Sardinia, the Costa Smeralda and tourist destinations such as Budoni, Golfo Aranci, La Maddalena, Palau, and Santa Teresa di Gallura.

As Olbia sits on the East coast, its the nearest Airport to Rome, bringing the total flight time to 55 minutes. Along with Alghero, there are only around two flights each day, a morning flight, and an evening flight. Although more flight routes may be added during the summer months.

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Flying To Sardinia From London

Sardinia is only a two and a half hour journey from London. The Meditteranean island has three main airports, Cagliari Elmas AirportOlbia Airport, and Alghero Fertilia Airport, all of which can be reached with a direct flight from London.

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You can find some really great deals on flights from London to Sardinia, especially during the off-season which is from September until May. When the cold months arrive in the United Kingdom, find your way to a sunny beach in Sardinia, and make the most of the off-season prices, and tranquillity.

You can find the average prices for direct flights from London to each of the airports in Sardinia. During the summer months the number of flights to and from Sardinia increase, as does the ticket price, as many Sardinians living in the UK return for the summer holidays, and tourists make the journey to enjoy the heat and the spectacular beaches.

The budget airlines RyanAir and EasyJet offer the most number of flights between London and Sardinia.

Flying To Alghero From London

Alghero Airport is located 8km north-west of Alghero and is named after the village of Fertilia nearby. It is a small airport that is a gateway to the north-west regions of Sardinia. From Alghero airport, you can easily reach beautiful destinations such as Castelsardo, Sassari, Stintino, Bosa, S’Archittu, and Porto Torres.

Alghero is the smallest of the three airports in Sardinia, RyanAir flights directly from London Stansted to Alghero Airport, and EasyJet runs two weekly flights from London Luton Aiport to Alghero.

Flying To Cagliari From London

Cagliari Elmas Airport is the leading international gateway to Sardinia. The airport handles 3 million passengers a year. It serves the south of Sardinia and tourist destinations such as Carloforte, Iglèsias, The Costa Verde, Carbonia and Pula.

RyanAir, and EasyJet run direct flights from London Stansted to Cagliari, and Iberia Airlines flight directly from London Heathrow to Caglairi.

Flying To Olbia From London

The Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is a prominent entry point to explore the north of Sardinia, the Costa Smeralda and tourist destinations such as Budoni, Golfo Aranci, La Maddalena, Palau, and Santa Teresa di Gallura.

Easyjet runs two direct flights on a Saturday and Sunday from London Gatwick to Olbia.

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Learning Italian Ready For Your Holiday In Sardinia

Italian is the most widely spoken language in Sardinia, although the elegant Sardinian language Sardo is still present, and spoken I different dialects across the island. You will notice that many place names and surnames end in a ‘u’, this is common in the Sardinian Language.

I have written an in-depth article about the Sardinian languages and its many dialects, you can read it here: The Language Of Sardinia

Why Should You Learn Italian For Your Holiday? 

When travelling on holiday to a foreign-speaking country it’s always nice to learn a few phrases of the local language, it gives you the ability to greet locals, show your respect to a new culture, and to challenge your brain to juggle with new words and pronunciations. Before travelling to Sardinia, or even on the journey to Sardinia, you can spend a little time learning a few phrases, or even just a few words that you can practice on Sardinia. 

Connections Between Italian & English

If you already speak a Latin derived languages such as Spanish or French, then you are sure to learn some basic Italian quickly. English also features a lot of Latin but is heavily influenced by the Germanic language. If you look closely at words you will quickly form connections between words. Such as Fame (Hungry) and the English words (Famished or Famine.) Those of us from English speaking countries like myself are lucky in the sense that we can travel to nearly any country in the world and get by without native language. 

I know from my own experience of growing up in the UK, that there is not a heavy emphasis on learning another language, and it’s also true that we are not as influenced by other languages in our daily lives. When I first visited Switzerland, I noticed how every food item would be translated into three languages on the packaging (German, French, and Italian), I imagine that Swiss children are able to learn a lot just from seeing this, not to mention constantly hearing a mix of 3/4 of their national languages each day (the fourth being Romansh.)  

Native English Speakers Learning Italian

I believe those of us from English speaking countries have a harder time learning new languages, partly because we get most of our media diet from the United States and the UK. However, it’s never too late to learn a language or at least to have command over a few phrases that give you the power to master your order in a bar or ask for direction when you’re lost.

If you find yourself off the beaten path in Sardinia (where you will find the real gems) then a little bit of Italian could come in handy. 

Do I Need To Speak Italian In Sardinia?

In the city’s and around typical tourist areas, you will find many people that can communicate in English, the further inland you go the harder it will be to find English speakers, in fact, if you go to the very heart of Sardinia you will find that many stick to the native Sardinia language and won’t even understand Italian. Every time I ask someone fluent in Italian and Sardinian, which is the better language, they always point to the Sardinian as being more expressive, and more elegant. It’s actually the closest of all the languages to its Latin roots. 

If you want to learn more about the number of English speakers in Sardinia, then you can read my article: Do Many People Speak English In Sardinia?

A Good Way To Learn Italian Ready For You Holiday

If you are serious about learning Italian ready for your holiday, so you can hold some conversations with locals, and get by with ease. Then I have to recommend Pimsleur which I have found to be the best way of diving into a new language. Access to the lessons cost around $20 or £17 a month but it is so in-depth, and imprints the language into your brain with scientifically formulated repetitions that you cannot get with Duolingo or Babbel. I think its the next best thing after hiring an Italian tutor or being able to immerse yourself in Italy for several months. 

Immersing Yourself In The Italian Language 

I believe that anyone can learn Italian and languages of a similar complexity but just being surrounded by the languages all the time for at least 3 months. The problems are that we will always gravitate to our native languages. When I first arrived in Sardinia, I was serious about learning Italian, I even changed the preset language on my phone and laptop to Italian, and began only to listen to Italian music. But the issue was that I would stay with people from other countries and we would always revert to speaking English. I think this can really prevent you from fully absorbing a new language. 

For most of us who will be learning a language may be for an hour a day, outside of Italy then it could take years to begin to speak Italian comfortably. There is no better way to learn a language than total immersion, especially in a place that demands you speak the local language to get anything done, places where no-one can translate for you, and you have to slowly figure it out if you want to order food or find directions.

Can I Learn Italian With Duolingo?

If you only intend on learning a few phrases then Duolingo is a good free option, and it only requires a little bit of time each day, to learn some Italian, but I don’t believe it will give you the skills need to hold a conversation in Italian, but it may give you enough to get by on your holiday.

Translating Italian Lyrics To Learn The Language

A good way of learning Italian is through music, especially by translating lyrics from songs you enjoy. One of my favourite Italian artists and favourite artists, in general, is Franco Battiato, I find his pronunciations really clear, and this has been a good way of learning Italian, and also grasping the deeper meanings in songs. I remember listening to a popular Italian artist Mamood, I didn’t understand that his music is actually quite profound until I looked into the lyrics, and translated them to English. I normally translate using a dictionary, but for more complex phrases than I recommend using DeepL which is more precise than Google Translate. It’s important to break the lyrics down, slowly translating couplings of words, then you can see how a sentences meaning can change by every new word.

Don’t forget to sing along as well. This practice of translating Italian song, will have you repeating same song for ages, singing along will create an emotional connection and really make the Italian lyrics more memorable, you’ll even find parts of lyrics that you can add into conversations.

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The Three Airports Of Sardinia

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Sardinia has three main airports, Cagliari Elmas Airport, Olbia Airport, and Alghero Fertilia Airport.

This article explains everything you need to know about flying into Sardinia, so you can decide the best way to arrive on the island

All the airports of Sardinia are very functional and don’t have a wide range of facilities, restaurants and shops that you find in other countries or larger airports. I have put together a detailed summary of each airport in Sardinia, to give you an idea of what to expect and make your onward journey easier.

The island is big, it can take more than 3 hours to drive from the North to the South, so it can be convenient to fly to the airport located closest to your accommodation when possible. All the airports in Sardinia, operate more flights during the summer, to accommodate the influx of tourists and holidaymakers. If you choose to fly off-season you can flight some very low priced tickets.

How much does it cost to go to Sardinia? Naturally, it depends on the dates.

Which Airport Should You Fly To?

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There are three airports in Sardinia, where you could potentially fly into depending on the different routes. Cagliari Elmas Airport is located outside the city of Cagliari in the south of Sardinia, Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is in the north-east and Alghero Fertilia Airport in the north-west.

If you have booked accommodation in the North of Sardinia, then fly to Alghero Airport or Olbia Airport which serves the famous Costa Smeralda. If you are going to spend your holiday in the South of Sardinia, then fly to Cagliari Airport.

If there are no flights to your prefered airport in Sardinia, keep in mind that the length of Sardinia can be crossed in three hours, and the journey through Sardinia is always spectacular. You can cross the island by train, bus, and car.

Sardinia also has five 5 ferry ports, so you can take a ferry to Sardinia from the Italian mainland, as well as France & Barcelona. You can read more about taking a ferry to Sardinia here.

Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG)

Cagliari Elmas Airport is the leading international gateway to Sardinia; it connects to most major European destinations. The airport handles 3 million passengers a year. It serves the south of Sardinia and tourist destinations such as Carloforte, Iglèsias, The Costa Verde, Carbonia and Pula.

As the largest airport of Sardinia there are many airlines that have flights to and from Cagliari including British Airways, Delta Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, Vueling, Air Malta, Lufthansa, Ryan Air, and Eurowings.

There are many flights from all across Europe, look at the map below.

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Cagliari Elmas Airport
Via dei Trasvolatori snc
Elmas
09030 Sardinia
ITALY
Phone: +39 070 211 211

Getting To Cagliari City Centre From The Airport

The quickest way to reach the city centre is to take the train. It takes 5-7 minutes to reach the city centre. A one-way ticket is €1.30, that can be purchased in the arrival hall and at the station, as well as from online ticket merchants. The trains operate from 5 am to 9 pm and one train departs for the city every 20 minutes.

Alternatively, there are taxis. It takes 10-15 minutes to drive into the city centre of Cagliari and the taxi fare is between €15-20.

There is also a bus service to the city centreThe first bus leaves from the airport at 8:40 am and the last bus leaves at 23:30 pm. A single one-way ticket costs €0.67, which you must have before boarding the bus, it can be purchased from the airport terminal or from newsstands. The bus stop is outside the terminal building and can be located by a black and white ARST sign. The bus station in Cagliari is at Piazza Matteotti.

How To Drive To Cagliari Airport

From Cagliari: 7 km from the centre, the airport can be reached by the S.S.130 rom Sassari/Nuoro/Oristano: you can reach the airport by taking the S.S.131 towards Cagliari. When you reach the junction for the S.S.130, follow the signs ‘Aeroporto Elmas’.

From Olbia: the airport can be reached by taking the S.S.131bis in the direction of Cagliari until the junction for the S.S.131. Continue in the direction of Cagliari until you reach the S.S.130, following the signs for ‘Aeroporto Elmas’. Alternatively, take the Orientale Sarda (S.S.125) in the direction of Cagliari and, near Quartucciu, turn onto the S.S.554 which connects to the S.S.130 from which, following the signs for ‘Aeroporto Elmas’, until you reach the Airport

Services At Cagliari Airport

  • Car Rental Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Tourist Information Desk
  • Free Wifi
  • ATM
  • Pharmacy
  • Taxi rank (outside arrivals)
  • Baggage claim
  • Cafes, Bars & Restaurants
  • Disabled toilet
  • Sardinia handicraft shops
  • Luggage storage

Cagliari Arrivals & Departures

Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO)

Alghero Airport is located 8km north-west of Alghero and is named after the village of Fertilia nearby. It is a small airport that is a gateway to the north-west regions of Sardinia. From Alghero airport, you can easily reach beautiful destinations such as Castelsardo, Sassari, Stintino, Bosa, S’Archittu, and Porto Torres.

Alghero is the smallest airport, most of the flights to and from Alghero are served by RyanAir and Alitalia.

Cities such as London, Birmingham, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Geneva are connected to Alghero. As well as cities through mainland Italy.

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Address:
Alghero-Fertilia Airport
Regione Nuraghe Biancu
Alghero
07041 Sardinia
ITALY
Phone: +39 079 935 011

Getting To The Town of Alghero From The Airport

Taking the bus is the best way to reach the city of Alghero. The journey takes 30 minutes. The bus departs once every hour from 5 am to 10:30 pm. You can purchase tickets from one of the machines located in the terminal for €1 or when boarding the bus for €1.50. Taxis into the town center of Alghero cost €20-25

How To Drive To Alghero Airport

Starting point Alghero: Alghero airport is 10 km from the Alghero city centre and, it takes about 15 minutes to get there, driving on the main road.

Starting from Alghero take SP42 and keep going for about 1 km. Then turn left on SS291 DIR to the Airport.

Drive along SS291 DIR for 2,8 km and then turn on your right again SP44 (Airport). 

Keep on driving for 2,5 km and you will reach the Airport.

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Services At Alghero Airport

  • ARST Bus ticket vending machines
  • Currency Exchange
  • Tourist Information
  • WIFI
  • ATM
  • Vending machines
  • Airlines ticket office
  • Baggage claim
  • Toilet
  • Disabled toilet
  • Food, drink and retail concessions

Alghero Arrivals & Departures

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)

The Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport links 14 countries to the island. It’s a prominent entry point to explore the north of Sardinia, the Costa Smeralda and tourist destinations such as Budoni, Golfo Aranci, La Maddalena, Palau, and Santa Teresa di Gallura.

The main airlines that fly to Olbia are AirItaly, EasyJet, Vueling, Air Baltic, Iberia, AirBerlin, and Alitalia.

Olbia connects Sardinia to many cities across Europe, most notably cities across Germany and France. View the map below to see all of the flight routes to and from Olbia.

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Address:
Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda
Olbia
07026 Sardinia
ITALY
Phone: +39 789 563 444

Getting To The Town Of Olbia From The Airport

A bus is the best way to reach the city of Olbia. The journey takes 10 minutes; you can buy your tickets on the bus for €1.50 or €1 at the information desk inside the terminal. Bus services numbers 2 & 10 depart to the town every 10-30 minutes. Taxis into the town charge about €15.

Services At Olbia Airport

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tourist information desk
  • Bike Rental
  • Taxi’s outside arrivals
  • ATMs
  • Baby care facilities
  • Currency exchange
  • Duty-free stores
  • Shops and Restaurants
  • Information desk
  • Luggage storage

Olbia Arrivals & Departures

Which Airport Is Best For Sardinia?

This answer depends on where you want to stay on the island. All of the airports in Sardinia have short connections to their city. From Cagliari Airport, you can take a 5-7 minute train journey to the city center. Or you have the option of taking the bus or a taxi if you prefer. 

Olbia Costa Smeralda and Alghero Fertilia have bus routes making it easy to reach the town centre. During the summer a coach connects Oblia Airport to many towns along the Costa Smeralda. Alghero Airport is accessible by car via the SS291 and SP44 main roads, and Olbia Airport is reachable via the SS127 and SS125.

Cagliari Airport is the main gateway to Sardinia. It serves the most travelers, and handles the most international flights, from across Europe. 

Alghero and Olbia are much smaller airports but are located well for linking the north of Sardinia with Europe.

All of the airports of Sardinia serve their purpose well, connecting the island well with the mainland of Italy, and other countries across Europe. 

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