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Olbia Airport is situated approximately 12 km from the town centre. Getting to the Airport by public transport is not a problem for visitors who stay in the major towns of Sardinia, but bus services can be few and far between in the villages of Sardinia’s mountainous interior.
Hiring a car at the airport on the day of arrival is the most convenient way of travelling around the island and getting back to Olbia Airport on the day of departure, although there are also train services on the island linking the major tourist destinations.
Getting to Olbia Airport from the town is fairly uncomplicated and convenient. ARST busses run frequently to the airport on the service line 2 and service line 10, providing a shuttle transfer approximately every 15 minutes. If staying in Olbia town itself, this will be the cheapest and easiest option.
Outside of Olbia there are several bus and coach operators linking the major towns and villages, but journeys between the interior villages and the airport can be complicated, as several bus operators may be involved and busses don’t always adhere to the timetable.
Train services are less frequent with some destinations on the island being served only five, others being served only 7 times a day. While the steam train Trenino Verde (Green Train) may be ideal for sightseeing in the most romantic way possible, getting to Olbia Airport on time to catch a return flight is probably not in the little train’s timetable!
There are no motorways on Sardinia and generally speaking, roads can be somewhat challenging in some parts of the island. It is not uncommon to find some guesthouses in the interior of Sardinia don’t even have a proper access road or to discover sheep and pigs going for a stroll in the middle of the road. Dual carriageways (superstradas) crisscross the island, connecting the main towns and cities.
Car hire is at its busiest in July and August, so booking well in advance online is essential, if disappointment is to be avoided. Sardinia’s main dual carriageway is the Carlo Felice SS131 road that runs from Cagliari to Porto Torres. The other main road is the SS 125. Secondary roads on Sardinia run along the coast and offer some stunning views over the coastline and sea. The speed limit in towns and cities is 50 km, while on the SS 131 and SS 130 it is 90 km.
Getting to the Olbia Airport if staying in the south of the island means a 4 hour drive minimum. Crossing the island west to east will take around 2.5 hours, depending on where one crosses. The distance between Alghero (in the north-west) to Olbia (in the north east) will take around 1 and a quarter hours to cover by hire car. Not all roads are as good as the ones from Sassari to Olbia (approx. 100 km east of Sassari) or from Sassari to Cagliari, so motorists should allow plenty of time when travelling to the airport to catch their return flight.