Sardinia is a popular summer holiday destination, and well connected to the rest of Europe and Italy via regular and budget flights.
Flying from London to Sardinia and vice versa isn’t difficult: there are plenty of flights from London to Sardinia and viceversa, to each of the three airports in the region.
You have the option of either booking a nice direct fly and be sure to reach the island almost every day of the week; or look for non-direct flights, but the connections can sometimes be less than comfortable and require long waits and aren’t the best option also in terms of money.
Before I share some information about the three main Sardinian airports and the best flights from London to Sardinia, let me highlight what you can expect when flying from London to Sardinia.
Flying From London To Sardinia
As I lived in the outskirts of London for 8 long years, I know a great deal about flying from London to Sardinia – I lost count of how many flights I took in that time. Sure enough I flew from each and every airport, at times finding incredible deals, and others having to pay way more than one should for such a short flight.
How long are flights from London to Sardinia?
Flying from London to Sardinia takes roughly 2.5 hours – I guess it changes a bit depending on the wind. It’s a fairly quick flight – long enough for you to read a book, watch a movie or a show on Netflix, or even take a nap; but not quite so long that you get unbearably bored.
How much do flights to Sardinia from London cost?
Prices of flights to Sardinia from London vary depending on the season and on the carrier, and on the various add-ons. Direct flights with budget airlines such as Ryanair or Easyjet can cost you a few Pounds or Euro if you fly off season, travel carry-on only and book well in advance. Add luggage and fly during peak season, however, and it will be significantly more expensive – though you will have a much better choice in terms of flights, too!
The key to finding a cheap flight – from London to Sardinia, or anywhere else in the world – is to be as flexible as possible with the dates, and to curb your luggage. The lighter you fly, the cheaper it will be!
The Best Flights From London To Sardinia
Flights From London To Alghero
Alghero Fertilia Airport is the smallest of the three airports in Sardinia, but still quite well served by a bunch of budget airlines, plus the regular ones. The airport is located just 10 km (6.2 miles) from Alghero city center and about 30 km (18.6 miles) from Sassari.
You can the center of the city by car (the most comfortable way since the airport itself has several car rental shops), by shuttle bus (there is a shuttle service running to and from Alghero), or by public transportation.
Make sure to read my post How To Get From Alghero Airport To Alghero.
Direct flights to Alghero Fertilia are operated by Ryanair from Stansted.
Flight from London Stansted to Alghero follow this schedule:
Tuesdays 6:25 PM
Thursdays 6:35 AM
Saturdays 7:30 AM
The flights from Alghero to London Stansted follow this schedule:
Tuesdays 10:15 PM
Thursdays 10:35 AM
Saturdays 11:20 AM
Other airlines such as Easyjet or British Airways have indirect flights departing from either Luton or Gatwick and that typically go via Milan / Rome.
For the best flight deals, I recommend using Omio, an app that allows you to compare prices. You can check the price of flights here.
Flights From London To Cagliari
Cagliari Elmas Airport serves the area of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, and the south of the island, and it’s the busiest airport in the region. It is extremely easy to reach from the center of town: It’s only 7 km (4.3 miles) from the city center and it has its own train station (Elmas Aeroporto). So, what you need to get there is only a short drive or a train ride. Couldn’t be easier, right?
For more information, read my post How To Get From Cagliari Airport To The City Center.
Direct flights from London to Cagliari depart from London Stansted airport each Tuesday (6:20 AM) and Saturday (2:10 PM) and are operated by Ryanair. EasyJet also flies once a week from London Gatwick, every Saturday at 5:00 PM. All the flights last about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
If you need to go from Cagliari Elmas to London, this is the list of companies and schedule:
EasyJet: to London Gatwick, every Saturday, 9:25 PM
Ryanair: to London Stansted, every Tuesday, 10:30 AM; every Saturday, 9:45 PM.
Indirect flights from London to Cagliari are operated by KLM via Amsterdam (from London City); Vueling via Barcelona (from London Gatwick); Eurowings via Dusseldorf (from London Heathrow); and Alitalia (soon to be ITA) via Rome Fiumicino (from London Heathrow).
You can check the price of flights from London to Cagliari here.
Flights From London To Olbia Costa Smeralda
Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is located a few minutes away from Olbia and from there you can easily reach the city by car and public transportation, via ASPO lines 2 and 2-10. It is a highly-trafficked airport during the summer months, thanks to its position, extremely close to all the main North Sardinian beach locations and the famous Costa Smeralda.
Make sure to read my post How To Get From Olbia Airport To The City Center.
This is the airport with the largest number of flights to and from London. Direct flights are operated by EasyJet from London Gatwick and take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. They follow this schedule.
Wednesday 4:55 PM
Thursday 2:00 PM
Friday 12:35 PM
Saturday 6:20 AM
Sunday 1:05 PM
From Olbia to London:
Wednesday 8:55 PM
Thursday 6:00 PM
Friday 4:40 PM
Saturday 10:25 AM
Sunday 5:10 PM
Indirect flights from London to Olbia are operated by KLM via Amsterdam (from London Heathrow); Eurowings via Dusseldorf (from London Heathrow); and Alitalia (soon to be ITA) via Rome Fiumicino (from London Heathrow).
You can check the price of flights from London to Olbia here.
As you can see, there are several ways to reach the island by plane. Just book the most convenient flight for you and start planning your trip to Sardinia!
Are you planning a trip to Sardinia? These posts will come in handy:
- How To Get To Sardinia
- How To Get From Cagliari To Alghero
- How To Get From Cagliari To Olbia
- A Quick Guide To Olbia
- How To Travel By Public Transport In Sardinia