How To Get From Rome To Sardinia

Getting from Rome to Sardinia is really easy.

Rome is one of the biggest cities in Italy and one of the busiest ones. Millions of tourists flock to Rome every year, both for visiting the Eternal City and because it’s one of the most common stopovers for guided tours of Italy. 

There are two airports and a (nearby) touristic harbor from where every day thousands of people arrive and depart, including Rome to Sardinia flights, and the Rome to Sardinia ferry, especially during summer, when the promise of a holiday on some heavenly beach lures lots of tourists from Italy and the rest of the world to migrate to Sardinia.  

Let’s find out the different ways (and means of transportations) available to get to Sardinia from Rome.

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How To Get From Rome To Sardinia

Rome to Sardinia Flights 

Rome has two airports and they both serve Sardinian airports with a few routes.

Ciampino (CIA) airport is served by low cost airlines; whereas Fiumicino (FCO) – which is, incidentally, a small city in itself – serves flight by regular airlines, as well as some budget ones.

Fiumicino airport has a “special” deal with the Sardinian airports, called Continuità Territoriale (territorial continuity). It’s basically a law to grant Sardinian residents a certain number of direct flights every week at a flat rate, with other benefits too such as the possibility of changing their flight at no additional fee as many times as they want (obviously prior to departure).

Rome to Sardinia Flights Schedule

Flights from Rome to Sardinia are very frequent, and this is the easiest – and usually also cheapest – option to travel from the Italian capital to the island. Flights usually take about 50 minutes (though by schedule it’s one hour and ten minutes) from either airport in Rome, and once at the airport, you can either get to the center of town by public transport, taxi or even rent a car to roam the island.

At the time of writing, flights under the territorial continuity regime from Fiumicino Airport are operated by Volotea; but a new call for tender schedule for May 15, 2022, will appoint the next airline to operate the flights – and it may or may not be Volotea.

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Fiumicino – Cagliari (Flight duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes)

There are between 4 and 5 daily flights from Fiumicino to Cagliari, scattered throughout the day, with less frequent flights (twice per day at the moment) on Sundays. They are all operated by Volotea at the moment. The schedule changes regularly, but you can check it online here.

Check out the schedule and book your flights from Rome to Sardinia here.

Ciampino – Cagliari (Flight duration: 1 hour and 5 minutes)

Flights from Ciampino to Cagliari are operated by Ryanair. There usually is one daily flight, but there are days during which there are two flights. Flights leave at different times every day, and the schedule changes regularly, so you are better off checking it online here.

Check out the schedule and book your flights from Rome to Sardinia here.

Fiumicino – Olbia (Flight duration: 1 hour and 5 minutes)

There are 3 daily flights connecting Fiumicino to Olbia – one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, all operated by Volotea. The flight schedule is often subject to change, but you can check it online here.

Check out the schedule and book your flights from Rome to Olbia here.

There are no direct flights from Ciampino to Olbia.

Fiumicino – Alghero (Flight Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes)

There are 3 daily flights from Fiumicino to Alghero – one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, all operated by Volotea. The flight schedule is changes frequently, but you can check it online here.

Check out the schedule and book your flights from Rome to Alghero here.

No direct flights are operated from Ciampino to Alghero.

Ferry to Cagliari

Rome to Sardinia ferry 

Taking a ferry to Sardinia might be a little bit more of a hassle, but it has its positive points too. If you want to get around the island with your own car or motorbike, rather than renting one, a ferry is your only option.  

Rome’s harbor town, Civitavecchia, serves four of the six Sardinian touristic harbors. The routes, despite being more frequent during the summer, are operated year round to guarantee a constant exchange between the island and the Peninsula. The duration of the journey varies depending on the sea conditions, time of the day, route and company operating the ferry.

Ferry to Sardinia

Rome to Sardinia ferry schedule

Contrary to flights, ferries tend to keep the same schedule throughout the year – in fact, even throughout the years!

Ferries from Civitavecchia to Olbia are operated by Tirrenia and depart daily at 10:30 pm. The trip takes around 8 hours – depending on the sea conditions.

Ferries from Civitavecchia to Cagliari are operated by Grimaldi Lines and depart daily at 8:00 pm, taking between 12 and 15 hours depending on whether they stop in Arbatax or not.

Ferries from Civitavecchia to Arbatax are operated by Tirrenia and leave at 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays – it usually is the same ferry that goes to Cagliari and that makes a stopover in Arbatax. The trip takes around 10 hours.

Ferries from Civitavecchia to Porto Torres are operated by Grimaldi Lines and leave at 10:00 pm every Tuesday. The trip takes around 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Check out the schedule and book your Rome to Sardinia ferry here.

As you can see, it is really easy to travel to Sardinia from Rome – no matter your budget and your preferred method of transportation, you are bound to find a way. It’s just the first step towards a great holiday!

Further Readings

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