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Car Hire from Cagliari Airport

Car Hire at Cagliari Airport

This information is correct as of August 2015

Whether you want to mix with the Italian glitterati, feast on fresh seafood or chill out on Sardinia’s enchanting pearl white beaches, you can find the best car hire at Cagliari Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Cagliari Airport

There are seventeen car hire companies with desks at Cagliari Airport: Maggiore, Locauto, Viten Group, Karalis, Sixt, IS Servizi, Sardinya, Hertz, Ruvioli, Goldcar, Pintauro, Europecar, Only Sardinia, Avis, Mida, Matta and AutoEuropa. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Cagliari Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Luckily there is an ESSO garage located just 6 minutes drive from Cagliari Airport. Head south and get on the SS391 from the airport. Merge on to the E25 onto Strada Statale 131. The petrol station will be on the left hand side.

Driving around Cagliari Airport

Cagliari Airport is well served by the region’s main roads. The airport is only 7 km away from Cagliari city centre. From Cagliari take the S.S.130 from the city centre or the S.S. 554 from other parts of the city to the airport. You can reach the S.S. 554 from the Asse Mediano di Scorrimento . From Sassari/Nuoro/Oristano you can reach Cagliari Airport via the S.S.131 southbound towards Cagliari. Follow the ‘Aeroporto Elmas’ signs once you are on the S.S.130. From Olbia follow the S.S.131 southbound towards Cagliari and merge in the S.S.131, then the S.S.130 following the Aeroporto Elmas signs. Another option is driving on the S.S.125 southbound towards Cagliari. From the South-Western Coastal road, take the S.S.195 towards Cagliari, then turn onto the S.S.130 and follow the airport signs. From the South-Eastern Coastal road, take the S.P. 17 that connects Villasimius to Cagliari.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Cagliari Airport.


The delightful tangle of Alghero’s cobbled streets packed into a historic citadel are alive with bustling cafes, independent shops and friendly local bars and restaurants that overlook the harbour and its dazzling yachts that catch the sunlight. Sardinia’s sunsets are spectacular and those in Alghero are no exception. Grab a glass of something chilled and enjoy this beauty spot’s idyllic surroundings of golden sandstone architecture, elegant piazzas, soft sandy beaches and forest fringed headlands.

Alghero is a two and a half hour drive from Cagliari Airport. Get on to the SS391 taking the second exit onto Via Giua. Merge with the E25 towards Olbia. Keep left taking the exit for Alghero. Merge with the Strada Statale 291 following signs for Alghero centre.


This is where the wealthy Italian set comes to unwind; drawn to Olbia’s blissful white beaches lapped by electric blue waters. Jet skis and shimmering yachts are a common sight while the rich and beautiful don their sunglasses and sit sipping drinks alfresco in elegant wine bars and seafront restaurants whilst dining on the freshest catch of the day. Designer boutiques cater to those in need of retail therapy while the surrounding herb-blanketed countryside makes the perfect antidote to any excess.

The drive to Olbia from Cagliari Airport is just under 3 hours. Get on the E25 then merge with the Strada Statale 131. Take the right lane 127 ramp and keep right to Olbia following the signs to the centre.


Cagliari is like a stunning watercolour of pastel hued buildings spreading out against an endless blue sky. Sweeping palm-fringed squares with their golden domes catch the sun as millionaire yachts glisten in the harbour. Its crowning glory is Il Castello that rises up from its rocky outcrop to jaw-dropping effect. Kick back in local cafes watching locals on Vespa’s whizz by. Enjoy fine dining and exploring Roman ruins, museums and galleries or the Poetta Beach scene of sun and surf by day and music and partying by night, in this magical suntrap of a city.

Cagliari is just 12 minutes from the airport. Head south and take the roundabout exit for the SS391. From here, take the exit to Via dei Valenzani following signs for Cagliari centre.

Parking in Cagliari is free on a Sunday and charged at €0.50 to €1.00 per hour the rest of the week from 1pm to 4pm. Underground parking is cheaper at just €5 for the whole day. Parking on Via Eleonora D'Arborea is always free but you have more chance of winning the lottery than finding a space. Some hotels in Cagliari offer free car parking.

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