Car Hire at Olbia Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Olbia is the stepping-stone to the northeastern part of the Costa Smeralda on the island of Sardinia, and hiring a car is one of the best ways to explore secluded parts of the coastline. Want to see more? Check out the 11 best secret islands in Europe.
Where to hire a car in Olbia Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are several well-known car hire providers located in the main terminal of Olbia Airport, including Avis, Budget, Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore, Thrifty and Sixt. There isn’t a huge choice of routes when it comes to public transport in Sardinia, so renting a car is the best way to explore the island.
Petrol stations close to Olbia Airport
Take the third exit on the roundabout onto Via Degli Astronauti, and when you come to the roundabout take the third exit onto SS125. Take the exit for Olbia Centro, and keep right for the SS127. Continue through the roundabout, and the Esso will be on your right.
Driving around Olbia Airport
The SS125 and the SS127 are two main roads that connect the airport to the north and south of the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, as well as towns set further back on the island. You can easily reach the town centre from the airport, which is only a few kilometres north of the exit. When exiting the airport, there’s a few roundabout and one main road (Via Degli Astronauti) that will connect you to the highways.
Popular destinations to drive to from Olbia Airport
The town of Olbia overlooks the blue bays of the Mediterranean sea, and the picturesque Tavolara Island. In high season, the Old Town is a hive of happy travellers. Take the Via Degli Astronauti, and on the roundabout take the second exit onto the SS125. After 2.6km, you’ll start to see the exits for Olbia. This is a small Italian port town, so there are no big commercial car parks – but you can usually find somewhere off the streets. Just make sure you check for Pay & Display or no stopping signs.
It takes an hour to reach Tempio Pausania, the ancient Roman town in the centre of northern Sardinia. Dash between the terracotta toned houses and tavernas for a spot of lunch and slow strolling.
Follow the signs for Sassari when leaving the airport in the SS125, keeping left at the fork. You’ll then come onto the SS597, where you should take the exit for Gulfo Aranci. Take the next ramp to the SS127, turning left. Continue for 11km until you see the signs for Tempio, then turn right. Continue for 27km, then take the first exit at the roundabout to head into Tempio.
There are plenty of little shops and restaurants here, so park up in one of the designated spaces and get exploring. You could also choose to drive west from here to Castelsardo and Valledoria.
Spiaggia de La Cinta
Spiaggia de La Cinta is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, and it’s within easy reach of Olbia!
Take the third exit on the roundabout onto Via Degli Astronauti, then take the second exit on the roundabout. Continue towards Centro Olbia but take a left at the fork towards Sassari. Continue onto the SS597. When you come to the roundabout, take the ramp to San Teodoro and merge onto the SS131dcn. Take the exit for San Teodoro and continue for 1km until you reach the roundabout, then take the third exit. After 3km, take the first exit on the roundabout and drive straight down to the coastline!