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    Italy Transport

    Whether you go with your own car, rent a car, or go by boat or plane, on this page you will find all practical information about transport in Italy.

    Car hire

    Rental locations

    • Cars can be hired at major international rental companies at airports and stations and in cities, but also at many smaller national or local rental companies.

    Rental car booking

    • The rates can vary greatly per season and per provider. Booking in advance can be cheaper.
    • It is possible to rent an ‘all-inclusive’ car in Italy via Sunny Cars. You can check the availability of rental cars in the search engine and book your car hire of choice:

    More information on car rentals can be found here.


    Drivers license

    • In order to rent a car in Italy, the driver must have a valid driver’s license.
    • Often the driver must be in possession of the driving license for at least 1 or 2 years.


    • The driver must often be at least 21 years old.
    • Sometimes the age limit is lower or higher depending on the rental company or the type of vehicle.
    • Drivers under 25 years of age often have to pay a young driver’s allowance.


    • A car can only be rented with a credit card (with pin code) in the name of the main driver. Cash is rarely accepted as a deposit.


    Winter equipment

    • Check in the winter whether the rental car is equipped with the right winter equipment. Winter tires are recommended in winter conditions and snow chains can be made mandatory with a sign.

    Ferry services

    Ferries to Sicily from Italy

    Cagliari (Sardinia) – Palermo ± 12 hours (Tirrenia)
    Civitavecchia – Palermo ± 14 hours (Grande Navi Veloci)
    Civitavecchia – Termini Imerese ± 15 hours (Grande Navi Veloci)
    Genoa – Palermo ± 21 hours (Grande Navi Veloci)
    Livorno – Palermo ± 18 hours (Grimaldi Lines)
    Naples – Palermo ± 11 hours (Grande Navi Veloci)
    Naples – Palermo ± 11 hours (Tirrenia)
    Naples – Termini Imerese ± 11 hours (Grande Navi Veloci)
    Naples – Trapani ± 7 hours (Liberty Lines)
    Reggio di Calabria – Messina ± 0.35 hours (Liberty Lines)
    Salerno – Messina ± 9 hours (Caronte & Tourist)
    Salerno – Palermo ± 10 hours (Grimaldi Lines)
    Salerno – Catania ± 13 hours (Grimaldi Lines)
    Villa San Giovanni – Messina ± 0.20 hours (Caronte & Tourist)

    Ferries to Elba from Italy

    Piombino – Cavo ± 0.20 hours (Toremar)
    Piombino – Cavo ± 0.30 hours (Moby)
    Piombino – Portoferraio ± 0.40 hours (Toremar)
    Piombino – Portoferraio ± 0.40 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Piombino – Portoferraio ± 1 hour (Moby)
    Piombino – Portoferraio ± 1 hour (Blu-Navy)
    Piombino – Rio Marina ± 0.45 am (Toremar)

    Ferries to Elba from France

    Bastia (Corsica) – Portoferraio ± 1.30 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)

    Ferries to Sardinia from Italy

    Civitavecchia – Arbatax ± 11 hours (Tirrenia)
    Civitavecchia – Cagliari ± 11 hours (Tirrenia)
    Civitavecchia – Olbia ± 5.30 am (Tirrenia)
    Civitavecchia – Olbia ± 6.30 am (Grimaldi Lines)
    Civitavecchia – Porto Torres ± 7 hours (Grimaldi Lines)
    Genoa – Arbatax ± 18 hours (Tirrenia)
    Genoa – Olbia ± 11 hours (Moby)
    Genoa – Olbia ± 10 hours (Tirrenia)
    Genoa – Porto Torres ± 12 hours (Grande Navi Veloci)
    Genoa – Porto Torres ± 10 hours (Tirrenia)
    Livorno – Golfo Aranci ± 6.30 am (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Livorno – Olbia ± 7 hours (Moby)
    Livorno – Olbia ± 8 hours (Grimaldi Lines)
    Naples – Cagliari ± 15 hours (Tirrenia)
    Palermo (Sicily) – Cagliari ± 12 hours (Tirrenia)
    Piombino – Golfo Aranci ± 6 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Piombino – Olbia ± 5.30 am (Moby)

    Ferries to Sardinia from Spain

    Barcelona – Porto Torres ± 12 hours (Grimaldi Lines)

    Ferries to Sardinia from France

    Marseille – Porto Torres ± 11 hours (Corsica Linea)
    Marseille – Porto Torres ± 6 pm (La Meridionale)
    Nice – Golfo Aranci ± 13 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Toulon – Porto Torres ± 7 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Toulon – Golfo Aranci ± 14 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Ajaccio (Corsica) – Porto Torres ± 4 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Ajaccio (Corsica) – Porto Torres ± 4 hours (Corsica Linea)
    Bonifacio (Corsica) – Santa Teresa Gallura ± 0.50 hours (Moby)
    Bonifacio (Corsica) – Santa Teresa Gallura ± 1 hour (Blu-Navy)
    Porto Vecchio (Corsica) – Golfo Aranci ± 2.30 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Porto Vecchio (Corsica) – Porto Torres ± 3.30 hours (Corsica & Sardinia Ferries)
    Propriano (Corsica) – Porto Torres ± 3.30 am (La Meridionale)


    The prices depend among other things on the occupation, the time of booking and the travel period.

    Information and tickets

    Blu-Navy: blunavytraghetti.com
    Caronte & Tourist: carontetourist.it
    Corsica Linea: corsicalinea.com
    Corsica & Sardinia Ferries: corsicaferries.com
    Grande Navi Veloci: gnv.it
    Grimaldi Lines: grimaldi-lines.com
    La Meridionale: lameridionale.fr
    Liberty Lines: libertylines.it
    Moby: moby.it
    Tirrenia: tirrenia-prenotazioni.it
    Toremar: traghetti-toremar.com


    Note: If you want to make a phone call or use the internet on a ferry, keep an eye on your calling costs. You usually receive a text message when you cannot connect to a local EU network and information about the (high!) Rates for a maritime satellite connection. On land (or close to the coast) the rates from your EU bundle apply.


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    National airline

    Alitalia: alitalia.com

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