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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.


International airports


National airline

Alitalia: alitalia.com

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