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Hiring a car from Olbia airport

Located on the northwest of Sardinia, Olbia has great beaches, fantastic cuisine, ancient ruins and easy access to the Italian mainland and the islands in between on one of the car ferries out of Olbia Port.

Why hire a car at Olbia Airport?

That all important first mile – driving out of Olbia Airport:

60-second guide to Olbia airport

in its own head

"We're the historical gateway to Sardinia for the rich, famous, young and beautiful!"

but more realistically

While the rich and famous may land here they don't stick around long preferring the beautiful coastline a short drive from town. But something the town does have is ruins...by the bucket load.

the vibe

Having survived centuries of conquests Olbia boasts a quiet beatific charm. Plus there are more Roman ruins than you can shake a laurel leaf at.

the natives

Having seen more invasions than a game of Risk the citizens of Olbia are used to strangers on their patch. They're a reserved bunch but the lack of chat doesn't mean you're not welcome.

the weather

Olbia boasts all the sun-kissed glories you would expect from the Med. It's bright and sunny through summer with a gentle sea breeze once the sun has gone to bed.

the local speciality

Despite its island geography traditional Sardinian scran is more about meat than fish. Roasted suckling pig is a mouthwatering speciality and the local Pecorino cheese is not to be missed.

the celebrity

Other than in the airport you're unlikely to spot too many celebs in town, but keep your eyes peeled for them on any of the island’s stunning beaches.

did you know?

It was the Greeks who saw the potential in the location and gave the town an appropriately optimistic name: Olbia translates as 'happy and prosperous'.

they say

"Whether you choose to land in Sardinia by private jet or commercial airliner, your unforgettable journey to Costa Smeralda begins the moment you touch down in this magical island destination off Italy's coast." - Reuters on Olbia's coast

Olbia airport Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Car hire desks are located near the arrivals hall in the Terminal Autoloneggi.

What should I buy at duty free?

Sardinia is known for the colourful textiles it produces, in particular thehandmade rugs made on looms by local weavers. You can’t fly home on one, but most airlines will ship outsize or large goods directly on your flight so you can pick one up without worry.

Are there any cashpoints?

Cash machines, or ‘ATR’s’ as they’re known here are available throughout the airport.

Where's the best place to eat?

Feeling peckish before your flight? Thengrab your last Sardinian snack in the Smoking Garden Cafe. Located in the departures lounge, this terrace is the perfect spot to soak up as much of that glorious sunshine as possible.

The secret tip

It may be super sunny but law dictates that you drive with your headlights on at all times. If you didn’t bring sunglasses, it might be wise to pick some up at the Duty Free store before you leave the airport.

Olbia airport the gateway to...

La Maddalena Archipelago

Distance: 30 miles

Just 30 miles north of the airport, the Maddalena Archipelago is a cluster of over sixty islands rising up from the brilliant blue ocean. You can take your hire car to the larger islands on one of the car ferries, or get to the smaller ones by boat.

Isola Rossa

Distance: 60 miles

Tucked away on the northern coast, this small but lively village sits on the Gulf of Asinara. With crystal clear waters and thriving marine life, this is a great spot for diving and relaxing on the beach. If however, you prefer your wildlife with four legs instead of fins, book a trip to AsinaraIsland, an ex-prison which is now home to Sardinia’s white donkeys.

Castlesardo

Distance: 11 miles

This small mediaeval town sits upon a rocky outcrop. Originally it was intended to defend the coastline from invaders, but now it’s a peaceful retreat for holidaymakers. Be sure to visit the market where the local women weave baskets from rushes, as they have done here for centuries.

Olbia airport the gateway to...

La Maddalena Archipelago

Distance: 30 miles

Just 30 miles north of the airport, the Maddalena Archipelago is a cluster of over sixty islands rising up from the brilliant blue ocean. You can take your hire car to the larger islands on one of the car ferries, or get to the smaller ones by boat.

Isola Rossa

Distance: 60 miles

Tucked away on the northern coast, this small but lively village sits on the Gulf of Asinara. With crystal clear waters and thriving marine life, this is a great spot for diving and relaxing on the beach. If however, you prefer your wildlife with four legs instead of fins, book a trip to AsinaraIsland, an ex-prison which is now home to Sardinia’s white donkeys.

Castlesardo

Distance: 11 miles

This small mediaeval town sits upon a rocky outcrop. Originally it was intended to defend the coastline from invaders, but now it’s a peaceful retreat for holidaymakers. Be sure to visit the market where the local women weave baskets from rushes, as they have done here for centuries.