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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Olbia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
$8.84 / per day
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Olbia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
$11.05 / per day
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Olbia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ecovia
$11.92 / per day
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Olbia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Welcome Cars
$12.07 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Olbia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ecovia
$12.15 / per day
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Olbia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Welcome Cars
$12.73 / per day
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Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$12.77 / per day
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Alghero Fertilia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
$13.14 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 17:49 on 2020-02-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Italian
Currency
EUR
Country code
39
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$27.41 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
70 - 90 km/h
43 - 56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.0

Why rent a car in Sardinia?

Sardinia is a great place for renting a car. Having the freedom of your own wheels will let you explore the fun and historic cities like Alghero and Cagliari, visit impressive nature reserves or famous beach areas like Costa Smeralda, and even to venture further than most tourists go by traveling to island’s rugged and fascinating inland parts.

Sardinia Car Rental

Top ways to enter Sardinia

  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport. A focus location for Air Italy and also served by a number of other airlines, this cozy little airport serves the city of Olbia and the wider Northeast Sardinia region. The airport is just 5 km (3 mi) from Olbia city center.
  • Cagliari Elmas Airport. The busiest airport in Sardinia, located about 7 km (4.3 mi) from Cagliari downtown, serves around 3,5 million passengers every year. 
  • Alghero Airport: Although working year-round, Alghero Airport is especially active during the summer months when it provides a number of domestic connections, as well as flights to and from France, United Kingdom, Germany, and many other European countries.
  • By sea: There a number of daily ferry routes from Sardinia to the Italian Mainland, although there are a lot less options during autumn and winter. It is possible to bring your rental car on a ferry, but ask your car rental provider in advance if they permit it.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Cagliari. Like the rest of Sardinian cities, Cagliari tempts travelers with its world-class beaches, but the island’s capital also has plenty to offer in interesting museums, impressive churches, lovely squares, and hip art galleries.
  • Alghero. Inhabited by Catalans and Spaniards since the 14th century, Alghero is sometimes referred to as Little Barcelona. History buffs love it for its cathedrals and fortresses, while diving enthusiasts never grow tired of exploring the nearby underwater caves and grottoes.
  • Costa Smeralda. It might be busy, but that’s for a good reason - Costa Smeralda is considered by many to be the most beautiful stretch of coast in Italy (and one of the most attractive ones in the whole of Europe). Its is located between Palau and Olbia. Go there to make new friends, visit beachside restaurants, and enjoy the high life.
  • Tharros. Corinthian columns and other remains of this town on the Western Coast of the island tell a lot about the long and interesting history of Sardinia. Its name comes from Greek, but throughout time it was also home to Romans, Phoenicians, and, even before that, to the mysterious Nuragic civilization.
  • Asinara. The small island near the northwestern corner of Sardinia was closed to the wider public for almost a century and then turned into a national park 20 years ago. The long isolation created its most famous inhabitants - a population of albino donkeys. A fortress and a medieval monastery are also very much worth a visit.
  • Sassari. Home to just 130,000 inhabitants, Sardinia’s second city boasts such variety of amazing architecture that would make a much larger European metropolis proud. Walk its labyrinthine streets and spot different styles like baroque, neoclassical, and Catalan gothic.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Sardinia is the Ford Fiesta, although travelers also love the Renault Clio and the VW Golf Metano.

Driver license requirements

  • Italy accepts all driver licenses issued in the European Union (EU).
  • If your driver license is issued by a non-EU country, for it to be considered valid you’ll need an Italian visa. Another requirement is to have been in the EU for no more than six months at the time of the rental. If you’ve been in the EU longer, you’ll need a driver license issued by an EU country.
  • If your driver license is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official translation of your license into English or, preferably, Italian.
  • You must carry your driver license, not its copy, with you at all times.
  • You need to have had your driver license for at least one or two years, depending on the car provider’s requirements.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

The region of Sicily has no international borders. Mainland Italy is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, as well as San Marino and the Vatican City, two enclaves inside it. Like Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia are all members of the Schengen Area, meaning that three entry requirements for these four countries are the same as for Italy. The microstates of San Marino and Vatican City are not members of the Schengen Area, but their entry requirements are the same as those for Italy.

Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in Sardinia is an economy, closely followed by mini and intermediate.

Top driving routes

  1. Sassari - Olbia (100 km / 60 mi) This drive takes around 90 minutes, but, should you choose the only slightly longer option through the town of Tempio Pausania, you’d get a chance to buy a bottle of the delicious Vermentino from its original makers, bath in the town’s thermal waters, or climb the nearby Mount Limbara that allows amazing views from its summit. 
  2. Cagliari - Alghero (230 km / 143 mi) The route between the northwest and the southwest of the island (or vice versa) can be traveled in less than three hours, but if you’re not a rush, do use the opportunity to visit the fascinating Barumini Archeological Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’ll be on your way.
  3. Cagliari - Olbia (274 km / 170 mi) Bending through small inland towns, the route between two of the most important Sardinia’s cities can be traversed in just under three hours.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $70 per day
  • Station wagons - from $42 per day
  • Large cars - from $48 per day
  • Medium cars - from $33 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $131 per day
  • Premium cars - from $137 per day
  • Small cars - from $28 per day
  • SUVs - from $43 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Sardinia:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Sardinia is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 40% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 3 Most Popular Cities in Sardinia

  1. Car Rental in Cagliari from $12.77 per day
  2. Car Rental in Olbia from $8.84 per day
  3. Car Rental in Alghero from $54.58 per day

Top 6 Most Popular Locations in Sardinia

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Sardinia?

The cost of renting a car in Sardinia depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Sardinia
$35.40
January
$27.15
February
$23.59
March
$41.63
April
$37.00
May
$43.13
June
$49.27
July
$51.12
August
$36.36
September
$36.41
October
$79.96
November
$76.47
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Sardinia is March — prices start from $23.59 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 47% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $79.96 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Sardinia?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 10 days. The shortest are in December — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Sardinia
10
January
7
February
7
March
8
April
7
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
8
September
6
October
6
November
4
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Sardinia?

Discover Cars users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Sardinia. The most popular month is February, while the least popular is November.
Sardinia Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
78%
January
389%
February
40%
March
44%
April
55%
May
46%
June
55%
July
47%
August
32%
September
61%
October
24%
November
328%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Sicily By Car Ford Fiesta 4 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
JoyRent Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Target Rent Volkswagen Up 3 Small cars
Noleggiare Citroen C1 2 1 Small cars
Target Rent Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Surprice Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Noleggiare Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars

FAQ

Should I rent a car on Sardinia?
A majority of the ratings and reviews left by Discover Cars’ customers recommend renting a car (8.0 from 21 reviews).
What do you need to rent a car on Sardinia?
In most cases, you need a driver’s license, passport or ID card, and a credit card (in the name of the main driver), and the booking voucher to rent a car. Some companies may have additional requirements (be sure to check the rental conditions).
On what side of the road do they drive on Sardinia?
Drivers must drive on the right side of the road.
Can I rent a car at 18 on Sardinia?
Yes, you can rent a car at the age of 18.
How old do you have to be to rent a car on Sardinia?
You must be between 18 and 99 years old.
Can you rent automatic cars on Sardinia?
Yes, automatic cars are available from Alamo, Locauto, Budget, Avis, Enterprise, Noleggiare, Sicily By Car, Goldcar, Interrent, SIXT, Europcar, Autovia, Welcome Cars, Ecovia and Global Rent a Car on Sardinia.
Can I rent a car with a debit card?
Though most companies require a credit card to leave a deposit, some accept debit cards. Check the rental conditions for more information.
Can I rent a car without a credit card?
Most companies require a credit card to pick up the car. Some may accept debit cards or cash. Check the rental conditions for more information.
What car classes can I rent?
Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, Station wagons, SUVs, People Carriers/Vans, Premium cars and Convertibles vehicle types are available on Sardinia.
Can I rent a car on Sardinia with my home country’s driver's license (for example, U.S., U.K., or Australia)?
In most cases, a driver’s license from your home country is acceptable if it uses the Latin alphabet. In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) on Sardinia.
Do I need an International Driving Permit on Sardinia?
In most cases, if your driver’s license uses the Latin alphabet, you can rent a car in on Sardinia without an International Driving Permit (IDP). In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) on Sardinia.
How much does an additional driver cost? Is there an option for a free additional driver?
No rental company on Sardinia offers a free additional driver.
How much does it cost to rent a car on Sardinia?
A rental car costs $55 per day, on average. The lowest daily price found in the past 48 hours was $9 at Europcar, Goldcar, Optimo Rent and Interrent.
How much is car rental for a week?
The average price for a weekly rental on Sardinia is $388. In the past 48 hours, the lowest price for a weekly rental on Sardinia was $62.
What car rental companies are located on Sardinia?
Alamo, Locauto, Budget, Avis, Enterprise, Noleggiare, Sicily By Car, Goldcar, Interrent, SIXT, Europcar, Autovia, Welcome Cars, Ecovia and Global Rent a Car can be found on Sardinia.
What is the best car rental company on Sardinia?
Ratings and reviews left by our users indicate that the best providers are Locauto (8.9, 12 reviews), SIXT (8.8, 17 reviews) and Keddy (8.6, 15 reviews).

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
February 18, 2020
Be prepared for motoring madness With manic car and scooter drivers all around you
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
February 7, 2020
Great City, well-sized but rideable with car. Difficulties in finding parking though.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Tipo
February 2, 2020
The only gripe was navigating through Linate. Make sure you ask the rental booth where the car pickup location is.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
October 8, 2019
Not a great city to drive in - lots of traffic in narrow streets, closed off streets creating one-way roads, very limited parking and generally 'loose' driving styles. If you're comfortable with busy city driving and parking in tight spots, go for it. Get a small car.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Crossland X
October 7, 2019
Rome is too crazy to drive in.
Israel
Renault Clio
October 5, 2019
Планируйте заранее путешествия
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
October 2, 2019
Renting a car opens up many more beaches and the roads are quite spectacular to drive through, tunnels, bridges and coastal roads.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 27, 2019
Must have if you want to visit the region.
Canada
Fiat Tipo
September 19, 2019
I rented a car in Rome, FCO airport and drove to Florence and surrounding country side. Italy is a beautiful country to drive through, drivers are courteous, roads are well marked. The whole driving experience was great. Just keep an eye open for the scooters, they tend to pass on all sides in the city.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Crossland X
September 19, 2019
Renting a car to get around Italy was easy. Many suggest public transportation but we found the road easy to drive and the flexibility of having a car was well worth it.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 13, 2019
We travelled from Verona station initially to the Friuli region and then the Trento region and enjoyed visiting both areas. We have travelled quite extensively by car in Italy and found the likelihood of incurring speeding fines and possibly traffic fines, high as there are so many speed cameras. Consequently, we used cruise control quite often to try keep our speed within the 30/50Km speed limits which are so commonly seen.
Portugal
Fiat 500
September 12, 2019
It was easy to rent a car in Olbia and to drive around in the island. I would recommend taking dated pictures of the car before you drive away with it, especially of any damage both identified and not identified in the car rental documentation.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus STW
September 11, 2019
Although I didnt drive in Milan or the city of Como but found the main roads ( not the very narrow Moltrasio roads) easy to drive on and nowhere as busy as in the UK
United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
September 7, 2019
Brindisi airport is small but efficient. The Salento area is unspoilt and beautiful.
United Kingdom
VW Passat Variant
August 13, 2019
Brindisi is a small airport so it is easy to find the hire car companies.
United Kingdom
Seat Leon STW
July 25, 2019
Tuscany is a beautiful place full of towns and cities to explore as well as countryside and panoramic views. The roads are pretty good and motorways link most major towns. The signage is not always easy to comprehend , so google maps is very useful. Be aware of signage with times when some city/town central areas do not allow cars to be driven
United Kingdom
Opel Astra Stationwagon
July 22, 2019
If travelling for a day trip to Venice there is a large Tronchetta car park and water bus that takes you up to the Doge's palace. Definitely worth visiting some of the less known towns around the area as well as driving to Padua for a day
Ukraine
Renault Clio
July 18, 2019
Hard to find parking place in center, but possible. Need to avoid ZTL zones - interactive map in Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=1MPzQVuqpzQmCrEYXkBTlnoZAs1g&ll=41.89732582650186%2C12.485918999999967&z=15
Belgium
Ford Focus
July 17, 2019
We loved riding the Amalfi Coast from Naples. Sorrente, Positano, Praiono, Amalfi, .... You have to choose a small car because the roads are narrow in some places.
Czech Republic
Fiat Panda
July 10, 2019
I vas very happy with the car rental.
Netherlands
Renault Clio
July 8, 2019
Better to rent in Mestre than on the island
United States of America (USA)
BMW Serie 3 Aut.
June 14, 2019
Italy was beautiful BUT driving in Italy isn't for the faint at heart. The drivers there are TERRIBLE!
United Kingdom
Citroen C1 2d
April 28, 2019
Italians are aggressive and dangerous drivers - compared to the UK, it's so easy to have an accident. So be very careful and slow. Get the smallest car you can, very tight roads. Need to be confident driver but best way to travel if you have a rental car
United Kingdom
OPEL ZAFIRA
March 26, 2019
Lovely holiday to all parts of Italy
United Kingdom
Fiat 500 Cabrio
March 24, 2019
Travelled the Island, definitely want to return!
United Kingdom
Opel Mokka
September 28, 2018
I have rented cars all over Italy and have not encountered any problems, with the one exception that I would not rent on the Amalfi coast where the local driving is particularly.....special (and many Italians would tell you that's a wise precaution!).

Top 6 Suppliers for Sardinia in 2020

Ciao Rent Car
Ciao Rent Car
Exceptional 9
Italy Car Rent
Italy Car Rent
Excellent 8.8
SKARENT
SKARENT
Excellent 8.6
Welcome Cars
Welcome Cars
Excellent 8.2
ACARENT
ACARENT
Very good 7.7
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7
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