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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$8.46 per day
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Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Lancia Ypsilon or similar
Lancia Ypsilon
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$8.57 per day
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Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Brent
$10.44 per day
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Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Viaggiare Rent
$10.56 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Brent
$10.70 / per day
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Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Viaggiare Rent
$10.87 / per day
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Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Welcome Cars
$10.94 / per day
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Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Punto or similar
Fiat Punto
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Viaggiare Rent
$11.32 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 15:46 on 2021-10-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Italian
Currency
EUR
Country code
39
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
9.3

Why rent a car in Cagliari?

Cagliari is a great city to visit. The capital of Sardinia, it is as notable for its historical landmarks as it is for its great cuisine and the scenic beaches that surround it. Getting a rental car will give you the opportunity to also use Cagliari as a base for exploring the rest of southern Sardinia.

Cagliari Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Cagliari

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Cagliari and drop off in another city include:

  • From Cagliari to Olbia - 156 offers from € 27.43 per day
  • From Cagliari to Alghero - 152 offers from € 27.43 per day
  • From Cagliari to Tortoli - 9 offers from € 34.57 per day
  • From Cagliari to Lamezia Terme - 85 offers from € 41.04 per day

Top ways to enter Cagliari

  • Cagliari Airport: Also known as Cagliari-Elmas, the busiest airport on Sardinia handled 4.3 million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights by around 20 airlines (although some are only active seasonally), including low-cost carriers like Ryanair and Volotea. Located 10 km (6.2 miles) northwest of the city center, the airport takes 15 minutes to reach.
  • Alghero Airport: Also called Alghero-Fertilia and Alghero Riviera del Corallo, this airport is located on the northwestern coast of Sardinia. Served by about 15 airlines, it handled more than 1.6 million travelers in 2018. Located 240 km (150 mi) from Cagliari, Alghero Airport can be reached in 2 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Olbia Airport: Also known as Costa Smeralda Airport after the famous holiday region in which it is located, this airport handled 2.2 million travelers in 2018. Like the two other international airports in Sardinia, it is mostly active during the warm months of the year, but has year-round flights by easyJet, Volotea, Transavia, Vueling, and Air Italy. Located 270 km (168 mi) northeast of Cagliari, the airport can be reached in about three hours by car.
  • By sea: It is possible to travel to Cagliari by boat - there are ferry services connecting the city with Rome and Naples on mainland Italy, as well as Palermo in Sicily and other destinations. It’s a good idea to look up the schedule in advance as the service is much more active during the summer months. Most ferry companies permit taking a rental car on deck, but you should still check in advance. You should also ask your rental car provider whether they permit it.

Useful city facts

  • Cagliari has a typically Mediterranean climate with long, very hot summers and short, mild winters. The average high temperature is 31.7 °C (89.1 °F) in August, the warmest month, and 14.4 °C (57.9 °F) in January, the coolest. The precipitation is extremely low during the summer; November is the rainiest month.
  • Cagliari is a major wine-making region. Some famous local wines that you have to try include Nasco, Monica, and Nuragus (the latter named after an ancient civilization that used to inhabit Sardinia even before the Romans). Cagliari’s excellent seafood is not to be missed, either.
  • Like the rest of the island, Cagliari has two official languages - Italian and native Sardinian (the two are related, but not mutually intelligible). The city’s name in Sardinian is Casteddu. The knowledge of English varies, but is higher among people working in tourism and service industries. Some people also speak French, Spanish, or German.

Top destinations and activities

  • Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Cecilia. Built in the 13th century and overlooking much of the rest of the city, this cathedral has been renovated numerous times and features a number of beautiful paintings and sculptures.
  • Basilica di San Saturnino. Another great historical building, this basilica is a paleochristian monument first built in the 5th Century. Although it has understandably been rebuilt a number of times, you can still see some of the remains of the original church complex.
  • Galleria Comunale d'Arte. Located on the very central Viale San Vincenzo near the opera house to the east and the city botanic gardens to the west, this gallery hosts many important Italian artworks, especially from the 19th and 20th century.
  • Pisan towers. Located in the old town, the two 14th century towers are among the most notable landmarks of the city. Known as the Saint Pancras and Elephant Towers, they were built in the early 14th century during the period when the city was dominated by the rulers of the Tuscan city of Pisa. Although not as well known, there is also the third Pisan tower, Torre dello Sperone.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. 
  • Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • The best way to see much of the island from the local’s point of view is to leave the main highways and to explore the smaller strade provinciali or regional roads. Many hidden, but awesome beaches and farm-stays are only accessible by them.
  • Do watch out for blue notes - they indicate pay-and-display parking spots. The areas with white lines are for free parking and the yellow lines indicate areas only accessible to drivers with special passes.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Being over the allowed limit can result in hefty fines and even imprisonment. 
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads in Sardinia - all highways and regional roads can be accessed free of charge. However, there are restricted traffic areas (Le zone a traffico limitato or ZTL), like some city centers, where you are not allowed to drive. These areas can sometimes be poorly marked and you might enter them by accident, so it’s better to look them up in advance on the official European Urban Access Regulations website

There are numerous toll roads on Mainland Italy. The exact fee depends on the route of your choice and the type of a vehicle. See the official Italian toll road website for more information. Use the website’s toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Beaches. Many travelers go to Cagliari for its nearby beaches and there’s a very good reason for that. The centrally located Poetto Beach is one of the most famous in the whole of Italy and offers everything from relaxation and swimming to nearby nightclubs, coastside restaurants and opportunities for water sports. Should you ever find Poetto too busy, hop into your rental car and you will soon reach smaller but equally charming beaches like Calamosca, Chia, Solanas, and many others.
  • Gennargentu National Park. Famous for its canyons, mountains, and rugged coastline, this beautiful nature area is home to unique wildlife like mouflon, Sardinian wildcat, and the griffon vulture, as well as maritime mammals like monk seal and sperm whale.
  • Capoterra. Known for its gardens, beaches, and Monte Arcosu Nature Reserve, the earth’s cape is just a half an hour’s drive away from Cagliari and makes a splendid day-trip destination.
  • Tuvixeddu Necropolis. Visiting an ancient burial ground might not be in your plans for an idyllic beach holiday, but the fascinating Tuvixeddu might make you reconsider. More than 2,500 years old, it was built by the Phoenicians and is characterized by the decorations and riches that have been unearthed at the site and are now on display. The Romans who ruled the area later apparently found the location appropriate for the task and made their own burial ground nearby which can also be explored. The trip from central Cagliari takes only about ten minutes by car.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Italy is the Fiat Panda, although travelers also like the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500. The most often picked rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Further destinations

  • North of Sardinia. As beautiful as Cagliari and its surroundings are, it would be a shame not to see the rest of Sardinia once you’ve come here. Drive to Alghero, the island’s own little Barcelona, or to the stunning Costa Smeralda beach area.
  • Mainland Italy. From posh Milan to timeless Rome and hospitable south, Italy is as enjoyable a travel destination as you’ll find anywhere. There are many daily flights from Cagliari. You can also take a ferry to Naples, but check with your rental car provider first if they permit bring a rental car on it.
  • Sicily. The larger and equally interesting Italian island, Sicily is home to volcanic landscapes, ancient sites, and rich cultural influences. You can either fly or take a ferry to Palermo, but check with your rental car provider first if they permit bring a rental car on it.

Car Rental Prices in Cagliari

  • Convertibles - from $47 per day
  • Station wagons - from $61 per day
  • Large cars - from $87 per day
  • Medium cars - from $46 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $126 per day
  • Premium cars - from $268 per day
  • Small cars - from $38 per day
  • SUVs - from $55 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do many things to get a good rental car deal in Cagliari:

  • 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 Cagliari is the cheapest in January when renting a car is a whopping 74% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 4 Cities near Cagliari

  1. Olbia Car Rentals from $10.94 per day
    187.7 km / 116.6 miles away
  2. Alghero Car Rentals from $9.39 per day
    169.1 km / 105.1 miles away
  3. Palau Car Rentals from $132.63 per day
    217.0 km / 134.8 miles away
  4. 27.4 km / 17.0 miles away

Top 3 Locations near Cagliari

  1. 3.8 km / 2.4 miles away
  2. 169.1 km / 105.1 miles away
  3. Olbia Airport Car Rentals from $10.94 per day
    187.7 km / 116.6 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Cagliari vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Cagliari
$11.61
January
$51.08
February
$10.10
March
$36.95
April
$32.64
May
$32.26
June
$37.57
July
$62.73
August
$22.45
September
$56.26
October
$34.48
November
$15.07
December
The best month to rent a car in Cagliari is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $10.10). This is 70% cheaper than the yearly average and 84% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $62.73 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Cagliari?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 14 days in April, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Cagliari
9
January
8
February
9
March
6
April
6
May
8
June
6
July
6
August
10
September
9
October
14
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Cagliari?

While travelers visit Cagliari year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Cagliari by Monthly Searches
45%
January
293%
February
377%
March
24%
April
33%
May
29%
June
35%
July
29%
August
72%
September
43%
October
123%
November
95%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Sicily By Car Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Maggiore Lancia Ypsilon 5 1 Small cars
Brent Fiat Panda 5 2 Small cars
Brent Toyota Aygo 5 2 Small cars
Brent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Viaggiare Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Viaggiare Fiat Panda 5 2 Small cars
Welcome Cars Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Welcome Cars Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Romania
VW Golf
September 23, 2021
I visited a few spots on the south coast of Sardinia, aroundf Caliagri I would definitely recommend the Tuerredda and Su Giudeu beaches, a visit of Pula and, of course, Caliagri proper. Next time, if there will be a next time, I hope I can considerably expand the island's exploration area
Greece
Lancia Ypsilon
August 23, 2021
If you want to have a tour around sardinia, you have to get a car!
Switzerland
VW Golf
August 22, 2021
Having a car in Sardinia was absolutely worth it. Even though it was high season we were able to park and visit all beaches and towns around Cagliari.
Hungary
Lancia Ypsilon
August 11, 2021
I made the reservation and payment but I wanted my boyfriend to be the driver (because I cant drive), but I didnt recognize by making the reservation I become the first driver so we needed to pay for the 2. driver which was not correct. The drop off was very hard, we didnt find the office and the signs for maggiore parking. All the other rentals were so easy to find but maggiore signs were shabby and fade, it was hard to find. The car was in good condition.
France
Fiat 500
October 16, 2020
Good roads, good out-of-town signage, poor in town signage. A car is a MUST to visit the fabulous beaches and hill country.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
October 2, 2020
Need a car
Germany
Fiat 500
September 21, 2020
My destination of Baunei was mostly easily accessible by rental car. Definitely check out Cala Goloritze if you like hiking and magnificent coast lines. I also visited the Gorropu Canyon. Fun hike!
Netherlands
Fiat 500
September 12, 2020
Check if the full tank is full and if there are no damages on the car. There is no guarantee the the representative of B-rent checkt the car. So check this
Lithuania
Fiat Panda
September 9, 2019
Locauto possibly is the best choice (quality and price ratio) at Cagliari airport
Ireland
Seat Leon
August 6, 2019
As the towns have lots of steep narrow roads, it is advisable to have a more powerful engine. It would probably save the company money to have a fleet with reverse detectors, as standard, as it is always difficult to adjust to a different size of car (and our home cars have collision detection).
United Kingdom
VW Golf
June 3, 2019
Would recommend parking in the port car park at the far end of via Roma rather than trying to park elsewhere in Cagliari
United Kingdom
TOURAN
April 29, 2019
If your holiday will be based in Cagliari, I wouldn't hire a car - the buses are frequent and cheap but once you're off the main road the roads are narrow and can be confusing. However, if you're travelling elsewhere for your holiday as we were - in Chia - then a car is essential. We had a diesel car, drove about a 1000 miles in the week and only had to top up on our way back to the airport - about 45 Euros - really good value.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
March 16, 2019
Good place. Book through skyscanner
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
November 9, 2018
Cagliari was interesting but we spent most of our holiday in Cala Gonone which was fantastic for climbing and walking
Poland
Fiat 500 X
June 29, 2018
Automatyczna skrzynia biegów ułatwia podróż po górskich drogach. Przydaje się samochód o podniesionym zawieszeniu.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
June 20, 2018
Very good service & would highly recommend

Top 23 Suppliers in Cagliari in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+390645229545
Via Caduti Di Nassyria APT Elmas - Località Aeroporto Elmas, 09030 Cagliari CA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.2
+39070242042
AEROPORTO M MAMELI, VIA DEI TRASVOLATORI SNC ELMAS
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+39070242042
Cagliari Aeroporto, Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas CA
Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9
+39070242042 / +393893466360
Partenze, 09030 Elmas
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
+393886310127 / +390702128023
Aeroporto Mario Mameli Via dei Trasvolatori Elmas
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00; 16:30-20:30
Tue:09:00-13:00; 16:30-20:30
Wed:09:00-13:00; 16:30-20:30
Thu:09:00-13:00; 16:30-20:30
Fri:09:00-13:00; 16:30-20:30
Sat:09:00-13:00; 16:30-20:30
Sun:09:00-13:00; 16:30-20:30
Target Rent
Target Rent
Excellent 8.9
+3907022761 / +3909351865712
Via dei Trasvolatori, Cagliari
Working hours
Mon:09:30-16:30
Tue:09:30-16:30
Wed:09:30-16:30
Thu:09:30-16:30
Fri:09:30-16:30
Sat:09:30-16:30
Sun:09:30-16:30
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.8
+39070240101 / +393486539051
Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas CA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:59
Tue:08:00-22:59
Wed:08:00-22:59
Thu:08:00-22:59
Fri:08:00-22:59
Sat:08:00-22:59
Sun:08:00-22:59
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.8
+390708046014
Via G. Nervi, 1, 09030 Elmas CA
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7
+39070242042
Cagliari Elmas Airport, Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas CA
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+39070212045
Aeroporto Elmas, Sala Arrivi
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+390702084115
VIALE MONASTIR, KM 3,350
Working hours
Mon:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Tue:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Wed:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Thu:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Fri:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Sat:08:30-13:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+390702084115
VIALE MONASTIR, KM 3,350
Working hours
Mon:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Tue:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Wed:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Thu:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Fri:08:30-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Sat:08:30-13:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
3356522114
Via Sassari Snc
Working hours
Mon:08:30-19:30
Tue:08:30-19:30
Wed:08:30-19:30
Thu:08:30-19:30
Fri:08:30-19:30
Sat:08:30-13:30
Sun:08:30-13:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+39070240081
Cagliari Aeroporto Elmas
Working hours
Mon:07:30-23:45
Tue:07:30-23:45
Wed:07:30-23:45
Thu:07:30-23:45
Fri:07:30-23:45
Sat:07:30-23:45
Sun:07:30-23:45
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+39070242042
Aeroporto M Mameli
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Noleggiare
Noleggiare
Excellent 8.2
+39070242195 / +393929588999
Aeroporto di Cagliari, Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas CA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:30
Tue:08:00-22:30
Wed:08:00-22:30
Thu:08:00-22:30
Fri:08:00-22:30
Sat:08:00-22:30
Sun:08:00-22:30
Ecovia
Ecovia
Excellent 8.1
+393886310127
Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas CA
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8
+390707273118
Aeroporto di Cagliari-Elmas, Via dei Trasvolatori, 09067 Elmas CA
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:09:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.8
+390689830777 / +393358288592
Aeroporto Cagliari Elmas Via dei Trasvolatori snc
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+393480415200 / +3904241958079
Cagliari Elmas Airport, Sala Arrivi, 09030 Elmas CA
Working hours
Mon:08:30-20:30
Tue:08:30-20:30
Wed:08:30-20:30
Thu:08:30-20:30
Fri:08:30-20:30
Sat:08:30-20:30
Sun:08:30-20:30
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.4
+390645209634 / +34965233425 / +390645229545
On-Airport. Area Rent a Car
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7
+39070242190 / 3172487251
In-Terminal
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+393450949394
Via Nervi, 1 - Cagliari Elmas
Working hours
Mon:08:30-19:30
Tue:08:30-19:30
Wed:08:30-19:30
Thu:08:30-19:30
Fri:08:30-19:30
Sat:08:30-19:30
Sun:08:30-19:30
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