Car Rental in Cagliari

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Cagliari, Sardinia
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini
Smart ForTwo or similar
Smart ForTwo
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.66 / per day
Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
RentSmart24
$8.81 / per day
Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Mini Elite
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Felirent
$8.99 / per day
Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Compact
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
RentalPlus
$12.16 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Moventur
$13.48 / per day
Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Fiat 500X or similar
Fiat 500X
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Brent
$17.01 / per day
Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Intermediate Elite Crossover
Volkswagen T-Roc or similar
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Italy Car Rent
$19.35 / per day
Cagliari Airport Car Rental
Special Crossover
Ford EcoSport or similar
Ford EcoSport
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Noleggiare
$22.77 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:27 on 2023-10-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

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 $28.73 per day
  • From Cagliari to Alghero - 152 offers from $28.73 per day
  • From Cagliari to Tortoli - 9 offers from $36.20 per day
  • From Cagliari to Lamezia Terme - 85 offers from $42.98 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.

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

  • 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 day trips

  • 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 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 $17 per day
  • Station wagons - from $25 per day
  • Large cars - from $17 per day
  • Medium cars - from $10 per day
  • Vans - from $88 per day
  • Premium cars - from $83 per day
  • Small cars - from $8 per day
  • SUVs - from $12 per day

Money-saving tips

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.
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Top 4 Cities near Cagliari

  1. 27.6 km / 17.1 miles away
  2. Alghero Car Rentals from $10.67 per day
    166.7 km / 103.6 miles away
  3. Olbia Car Rentals from $6.51 per day
    187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
  4. 216.4 km / 134.5 miles away

Top 3 Locations near Cagliari

  1. 166.7 km / 103.6 miles away
  2. Olbia Airport Car Rentals from $6.51 per day
    187.4 km / 116.4 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Cagliari vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Cagliari
$9.00
January
$10.65
February
$9.96
March
$19.52
April
$26.12
May
$43.94
June
$46.92
July
$46.54
August
$31.40
September
$15.98
October
$9.46
November
$11.31
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Cagliari is January (when prices average $9.00 per day). This is 62% cheaper than the yearly average and 81% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $46.92).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Cagliari?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in February, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Cagliari
7
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
7
September
7
October
7
November
7
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Cagliari is August, and the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Cagliari by pick-up date relative to the average
15%
January
18%
February
25%
March
83%
April
124%
May
182%
June
227%
July
244%
August
205%
September
51%
October
11%
November
14%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 3
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Moventur, Surprice, Viaggiare, Felirent, RentalPlus
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $8 per day
Cheapest supplier Surprice

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Moventur Peugeot 108 3 1 Small cars
Felirent Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Viaggiare Fiat Panda 4 1 Small cars
Viaggiare Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Moventur Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
RentalPlus Fiat Panda 5 1 Medium cars
Surprice Smart ForTwo 2 Small cars
Surprice Ford Fiesta 5 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Spain
Volkswagen Up
August 6, 2023
Chance to move all around the island
Sweden
Fiat Tipo STW
August 6, 2023
Went to the beach and restaurants
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
July 31, 2023
We enjoyed Sardinia's amazing beaches in great part due to having a car that allowed us to travel 20-30 minutes in our car.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
July 2, 2023
Travelled all over the island, lots of great beaches and little hidden coves
Portugal
Fiat 500
June 18, 2023
Villasimius , recommend, great spots , however stil the beginning of the season a lot of places were closed.
Australia
Citro?n C3
June 16, 2023
Driving the whole island every corner a new adventure The colours of the seas magnificent History unique to Sardinia Delicious food and wine
Poland
Fiat Panda
June 13, 2023
Everything good besides the weather
Australia
Fiat Panda
June 5, 2023
Drove half of Sardinia, experienced some great road trips.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Captur
June 2, 2023
Sardinia is a truly serene place. The seafood and sights were unparalleled.
Ireland
Renault Clio
May 24, 2023
Staying in one place is not a good idea. Travel over the mountains is not comfortable. The best idea to be in two or more different places. Food is great and wine amazing. We had bad weather as well unfortunately. Places like Nuriagxi were closed when raining.
Belgium
Fiat 500
May 22, 2023
Very nice island but we had bad wether.
Poland
Volkswagen T-Roc
May 7, 2023
Nature and bike trials
Slovenia
Ford Fiesta
May 4, 2023
I was situated in the south of Sardinia in Capitana. Car is the best choice of transportation in the area. Roads are O.K. and the scinery is amazing.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
November 3, 2022
Roads up in the mountains had amazing views but the turns are very tight! And a lot of other drivers don’t stick to their side of the road. There can be some quite big potholes in more rural areas so watch out. But in general the roads were quiet and well maintained and fun to drive on. Having a car definitely made it easier to get to the more exciting hikes and quieter beaches.
Israel
Seat Ibiza
October 11, 2022
Without any doubts Sardinia is simply stunning. The streets are incredibly clean, the food is delicious, the people is really nice and the sea is breathtaking. We were in the city of Cagliari for our vacation and enjoyed everything. The island is very large, so you need to plan day trips.
Netherlands
Fiat Panda
October 7, 2022
Beautiful beaches, nice restaurants and people
Czech Republic
Fiat Panda
October 6, 2022
Sardinia is beautiful. Boca is nice city. Amazing part of west coast near Oristano.
United States of America (USA)
VW Up
September 14, 2022
Sardinia is ana amazing place. The people are jice, prices are reasonable, roads are good and the beaches are incredible
Poland
Fiat 500
August 18, 2022
Darden a was amazing!
Netherlands
Renault Clio
August 16, 2022
With the car you can drive over the entire island so therefore you can do whatever you want on Sardegna. Roads are overall good. not to much traffic so easy to drive and explore the beaches or rural areas.
Malta
Renault Clio
August 14, 2022
It’s just paradise , we loved every minute
Hungary
Ford Fiesta
June 4, 2022
Cagliari - Bosa - Alghero (3 nights) - Castelsardo - St. Therese - Costa Serena (2 nights) - Palau - Orgoloso - Cagliari (2 nights)
Slovenia
Smart ForTwo
May 8, 2022
Travel as much as possible trough Sardinia.
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
France
Fiat Panda
August 28, 2021
Very reliable, smooth on-boarding process, highly recommend. Thank you Locauto team!
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 Panda
July 29, 2021
the Island is incredible, the best beaches in Europe
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
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
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

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Locauto
9.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Interrent
6.6 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
212
Total rental companies
40
Average daily price
$13.78
Lowest daily price
$7.66
Total cars available
690

Top 40 Suppliers in Cagliari in 2023

Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9.7 / 284 reviews
1 location
$14 - $341
GaldieriRent
GaldieriRent
Exceptional 9.4 / 129 reviews
1 location
$19 - $20
RentSmart24
RentSmart24
Exceptional 9.2 / 263 reviews
1 location
$9 - $21
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2 / 153 reviews
1 location
$49 - $368
Felirent
Felirent
Exceptional 9.1 / 490 reviews
1 location
$9 - $100
Maggiore
Maggiore
Exceptional 9.1 / 339 reviews
2 locations
$30 - $363
Budget
Budget
Exceptional 9.1 / 23 reviews
1 location
Ecovia
Ecovia
Exceptional 9 / 268 reviews
1 location
$19 - $23
Centauro
Centauro
Exceptional 9 / 163 reviews
1 location
$57 - $222
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9 / 40 reviews
1 location
$39 - $86
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$28 - $43
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Exceptional 9 / 11 reviews
1 location
$29 - $31
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.9 / 551 reviews
1 location
$28 - $42
Ciarent
Ciarent
Excellent 8.9 / 41 reviews
1 location
$28 - $396
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9 / 35 reviews
1 location
$21 - $24
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.9 / 12 reviews
2 locations
Moventur
Moventur
Excellent 8.7 / 756 reviews
1 location
$9 - $316
Autovia
Autovia
Excellent 8.7 / 27 reviews
1 location
$23
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8.7 / 24 reviews
1 location
$38 - $115
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6 / 8 reviews
1 location
$52 - $368
Welcome Cars
Welcome Cars
Excellent 8.5 / 528 reviews
1 location
$11 - $21
Target Rent
Target Rent
Excellent 8.5 / 313 reviews
1 location
$28 - $29
RentalPlus
RentalPlus
Excellent 8.5 / 290 reviews
1 location
$11 - $156
Record-go
Record-go
Excellent 8.5 / 73 reviews
1 location
$10 - $29
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5 / 5 reviews
1 location
$27 - $33
National
National
Excellent 8.5 / 1 reviews
1 location
$54 - $368
Rhrent
Rhrent
Excellent 8.4
1 location
$34 - $225
Goldcar
Goldcar
Excellent 8.3 / 235 reviews
1 location
$11 - $12
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Excellent 8.3 / 47 reviews
1 location
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.3 / 19 reviews
2 locations
$27 - $85
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.2 / 24 reviews
1 location
$27 - $33
Rental4leisure
Rental4leisure
Excellent 8.2 / 21 reviews
1 location
$28 - $29
Viaggiare
Viaggiare
Excellent 8.1 / 1152 reviews
1 location
$10 - $195
Brent
Brent
Excellent 8.1 / 1081 reviews
1 location
$10 - $47
Noleggiare
Noleggiare
Very good 7.9 / 568 reviews
1 location
$15 - $321
Italy Car Rent
Italy Car Rent
Very good 7.8 / 224 reviews
1 location
$13 - $111
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.7 / 120 reviews
1 location
$18 - $23
Drivalia
Drivalia
Very good 7.6 / 344 reviews
2 locations
$28 - $401
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.1 / 986 reviews
1 location
$8 - $14
Interrent
Interrent
Good 6.6 / 34 reviews
1 location
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