Car Hire on Sardinia

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Cagliari Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Felirent
£ 7.72 / per day
Cagliari Airport
Economy
Lancia Ypsilon or comparable
Lancia Ypsilon
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GaldieriRent
£ 8.01 / per day
Olbia Airport
Mini Elite
Peugeot 107 or comparable
Peugeot 107
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
£ 9.43 / per day
Cagliari Airport
Compact
Renault Captur or comparable
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Brent
£ 12.41 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Olbia Airport
Economy Elite
Citroen C3 or comparable
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
ABBYCAR
£ 12.46 / per day
Cagliari Airport
Compact Elite
Opel Mokka or comparable
Opel Mokka
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Italy Car Rent
£ 14.28 / per day
Olbia Airport
Intermediate
Fiat Tipo STW or comparable
Fiat Tipo STW
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Vettura
£ 15.30 / per day
Olbia Airport
Standard SUV
Ford Kuga or comparable
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
£ 20.10 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 19:18 on 2024-04-22.

Travel Information

Languages
Italian
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+39
Average car hire price
£ 12 per day
Average car hire length
7 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 - 70 km/h or 31 - 43 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
9.2 / 10

Why hire a car on Sardinia?

The island of Sardinia is one of the most interesting regions of Italy. Culturally distinct and home to many proud traditions, it is also home to some of the finest beaches. From its classy capital, Cagliari, to the northern beach resorts around Alghero and Sassari, hiring a car will let you experience all that Sardinia has to offer.

Note: This article is about the Italian island of Sardinia. Read the individual articles about the Italian mainland or Sicily to learn more about these parts of the country.

Sardinia

One-way Car Hire on Sardinia

Here are the most popular one-way car hire options for pickup on Sardinia and drop off in another country:

  • From Sardinia to Italy - 124 offers from £ 35.28 per day

Top ways to enter Sardinia

  • Cagliari Airport. Serving Sardinia’s southwestern capital, Cagliari Elmas serves about 4.7 million travellers a year, making it the busiest airport on the island.
  • Olbia Airport. The main air hub of the island’s northeast, Olbia Airport handles almost three million travellers annually. The airport is served by a number of low-cost carriers including easyJet and Volotea.
  • Alghero Airport. The third international airport of Sardinia, Alghero-Fertilia serves the island’s northwestern coast.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Cagliari. It’s not only for the sake of convenience that the capital of Sardinia is also the island’s most visited destination. Home to a well-preserved historical centre, Cagliari boasts architectural gems such as its Neo-Gothic cathedral and three Pisan towers, as well as even older heritage like the Roman amphitheatre, San Saturno Basilica, and artefacts in the National Archaeological Museum.
  • Costa Smeralda. Taking up some 20 km (12 miles), Costa Smeralda is the most popular coastal area of Sardinia. Some visitors find the area too busy, others enjoy its joyful atmosphere and fun nightlife, but nobody can argue against the natural beauty of the region. Costa Smeralda is located in the northeast of the island, with the city of Olbia being its main port of entry.
  • Alghero. Located in the northwest of the island, Alghero is a lovely place to visit as it combines access to beautiful beaches with scenic architecture and a relaxed atmosphere. This part of the island shares a strong cultural affinity with the Catalonia region of Spain, and not just Italian and Sardinian, but also Catalan can frequently be heard on the streets of Alghero. 

Most popular hire car

The most popular car is the Kia Rio, followed by the Lancia Ypsilon and the Fiat 500. The most popular car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Driving licence requirements

  • Italy accepts all driving licences issued in the European Union (EU).
  • You can only use a driving licence issued outside of the EU if you've been in the EU for less than six months. If you’ve been in the EU longer, you’ll need a driving licence issued by an EU country.
  • If your driving licence is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official translation of your licence into English or, preferably, Italian.
  • You must carry your driving licence, not its copy, with you at all times.
  • You need to have had your driving licence for at least one or two years, depending on the car provider’s requirements.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the supplier and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Some car hire companies allow their cars to be taken to mainland Italy — most often as a one-way trip dropping off the car in Rome.

Many wonder if a car can be taken to the neighbouring French island of Corsica. Very few car hire companies allow this — instead, think about dropping off your car before taking the ferry and picking up another on Corsica.

Almost no car hire companies allow their cars to be taken on the long ferry journey to Sicily.  

Top driving routes

  • Nuoro. Most visitors of Sardinia tend to stick to the coasts and completely overlook the mountainous inland part of the island. But if you’re curious enough to get off the beaten track, you’ll be rewarded with stunning hikes, plenty of hospitality, and a completely different atmosphere than that of the most popular tourist resorts. Nuoro, the largest town of the inland and a good hub for exploring the rest of it, is less than a two-hour drive from either Cagliari, Sassari, Olbia, or Alghero.
  • Asinara. Located just off the main island’s northern coast, little Asinara is one of Sardinia’s most interesting travel destinations. Former home of various civilizations and later a maximum-security prison, nowadays it has been turned into a wildlife and marine reserve and is known for its population of albino donkeys. There are ferries from both Porto Torres and Stintino, and while you cannot bring a car with you, the island is small enough to explore on either foot or by bike — and you can pick up your vehicle after the return to the main island.

Car Hire Prices

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 25 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 15 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 15 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 10 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 57 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 36 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 8 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 11 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

There are several good methods to find a cheaper car for hire:

  • Compare rates of different car hire providers
  • Book your vehicle well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit in the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Sardinia is the cheapest in March when hiring a car is about 46% cheaper than the yearly average.
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In which month is car hire on Sardinia the most affordable?

Our data shows how prices for hiring a car on Sardinia fluctuate depending on the season. This graph can help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day on Sardinia
£ 5.07
January
£ 4.86
February
£ 8.12
March
£ 12.70
April
£ 22.83
May
£ 36.83
June
£ 40.74
July
£ 39.45
August
£ 25.10
September
£ 12.47
October
£ 6.48
November
£ 7.01
December
The best month to hire a car on Sardinia is February — when the average price for a hire is £ 4.86 per day. This is 74% less than the yearly average and 88% less than hiring a car in July (when the average price is £ 40.74 per day).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, on Sardinia?

Car hire lengths can vary according to the time of year. Longer periods of car hire are more common in July with an average of 8 days. Shorter periods of car hire are more common in April with an average of 6 days.
Average number of hire days on Sardinia
7
January
7
February
7
March
6
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
7
September
7
October
6
November
7
December

Which month is the most favoured for hiring a car on Sardinia?

Given the number of customers searching for a car on Sardinia, the month in which the highest number of people search for a hire car is August, while January is the month that sees the lowest demand for them.
Monthly Car Hire Searches on Sardinia Compared to the Yearly Average
13%
January
15%
February
19%
March
58%
April
109%
May
180%
June
251%
July
260%
August
191%
September
74%
October
14%
November
16%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 18
Airport locations 3
Popular suppliers Moventur, Felirent, Viaggiare, Brent, Surprice
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price £ 8 per day
Cheapest supplier Felirent

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Felirent Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Viaggiare Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Moventur Peugeot 108 3 1 Small cars
Viaggiare Fiat Panda 4 1 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Brent Toyota Aygo 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
RentalPlus Fiat Panda 5 1 Medium cars
Moventur Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Felirent 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
3 April 2024
Rock climbing, hiking and swimming!
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
27 October 2023
We mainly had days by the beach
United Kingdom
VW Golf
15 October 2023
Great weather, hospitable local people
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
13 October 2023
First visit to Sardinia and the chap who gave us the car gave us some places to visit on our tour. People and country lovely
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
6 October 2023
Great beaches.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
21 September 2023
Traveled all around the northern parts of Sardinia.
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United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
20 September 2023
Pick up and drop off back to the airport was very timely. Nothing negative to say really.
United Kingdom
Lancia Ypsilon
20 September 2023
Nice hotel, clean room beautiful beach all around nice food we looking forward to come back
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United Kingdom
Citro?n C3
17 September 2023
Great hikes, food and weather
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
15 September 2023
Respect the locals, they will embrace you.
United Kingdom
Opel Karl
4 September 2023
Beautiful beaches
United Kingdom
Citro?n C3
30 August 2023
Driving around Sardinia, beautiful island
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
14 August 2023
Lovely island. Amazing beaches that have to be visited.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
12 July 2023
gorropu gorge - very hot walking but beautiful place and definitely worth waking at 0530 to get to it early and beat the midday sun and crowds. we had the gorge all to ourselves in the morning! Berretti winery - quick visit to taste wine and talk to extremely knowledgeable staff about wine and the history of the vineyard. Orosei gulf visit with private self-drive hire boat from Cala Gonone via Azzura - beautiful coastline, amongst the best beaches in the Mediterranean seafood in Cala Gonone - Il pescatore restaurant: great view, very good staff and amazing food.
Ireland
Volkswagen Up
6 July 2023
Fantastic experience in and around Cagliari, with amazing coastline and phenomenal gastronomy
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
22 June 2023
Essential to have a car, whist recognising it’s features ie hybrid. I would seriously think about a automatic knowing what I know now. On major roads it’s fine but changing gears in town was something to get use too again. Sardinia has some fantastic beaches and beautiful country.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
19 June 2023
Sardinia is a beautiful place people are very friendly, food is excellent wherever we ate and not silly expensive. Local wines and beers are all very good.
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
2 June 2023
Sardinia has amazing beaches to explore
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
27 May 2023
Amazing beaches and restaurants.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
23 April 2023
Great experience
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
10 April 2023
Nature mostly
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
1 November 2022
Sardinia is beautiful. It was the end of their tourist season but we still had great weather, snorkelling, beaches to ourselves & trips to the caves. Friendly locals and a very relaxing holiday.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
1 November 2022
Out if season so roads were quieter.
United Kingdom
BMW X3
29 October 2022
If you like solitude and zero crowds, I can highly recommend Sardegna east coast as a holiday location. Food was somewhat difficult to come by as it was pretty much end of the season but not a real complaint.
United Kingdom
VW Up
22 October 2022
Sardinia is an island for active people - it's not a place for those seeking a 'lazy' time on the beach. The countryside is mountainous, so walking there is strenuous. The roads are excellent, they are very quiet too, so touring by car is a good option, but there are steep hills and hairpin bends, so drivers need to be alert.
United Kingdom
Jeep Renegade
17 October 2022
Fabulous beaches in Sardinia and the food we ate everywhere was first class.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
16 October 2022
Renting a car definitely helped us enjoy Northern Sardinia more
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
16 October 2022
Great experience
United Kingdom
VW Golf
5 October 2022
Drove up to the West Coast of Sardinia from Cagliari - it was stunning and the roads were a delight (despite the crazy Italian drivers... LOL)
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
28 September 2022
The apartment was up a very steep hill with the town up another hill so hard walk home after dinner! Castelsardo was lovely but not if disability due to hill! We visited a few lovely towns inland including Tempio Pausania and Aggius both with beautiful old towns and Aggius with a lovely free guided walk following painted foot prints and costal including Costa Paradiso where we found a beautiful rock pools to sunbath and swim (not Li Cossi Spiaggia but from a lane through the houses) . Beautiful island but local drivers drive fast, tailgate significantly and overtake on dangerous bends! Scored 7 on enjoyment due to apartment location at top of very steep hill, getting food poisoning and loss of water in apartment (and whole town) for a whole day! Other that that had a wonderful time and didn't even scratch the surface of Sardinia!
United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
23 September 2022
Beaches are lovely,food was great,but some restaurants are better than others as expected.
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
12 September 2022
Beautiful nature, good roads.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500L
1 September 2022
Beautiful beaches. Lovely island.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
22 August 2022
Trip was great had no issues with the car and the Sardegna is a lovely place to holiday with family. Kind locals and lovely people.
United Kingdom
Mercedes Vito
16 August 2022
We visited some fantastic beaches, experienced authentic local food and had a great boat trip where we saw dolphins.
United Kingdom
Lancia Ypsilon
12 August 2022
Sardinia beautiful
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
9 August 2022
Driving along the coastline was wonderful and stopping off at the different beaches was great.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
22 June 2022
We drove accross the island to Alghero, which is a beautiful city, full of character. The main roads were clear and easy to negotiate and there were no tolls.
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Ireland
VW Up
4 June 2022
Have a place in Sardinia so regularly rent cars each year
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
18 May 2022
Beautiful island of Sardinia. May is a good time to visit as it’s not overcrowded.
Ireland
Fiat 500 X
8 September 2021
Great service.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500 2 doors
24 January 2021
The staff at Viaggiare Rent is really knowledgeable ,friendly and professional.
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Locauto
9.4 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
NUCarrentals
6.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
535
Total rental companies
44
Average daily price
£ 12.47
Lowest daily price
£ 7.72
Total cars available
2354

Top 44 Suppliers on Sardinia in 2024

Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9.4 / 1,022 reviews
4 locations
£ 15 - £ 176
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.9 / 412 reviews
3 locations
£ 37 - £ 153
Felirent
Felirent
Very good 8.8 / 1,504 reviews
4 locations
£ 8 - £ 122
Maggiore
Maggiore
Very good 8.7 / 925 reviews
7 locations
£ 13 - £ 27
RentSmart24
RentSmart24
Very good 8.7 / 624 reviews
3 locations
£ 13 - £ 27
GaldieriRent
GaldieriRent
Very good 8.7 / 212 reviews
2 locations
£ 8 - £ 20
Ecovia
Ecovia
Very good 8.5 / 703 reviews
3 locations
£ 14 - £ 217
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.5 / 68 reviews
3 locations
£ 22 - £ 55
Centauro
Centauro
Very good 8.4 / 336 reviews
2 locations
£ 11 - £ 60
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.4 / 124 reviews
7 locations
£ 20 - £ 33
Ciarent
Ciarent
Very good 8.4 / 47 reviews
1 location
£ 29 - £ 233
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.4 / 41 reviews
10 locations
£ 25 - £ 72
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Very good 8.4 / 11 reviews
2 locations
£ 28 - £ 35
Vettura
Vettura
Very good 8.3 / 339 reviews
2 locations
£ 13 - £ 80
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.3 / 37 reviews
4 locations
£ 42 - £ 167
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.3 / 32 reviews
10 locations
£ 23 - £ 60
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.2 / 108 reviews
3 locations
£ 42 - £ 173
Viaggiare
Viaggiare
Very good 8.1 / 2,722 reviews
3 locations
£ 11 - £ 181
Brent
Brent
Very good 8.1 / 2,221 reviews
3 locations
£ 10 - £ 114
Moventur
Moventur
Very good 8.1 / 1,649 reviews
3 locations
£ 14 - £ 2813774
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 8.1 / 452 reviews
2 locations
£ 10 - £ 39
RentalPlus
RentalPlus
Very good 8 / 546 reviews
2 locations
£ 14 - £ 327
Target Rent
Target Rent
Good 7.9 / 606 reviews
4 locations
£ 9 - £ 151
Autovia
Autovia
Good 7.9 / 112 reviews
3 locations
£ 15 - £ 229
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.9 / 76 reviews
3 locations
£ 13 - £ 753
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7.8 / 1,644 reviews
3 locations
£ 32 - £ 75
Italy Car Rent
Italy Car Rent
Good 7.8 / 692 reviews
3 locations
£ 12 - £ 130
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.8 / 12 reviews
6 locations
£ 24 - £ 68
Rhrent
Rhrent
Good 7.8 / 4 reviews
1 location
£ 17 - £ 392
National
National
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
3 locations
£ 44 - £ 155
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
3 locations
£ 38 - £ 157
Record-go
Record-go
Good 7.7 / 238 reviews
2 locations
£ 34 - £ 74
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Good 7.7 / 121 reviews
1 location
£ 12 - £ 101
Welcome Cars
Welcome Cars
Good 7.6 / 1,381 reviews
5 locations
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.6 / 45 reviews
5 locations
£ 23 - £ 80
NOLAUTO.IT
NOLAUTO.IT
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
1 location
£ 19 - £ 132
Noleggiare
Noleggiare
Good 7.5 / 1,707 reviews
4 locations
£ 14 - £ 858
Rental4leisure
Rental4leisure
Good 7.5 / 153 reviews
2 locations
£ 11 - £ 676
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.5 / 56 reviews
6 locations
£ 21 - £ 66
Surprice
Surprice
Good 7.4 / 1,290 reviews
2 locations
£ 9 - £ 24
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Good 7.4 / 113 reviews
3 locations
£ 11 - £ 25
Drivalia
Drivalia
Good 7.3 / 1,052 reviews
3 locations
£ 23 - £ 99
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Good 7.2 / 56 reviews
1 location
£ 14 - £ 62
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Satisfactory 6.7 / 238 reviews
3 locations
£ 15 - £ 87
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