Travelling by car around Sardinia

27 Dec 2016 @bluAlghero-Sardinia

TOUR OF SARDINIA BY CAR: ROADS AND DISTANCES

The car is definitely the best way to travel in Sardinia. Using the car you can explore the beauty and destinations out of town without having to rely on public transport which does not arrive at certain locations. There are no highways but only super-roads that connect Cagliari – Sassari – Nuoro – Oristano – Olbia






FROM CAGLIARI AIRPORT TO OLBIA AIRPORT BY CAR


 

Travelling by car - from Cagliari airport to Alghero
FROM CAGLIARI AIRPORT TO ALGHERO BY CAR


  


HIGHWAYS OF SARDINIA

In Sardinia there are no  motorways, the Cagliari-Oristano-Sassari and Cagliari-Oristano-Olbia connections are fast enough and guaranteed by the highway 131

The main one is the SS 131 (Carlo Felice) that “cuts” in two connecting Sardinia from north to south from Cagliari to Sassari and Porto Torres

From Cagliari take the Midwestern part with numerous exits from which to reach other arteries that connect the entire island, through Oristano, up to Sassari.

 

GETTING FROM CAGLIARI AIRPORT TO OLBIA AIRPORT BY CAR
Jounery time is about 2h 40 min – Km 267
Get on highway SS131 north toward Oristano. Passing Oristano take the exit toward Nuoro/Olbia

 

GETTING FROM CAGLIARI AIRPORT TO ALGHERO AIRPORT BY CAR
Journey time is about 2h 30 min – Km 235
Follow the SS 131 north to Sassari. Exit from SS 291 direction to Alghero – Aeroporto Fertilia

 

GETTING FROM ALGHERO AIRPORT TO OLBIA AIRPORT BY CAR
Journey time is about 1h 40 min – Km 127
Take SS 291 to Sassari. Continue on SS 597 toward Olbia take exit to Aeroporto Costa Smeralda

Sardinia by car: Olbia airport to Alghero

FROM OLBIA AIRPORT TO ALGHERO






ROAD CONDITIONS

Driving in Sardinia is reasonably easy and stress free. Not much traffic, which is only concerned in the main cities of Cagliari, Sassari and Olbia and also Alghero in high summer. By driving in the inlands roads  you’re likely to face flocks of sheep or cows

 

  • Main roads are generally in reasonable condition. To better explore the island you’ll need to use the smaller provincial roads (strade provinciali), marked as P or SP on maps. Some of them are just one-lane in both directions but these are the only way to get  the more beautiful places and small villages.
  • It’s generally easier to travel north–south (or vice versa) than east–west.
  • Many spectacular hidden beaches and rural area are only accessible by dirt tracks.
  • Parking can be quite hard in the biggest towns and at the popular beaches
  • It’s always cheaper to hire a car before you arrive in Sardinia. The major car-hire companies are located at the airports.See here
  • About the fuel, there are plenty of filling stations. Smaller stations tend to close between about 1pm and 3.30pm and on Sundays.
  • Many stations have self-service (fai da te) pumps that you can use 24 hours a day. To use a self-service petrol station, you need before to insert a bank note or credit card (not always available as option) into the payment machine and press the number of the pump you want.
  • Speed limits on main highways  are 110km/h, on secondary highways 90km/h, and in built-up areas 50km/h.




Other main highways beside the SS131 are

SS131 Diramazione Centrale Nuorese (Nuoro Central Branch) – from the heart of Sardinia of Abbasanta junction reaches Nuoro and ends to Olbia

127 SS Settentrionale Sarda (Northern branch) – starts from Olbia and passes through Telti, Calangianus, Tempio, until get to the SS131 to Sassari

SS 125 Orientale Sarda (Eastern branch) – starts from Cagliari get into many towns of the east coast: Muravera, Tortoli, Dorgali, Orosei, Budoni, San Teodoro, to Olbia

128 SS Centrale Sarda (Central branch) – from Monastir, get into Senorbì, Isili, Atzara and Fonni up to get onto the Highway SS129

129 SS Trasversale Sarda (transversal branch) – starts from Orosei enters in Barbagia reaching Galtellì, Nuoro, Orotelli, Bolotana up to Macomer

SS291 Della Nurra – from Sassari up to Fertilia going to Santa Maria La Palma






Please note: these directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.

 

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