Cagliari Elmas Airport is located 7 km north-west of Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia. The specific area where the airport is located is Elmas and, thus, the name Cagliari Elmas Airport. Among the local Italians, the airport is also called Aeroporto Mario Mameli.
The buses offered at the airport are very convenient, and this is only a ten-minute journey between the airport and the bus terminal.
Buses run from Cagliari every half hour. The ARST bus station is located near the train station in the center of Cagliari, in Piazza Matteotti.
Cagliari buses stop outside the airport building. One is outside the arrivals area, indicated by a blue and white ARST icon, and the other is outside the departure area and is indicated by the word “bus” printed in yellow on the side of the road.
One-way ticket to Cagliari will cost EUR 0.67, and bus tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus, as they are not sold on the bus.
Passengers can buy tickets at the airport or at kiosks (one floor below the departure level). The first bus leaves the airport at 08:40, and the last bus leaves at 23:30.
The port is located in the center of Cagliari, so it is best to get to the bus to the center (line 160) or by taxi.
Thanks to the new Elmas Aeroporto train station, the airport is very easy to reach by train (from Cagliari and all major cities of Sardinia).
- The train service starts at about 5 am and ends after 9 pm.
- The journey to the city center takes 5-7 minutes, the single fare is 1.30 euros.
- Tickets are sold at vending machines (located both in the arrival area of the air terminal and inside the train station), online, by authorized dealers.
- The airport train station is just 5 minutes walk from the terminal.
If you decide to take a taxi, then a standard daytime trip will cost from 15 to 20 euros.
If you decide to have your own private taxi, minibus, or traveling by a large group of people, you can arrange everything for 30-40 euros.
Those who prefer to travel around the city on their own, but want to avoid public transport, car rental companies such as Firefly and Rhodium offer their services right at the airport. Recommended to order online.
If you come with a large group of people, the best option is to rent a bus before you arrive. After that, bus rental companies will inform you about your destination.
From Cagliari to Alghero: from Cagliari to Alghero, it takes about two and a half hours by car, so the best option would be to rent a car if you make a day trip. Other options: take the bus or train to Alghero, but for this you will need to go to the station (10 minutes from the airport).
Frequently asked questions about transport from / to the airport
- Question: I arrive late at the airport. Will this be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: Of course not, there are bus and train lines during the day, but if you miss them all, take a taxi, but be careful and ask in advance the price of the train, because you can overpay, especially late at night.
- Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
A: The nearest hotels to Cagliari airport:
Holiday Inn Cagliari Hotel (4 *) — 4.5 km from the airport, free Wi-Fi, room service
Sardegna Hotel (4 *) — 6 km from the airport, free Wi-Fi, free parking, free breakfast; laundry
- Q: I would like to spend one day in Cagliari between flights. Is it possible
A: Yes, of course. The best way to do this is to take one of the buses that take you directly from the airport to the city center and are the most convenient way of transportation. The airport does not provide luggage storage, but there is a luggage storage where you can leave your luggage.
- Q: I continue my journey outside Cagliari. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?
A: To visit other cities in Sardinia, you will need to get to Cagliari Central Station, and from there take a bus or train ticket. You can visit places like Sassari, Olbia or Carbonia.
- Q: Can I exchange money at the airport?
A: Yes, at the airport there are several exchange offices and ATMs working around the clock and seven days a week, but it is better to exchange money before the trip and have the euro with you, since the rate will be much higher in place and no currency other than the euro will be accepted.