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Average rating: 8.7 / 10
Number of reviews in Olbia: 23
Michael A Green
“Rental in Sardinia”

“Did the job. Got me a better deal than I could. No fuss, no bother. Car collection simple but as usual beware the supplier will try to sell you other services.”

06-07-2019 19:26
Adrian Sanders
“The staff were friendly efficient and…”

“The staff were friendly efficient and helpful. The upgrade to a Mercedes 180 was good value but , as a warning to others, you need to know the systems on the car. It's very difficult to work out what does what and the proximity radar lane control etc are continually triggered on the small roads.”

11-06-2019 08:03
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19-02-2016 21:28

Olbia Guide

Car hire Olbia
Car hire Olbia

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The Costa Smeralda may contain most of Sardinia's tourist attractions, but the first sight many visitors see as they enter Italy's second biggest island is the ferry port of Olbia. Countless cruise ships and ferries dock here from Naples, Civitavecchia and numerous other locations throughout Italy. On land, however, car rental remains the easiest way to explore this 'happy town', which is the English translation for Olbia.

Who to Book With
Nowhere else in Olbia contains more car hire choices than its airport, whose seven car rental establishments include an Italian company called Maggiore alongside familiar international chains like Budget and Hertz. Palarent is another Italian company where customers can rent vehicles, both in person and online, within Olbia itself.

Best Time to Go
Olbia and the rest of Sardinia are inexpensive places to visit, even during the high summer tourism season. Car hire in Olbia is among the biggest expenses visitors will face during their Sardinia stay, especially during summer, when vehicle and hotel rates are both at their annual peak. Olbia becomes even cheaper and less crowded in autumn and spring, when temperatures are frequently still warm enough for sunbathing on Sardinian beaches.

Need to Know Essentials
These are the mandatory documents for taking possession of rental cars:

- A valid national driver’s license for European Union residents
- An International Drivers Permit for non-European Union residents
- A passport or other secondary photo identification

For more info read our FAQ's.

As Sardinia's main gateway to the Italian peninsula, Olbia stands at the crossroads of three national roads and one major motorway. Visitors can easily drive to Nuoro and Cagliari along the SS131 expressway, the SS125 national road to Palau, the SS199 national road to Sassari, or the SS127 national road to Tempio Pausania. Although driving in Olbia is usually quite easy, motorists must still watch out for poorly maintained roads filled with potholes and reckless local drivers speeding along the town's narrow, hilly and winding roads.

See our guide to Italy for far more driving tips in this country.


Most visitors to Sardinia enter the island through Olbia, either by sea at the town's bustling port or by air at Olbia International Airport, just a 17km drive south of the city. The rail and bus stations are conveniently situated next to each other, and the town also contains a fair amount of taxi companies. Walking, however, may be the best way of all to travel along Olbia's narrow streets, many of which are lined with lively sidewalk cafés.

Olbia's rail station is located at the old town's northwestern corner in Via Giacomo Pala. Trenitalia operates Sardinia's main rail service, of which Olbia rail station plays an important part. Trains travel frequently from Olbia to half a dozen other Sardinian rail stations. The current passenger terminal will soon be replaced by a new station better able to handle the nearly 450 people who use the town's rail service each day.

ASPO manages Olbia's urban bus service and the town's main bus station conveniently stands behind the rail station. Buses to and from the nearest beaches are available during the summer, but buses also stop at various other locations throughout Olbia and the rest of Sardinia at cheaper rates than taxis all year long.

The taxi rank in front of Olbia International Airport's arrivals area is just one of many places where visitors can board taxis willing to transport them across the town. Passengers should, however, use only officially licensed taxi companies like Taxi Olbia or Marco Dessini Taxi instead of the unlicensed drivers who try to solicit business in several Italian airports. Official taxis, on the other hand, are coloured white or yellow and operate on the same metered system as elsewhere in Italy. The standard fare for the 17km journey between Olbia and its airport is about £12.60.


Many visitors make a beeline for the Costa Smeralda's famous beaches not long after entering Olbia, but the town's own national archaeology museum, Roman aqueduct, and medieval churches are worth further investigation. The castles of Pedres and Sa Paulazza are two more historic buildings situated just minutes outside Olbia by car, while many of Porto Cervo's buildings would not feel out of place in Morocco. The tiny island of Tavolara south of Olbia is a more peaceful alternative to the busier Costa Smeralda.

Recommended Drives

Porto Cerve (pictured above) - The best place to rub shoulders with Sardinia's richest and most famous visitors is the Mediterranean fishing village of Porto Cervo, the unofficial capital and only sizeable town along the nearly 56km-long Costa Smeralda. The sunset views of the community's many Moroccan style buildings are especially spectacular.

Castle of Pedres - This majestic castle has stood on the same granite hill only a few miles south of Olbia since the 12th century. The road for Loiri will quickly transport motorists to this historic landmark where the Pisans, Genoese and Aragonese fought over control of the region for centuries. The greatest panoramic view of Olbia awaits visitors who climb the slippery granite stairs to the top of the tower.

Palau - The community of Palau, located about 30kms northwest of Olbia near Sardinia's northernmost point, is most famous for its world-class windsurfing. Visitors can also hike to Bear Rock or take a 15-minute boat ride to the charming La Maddalena island.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
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