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    Car hire at Cagliari Airport – Uncover Sardinia

    If you’re interested in discovering everything that Sardinia has to offer, consider a car hire at Cagliari Airport to facilitate your journey. Cagliari is a beautiful city located in the Gulf of Angels, and its airport is the gateway to southern Sardinia. Along with the city being the island’s capital, it also provides amazing beaches, great Italian gastronomy and plenty of history. With mesmerising coastal roads hugging the Mediterranean Sea, a car hire is an absolute must and will get you around the island swiftly. Visit Sassari in the north, Alghero with its Spanish influence or magical Olbia, with its beautiful coastline. There simply is very little reason not to visit Cagliari, with affordable car rental rates and flexible cancellations.

    Auto Europe has over 65 year’s global experience in the car rental industry. Through its partners it provides great rates, a large vehicle fleet and an award-winning customer service team. Along with standard car hire, we also do luxury car hire, motorhome hire and a transfer service. Present at over 24,000 worldwide locations, regardless if you are travelling for business or pleasure, you’re sure to find the most convenient location from which to start from. With vehicle categories ranging from Mini to large SUV’s, the perfect car is never far away. Contact our reservation agents today on +44 123 3225 114 to find out more or book. If you haven’t used our service in Cagliari before, have a read of our Cagliari car hire reviews section to see what previous customers have experienced.

    Airport Information

    Cagliari International Airport is Sardinia’s main airport. It was inaugurated in 1937 and currently provides domestic and international flight routes. The airport is located in Elmas, and is approximately 5 miles from the centre of Cagliari. This means that in as little as 15-minutes, you’ll be in Cagliari’s historical centre. It is also useful to know that this airport is also known locally as Mario Mameli Airport. In 2003, the airport was modernised, and many new shops, restaurants and an executive lounge added. In 2018 the airport handled approximately 4 million annual passengers.

    Cagliari Elmas International Airport (CAG)
    Address: Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas CA, Italy
    Telephone: +39 070 211211
    Airlines operating at Cagliari Airport: The airport provides more than thirty air routes across the European continent. Both national and low-cost airlines are present here, including; British Airways, Luxair, Easyjet and Ryanair.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Cagliari Airport

    As Sardinia’s main airport, many local, national and international car hire suppliers are present here, which in all makes a car hire at Cagliari Airport an extremely viable and convenient choice. These include; Avis, Herts and Sicily by Car. The latter of which, although having signage stating the name “Auto Europa”, is not associated with us. We have however partnered with them and provide their car rental service via our website – often cheaper than going direct. All the car hire desks can be found within the terminal, in the arrivals hall.

    Before arriving at the car rental desk, make sure you have to hand your reservation voucher, driving licence (international Driving Permit, if required), identification and a credit card. The credit card must be under the main driver's name and contain a enough funds for a security deposit to be held on it. Once the car is returned in the same condition as when it left, the deposit will be returned back onto your credit card. It is therefore, important to check the vehicle during pick-up and noting anything of concern on your pick-up slip. We recommend taking video and photographic evidence. Up on your return make sure a member of the car hire supplier company checks the vehicle and signs it off as okay.

    Car hire operating hours

    Avis at Cagliari Airport Avis at Cagliari Airport
    Via dei Trasvolatori,
    Elmas Cagliari, Italy 09030

    +39 070 241149
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 7:30am-10:30pm
    Europcar at Cagliari Airport Europcar at Cagliari Airport
    Via dei Trasvolatori,
    Elmas Cagliari, Italy 09034

    +39 070 240126
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 8am-11pm
    Hertz at Cagliari Airport Hertz at Cagliari Airport
    Via dei Trasvolatori,
    Elmas Cagliari, Italy 09030

    +39 070 240037
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 8am-12am
    Sicily by Car at Cagliari Airport Sicily by Car at Cagliari Airport
    Via dei Trasvolatori,
    Elmas Cagliari, Italy 09030

    +39 070 240101
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 8am-11pm


    Cagliari Airport consists of one terminal building that contains all the necessary facilities and services for an onward secure and safe journey. Arrivals are located on the ground floor. Here you’ll find luggage reclaim belts, passport control and the arrivals hall. Departures are located on the first floor of the building. Here you’ll find security screening, departure lounges and plenty of shops, restaurants and eateries. Information desks are located on both floors should you need any assistance or tourist information.

    Airport Facilities

    Shops and restaurants are mainly located on the first floor, although on the ground floor you’ll also find a snack bar and ice cream parlour. If you need money, then an ATM machine is present on the ground floor. Located on the first floor before and after security screening is a souvenir shop, a wine bar and traditional Italian restaurants. The top floor has a business centre, a self-service restaurant and a conference centre. Throughout the whole terminal passengers can benefit from free Wi-Fi.

    How to get to and from Cagliari Airport

    From the airport it is easy to drive to Cagliari itself. Being only 5 miles away means that if you rent a car at Cagliari Airport you’ll be in the historical heart of the city in around 10 minutes. Simply follow the SS131 which will take you directly to and from the city and the airport. If you have not driven in Italy before, we would recommend having a read of our Italian road rules and regulations section. Public transport is also available to get you to and from the airport. A train service is available every 20 minutes with the airport train station only a short walk away from the actual terminal. The journey by train will take you around 6 minutes. A bus service is provided outside the airport terminal and runs every 30 minutes to the Piazza Matteitti in Cagliari. Tickets can be purchased on-board or at the bus station. The journey will take around 10 minutes.

    Parking Tips

    The airport has one car park with around 1700 parking spaces, which caters to both short-stay and long-stay parking – this makes parking your car rental at Cagliari Airport easy and stress-free. Many car rental suppliers have their own designated parking spots. In addition, there is a pick-up and drop-off zone in front of the airport which is free-of-charge. In central Cagliari parking is limited, as in other Sardinian cities such as Sassari, and as such we recommend always parking a little further out and using the public transport network to travel in. A popular car park is that of the Cagliari train station – here you can generally find parking. On-street parking is hard to find, and when available you are often charged for the privilege. Make sure you read the road-signs to see if you are able to park, and that it is not reserved for residents.

    Useful links

    Cagliari Airport Information