Car Rental Cagliari

Starting from
19 $ per day*
* Rates include tax and are based on a 7 day rental from 08/20/2018 - 08/27/2018 at Cagliari
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Hertz in Cagliari

Sitting in the south of glorious Sardinia, Cagliari is a capital with a rich history and an authentic Italian way of life. Casteddu, the Italian name for the capital city, means castle and gazing up at the highest hill in the city will reveal why – here you’ll find the incredible Castle of San Michele.

You’ll discover plenty of other historic sights and of course some beautiful beaches when you arrive in Cagliari, thanks to its prime location on the sunny south coast of the island.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, and renting a car here is a great way to get around and see the sights at your own pace.

If you’re planning to hire a vehicle for your visit, you’ll find our pick-up points located near the arrivals hall at Cagliari Airport, so you can collect your vehicle right at the start of your stay. You’ll also find us at Piazza Matteotti in the city center, so we are accessible whenever you need us.

Pickup Locations Cagliari

  • Cagliari Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0800-2400

    Address: Cagliari Aeroporto - Via dei Trasvolatori, , Sardinia

    Phone: 0039-0702-40037

  • Cagliari-Piazza Matteotti 8

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1930, Sa-0830-1300 1600-1930, Su 0900-1300 1600-1930

    Address: Piazza Matteotti 8,
    Sardinia

    Phone: +39 070 651 078

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Driving in and around Cagliari

Cagliari

As you’d expect from a capital city, Cagliari is well-connected to the rest of Sardinia by road. There are no highways on the island and the main road is the E25, also known as the Carlo Felice, a mostly divided highway running from north to south. It connects Cagliari to Sassari, the second largest city on the island, and continues all the way up to Porto Torres in the north.

The SS 131 takes you through some scenic routes inland, through mountainous terrain and forests. You can also drive along this road to reach Alghero, in the northwest of Sardinia. It’s easy to spend a few days in this charming town, with its narrow streets and architecture dating back to the time of Catalan rule.

Driving around Sardinia is usually a pleasant experience thanks to its relatively quiet roads, although you may find there is heavier traffic in Cagliari and other major cities during the peak summer months.

You may also find parking busier at this time, especially around popular beaches, although there are plenty of pay-and-display spaces designated by blue lines. Yellow lines show spaces that are reserved for drivers with specific parking passes.

Some parts of Cagliari, including Castello and Poetto, have Restricted Traffic Zones, or ZTLs, where unauthorized traffic is banned during certain hours. These zones are clearly marked by signs and monitored by cameras, so you may risk a fine if you accidentally enter one during restricted times.

In Sardinia cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left. Speed limits are set at 50km/h (31mph) in urban areas, 90km/h (56mph) for minor out-of-town roads and 110km/h (68mph) for major roads. The limit on major highways is 81mph but this does reduce in poor weather.

On three-lane highways, the right-hand lane is reserved for slow vehicles and those that aren’t overtaking. At crossings, be aware that vehicles approaching from the right always have right of way.

A quick guide to Cagliari

Cagliari

The history of Cagliari is easily visible wherever you look, from its museums to ancient ruins. But its status as a modern cultural hub means you’ll find plenty more to see, and renting a car for your visit helps you explore all the highlights and the beautiful island beyond.

A taste of history

Cagliari has several historic neighborhoods, but many of its main attractions are located in Castello to the north. This is the oldest part of the capital and it occupies a lofty position on a hill, surrounded by medieval walls. It can be accessed via a network of steep paths and steps, with elevators also available.

In this part of town you will find the symbolic heart of the city – its castle – alongside the Tower of the Elephant, a former defensive rampart that is still an impressive sight today.

Castello is also home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Bastion of Saint Remy, an imposing structure built into the city walls in the late 19th century to separate this area from the districts of Marina and Villanova below. If you’re keen to learn more about the city’s history, the National Archeological Museum on Piazza Arsenale is well worth a visit.

Sun, sand and sports

Cagliari’s location is on the southern coast of the island in what is known as the Gulf of Angels – meaning it's home to some of Sardinia’s most attractive beaches. The most popular is Poetto beach, close to the historical center.

It’s loved by locals and tourists alike thanks to its four-mile stretch of sand and clear turquoise waters. There are plenty of water sports on offer, and you can hire canoes and other equipment at the beach.

Just a couple of miles outside Cagliari you’ll find Calamosca beach, set in a sheltered bay surrounded by Capo Sant’Elia lighthouse on one side and the Sella del Diavolo, or Devil’s Saddle, on the other. Calamosca is covered in fine, white sand with a few pebbles and is a great location for diving thanks to its crystal clear waters.

Escape the city

Renting a car for your stay in Sardinia means you can explore plenty more of the island outside Cagliari. Just a couple of hours’ drive away you will find Bosa, one of the most attractive towns on the island surrounded by lush green countryside. It’s the perfect escape from the busy city, and you can spend hours exploring its impressive palazzos or relaxing in one of its charming cafés.

There are many scenic beaches here, including a long stretch of sand at the marina surrounded by lively restaurants and bars. Nearby you’ll find many small cove beaches and unspoilt areas of sand with some amazing rock formations and natural swimming pools.

Bosa is situated on the western coast of the island, so be prepared for some spectacular sunsets if you’re spending an evening here. Car rental in Cagliari makes it possible to explore all this and much more during your stay.