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Plan your journey from Cagliari International Airport

Cagliari is considered the best way to get in touch with true Sardinia. In just 11 minutes from Cagliari International Airport on Via dei Trasvolatori, you'll reach the town centre, where you'll begin to explore what this Italian hub has to offer.

Much of Cagliari's historical architecture is located near the town centre. Santuario e Basilica di Bonaria is well worth a visit, as is Bastione di Saint Remy, which provides panoramic views of the area. Torre di San Pancrazio and Torre dell'Elefante are both perfect examples of Pisan military architecture. And everywhere is evidence of the Roman Empire: ruins, museums, churches, and more.

The upbeat vibe and lively personality of the town draws visitors to Cagliari. Stop by a cafe near the waterfront in the Marina district and soak up the atmosphere. Locals and tourists alike mingle in the piazzas during sunset in Il Castello.

When it's time to escape, there's Poetto Beach, a place to relax during the day, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the evening.

Cagliari is just the start. Ride around in your rental car and see the sights along the way.

Road trips from Cagliari International Airport

Sardinia is a relatively small island, so exploring the region in your Avis hire car will help you make the most of your trip. There are castles, ancient ruins, quaint towns, and a dramatic coastline. It's all yours to discover.

Barumini is about 50km north of Cagliari. History buffs flock here thanks to its famous Su Nuraxi di Barumini complex, a Bronze Age defensive structure and Unesco World Heritage Site. No other site like this exists in the world, and it's definitely a must-see.

The quaint village of Oristano has a lively town centre and streets lined with small boutiques, upscale restaurants, and popular cafes. The baroque Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta is well worth a visit, as is Museo Antiquarium Arborense, an archaeological museum where you can get acquainted with the area’s history. Oristano is just an hour's drive from Cagliari via SS131.


Set off early from Cagliari and drive two hours on route SS131 to reach Bosa, where a hilltop castle known as Castello Malaspina has stood guard for over 1,000 years. Inside, there's an impressive 14th-century fresco, and a 4th-century chapel. The town itself is worth the visit and its cluster of colourful houses in the castle's shadow adds a certain charm. The small harbour serves as the second home to local fishermen.

Get ready to explore Sardinia. Sit behind the wheel of your Avis hire car and drive.

Italian driving rules

Which Side of the Road?
In Italy, please drive on the right side of the road.

Unique Country Driving Laws
Do not use horn in a built up area unless in danger.

There are historical areas in which you cannot drive. Lookout for “Zona traffico limitato”
Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device.

Speed Limits
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
  • Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
  • Rural areas: 55 mph (90 km/h)
  • Dual Carriageways: 68mph ((110km/h)
  • Motorways: 80mph (130km/h)
Unless indicated by road signs.

Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.

Children under 3 or measuring less than 150cm must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.

Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.