Rather than Sicily or Corsica, if you were to go to Sardinia? Here is our mini-guide to go to Sardinia from Toulon by ferry!
A small island sometimes forgotten by tourists and sheltered from mass tourism – which makes it very attractive – Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily. It is located in the west of continental Italy, south of Corsica and north of Tunisia.
Its population of 1.65 million inhabitants is small compared to its area of 24,090 km², making it a pleasant “country” to visit. Sardinia has major assets due to its climate, beaches, landscapes, cultural heritage and multi-millenary history, having forged over the centuries a very strong island identity.
Occupied by the Nuraghes, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Genoese and Pisans, it became a powerful state in the Mediterranean (the Kingdom of Sardinia, 1720-1861) before being annexed to Italy when the Kingdom of Italy was unified in 1861. In addition to history, Sardinia has a cultural, culinary and architectural heritage that cannot be ignored.
Do you want to go to Sardinia by ferry from the little port city of Toulon? You have two options: a direct crossing from Toulon to Porto Torres, and a trip with a stopover in Bonifacio. Before you climb on board your ferry, think about spending a day or or two visiting Toulon, it’s a charming little city and it should be easy to stay in Toulon neat the port as it is very central. Here is how to get to Sardinia by ferry from Toulon!
Ferry companies linking Sardinia to Toulon
Sardinia being in the shadow of its neighbors Corsica and Sicily, it is still little trodden by tourists. To go to Sardinia by ferry from Toulon, there is only one shipping company: Corsica Ferries. Previously, it was necessary to make a stopover in Bastia or Ajaccio before crossing Corsica – by your own means – to board a second ship in Bonifacio or Porto-Vecchio. Please note that there is now a direct link to Porto Torres from the port of Toulon.
The famous shipping company that no longer needs introduction in the South of France, Corsica Ferries, recently opened this route, with 4 crossings per week. Allow 8 hours for the crossing. Another alternative link exists to go to Sardinia by ferry from Toulon: the crossing from Toulon to the Gulf of Aranci, with 2 trips per week. Allow about 15 hours of crossing time.
From Toulon, the ships depart in the evening around 8 or 10 pm, and arrive at dawn at 6 or 8 am in Porto Torres. Choose this route if you want to discover the north-western and western coast of Sardinia, in order to spend less time on the roads.
Plan a ferry trip in Sardinia with Direct Ferries
You might be tempted to book directly on the official Corsica Ferries website. However, going to a comparator of shipping companies allows you to see the best offers and rates according to the departure and arrival ports.
For example, find out about a ferry trip to Sardinia from Toulon from August 1 to 15. The comparator sorts the possible routes among the companies operating a link to a port in Sardinia (Porto Torres, Gulf of Aranci or Olbia). These are Moby, Tirrenia, Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) and Corsica Ferries.
It is of course, to go to Sardinia by ferry from Toulon, this last company that interests us. If you can’t go to Toulon at the indicated times, try the port of Genoa and Italian companies! From France, departures are also possible to Sardinia from the ports of Marseille, Nice or Corsica.
How to book your ferry trip to Sardinia from Toulon?
Are your holiday dates already set? If you know exactly when you are leaving, you are advised to book your ticket in advance to avoid that, as with airline tickets, prices skyrocket. Because the tourist peak of the summer season means inflation on tickets, with demand being higher than constant supply.
Booking your journey to Sardinia by ferry from Toulon is as easy as paying online for any other service. On the Direct Ferries website, start by indicating your desired travel dates, schedules and port of destination.
The search engine asks you for the number of passengers, any animals, the vehicle (type, model, make of vehicle or pedestrian passenger). Then compare the different results obtained. The day of the outward and/or return journey may be different from your initially desired dates, so you may need to be flexible over one or two days.
After having chosen your crossing, you are led to choose your type of cabin (with 2, 3 or 4 berths), your meal preferences (continental breakfast, self-service meals, etc.), your seat, then you go to a page asking you to enter your contact details and civil status information. Proceed to payment, and welcome to Sardinia!
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