Interesting facts and ideas for your own excursion on the Costa Smeralda
- Regular berth: Isola Bianca Quai
- Port shuttle: available free of charge
- Taxis: usually available on the quay and in the city centre
- Buses: ASPO and Sun Lines cover city traffic and the surrounding area. The island-wide route network is served by several operators.
- Rental car*: Europcar, Via Genova, 67 and at the airport
- Rental car*: Hertz, Via Regina Elena, 34 at the airport
- Rental car*: Avis, Av. Via Tavolara, 4 and at the airport
- Post Office: Via Acquedotto, 5-7
- Tourist Info: Via Dante/Corso Umberto I
- Banks and ATMs: Corso Umberto I , 3 (near the tourist information, otherwise very sporadic)
- Port and Shuttle Bus
The free shuttle bus usually leaves every 10 minutes and takes about the same amount of time to get to Piazza Elena di Gallura (parking lot at the port), which is located in the immediate vicinity of the city hall. Another alternative stop is directly on the street Viale Isola Bianca, close to the roundabout. From there it is only a few meters to the municipal administration. At the Town Hall there is a bicycle rental station and a stop and starting point of the small tourist train. A tourist info itself is located in the town hall building. From time to time there is a kiosk on the Piazza. In order to get back to the ship, one has to go through the port terminal building Stazione Marittima Olbia and pass a security control. On the way back, the shuttle bus stops in front of the terminal.
- Shopping Street
In the street Corso Umberto I that starts there, one finds some nice shops, cafés and restaurants. If you follow it on foot, you will reach the local train station after about 10 minutes. Shortly before, one comes to the centrally located and beautiful Piazza Margherita, which also invites to stay.
- Public Transport and Sightseeing Bus
Public transport in Olbia is provided by ASPO. In addition, the private bus company Sun Lines operates a few lines. Among others, the sightseeing line Olbia City Tour with several stops is also maintained. This line goes in Hop On Hop Off principle to the southernmost beach of the Costa Smeralda. The white, fine sandy beach Rena Bianca (sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented there) is also easy to reach by rental car. The large car park on the main road (Strada Provinciale 94) is subject to charges in the summer months and is a good 300 metres from the beach. The complete tour of the sightseeing bus starts at Piazza Porto Isola Bianca, every hour from 09:00-17:00. At 14:00 hrs. there is no ride. One round trip takes about 70 minutes and also passes Pittulongu.
- ASPO Bus
The beaches in the vicinity of Olbia are easily accessible by public bus. So you can take the bus line 4 to the northern beaches Pittulongu and Bados. The bus line 5 on the other hand is in southern direction and goes to the beach sections Le Saline and Porto Istana. From the validation, the single tickets are valid for 90 minutes for one stretch/direction, cost 1,50 euros and can be bought in the bus from the driver. The nearest bus stop in Olbia is in Via Goffredo Mameli, about 800 metres (10-15 minutes) from the Tourist Information Office.
- Pittulongu Beach
The popular Pittulongu Beach is divided into four sections (La Playa, Lo Squalo, Il Pellicano, Mare Rocce) and is a gently sloping, fine sandy beach with bars and small restaurants where restrooms are provided. 2 sunbeds with umbrellas can be rented for about 20 euros a day. It is also known as Olbia's house beach and can be reached all year round with the ASPO bus line no. 4. During the season, Sun Lines also operates the Beach Express shuttle bus line no. 40. This shuttle bus goes exclusively to Pittulongu Beach, starts in Olbia at the Molo Brin Car Park (parking lot / port shuttle stop) and leaves every 30 minutes from 09:30 am. Day tickets can be bought at the tourist information or at the ticket office for 5 Euro per person. A taxi costs about 25 Euro per direction. The bus stop is about 300 meters from the beach.
- Porto Istana Beach
The white and fine sandy Porto Istana beach, located south of Olbia, slopes gently into the sea. The water shimmers in various shades of blue. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for a fee. However, during the season it is often quite crowded here. Therefore it is more suitable in the low season. The beach can be reached by bus line 5. The nearest bus stop in Olbia is in Via Goffredo Mameli, about 800 metres (10-15 minutes) from the Tourist Information Office. Follow Corso Umberto I up to the level crossing and then turn left directly (cross the rails twice). Tickets are available from the driver.
The Romanesque Basilica of San Simplicio is located in the square of the same name, Piazza San Simplicio, at the local main railway station. It dates back to the 12th century and impresses with its simple architecture. It is open daily from 07:30-13:00 and from 15:30-20:00.
- Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum is located in a modern building near the port. It is located not far from the port shuttle bus stop. The finds on display are from Sardinian history and date back to the Stone Age. Admission to the museum is free. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00-13:00 and from 17:00-20:00. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
- Costa Smeralda
The coastline of the Costa Smeralda extends between Olbia and Palau for a good 55 kilometres in the north-east of Sardinia and impresses with its turquoise sea. The most beautiful beaches, bays and islands can be found there. Of central importance is Porto Cervo, the romping place of the rich and beautiful. The best way to reach it is by rental car. So you are flexible on the road.
Sardinia's capital Cagliari is located in the south of the island. An excursion there is only conditionally recommendable due to the distance. The one-way distance is a good 280 kilometres. For this, one can plan about 3 hours drive with a rental car* or train. And one also wants to go back. In most cases there is not much time left to explore the city.
- Neptune Grotto
The Neptune Cave (Grotta di Nettuno) is a dripstone cave with an extension of about 4 kilometres. However, only a few hundred metres are open to visitors. It is located 150 kilometres from Olbia and can be reached by rental car* in a good 2 hours. As it is only one metre above sea level, access is only granted when the sea is calm. Access is via the 654 steps of the Escala del Cabirol staircase, which runs directly up the steep face. The entrance fee for children under 12 years is 7 Euros. If one has exceeded this age, 13 euros are due. It is open daily from May to October from 09:00-19:00 o'clock. From November to March from 10:00-15:00 and in April from 10:00-17:00.
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets in Olbia, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book in time, you can realize a variety of excursions on your own.
A small preselection of independent tour operators
for, in and around Olbia,
we have compiled for you here.
- Cruises and Special Offers
If you have not yet booked a Mediterranean cruise, but would like to get to know Olbia personally and make excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite shipping company at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. This means that you can choose from a wide range of up-to-date offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel at a particularly low price and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 08:00-18:50. Saturday from 08:00-13:15
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:30-13:30 and from 15:00-16:30
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: Monday to Sunday from 09:00-18:00
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 113
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 118
- Fire department: Tel. 115
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Italy
- Safety information: Federal Foreign Office Italy
- Bus timetables: ASPO bus lines
- City map: Olbia Map
- Climate table: Olbia Climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Olbia
- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent
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