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At the Cagliari Airport we recommend the following car rental offers

from 8 $ per day
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Good offers for a small budget

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8 Days from 06.10 - 13.10.2024
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from 9 $ per day

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8 Days from 06.10 - 13.10.2024
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8 Days from 06.10 - 13.10.2024
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Rent a Car at the Cagliari Airport

Sardinia is the dream destination par excellence in the summer and is particularly suitable for a round trip with a rental car. If you land at Cagliari Airport, you can go directly to one of the car rental agencies and pick up your rental car. From Cagliari you can reach the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia flexibly with your own rental car. What are you waiting for? Cagliari is waiting to be explored by you with a rental car in summer.

Start with a rental car at Cagliari Airport (CAG)

Discovering Cagliari's old town

Discovering Cagliari's old town

Cagliari is the capital of the island of Sardinia, which belongs to Italy, and is best explored by rental car. The city, with a population of almost 160,000, is located in the southern area and is surrounded by the Golfo di Quartu, the Golfo degli Angeli and the Campidano plain. Cagliari and Rome, the capital of Italy, have two common characteristics: both metropolises were founded a long time ago and are each built on seven hills. In addition, you can rent a cheap rental car in both places and thus explore the city itself and the surrounding area. For almost 90 years, the Sardinian island capital Cagliari has had an airport just a few kilometers outside the center. It is called Aeroporto Internationale Elmas and has the IATA code CAG. If you rent a car directly at the airport, you can explore Sardinia on your own.

Summer in Italy: Enjoy Cagliari independently with a rental car

If you travel to Cagliari during the summer months, you have done everything right. Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and here life rages - especially in summer! The best thing is to take a rental car as soon as you arrive at Cagliari Airport. This way you will be mobile in Sardinia from the very beginning. Choose your dream car and start your well-deserved vacation in Cagliari with an SUV, a convertible or a cool sports car. In Cagliari you can still expect Sardinian originality and you can look forward to an exciting time. Stroll along the port, enjoy the summer sun and visit one of the restaurants in the evening. In Cagliari you can eat delicious fish dishes in summer and enjoy an excellent wine. The mild summer evenings are best suited for this in Cagliari.

Information about Elmas Cagliari Airport

  • Cagliari Airport (CAG) is located 7 km northwest of the Sardinian capital and takes its name from the Elmas region. Locals and tourists flying in from Italy also call it Aeroporto Mario Mameli.
  • Meanwhile the airport CAG is the biggest and most important airport of Sardinia.
  • The first propeller plane to Rome took off from here in 1928. International flights have been taking place since May 1937.
  • At present, about three million passengers use the airport, which was completely modernized 20 years ago, every year. The two runways handle more than 15,000 take-offs and landings per year.
  • The majority of the passengers come from Italy. Internationally, the airport is mainly used by Germans and Spaniards.

What you should check when you pick up your rental car

The right way to rent your rental car

The right way to rent your rental car

The following points can be discussed in the airport office of the lessor of your rental car:

  • How are the car rental offers insured? You certainly want to enjoy your stay in Sardinia without any worries and should therefore insist on a fully comprehensive insurance without excess.
  • Cheap car offers should be questioned by you on prescribed equipment details. These include, for example, child seats, if you are on vacation with your children in Sardinia.
  • You should also find out which fuel regulation the car rental company prescribes for your favorite rental car. As a rule, you take over your car at the pick-up station with a full tank of fuel and must return it in the same condition. In this case, it is important how many kilometers the nearest gas station is from Cagliari Elmas CAG airport.
  • You are in Italy for the first time and want to explore the whole island of Sardinia with a rental car from Cagliari? Then you should rent a car with no mileage limit, because it will make your stay especially cheap.
  • If you are planning to visit the neighboring island of Corsica with your rental car, be sure to obtain insurance information. Not every car rental company rents out vehicles with international insurance policies.
  • How is the deposit for your rental car handled? Does it block the car rental on the credit card or do you have to transfer the amount directly?

What are the highlights of Cagliari and its surroundings that I must not miss?

Su Giudeu Beachin Cagliari, Sardinien

Su Giudeu Beachin Cagliari, Sardinien

Cagliari Cathedral in Sardinien

Cagliari Cathedral

Kajak in Sardinien

Take a kayak tour

Since you are always flexible and independent with a rental car, you can explore Cagliari and its surroundings on your own. Visit for example the Cagliari Cathedral or the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari. The Torre dell' Elefante is also worth a trip with a rental car. If you prefer to relax on the beach, we recommend Su Giudeu or Cala Regina. Here you can relax wonderfully and enjoy the wonderful weather. But also for active vacationers Sardinia has a lot to offer. Go on a kayak tour, go hiking or take part in a dolphin sighting. As you can see, there is something for everyone in Sardinia, whether you are a culture lover, sun worshipper or sports enthusiast.

What traffic rules do I have to respect in Sardinia?

Speed limits

If you are travelling in Sardinia with a rental car, you should always keep to the speed limits. These are 50 km/h in the city, 90 km/h outside the city and 90 km/h on highways. There are no freeways in Sardinia.

Safety belts

In Italy, and thus also in Sardinia, seat belts are compulsory. This obligation applies to all passengers, including dogs.


If you leave the rental car and want to walk a bit, you should know the following markings regarding parking:

Marking Meaning
Blue stripes paid parking
White stripes free parking
Black-yellow stripes no parking
No stripes mostly no parking

Alcohol limit

The blood alcohol limit in Sardinia is 0.5, but a strict ban on drinking and driving applies to novice drivers for the first three years.


Operating a cell phone while driving is prohibited. In addition, the lights on the rental car must also be switched on during the day. For each passenger a warning vest must be carried in addition. This can be obtained at petrol stations at the border.

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475 Experiences of our customers at the Cagliari Airport

Rating of Mina F.

“No pushy insurance sales, friendly and competent both at the beginning and end of the rental period.”

Rating of Yassine H.

“Friendly staff; the vehicle was like new and in top condition!”

Rating of Antonio S.

“The pickup as well as the return went flawlessly and without much effort. For the next rental I will definitely consider dirveFTI again.”

Rating of Hans W.

“Very good service when picking up the rental car....The return was very fast and uncomplicated...”

Rating of Maurice F.

“Great!!! We have received a new car (not yet 6000 km), Also return was easy, already alone by the all-round insurance coverage. Am totally thrilled. I will book here again every time I travel abroad - high praise...”

Rating of Torsten D.

“The rental company Centauro, the station Cagliari airport I can definitely recommend. We got an upgrade, the car was in good condition. The pickup was easy and the staff friendly. The drop off was also very uncomplicated and fast. We will be back again!”

Frequently asked questions about car rental booking Cagliari Airport

How much does a rental car cost at Cagliari Airport?

Sunset in Cagliari

Sunset in Cagliari

A cheap rental car is available from as little as 52 $ per week. We compare the prices of all reputable car rental companies and show you the best offer so that you do not have to fear any nasty surprises during your vacation.

Small cars are especially popular, and you can rent them for as little as 52 $ per week. Because whether you're with friends or your partner, a small car is maneuverable, and you won't have any problems finding a parking space. If you are traveling to Cagliari with the whole family, a family car is also suitable for already 124 $ per week. Here not only your loved ones will find enough space, but also the luggage including parasol. If you like to drive in the nature, you should book a rental car with four-wheel drive, so that you do not get stuck even in the terrain. In addition, at Cagliari airport you have the option of booking a convertible from 179 $ per week as a rental car. Open the roof and feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin.

If you only need a rental car for one day, you can rent it for as low as 8 $ per day.

Can I book a rental car at Cagliari Airport without a credit card?


To ensure that you can relax stress-free during your vacation, we recommend that you take out fully comprehensive insurance without an excess. In this way, you will not incur any additional costs in the event of damage.

During which opening hours can I pick up a rental car at Cagliari Airport?


The opening hours of the car rental agencies vary depending on the provider and the season. However, you can also pick up the rental car at Cagliari Airport outside the opening hours. If desired, please indicate this directly with your booking. Additional fees may apply for this. An employee will then be ready for you, or you can pick up the key contactless at a vending machine.

You will find car rental stations on the right side of the multi-level parking garage after arriving at the airport. After baggage claim, simply go directly to the car rental counter and start your well-deserved vacation in Sardinia without any detours.

What to consider when returning the rental car at Cagliari airport?


Remember to refuel the rental car before returning it, depending on the refueling regulations. The drive from the center of Cagliari to the airport takes about 15 minutes by rental car. You will find the nearest gas station in the immediate vicinity of the airport. Follow the signs for the return of the rental car and plan enough time on site. Have the condition of the rental car documented and take the protocol with you.

If time is a little tight, the return of the rental car can be done at any time, even outside opening hours. Simply leave the key in the key box provided for this purpose.

Can I use the ferry to other islands or to the Italian mainland with the rental car?

Ferry Catania

Ferry from Catania to the mainland

Car rental trips by ferry to other islands or to the mainland are generally possible but depend on the type of vehicle and rental company. If you want to visit other islands, such as Corsica, or the mainland by rental car from Sardinia, please read the rental conditions under the heading "Cross-border trips" or "Border trips".

In any case, register the trip either directly when booking via the field "Message to our service team" or with the rental company on site when accepting the rental car. Additional charges may apply.

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