Situated in north-east Sardinia, the charming Italian city of Olbia is most commonly used as a connection point for travel around the island. Passengers arriving at Olbia Airport can take a connecting flight to another Italian or European destination, or head into the city centre to catch a train or ferry. Popular train destinations include Cagliari and Alghero, while ferries run to Rome, Genoa, Livorno and more.
Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) is located in Olbia, just 15 to 20 minutes from the city centre by bus. Sardinia’s local culture is emphasised in the airport’s amenities, which include a gift shop selling Olbia souvenirs and a wine bar encapsulating the viticulture this island is known for. The airport also has a bank and ATM, duty free shopping, left luggage storage, and a full-service restaurant with a view of the runway.
A multitude of airlines offer flights from the United Kingdom to Olbia. However, easyJet is the only provider to offer year-round flights (departing from London Gatwick). Other airlines (British Airways, TUI Airways, and Air Italy) offer seasonal direct flights from London Heathrow and Manchester, while easyJet also has seasonal flights from London Luton and Bristol. Travellers who wish to depart from another UK airport can book a non-direct flight with other airlines such as Lufthansa.
Travelling to Olbia by plane offers visitors numerous benefits. The most obvious is speed: direct flights reach this Sardinian city in just two and a half hours. Plus, there are five departure airports in the UK to choose from during the summer season. Plane travel to Olbia is popular because the city serves as a great transit town. Upon arrival, passengers can take a connecting flight to another Italian airport or catch a bus to the city centre in just 20 minutes. From Olbia, there are trains across Sardinia and up to a dozen daily ferry routes to other coastal Italian cities.
Olbia’s bus service makes it easy to use this city as a connection point for travel around Sardinia and Italy. Via bus, it takes 20 minutes to reach Olbia Railway Station and a further 10 minutes to reach the Port of Olbia. Those who wish to see the city itself shouldn’t miss the Basilica di San Simplico, one of Gallura’s most historically significant monuments.