Rent a car in Elmas with Europcar
Elmas, around eight kilometres northwest of Cagliari in Sardinia, is a commune or municipality of Cagliari and is the location of Cagliari airport. It is a convenient place for arriving onto the island, whether you are heading to Cagliari or travelling onwards.
The Europcar car rental experience in Elmas
Elmas has three convenient stations for you to pick up your hire car in Sardinia. Cagliari Airport is one of the most popular as it allows you to be on the road straight after you land. There is another station based in Cagliari itself, and another on the southwest coast in Pula.
Looking for a smaller car rental? Compact but zippy models such as the Fiat 500 and the Peugeot 208 are great options for island driving. If you are travelling in a bigger group, our larger vehicles, including the Renault Megane, are good choices to transport more people in comfort.
Van hire is also available at Europcar Elmas, from the Cagliari town station.
Europcar brings total freedom to your Sardinian holiday. Both van hire and car hire in Elmas can be reserved for short and long periods.
Driving in Elmas
In order to rent a car in Sardinia, you must be over 18 and hold a valid EU licence. International driver’s licences are accepted but not mandatory.
The speed limit in Sardinia is the same as in Italy. There are no motorways in Sardinia, but the speed limit is 110 km/h on main roads, 90 km/h on secondary roads, and 50 km/h while driving through urban areas.
Parking in Elmas is mainly at the airport, and can be prepaid or paid via cash and credit/debit card when you leave. There are both long and short stay car parks. There are some free parking zones outside the airport.
On Sardinia, the road conditions are largely reasonable, particularly in the bigger towns, but be aware that some rural roads might be less well maintained.
While driving across the island, watch out for sheep and other animals that may walk into the road. Also be aware of the many scooters and mopeds on the roads.
Discover Elmas and its surroundings by car
The main attraction of Elmas is its proximity to Cagliari, just a 20 minute journey from the airport to the town centre. Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and has the most Italian feel to it, with Roman ruins, Vespas zipping around, shorefront cafés, grand palazzos and museums housing ancient gems. Car hire from Elmas allows you to make the most of this cultural but cool beach town.
From Elmas, there is direct access to main roads to take you anywhere on the island. Explore Oristano (88 kilometres to the west); or Arbatax (88 kilometres to the east), a great place for hiking and beaches. Olbia, at the other end of the island, is a bit of a drive (267 kilometres) but an ideal destination for a visit if you are flying out of the northern airport.
Things to see in Cagliari
Just eight kilometres from Elmas and Cagliari airport, Cagliari is a great place to visit. Take in the pink-hued Cattedrale di Santa Maria, and the twin towers of Torre dell’Elefante. Spend a few hours in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale - a well-loved archaeological museum, recounting thousands of years of history. Poetto Beach, seven kilometres from Cagliari town centre, boasts golden sands and turquoise waters, and is a beautiful day out for the family. Car hire in Elmas allows you to see all this and more during your time in Sardinia.
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