Rent a car in Olbia with Europcar
Often overlooked by visitors flying into Sardinia who travel directly to Costa Smeralda, Olbia is definitely worth exploring. With pretty piazzas lined with wine bars, trendy shops, and a historic centre, Olbia has lots to offer visitors.
Picking up car hire in Olbia is a great option for exploring the coastline surrounding Olbia, as well as the rest of Sardinia. The local port and airport mean arriving into the city is easy.
The Europcar car rental experience in Olbia
There are seven Europcar stations in Olbia, with one of the most popular being Olbia Airport. If you are arriving by boat from Italy there is a handy station on the waterfront. However you come to Sardinia, there is a car hire station that will suit your needs.
Looking for economy car hire for a small group? The Alfa Romeo Giulietta or Fiat Panda are reliable choices for driving on the island. If you require a larger vehicle, the Peugeot 3008 and Renault Megane Station Wagon are ideal for carrying families or bigger groups.
It is also possible to reserve van hire in Olbia. Whether you need a Boxster van or something larger, our fleet has practical and reliable options for transporting your load. Both van and car hire can be reserved for short and long periods, giving you flexibility and convenience.
Driving in Olbia
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 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. You will need to adjust your speed according to the terrain.
Parking in Olbia is mainly at the airport, and is payable on exit. You can pay with cash up to €50, otherwise credit/debit cards are also accepted. There are both long and short stay car parks available.
Road conditions in Sardinia are reasonable, particularly in the larger towns, but be aware that some rural roads might not be as well maintained.
While driving through Sardinia, particularly through remote areas, watch out for sheep and other animals that might wander into the road. Also be aware that scooters and mopeds are very popular on Sardinia and extra care should be taken when overtaking.
Discover Olbia and its surroundings by car
Away from the industrial area around the airport, the historic centre of Olbia boasts plenty of architectural gems such as the 11th century Basilica of San Simplicio, which has been an important monument in the history of Sardinia. The Sa Testa holy well is a prime example of Sardinian religious temples created during the Bronze Age and is also well worth a visit.
If you are travelling onwards from Olbia there are some great destinations to discover. Make a trip to the northern tip of the island to see the most incredible sunset at Moon Valley in Santa Teresa di Gallura (66 kilometres away from Olbia).
An hour and a half by car from Olbia, the geo-marine national park Arcipelago di La Maddalena is a serenely beautiful collection of islands between Corsica and Sardinia. Its crystalline waters and granite coastline are ideal for exploring, either by boat or on foot, and are home to protected and unique wildlife. These islands have been inhabited since prehistoric times and have a diverse history, from the Romans to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Costa Smeralda may be one of the most expensive locations in Europe, but don’t let that stop you from visiting! Beloved by the rich, royal and famous, Costa Smeralda, meaning Emerald Coast, was named because of its crystal blue-green waters. The whole coastline is 55 kilometres long, from Golfo di Cugnana to Golfo di Arzachena, and is 32 kilometres from Olbia. While Porto Cervo is home to flashy yachts and expensive restaurants, head to the hilltop towns of San Pantaleo and Arzachena for less expensive dining but with the same amazing views.