Buses to and from Alghero Airport (ALO)
Alghero Airport is located approximately 8 km northwest of Alghero, a pleasant and charming seaside town, and also the capital city of Coral Riviera. Alghero is one of three main airports on the island of Sardinia, and is also well known as Alghero-Fertilia Airport, or Alghero Riviera del Corallo Airport. Italy’s Sardinia region is very popular with tourists who are seeking sea and sunshine, as there are beautiful beaches to be found along most of the island’s coastline. The airport is not the largest in Italy, handling just over a million and a half passengers per year, but does offer a modern terminal building and a variety of transport options. Bus services are very popular at the airport, and they are the cheapest form of transport available. Buses serve a large variety of destinations from the airport.
Airport of Alghero has one terminal, which was recently upgraded and extended. It is very easy to find your way around, as it is simply arrivals on one side and departures on the other. Passengers will also find all the facilities they require within the terminal building. Traveling by bus is the most common form of transport in Sardinia, and there is an extensive bus network which provides access to all prominent Sardinian cities. Buses are very cost effective when compared to taxi services, and many passengers arriving at Alghero choose to travel by bus. Alghero Airport offers a wide range of bus services, traveling to a variety of destinations, including regular services to the town of Alghero. The buses depart from outside the arrivals area.
The ARST Buslines at Alghero Airport
The ARST Bus Company, or Azienda RegionaleSarda Trasporti, operates many bus services all over the island. The main bus routes for this service can be found at http://arst.sardegna.it, or customers can make enquiries at the information desk within terminal building. Tickets for the ARST buses can be purchased online, from ticket machines at the airport, or on the buses from the bus drivers. However, tickets purchased on the bus are a bit more expensive.
There are various types of tickets available. Single tickets are valid for one trip only, while a return ticket will take you back to the airport as well, provided the second trip is taken within seven days of the first one. Carnet 10 Racing Tickets are used for 10 multi-way trips, and cost less than when buying ten single tickets. There are no time limits for these tickets, and are a good option if you will be using the bus services. There is also the Carnet 12 Racing ticket for twelve multi-way trips available. The Ports and Airport Special Ticket provides transport to other airports in Sardinia, such as Cagliari-Elmas Airport. Small children may travel for free, provided that they are under one meter tall. All tickets must be stamped on board the buses.
The tourist ticket from ARST Buslines is specifically for non-resident visitors to the island, and is valid from the beginning of June to the end of September. They can be purchased for seven, fourteen or twenty-eight days and can be used for all scheduled ARST services. On the day of issue the ticket should be stamped.
The ARST Bus company has a very modern fleet of air conditioned vehicles. Their buses are of various sizes, depending on the distance of the journey. The vehicles are also wheelchair friendly, with a mechanical ramp and flap double seats to provide space for wheelchair users.
The ARST Bus Company is now in charge of the routes offered by the Ferrovie della Sardegna, which is the company operating the Sardinian railway services. The Ferrovie della Sardegna website can be found at http://www.ferroviesardegna.it.
Further bus services at Alghero Airport are provided by Deplanu Buslines, or Redentours, Logudoro Tours, Digitur Buslines, Fara Viaggi, Nuragica Tours Buslines, Turmo Travel and Autolinee Pani. Redentours provides transport between the airport and Nuoro, with a journey time of about two hours and twenty minutes. Their buses are extremely comfortable, with air conditioning, satellite navigation systems, a coffee maker, refrigerators and toilet facilities. This coach service also provides transfers to other airports and seaports, and package tours in Sardinia and other locations. Further details are available at http://www.redentours.com. Logudoro Tours has a website at http://www.logudorotours.it, and one of its main routes is from the airport of Alghero to Cagliari Airport. Other routes are also available, and tickets can be purchased on the bus. Turmo Travel offers various routes, and Fara Viaggi travels with regular services between Alghero and the airport, as well as to other locations in Sassari, Macomer and Ardauli. They are also busy during the summer, providing transport to campsites and beaches in the Alghero area.
From the town of Alghero, most bus services operate from Via Catalogna, which is located along the north side of the Giardini Pubblici (a large park), and also nearby the port and older section of the town. Tickets for ARST and FDS (Ferrovie della Sardegna) can be purchased from a booth at this bus station. A tourist office in Alghero is nearby this area as well, and provides information on all the arrival and departure schedules of bus and train services in Alghero. Passengers arriving in Alghero should be aware that the public transport services mostly do not operate on a Sunday or on public holidays.
The information point is located in the arrivals area of the terminal, and provides information on the current schedules of all the bus services in operation from the airport.