Getting to Corsica by Ferry
Ferries to Corsica depart from French ports Marseille, Toulon and Nice, and from Italian ports in Savona, Genova, Livorno and Civitavecchia. Corsican harbours are in L'ille Rousse, Calvi, Ajaccio, Propriano, Porto Vecchio and Bastia. The shortest routes -- less than four hours by a fast boat -- connect Nice with Calvi and Livorno with Bastia. These two lines are also the cheapest ones.
The map below shows all ferry routes connecting Corsica with France and Italy.
The most frequent lines from mainland France and Italy are also listed in the following table:
|Port||Bastia||Ile Rousse||Calvi||Ajaccio||Propriano||Porto Vecchio|
|Marseilles||SNCM, La Méridionale||SNCM||SNCM, La Méridionale||SNCM, La Méridionale||SNCM|
|Toulon||Corsica Ferries, SNCM, Moby||Corsica Ferries||Corsica Ferries, SNCM||SNCM|
|Nice||Corsica Ferries, SNCM||Corsica Ferries, SNCM||Corsica Ferries, SNCM||Corsica Ferries, SNCM|
|Savona||Corsica Ferries||Corsica Ferries||Corsica Ferries|
|Livorno||Corsica Ferries, Moby|
Another short route lead from Northern Sardinian port of Santa Teresa di Gallura to Bonifacio in Southern Corsica. Medmar used to sail between Naples (Napoli) and Porto Vecchio, but this line desn't seem to be operated any more. Also the routes operated by Grimaldi Lines from Civitavecchia were probably discontinued in 2011.
Rates and Booking
Use the booking form on the right to check available crossings and up to date rates. Price depends on season, number of people going together, your car's length etc. In addition, ferry operators offer various special discounts. Return tickets may be purchased for different routes there and back. For instance we arrived to Calvi from Nice, departed from Bastia to Livorno, and paid about 350 EUR for four people and a car.
I recommend to book a ferry through the Internet in advance, because the ferries are quite full and the tickets may not be available right before your journey. If you haven't booked your journey in advance though, try come to the port early in the morning and look for a yellow Corsica Ferries office or a blue SNCM one.
If you don't find your preferred route in the booking form above, you can try to buy ferry tickets on-line directly on the web site of a particular operator.
- Corsica Ferries / Sardinia Ferries (available in English, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish and Corsu)
- SNCM (in French only)
- La Méridionale (CMN) (available in English, French, Spanish and Italian)
- Moby Lines (available in English, French, German, Italian and Dutch)
- Grimaldi Lines (available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish)
I used Corsica Ferries and was satisfied with them. Their website offers an English version with a timetable and a useful ferry booking wizard. The shortest crossings are between Nice and Calvi or Livorno and Bastia. The journey in these two routes takes about four hours and the ferries go at least twice a day even during the low season.
Which port should you depart from
When choosing the best route, you should consider:
- Your final destination in Corsica.
- Which port in the continent is your closest one.
If you are going to stay in the Western coast of Corsica, ferries from Nice to Calvi, Ajaccio or Propriano seem to be the best option. If you come from Spain or Western France, departing from Marseille or Toulon will save you some drive, but the ferries are more expensive there. If you go to Bastia, Corte or Eastern coast of Corsica, Livorno is the best starting point followed by Savona and Nice.
The closest port from your home is another question. The table below gives some distances (just the shortest ones for every place of departure):
|Madrid||1,105 km||1,168 km|
|Barcelona||505 km||568 km||661 km|
|Paris||776 km||839 km||932 km||921 km||912 km|
|Zürich||445 km||421 km|
|Geneve||461 km||388 km||379 km|
|Milano||169 km||145 km|
|Rome||413 km||82 km|
|Brussel||1,076 km||1,074 km||1,050 km|
|Amsterdam||1,275 km||1,240 km||1,216 km|
|Frankfurt am Main||832 km||808 km|
|München||729 km||705 km||739 km|
|Berlin||1,199 km||1,175 km|
|Linz||879 km||855 km||889 km|
|Wien||997 km||946 km|
|Gratz||837 km||813 km||761 km|
|Prague||1,031 km||1,007 km||1,124 km|
|Bratislava||1,087 km||1,063 km||1,012 km|
|Budapest||1,118 km||1,094 km||1,042 km|
|Zagreb||789 km||765 km||713 km|
|Ljubljana||657 km||633 km||581 km|
|Krakow||1,588 km||1,564 km||1,420 km|
|Warsaw||1,752 km||1,728 km||1,643 km|
Last modified on Sun, 2013-04-28 16:44