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1. Location

The IAMC-CNR is near the small village of Marina di Torregrande, centre-west of Sardinia (western Mediterranean). Marina di Torregrande, or simply Torregrande, is approximately 10 km away from Oristano. A local bus service is available between Torregrande and Oristano.

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2. Travel

By Air Plane

The closest airport is Cagliari. A shuttle bus (tel. +39.070.4098324) connects the Cagliari-Elmas airport to the train station (AUTOSTAZIONE ARST; a 10 min. trip) approx every 30' from the airport. Tickets must be purchased at the tobacconist in the airport (floor "arrivals"). Buses leave from floor "arrivals", left side (in front of the exit B). A taxi from the airport to the railway station costs approximately € 30,00 (in 2007). The trip takes about 10 minutes. Cagliari airport is also connected to Oristano by coach services. As well as Ryanair and Easyjet, there are several low cost companies connecting Sardinia with continental Europe through direct flights (some only in summer), like:
TUIfly, TRANSAVIA, AIR BERLIN, BRUSSELS AIRLINES. Please check from airports website new destinations.

CAR rental

At the airports the main car rental agencies are present. From the main airports and harbours follow direction Cagliari - Oristano (coming from north Sardinia) or Sassari - Oristano (coming from south Sardinia) along SS131. Exit in Oristano north and follow Cabras - Torregrande. Once in Torregrande follow Porto Turistico. Check the road here.

ATTENTION: just exit from Cagliari airport, go straight for about 2 km then entering the Highway SS131, direction SASSARI-ORISTANO.

By Train

Oristano can be reached in about 1.30hr by train from Cagliari.
From Olbia and Sassari it keeps a longer time and there are only a few trains with some changes. Taxi service in Oristano (not available at night; piazza Roma & railway station): tel. +39.0783.70280-74328

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 By Coach

Twice a day coach service (Volobus by Fara Viaggi) is available from Cagliari ariport to Oristano. Buses leave from outside the airport at Arrivals terminal. Tickets can be purchased on board (10 euros, price 2009).

By ferryboat

Ferries connect (some only in summer):

  • Genova to Porto Torres, Olbia or Palau (N Sardinia)
  • La Spezia to Olbia (only/solo fast ferries)
  • Livorno or Piombino to/a Olbia, Golfo Aranci (N Olbia), Arbatax (SE Sardinia)
  • Civitavecchia (Rome) to/a Olbia or Golfo Aranci, Cagliari (S Sardinia) or Arbatax
  • Napoli to/a Cagliari or Palau
  • Palermo to/a Cagliari
  • Marseilles or Toulon to/a Porto Torres

The companies are: (from Italy) Corsica ferries, Tirrenia, GNV, Enermar (summer), SNAV, Di Maio Lines (summer) and Moby; (from France) CMN and SNCM

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3. City bus connections

Connection Oristano-Torregrande and vice versa (blue line; Bus timetable->LINEA AZZURRA ESTIVA; in Italian)

Tickets at tobacconists and kiosks.

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4. Hotel

Recommended hotels & campings in Oristano/Cagliari (prices 2008):


1. camping village Spinnaker **** Località Marina di Torre Grande, strada Torre Grande - Pontile, Oristano, Tel. summer +39.0783.22074 fax +39.0783.22071, Tel. winter +39.347.3318641 +39.0783.300176 fax +39.0783.216507, with bungalows


1. Mistral 2 Hotel **** via XX Settembre; Tel.+39.0783.210389 Fax +39.0783.211000 (nice and clean rooms; double room at 100 euros per night breakfast included)

2. I.S.A. Hotel *** Piazza Mariano, 50; Tel./Fax +39.0783.360101 (a Volobus bus stop, connecting Cagliari airport with Oristano; nice and clean rooms; double room at 100 euros per night breakfast included)

3. Hotel Duomo **** via Vittorio Emanuele, 34; Tel. +39.0783.778061 Fax +39.0783.763536

4. Villa delle Rose *** Piazza Italia, 5; Tel/Fax +39.0783.310101-310117 (nice and clean rooms; double room at 80 euros per night breakfast include)

5. Hotel Mistral *** via Martiri di Belfiore; Tel. +39.0783.212505/506 Fax +39.0783.210058 (nice and clean rooms; double room at 76 euros per night breakfast included)

6. B&B Eleonora piazza Eleonora 12; Tel +39.0783.70435 Mobile +39.3474817976 (nice and clean rooms with private bathroom in the centre of Oristano; double at 60-70 euros per night, breakfast included)


1. Hotel Italia *** via Sardegna, 31; Tel. +39.070.660510 Fax +39.070.650240

For interactive road maps Tuttocittà or Viamichelin

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