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Cagliari Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Cagliari Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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CAG Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Cagliari-Elmas Airport.

What to Expect

Cagliari Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of Sami-Nezar / September 2020)

Cagliari-Elmas Airport (code: CAG) has a modern, three-level single terminal building with eight attached and six remote gates. The terminal features a small variety of restaurants and cafes, and airside shopping areas that offer a wide range of high-end products, including traditional Sardinian goods. WiFi is available which should help pass the time. For additional comfort, economy class passengers can pay to access the airport’s private lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

While overnight sleeping is permitted, airport security checks for boarding passes or tickets for proof of travel. Those failing to provide such are escorted out of the building. Airport seating is described as uncomfortable benches with armrests, so consider bringing a travel mat and sleeping bag for floor sleeping. A sleeping bag will also help ward of the airport’s constant chill. Other than the cleaning crew, the airport is generally quiet during the night. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Cagliari Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Cagliari Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Ottagono – (5 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport transfers. » Check Rates
  • B&B Semelia – (3 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for a fee. Approx. cost is 8,00€ each way. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Cagliari – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. Hotel suggests a taxi for approx. 18,00€ each way. » Check Rates
  • Sardegna Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. Hotel suggests a taxi for approx. 15,00€ each way. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cagliari Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes Prima Vista Lounge by Aviapartner – Location: Main Terminal, Airside. Departures Hall, 1st Floor.  Available to Schengen and non-Schengen passengers.  Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Cagliari Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Cagliari Airport. Connect to the “WiFi Cagliari Airport” network and follow the instruction for unlimited access.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Departures and Arrivals areas.

Currency Exchange – Available

Duty Free & Shopping – It is not known if Duty Free shopping is available. The airport offers a small variety of shops selling Sardinian souvenirs and specialties as well several clothing shops. A newspaper/book store is available Landside.

Fast Track – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: 5.00 EU (free for all Meridiana ‘Premium’ and ‘Fly-pass’ passengers)– tickets are sold by automated machines located landside.

Food & Drinks – There are food concessions located landside and airside. It is unknown if any of these facilities are open 24 hours. Dining options include: Argiolas • Baccusardus • Chef Express • Gusto • Moka • Natoo • Rossosapore • Wine BAr 1920.

Information Desks – Yes.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – No lockers are offered, but there is a left luggage office available. Location: unknown.

Luggage Wrapping – Sicurbag offers bag wrapping services. Location: 1st Floor, Check-in area. Hours: unknown. Rates: 8,00€ but it is not known if this includes insurance.

Massage Chairs – Several chairs are available in the Departures Area. Rates: unknown.

Medical Services – Ontario together with Sogaerdyn provides first aid service, initial treatment and free transport to the closest hospital. Location: Landside, Ground Level, near North entrance of the car park. Hours: 24 hours a day.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that mobile charging is available.  Some outlets can be found in the departure area, on the 1st floor, behind check in counters.

Pharmacy – FARMAfly is available. 1st floor, Shopping Arcade. Hours: unknown.

Prayer Room – The airport has a chapel located in the Departures area on the second level.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Cagliari airport is served by the following airlines: AirDolomiti • Air France • Air Horizont • Air Malta • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • Blue Express • British Airways • Bulgarian • Condor • Corenden • DAT • EasyJet • Edelweiss • Enter Air • Ernest Eurowings • Gazprom Avia • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located in front of the airport terminal. Onsite car rental agencies include AutoEuropa • Avis • Dinamica Rent • Europcar • Goldcar • Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty • Interrent • Locauto Rent • Maggiore • Matta Autonoleggio • Mida Rent • Noleggiare • Only Sardinia • Pintauro Autonoleggio • Ruvioli Autonoleggio • Sardinya Autonoleggio • SIXT • Viten Group • Winrent.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this update, a one-way journey between the airport and Cagliari city center is about € 15 – 20 (daytime hours).


Elmas Aeroporto railway station is located within a 5-minute walk from the airport terminals. Rail service, operated by Trenitalia, is available from 5:00AM – 9:00PM, with departures about every 20 minutes. A train to downtown Cagliari takes about 5 – 7 minutes and costs € 1.30 for a single ride. Trains to all major cities in Sardinia are also available from the airport railway station. Trenitalia tickets are sold online, in ticket vending machines located in the Arrivals Hall and in train stations. For routes, schedules and fare information, visit the Trenitalia website.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.