Move around Corsica

Whether you reach Corsica by sea or by plane, the advice is the same as for any island of the Mediterranean: to better enjoy its beauties, you need to bringyour own vehicle, on the ferry, taking advantage of the numerous offers that all companies propose according on the season. Alternatively, you can rent a car once you get on the island. The choice of rental companies will be very wide, and tariffs are competitive. For motorcycles there is less choice, and you need to consult various operators in order to find the best option.

Road signs are bilingual in French and Corsican all over the island, even on state and regional roads, where generally the French name-places are a translation of the Corsican ones It is also common to find signs in Italian and Corsican, while road signs on secondary and local roads are only in Corsican, especially inland. Although prudence is always requested when driving, in some areas of Corsica,,especially inland, you need to drive with the utmost care, since roads are often tortuous and many of them are without any protections.

Although there are many bus companies, operating on the island, it is hard to figure out how the network is organised, since there are many rides covering the same itineraries, while other places are served by only one company just once a day. Moreover, some rides are only active during winter time, with timetables often bound to the school calendar. Everything is a bit easier in high season, but even in this case buses represent a good mean of transport only for short-term holidays, and for those who only intend to visit the main cities. We recommend to plan your transfers and itineraries before leaving, in order to avoid loss of times on place.

The two main destinations of all bus lines are Ajaccio and Bastia, connected with each other and with the main coast resorts and of the inland: Ajaccio-Bastia via Corte, Ajaccio-Porto-Vecchio via Propriano, Sartène and Bonifacio, Ajaccio-Porto-Vecchio via Quenza, Bastia-Calvi, Bastia-Porto-Vecchio via Aléria, Bastia-Macinaggio along the east coastal road of Cape Corso, Ajaccio-Porto, Calvi-Galéria.

Nothing to do with functional reasons, but more a matter of passion and love for landscapes, is a journey on the trinnichellu train. Corsican railways date back to the end of the 19th century, Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the iron bridge u Vecchju, between Vivario and Venaco, gave his contribution to the construction of a railway system, which represented a real engineering challenge; for the time. The path is characterised in fact by numerous viaducts and tunnels, which permit to the rack-railway, the only ones circulating, to overpass the natural obstacles represented by this mountainous island.

The railway network is constituted by one line only, with two branches, Bastia-Ajaccio or Bastia-Calvi (with exchange in Ponte Leccia, just before Corte) and travelling times are quite long: Bastia-Ajaccio 3h45’, Bastia-Calvi 2h20’, Ajaccio-Calvi 4h. But this loss of time is highly compensated by the landscapes and the poetry of this alternative way of travelling.

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