Sardinia Taxis is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.
Sardinia is not cheap. Indeed, it has the most expensive real estate in Europe. I expected to pay a lot for everything. What I didn’t expect was how much taxis cost. There is no Uber in Sardinia, and there is little negotiation when it comes to taxis (see Sharm el-Sheikh Taxi: For 40, I Bring You Camel, Tomorrow). The hotel told me that private transport from the airport would be 80 euros, but I thought I could receive a better deal by negotiating since hotel transfers are usually a ripoff (see Why Hotels Don’t List Airport Transport Options). I ended up paying 93 euros and was not happy about it.
The gouging didn’t stop there. Want to go one mile to a nightclub? That is 30 euros (negotiable to 20). Want to go to the beach? That will be 40 euros one way. Then it’s another 10 euros to take a dingy to the beach.The alternative is to rent a car which I do not recommend if you’re going to enjoy libations during your stay.
The best way to see Sardinia is to charter a yacht, though if you’re outraged by fuel surcharges on BA, you’ll be traumatized by the cost of fuel for a boat.
Super yacht price: $300,000,000
Don’t feel bad about spending money on taxis in Sardinia. It’s a necessity, especially if you’re traveling alone.
What’s wrong with renting a car and driving yourself? Much more convenient and based on your experience, a lot cheaper too. Given that even some no annual fee credit cards offer primary rental car insurance abroad it makes it a no brainer to me. Yes, traffic is a little different in Italy than the US but I found driving in Sardinia to me the most pleasant in all of Italy.
Because I am drinking
Sounds like a great place to avoid. Were you happy that you went?