Guide: Travel to Corsica by ferry
Corsica can be reached by ferry in quite a few different ways. It is therefore quite possible to find a good affordable ferry that fits within your travel schedule. You can choose from crossings from France and Italy that sail both at night and during the day.
Have a look at our unique ferry map for an impression of all routes.
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Map with all ferry routes to Corsica
If you want to go to Corsica by boat, there are a lot of choices. With the map, you get a good impression of where the ferries of the shipping companies sail.
Marseille and Toulon are less far away than Nice, but from the latter city, the crossings are shorter again. The ferry Nice – Ile Rousse is the fastest crossing. The boat to Ajaccio takes you relatively quickly to southern accommodations.
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Ferry from France to Corsica
From France, you can book the crossing to Corsica from:
- Marseille (Corsica Linea, la Méridionale)
- Toulon (Corsica Ferries)
- Nice (Corsica Ferries)
You will then arrive in one of the port cities of Corsica. These are Bastia, Ile Rousse, Ajaccio and Porto Vecchio.
1) Ferry from Marseille to Corsica
Several shipping companies sail from Marseille to Corsica. For example, you can sail with Corsica Linea, but you can also opt for la Méridionale. However, the latter is a bit more difficult to book because the website is not aimed at English ferry travelers.
2) Ferry from Nice to Corsica
From Nice, the ferries of Corsica Ferries / Sardinia ferries leave for Corsica in a journey time of only 4 hours. This boat takes you to the north of the island. Visitors traveling to the south of the island should consider Ajaccio or Porto Vecchio as their destination.
3) Ferry from Toulon to Corsica
Toulon (20 minutes from Marseille) is a lesser-known departure port than Marseille or Nice, but definitely worth considering. This crossing is operated by Corsica Ferries.
Ferry from Italy to Corsica
It is also possible to travel from Italy to Corsica. These ferries run from Genoa, Savona, or from Livorno. These will take you to the northern cities of Corsica.
Corsica can be easily combined with a holiday in Italy. It is not that far from the Tuscany region at all. From Piombino, you can be in Corsica in 3 hours. There is also a ferry to Corsica from Elba and Sardinia in Italy.
Travelling and Staying in Corsica
The ferry to Corsica is a good alternative to the plane because the flights to this island are quite pricey.
If you go by car, make sure you are at the port on time. Especially in the summer, it can be very busy on the southern French roads and at the ferry service. You would do well to plan your route carefully. You can also consider staying overnight at one of the departure ports. Then you know for sure that you can get to the ferry on time.
Corsica is quite large and there are no major highways. So plan your route well. It can be very useful to book a ferry close to your accommodation instead of traveling a greater distance by car.
Frequently Asked Questions: Corsica
Ferry prices have also risen sharply in Corsica in recent years. For a return ticket in high season with a car, you will soon lose a total of € 200 to € 500. You will not find prices of € 135 for a return ticket with a car – as before. Without a car, it is about € 90 per person for a return ticket. Prices in this area are also heavily dependent on supply and demand.
This depends on where you are leaving from. If you leave from France, this is a lot longer (6 to 9 hours) than, for example, Italy (3 to 6 hours) and the other island of Sardinia (1 to 3 hours). We just have to hope they buy those Fast Catamaran Ferries out there on the Mediterranean someday.
Moby Lines, Corsica Ferries / Sardinia Ferries (this one goes the most), Corsica Linea, and La Meridionale. less (6 to 9 hours) than, for example, Italy (3 to 6 hours) and the other island of Sardinia (1 to 3 hours). We just have to hope they buy those Fast Catamaran Ferries out there on the Mediterranean someday.