A short crossing with plenty of choice
The crossing to Elba is short and the ferries come and go. The fastest ferry sails to the village of Cavo in 15 minutes. However, most boats go between Piombino and Portoferraio, the capital of Elba. The duration of these crossings varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Since the time difference between the different ferries is not significant and you won’t have much time to enjoy the onboard facilities, we suggest that you go for the cheapest option.
The best way to find the lowest price is to use Directferries. (We use their booking Engine below) It’s also the easiest way to book. The ferry companies’ own booking systems are often confusing and sometimes partly in English and partly in Italian.
You can also choose Rio Marina as your destination, besides Portoferraio and Cavo. You can see where these places are on the island on the map below.
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Map with all ferry routes to Elba
Don’t let the small size of Elba fool you. The island has many twists and turns that can make your travel time longer than you expect. That’s why you should consider where your ferry lands. For instance, Cavo and Portoferraio may look close on the map, but they are 45 minutes apart by road.
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Departure from Piombino
Boats come and go in the port of Piombino. The signage to the right boat is good and there are enough employees in the harbor to guide you to the right parking space.
The roads to and from the port can be quite busy. So keep this in mind if you have to catch a ferry.
If you still need to arrange something? This can be done at one of the desks at the beginning of the port. You can also get tickets here on site.
Ferry between Corsica and Elba
Elba ⇔ Corsica
More about Elba
Elba is a versatile island where you can do many things. Of course you have the beach and the sea, but nature is also beautiful on Elba. Mount Capanne, the highest mountain on the island, can be climbed but you can also choose to go up or down with a cable car. There are beautiful hiking trails and mountainbike trails. You also see quite a lot of cyclists riding the mountains of the island.
On Elba you will also find many nice villages, each with their own character. Something that these villages do have in common is the possibility of delicious food. Because you can leave cooking and socializing to the Italians.
Frequently Asked Questions: Elba
Ferries 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.
Corsica Ferries, Toremar, Blue Navy en Moby Lines.