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Ferry to Elba

Your guide to travel to Elba by Ferry

Piombino-Portoferraio

Italy ⇔ Elba
23 km
45 mins.
40 per day
No
From: $22.00

Piombino-Cavo

Italy ⇔ Elba
13 km
15 mins.
40 per week
No
From: $19.00

Piombino-Rio Marina

Italy ⇔ Elba
16 km
45 mins.
8 times per day
No
From: $19.00

Portoferraio-Bastia

Elba ⇔ Corsica
72 km
1h 30 mins.
2 times per day
No
From: $19.00

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 in absolute terms there is no huge gain in time and you will not be using facilities on board in such a short time, we recommend that you simply book as cheaply as possible.

The easiest way to find the lowest price is through Direct ferries. Booking is also easiest here. The booking modules of the ferry companies themselves are often not clear and in some cases even half English, half Italian.

In addition to the destination Portoferraio and Cavo, the ferry to Rio Marina is also an option. Where these places on the island are located can be clearly seen on the map below.

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Map with all ferry routes to Elba

Although the island of Elba is somewhat small, it is useful to take your ferry arrival into account. For example, it takes around 45 minutes to travel between Cavo and Portoferraio when these places are less than 10 kilometers apart as the crow flies.

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Travel tip: pick the lowest price

If you take the ferry to Elba, there is a very good chance that you will go on holiday to the island. Arriving at your accommodation half an hour later is probably not a problem if you can save a lot on your crossing.

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.

offices from Moby Blu Navy and Toremar in the Piombino harbour

Offices from Moby, Blu Navy and Toremar in Piombino.

Ferry between Corsica and Elba

It is also possible to sail between Corsica and Elba. This allows you to combine two islands on your holiday. The ferry sails 2 times per week during peak season.Corsica Ferries Portoferraio

Elba ⇔ Corsica

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Portoferraio-Bastia

The Portoferraio-Bastia ferry connects Elba with Corsica. The ferry is operated by Corsica ferries and sails 2 times per weak during peak season. Ferries to Elba | Ferries to Corsica

More about Elba

Fortezza del Volterraio and portoferraio

Fortezza del Volterraio and ferries from Torremar and Corisca Ferries departing from Portoferraio in the background.

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.

Mount Capanne cable car

The cable car brings you in 15 minutes to the top of the Capanne Mountain.

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.

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