In the smaller towns, there is no real public transport. I suppose there must be taxis but I have seen one in Corte. The towns are small though and so walking around is not really a problem. Getting to other towns is possible by bus or train though I'd recommend the train. I travelled a lot on the train and although they are not very regular, they are efficient and journeys are smooth (except when you run over cows, but that doesn't happen that often!). Prices are reasonable too and much cheaper than the bus. Check for discounts as I was able to get 50% student discount and it really helped. I knew nothing of the bus system in Corsica till the day I left in December when I arrived at the train station at 7am with all my bags only to be told there was a strike. I panicked as I had a flight to catch but after running around, I managed to find out about a bus which delivered me safe and sound to Bastia. Corsica's idea of buses, however, was not what I expected. Buses running to the bigger cities were in fact very small mini-buses but they do the job. Times for buses and trains can be found at the tourist office, often stuck on the window so can be read from outside. Please remember though that they do not run late and after flying to Corsica,I have had to stay overnight in a bigger city because there was no train to Corte that night. (If you need train info, please email me, as I have access to a timetable).
by ferry. When I first went to Corsica, I took the ferry from Nice. It was only £45 return and half the price of flying. The ferry trip was quite long (about 3 hrs) but enjoyable. The only disadvantage was the ferry times. They are often early in the morning and in order to catch the ferry, I had to stay overnight in Nice the night before. I prefer to pay more and fly but it's nice to have the choice.
By Plane. I found the cheapest way was to fly to Nice with Easyjet. I flew from Belfast to Nice via London or Liverpool and the prices were really cheap. Easyjet flights are cheaper when booked online and can be found at the easyjet website. Once in Nice, Air France offer flights to Corsican Airports in Bastia and Ajaccio. Something I discovered which is useful to remember is that if you phone Air France to make the booking, instead of booking online, it tends to be cheaper. There is also a discount for people under 26 when it's booked by phone. Flights from Nice to Corsica cost between £80 and £100. Flying to Corsica from Italy is another option though I'm not sure how expensive this is.
AIRPORT TRANSFER: Buses run between the Campo dell'Oro Airport and Ajaccio as well as the Poretta Airport and Bastia. The Bastia bus costs about 50 Francs and stops outside the 'prefecture' opposite the train station. The Ajaccio bus costs about 20 Francs each way. Taxis are usually ready and waiting at airports at the time of scheduled flight arrivals but are much more expensive than the bus especially in Bastia where the airport is about 20 miles from the city centre.
Getting to and from Corsica is half the fun. The ferry ride to Livorno from Bastia is relaxing, has good views and passes over a nice stretch of sea. It does take 4 hours, though.
Fantastic views from every direction, lovely staff, pure relaxation in a beautiful settingmore
Route de San Martino, Pietranera, Corsica, 20200, France
Good for: Couples
Lieu dit Cavallo Morto, Chemin de Finocchio, Bonifacio, 20169, France
Good for: Families