Peak tourist season in Corsica falls in the months of July and August when the weather is hottest. Late spring (May to June) and early fall (September to October) are much more pleasant in terms of weather, and better fit for hiking and active outdoor pursuits.
France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA), previously known as "Campo dell'Oro Airport," serves as the main air transportation hub for the island, situated just 5 km from Corsica's capital city of Ajaccio. This airport is serviced by numerous airlines, offering connections to various destinations on mainland France and seasonal routes to cities all across Europe.
Travellers can utilize a shuttle bus to travel between Ajaccio Airport and the city centre. Line 8 travels from Ajaccio Airport to the Railway Station located in the city centre, with a total travel time of approximately 15-20 minutes. Please note that schedules differ during the summer and winter seasons.
During the summer, buses operate from 5:20am to 11:20pm at a frequency of every 30 minutes. In contrast, during the winter, buses run from 6:30am to 11:30pm, approximately every hour.
Another bus, number 12, departs from the P+R Campo dell’Oro bus stop (a 15-minute walk from the airport) and is the absolute cheapest option. Car rentals and official taxis are also readily available at the airport.
Located 3 km northwest of Figari and 25 km southwest of Porto-Vecchio, the Figari–Sud Corse Airport (FSC) serves the far south of the island. Most flight connections are seasonal. Taxis and car rentals are available upon arrival, but a pre-arranged shuttle is the most reasonable means of transport. There is a bus service from the airport to Porto-Vecchio, timetables change depending on the season.
It is notoriously difficult to keep track of Corsican public bus schedules, as these may change without notice or not always be reliable. There is, however, a frequently updated website containing all available information on island transport.
There are also three railroad routes on Corsica, one of which connects the capital of Ajaccio to inland Corte.
Renting a car is the best way of getting around and is recommended for convenience if you plan to explore the island.
There are multiple companies that operate all across the island. Here are a few:
Taxi Yellow Cab Corsica (Ajaccio)
+33 6 74 62 63 68
Taxi Porto Vecchio
+33 6 86 73 97 80
Ajaccio Radio Taxis
+33 4 95 10 19 01