Strategically located, Corsica is just 170km away from the southern coast of mainland France and 90km west of Tuscany in Italy. The Italian island of Sardinia (just 12km away) is visible from Bonifacio.
Because of the large number of tourists in the summer, if you plan to bring a car it is best to reserve in advance, especially if you’re traveling with a camper. In the summer there is frequent ferry service from France and Italy to Calvi, Île Rousse and Porto-Vecchio.
Students and seniors over 60 get a reduced rate and children less than four years old travel for free. Children from ages 4 to 12 also get a reduced fare.
In the summer there are high speed ferries that save you time but they cost more than a regular ferry.
Prices vary depending on the type of vehicle, number of passengers, the time of year and the type of boat. Just to give you a general idea on fares, two adults in the month of May, traveling on SCNM from Nice to Calvi, with 1 vehicle, and a night cabin would pay 120€ round trip (10€ per pp, 15€ for a vehicle and 25€ for a night cabin each way).
The following are the main shipping lines servicing Corsica. Detailed timetables are included on each site.
In high season, SNCM operates at least one NGV (from Nice) and a slower ferry (from Marseille) a day to and from the ports of Ajaccio, Bastia Calvi, Île Rousse, Propriano et Porto Vecchio. In winter service is reduced to just a few weekly sailings to/from Nice and Marseille.
Provides year round ferries from Nice to Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Ile Rousse and from Toulon to Ajaccio and Bastia. Seasonal ferries from Livorno to Bastia and from Savona to Bastia, Calvi and Île Rousse.
As you can see there are many vessels crossing the Mediterranean between mainland France and Italy and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Approaching the “mountain in the sea” from a ferry or a cruise ship is truly an experience.