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Corsica Road Trip

Bastia - Corte - Porto - Ajaccio - Bonifacio

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Beach Beach
Landscape Landscape
Security Security
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Culture Culture
Historical sites Historical sites
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Corsica Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages5 km560 h/stage2.3

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Corsica Road Trip in France?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 315EUR drive & more 75EUR sleep & more 550EUR eat & more 672EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,297EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,612EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 441EUR drive & more 100EUR sleep & more 924EUR eat & more 1,008EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,032EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,473EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 882EUR drive & more 138EUR sleep & more 1,474EUR eat & more 1,344EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,956EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,838EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,575EUR drive & more 150EUR sleep & more 385EUR eat & more 672EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,207EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,782EUR
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Corsica Road Trip Itinerary

The Corsica Road Trip is an unforgettable experience that takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean island. Starting in the city of Bastia in France, the route covers a distance of approximately 560 km and should take around 7 days to complete. The best time of year to take this road trip is during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny, and the scenery is at its best. The route takes you through the picturesque town of Corte, where you can explore the historical fortifications and the old town centre. Further on, you will reach Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and a great place to explore the local culture and cuisine. As you make your way south, you can enjoy the stunning landscapes and beaches, with plenty of opportunities to take photographs and make memories. The roads through Corsica are generally in good condition, although some sections are narrow and winding, so you should take extra care when driving. Nevertheless, this road trip provides a very high level of experience and memories, and is suitable for all drivers. However, it should be noted that the costs of travelling through Corsica can be quite high.
number of days 7 number of days
route length 560 km route length
budget high budget
good for tourist good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level low accident level

START Bastia

Distance 560 km Driving time 11.3 h Pace: modest 145.6 kWh Airports BIA , AJA
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Bastia is the perfect starting point to the Corsica Road Trip. Located on the northeast coast of Corsica, this city is full of history and culture, as well as plenty of outdoor activities. The city's old town, Terra Vecchia, is an excellent place to start exploring. Here you can find many old churches, palaces, and historic monuments, including the Genoese citadel, which dates back to the 13th century. If you're looking for outdoor activities, Bastia has plenty to offer. There are several hiking trails in the area, and the nearby beach is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. You can also go sailing, windsurfing, and waterskiing. The closest international airport to Bastia is Poretta Airport (BIA). It is well connected to other cities in Europe and offers car rental services. Taking a car is the best way to explore the region, as the roads are well maintained and there are plenty of scenic spots to visit. Bastia is an ideal starting point for the Corsica Road Trip. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and great outdoor activities, Bastia is sure to give you an unforgettable experience.

1 Bastia - Saint Florent - Corte

Distance 117 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: modest 30.5 kWh View map Itinerary
accommodation options dining venues scenic road stretches of winding road sections of narrow road
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip starting in Bastia, France? This stage of your journey will take you through the beautiful towns of Saint Florent and Corte, with a total driving distance of 117 km and a total driving time of fewer than 3 hours. The road is winding in some sections, so be sure to pay attention to the scenic views. In other sections, the road is narrow, so be sure to drive carefully. Along the way you can explore the historic and cultural sites of Saint Florent, such as the Citadel, the Church of Saint-Florent, and the old port. In Corte you can visit the old city center, the Citadel, and the University. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, buckle up and get ready for a memorable road trip!

2 Corte - Porto

Distance 85 km Driving time 2.2 h Pace: slow 19.6 kWh View map Itinerary
accommodation options not recommended for caravans dining venues scenic road stretches of winding road sections of narrow road
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Welcome to the exciting road trip stage from Corte to Porto! This 85 km journey will take you less than 3 hours, and is one of the most scenic drives in the region. As you take the winding roads, you'll be able to admire the beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the breathtaking mountains. You'll also find some narrow roads, so make sure to drive carefully. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to visit some of the most interesting places in Corte and Porto, such as the historic Citadel of Corte, the picturesque beaches of Porto, and the stunning views from the Ponta de São Lourenço. Don't forget to take some time to explore the local shops and restaurants, and take in the unique atmosphere of the area. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

3 Porto - Ajaccio

Distance 79 km Driving time 1.8 h Pace: modest 20.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an exciting road trip from Porto to Ajaccio? This 79 km journey will take you less than two hours to complete, and you will be able to enjoy the scenic road along the way. In some sections, the road is winding, so be sure to drive carefully. You can visit the beautiful beaches of Porto and Ajaccio, as well as the historic sites of Ajaccio. Don't forget to take a break and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Make sure to take some pictures to remember your journey! Along the way, you can find accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites. For more information, check the Itinerary of this stage. Have a safe and enjoyable journey!

4 Ajaccio - Sartene - Bonifacio

Distance 126 km Driving time 2.2 h Pace: modest 32.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a spectacular 126km journey from Ajaccio to Bonifacio and discover the beauty of Corsica! The drive will take less than 3 hours so make sure to take your time and enjoy the stunning views. Start your journey in Ajaccio and make your way to Sartene, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains. Here you can explore the old city, beautiful churches and the nearby archaeological sites. Then, drive to Bonifacio, a stunning coastal city with breathtaking views. Take a stroll in the old town and explore the fortifications and the Genoese architecture. On your way, pay attention to the winding roads and the spectacular views of the mountains and the sea. Don’t forget to stop and take some pictures! For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your trip!

5 Bonifacio - Porto Vecchio - Bastia

Distance 152 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: modest 39.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a road trip from Bonifacio, France and explore the stunning coastal towns of Porto Vecchio and Bastia. This 152 km journey, spanning less than 3 hours, offers a scenic drive with winding roads and breathtaking views. As you drive, take in the sight of the Mediterranean Sea, the rocky cliffs, and the lush, green forests. In Porto Vecchio, explore the old town and its ancient citadel, the beaches and the nearby nature reserves. Then, continue on to Bastia, where you can wander the old town and its charming streets, explore the citadel, and visit the harbor. Don't forget to also check out the nearby villages of Nonza and Pigna. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

  Bastia

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End your Corsica Road Trip in Bastia, a city on the northeast coast of the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Located in the north of the island, Bastia is the perfect place to savor the flavors of the region. Its port is the second largest in the Mediterranean and offers a vibrant atmosphere, with a variety of restaurants, bars and plenty of activities. Enjoy a stroll along the harbor, visit the historic Citadel of Bastia, or take in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean from the terrace of the Palais des Gouverneurs. For those who prefer exploring on foot, there are plenty of winding streets to discover, with old townhouses and churches, as well as the traditional markets of Place Saint Nicolas. For a taste of the local culture, visit the famous Fesch Museum, featuring the works of famous Corsican painters. Don't miss the chance to sample some of the local gastronomy, such as the renowned Figatellu sausage. To get to Bastia, the closest international airport is Poretta Airport (BIA), located 70 km (44 miles) away. From there, you can rent a car and drive the rest of the way to Bastia, taking in the stunning scenery of the island. Make sure to end your Corsica Road Trip in style, in the beautiful city of Bastia.

Corsica Road Trip at a glance

Hopefully, the presented road trip idea gave you plenty of inspirations for your future travels.
The itinerary we’ve suggested can be used as a foundation that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with diverse highlights of your choice.
If car travel is a travel mode that you prefer, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a list of things to remember to ensure safety. These tips will also become useful for travellers who are considering vehicle hire or camper rental in France.
When on a tour around France, you should follow the local traffic rules. Alcohol is best to be avoided at any cost while travelling around France. Holidaymakers should remember that the permitted blood alcohol level is very low and amounts to only 0.5‰. Exceeding the maximum permissible speed, which is 50km/h, around the city streets may lead to a speeding fine. In non-build-up areas, holidaymakers can travel at the maximum permissible speed of 90km/h. You can travel at the speed limit of 130km/h on highways in France. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit increases the safety of you and your passengers.
But what are the costs of the whole trip. The amount of money that you have to pay during the whole tour can vary depending on the budget option of your choice. Take a look at the available budget options.
The cost of gasoline for the budget option to cover the planned 560km while travelling around France can cost approximately 75 EUR. Economy accommodation options can cost travellers more or less 550 EUR. Tourists who go for this option will spend around 672 EUR on food and restaurants. If you also choose the cheapest rental car offer, you will pay about 315 EUR. Thus, going for vehicle rental will increase the costs of the road trip from roughly 1,297 EUR to around 1,612 EUR.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 75 EUR to cover the planned stages of the trip. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should keep in mind that the costs can amount up to roughly 924 EUR. Tourists can expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost approximately 1,008 EUR. Travellers who are also interested in a standard car rental should expect a cost of about 441 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay about 2,473 EUR for the whole road trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend roughly 2,032 EUR.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will live up to the expectations of the most demanding holidaymakers. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total approximately 3,838 EUR for drivers who are considering vehicle hire and 2,032 EUR for those who do not want to rent. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle can expect a cost of roughly 882 EUR. When it comes to the premium option of the road trip, you should expect the average cost of around 138 EUR when it comes to fuel. Travellers who would like to go for top services in all aspects of their itinerary should expect to pay more or less 1,344 EUR for restaurants and food and roughly 1,474 EUR for overnight stays.
Our trip is also a superb opportunity for all camper fans. If you choose this travel mode, the costs will be up to more or less 1,575 EUR. Holidayers will spend about 150 EUR on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the itinerary. Holidaymakers who choose camper rental should expect to pay approximately 385 EUR for overnight stays and about 672 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs shows all the mentioned costs in detail.
The best travel opportunity when exploring the part of France presented in our itinerary idea is between April and October. There are multiple exciting road trips and scenic drives that are available on our website if Corsica Road Trip has sparked your creativity. Hopefully, the broad spectrum of road trips will surely cater to the needs of the most demanding holidayers.

Facts for safer driving in France

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 90 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 130 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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