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Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Bastia?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.

That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Bastia?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Bastia car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Bastia with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

Should I rent a car in Bastia? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Bastia, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. 

We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Bastia is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Bastia? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Bastia between the peak and the off peak season?

6/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 7/10

Non car score:3/10

Balance: 7

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Why? Visiting Bastia using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Bastia ?

Given that rail-based public transport on Corsica is slow, disjointed and dilapidated, a hire car is going to make a lot more sense.

You will only really get around here without a car if you are the kind of traveller who loves using local trains and buses anyway, and who has the patience to wait for a connection.


Why not? Visiting Bastia without a car

Why don't you need a car in Bastia ?

  • To follow.

Is it worth taking a taxi tour around Bastia instead of renting a car?

This is aimed at visitors who are considering whether or not it might be worth renting a car in Bastia for one day, and comparing this option with a taxi tour.

Yes – if you are one of the few travellers who has flown in to Bastia for whatever reason and decided not to hire a car, then taking a short taxi tour could be a useful way to see some of the mountainous terrain around the city.

As we’ve already stated above, we think that you really do need a car in Bastia anyway, so only a a relatively small number of visitors here are going to be in a situation where they have a few hours or maybe a full day in the city, and they want to consider taking a short taxi tour.

This is the kind of scenario you might be in if you have been travelling around Corsica by other means, whether that is by train, by scheduled bus, some kind of organised tour around the island, and possibly also including some element by ferry.

There’s no need at all to look at a taxi tour just to see around the city – it is a compact enough place, and it is full of narrow winding streets, with many roads being closed off to through traffic. This makes it a natural place to go around on a walking tour.

Getting a taxi will give you a bit of a chance to see Bastia from above and to go on a short driving loop in any of the spectacular countryside which surrounds the city. You may have already decided that is just not worth hiring a car in Bastia because you don’t like driving on these kind of roads, and if this is the case, then you may well still prefer to take a short taxi tour, because you want having to worry about doing the driving.

Ratings: How does Bastia compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Bastia? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Bastia, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Bastia? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Bastia (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Bastia? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Bastia airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Bastia car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 7

2019 - 8

2021 - 7

Average score - 7




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