Portoferraio ferry port in Elba is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Piombino, Bastia & Cavo available. With a selection of up to 45 Sailings Daily, the port of Portoferraio connects Elba with Italy, Corsica.
Sailing durations range from 15 minutes on the Cavo service to 1 hour 30 minutes on the Bastia service.
Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Portoferraio fare search.
Found on the west coast of Italy, lying in the province of Livorno, Portoferraio is on the edge of the harbour belonging to the island of Elba. The port provides crossings to popular tourist resorts in Italy and France with sailings ranging from 15 minutes to 90 minutes.
If you were to watch the ferries coming into the docks during summer, it would seem like the entirety of Italy was piling into the town. The abundance of visitors that arrive with the warm weather can make Portoferraio seem overcrowded, yet the array of restaurants, shops and landmarks allow for the rush of tourism. Many of the tourists populate the beaches that dominate the shoreline, yet the myriad of beaches mean that even at peak times it’s possible to find a spot to lay your towel and bask in the Mediterranean sun.
After days of sunbathing and exploring the surrounding waters, many may long for a spot of culture and history; the town is steeped in beautiful architecture, most notably the Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano Park which offers wonderful vistas among stunning structural designs. For an insight into the history of Portoferraio, several museums are dotted around to showcase the town’s rich past. Sunbathing and sightseeing can be an exhausting combination, so in the evening head to one of the fine restaurants to enjoy the delicious seafood served fresh from the waters.
Most choose to walk around the town, which is the desirable option considering the alluring aesthetics and pleasant weather.
From the East of the Island take the SP24. From the West of the Island take the SP 26 or the SP28.
There is no rail service in the island.
You can take the Blue line bus (number 5) and the Purple line bus (number 6) take you directly to the port. Alternatively all other bus lines have stops near the port as well.
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Portoferraio Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Portoferraio Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!