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Travelwithin Corsica is by road or rail, though there are air taxis. Ofcourse you can walk or ride a bike, too. A car is recommended andif not your own, hire cars are widely available, though generallycheaper if booked before you come.

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Donot be over ambitious when planning your route. Distance should becounted in time and not kilometres. For instance you will see the RouteNationale 193 from Bastia to Ajaccio looks pretty straightforward, butthe mountain stretch between Venaco and Tavera over the Col deVizzavona has no straight road for nearly 30 kms and indeed virtuallyno opportunity to overtake. On the four main roads, you may average asmuch as 60kmh and off them don't plan for more than about 30-40kmh.Don't be put off driving in Corsica, but extra vigilance is needed andwith all the narow roads, twists and turns, ups and downs, you tirequickly.

Therail network is between Bastia, Ajaccio and Calvi. If you want to knowmore about this amazing narrow gauge railway, then first see my shortsection on Corsicanrailways and then go to the other references.  You can also look up the timetable on  SNCF(In French with an English version availible) although you may be better served by the excellent Corsicabus (see below) as SNCF is not the most user friendly site.

Theroads apart from the main North-South road on the east coast, can bescary to those not used to mountain driving. We count distance by roadusing time, not kilometres. Though you'll probably stick to themetalled roads, there are more kilometres of dirt tracks than highways.

There are buses, but the frequency of service may be lower than you are expecting and they sometimes run at inconvenient times.  Some buses only run in the summer.  If you intend to use the buses, it's best to ask when you arrive (themunicipal tourist office will always know, or even the hotel) ratherthan counting on anything in advance. A good source of information is our friend Ros Fiamma's site: Corsicabus - there's no otherinformation, on trains and buses that is as good or as well checked. The site is bi-lingual in English and French; Ros has lived herefor many years.

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Bikesand motorbikes can also be hired. This is an activity that's on theincrease. There are onor two places where you can take a ride from A to B by boat, but mostare organised as sightseeing tours, so you may have to pay for a roundtrip even if travelling one way. There are taxis, too, but these areexpensive. There are of course many places that you might like to goand not travel anywhere else, but by foot. The hiring of donkeys is nowpossible, enquire locally. Ditto, horses. In both cases, no one waytrips.

JourneyPlanner


Distances

in

kilometres

Ajaccio

Bastia

Bonifacio

Calvi

Corte

Figari

Porto

Porto-Vecchio

Propriano

Sartène

Solenzara

Ajaccio


153

140

159

83

132

83

131

73

86

131

Bastia

153


170

93

70

166

135

143

191

178

103

Bonifacio

140

170


223

148

22

207

27

67

54

67

Calvi

159

93

223


96

240

76

217

236

249

156

Corte

83

70

148

96


144

86

121

138

141

80

Figari

132

166

22

240

144


199

23

59

46

64

Porto

83

135

207

76

86

199


215

140

153

174

Porto-Vecchio

131

143

27

217

121

23

215


76

63

41

Propriano

73

191

67

236

138

59

140

76


13

83

Sartène

86

178

54

249

141

46

153

63

13


82

Solenzara

131

103

67

156

80

64

174

41

83

82


It isreally important to remember not to apply the average speeds that you would applyback home. On main roads (routes nationales - N) Iwouldapply an average of 40-50 kmh, using the slower speed in high summer.Otherwise I'd calculate a lower speed, especially if you see thatthe road is very sinuous, eg the coast route between Calvi and Portoby the coast for which I'd allow 2 hours driving or even a bit more–so there work on 35kph average. If you are travelling on minor (D orC roads) in the mountains I'd reckon on more like 25kmh average,unless you are an habitué of the Tour de Corse!

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