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Roam by rail in southern Sardinia from Cagliari to Arbatax

Dispel all thoughts of steam engines bellowing smoke and pulling historic wooden carriages – sensible legislation forbids the use of steam in the dry summer months

The Trenino Verde on arrival at Arbatax
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Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, has two railway systems: the Italian state owned and run railway Trenitalia (FS), and ARST, which is owned by the regional government under the brand name Trenino Verde, on which a tourist service runs during the summer.

Cagliari-Arbatax is one of the Trenino Verde’s four lines, but it may only be possible to do a section of it – see the website for more detail and current schedules. The others are Mandas-Sorgono (a fork from the route described here), Bosa-Macomer-Nuoro in the middle of the island and Sassari- Tempio-Palau in the north.

There are two other ways to travel on Trenino Verde trains apart from on scheduled tourist trips. Either you can privately hire a whole train, or you can hope for a ‘last minute’ opportunity to hop on board rolling stock being relocated, in which case you will be charged a heavily reduced fare.

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