Arriving -- The regular ferries that run from Marseille to Bastia, and from Nice to Bastia and Calvi, put guests in the holiday mood with sun decks, plunge pools, and fabulous food. Corsica Ferries (www.corsicaferries.com; tel. 08-25-09-50-95), operate weekly routes from Nice to Bastia and Corsica from 19€ one-way for advance bookings. Frequency ramps up to near daily sailings in July and August. Journey time is 4 hours. SNCM (www.sncm.fr; tel. 32-60) run a daily service from Marseille to Bastia. Sailing time is 7 hours. Tickets start from 30€ one-way when booked in advance.
Island airline Air Corsica (www.aircorsica.com; tel. 08-25-35-35-35) also flies from Marseille-Provence Airport and Nice Cote d'Azur Airport from 59€ one-way. The hop across the Mediterranean takes just 40 minutes.
Visitor Information -- The official Visit Corsica portal (www.visit-corsica.com) offers information on beaches, guided tours, and activities. In Calvi, the Office de Tourisme (www.balagne-corsica.com; tel. 04-95-65-16-67), resides inside the town’s petite train station. Bastia’s Office de Tourisme (www.bastia-tourisme.com; tel. 04-93-54-20-40), is on the grand place Saint Nicolas.
Getting Around -- A bucolic train line (www.train-corse.com; tel. 04-95-34-09-15), links Bastia to Calvi and serves as a lifeline for coastal communities. Be aware that it’s dated, busy, and stops every 5 minutes, but the beach and mountain scenery en-route is spectacular. Many visitors arrive with their own mountain bike or motor-scooter, both of which can be rented locally for around 15€ per day and 30€ respectively. Try Garage d’Angeli in Calvi (www.garagedangeli.com; tel. 04-95-65-02-13), or Cycles 20 (www.cycles20.fr; tel. 04-95-32-30-64), in Bastia. A local hire car is essential for exploring the Cap Corse peninsula, but not for touring around the towns of Bastia or Calvi.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.