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Bastia is a city on the French island of Corsica.

View of St Jean Baptiste Cathedral from Bastia Port

Get in[edit]

By airplane[edit]

From Bastia Airport (IATA: BIA) which sees a lot of seasonal service but also some year-round flights, a bus runs almost every hour for €8 - timetable at the tourist information desk at the airport.

By boat[edit]

There are several national and international ferry routes from Bastia, to number of ports in France (Marseille, Toulon, Nice) and in Italy (Genoa, Savona, Livorno, and Piombino via Portoferraio).

It is very busy during the summer, and it is always best to book early.

  • 1 Ferry terminal, Gare Maritime.

By train[edit]

A narrow gauge train service links Bastia with Ajaccio, Corte, Calvi, L'Île-Rousse.

By bus[edit]

There are bus services to/from Calvi, L'Île-Rousse, Saint-Florent on the North Western part of the island, Solenzara, Porto-Vecchio on the South East, occasional services to the Cap Corse on the North [1].

  • 3 Bus terminal, Bastia, Pays Bastiais, Gare Routière de Bastia, 1 rue du Nouveau Port, 20200 (Just off the Place St Nicolas and the ferry terminal), +33 4 95 54 54 54.

Get around[edit]

Map of Bastia

By bus[edit]

The city bus network is operated by Société des Autobus Bastiais (Phone: 04 95 31 06 65 - Fax : 04 95 32 21 61).

By train[edit]

A narrow gauge tramway suburbain service runs between the Bastia train terminal and the station of Casamoza on the South (close to Bastia airport).


The citadel, built by the Genoans
  • 1 Vieux Port. The Vieux Port ('Old Port') is a wonderful part of the city. Tall, faded buildings surround a marina with posh yachts. There's certainly something of the 'shabby chic' about the place.
  • 2 Cathedral (St John the Baptist).
  • 3 Church of Santa-Maria.




One great location to eat is in one of the many restaurants in the Vieux Port. Most specialise in seafood.

  • Le Jean Bart, +33 4 95 31 36 31. For wonderful moules-frites (mussels and French fries) and puddings.




Go next[edit]

A daily bus runs to Calvi (€20) and all other major Corsican cities, and trains run daily to Corte and Ajaccio.

This city travel guide to Bastia is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.