Itinerary: A4, A5, O4, O5, M3, C4
This bustling little town, recently awarded the status of Provincial Capital, is located on the side of a mountain at around 600m affording sweeping views over the Arbatax Bay and hinterland below. It is a town of steep narrow streets and steeper narrower staircases which is worth a wander. There are a few handicraft shops along the main street, and others with traditional Sardinian sweets (cakes/biscuits) displayed in the window - a good opportunity to try a few if you haven't yet had the opportunity in other parts of the Island. Several of the Bars have back rooms or balconies where you can sit and enjoy in comfort the wonderful panorama afforded by the towns location.
There are two Bus stations in town, and even though it is easy enough to get from one to the other, it might be better to arrive with a map.
The Bus from Dorgali (A4, A5, O4, O5, M3, C4) finishes its course at the ARST Bus Station which occupies both sides of Via Marconi near it's junction with Viale M Usei at the Western end of town. Walking East (downhill) along Via Marconi from here takes you in a few short minutes to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele which is a modest tree lined Piazza usually well populated from where Via Roma heads off to the right (South-East). Following Via Roma you pass through the main shopping area and eventually arrive at a roundabout locally known as the "Rotonda" from where you head a little to the left onto the main road descending (Viale Italia) a short distance along which you will start to see the train line coming into view below to the left. Continue down Viale Italia then take Via Ospedale which descends sharply down to the left to cross the train track and turn back to the small FdS train station and the town Hospital both of which are now clearly in view on your left and located at the Eastern end of town. The FdS buses for Ulassai (A4, O4, M3) (the bus will probably indicate Tertenia) depart from behind the FdS train station with tickets being bought at a window within the small waiting room at the Station. This is also the place to purchase tickets for and board the Trenino Verde for Cagliari during the summer (A5, O5, C4). There is a bar at the station which is open from early morning till evening 7 days a week. The walk from the ARST Bus Station to the FdS Train Station takes around 15 mins.
If for whatever reason the Bus form Dorgali arrives very late, you have two choices. Either walk uphill along Via Marconi from the ARST Bus Station to the junction with Viale Europa. The FdS Bus for Tertenia (Ulassai) should pass here on Via Marconi (arriving from Viale Europa) on its' way out of town having first executed a long and tortuous circuit of Lanusei's outer areas. Alternatively you could ask at the ARST Bus Station, there is usually a mid afternoon ARST departure for Cagliari which passes Ulassai.
Buses departing for Gavoi and Macomer (A4 and O4) depart from the ARST Bus station which is where the ARST Bus arriving from Ulassai finishes its course. In the section of the Bus Station located on the North side of Via Marconi there is a small ARST office. It no longer sells bus tickets, but they may let you leave your bags there if you decide to wander around town. You will have to ask. Tickets instead can be bought at the Bar Primavera about 50 m down Via Marconi on your right, or at the Newsagent at the Rotonda at the far end of Via Roma.
There is a bar 100m or so up Via Marconi from the ARST Bus Station with a balcony and good views, otherwise there is a hotel on a curve of Via Marconi just after its junction with Via Roma which has great views. There are, however, also others.