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Bus 457 is the one you can take to get in the city and also goes downtown.
Some tips about it: first, before you leave the airport building, go to a newspaper shop and buy yourself some bus tickets (1 euro/ticket) !!! only after that go and find the bus stop, which, in this case, will be right after you step outside the airport.
We had some problems before understanding this 'small' rules and had to wait for the next bus, meaning you must waaaiiittt (even 40 min).
Updated Jun 24, 2011
Crazy, but true - Catania's airport is Italy's third largest in terms of passenger traffic. That may explain the millions of people you're likely to see amassed in the departure hall. They're building a new terminal complete with parking hall and all that stuff, but they've been building it forever, so it may well never see its life (though my guess is that around 2014 it will become operational). In the meantime, take long time, since check-in can take half an hour and security even more. Be prepared for a noisy, messy and somewhat colourful place, and for lots of delays.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
There is a boat living catania every night between 7pm and 9pm (depend the day) to go to Naples (Napoli).
In the same time another boat live Naples to come in catania!
I've payed 115 euros one way tickets! (nov 2006)
Ticket can be buy in the harbor, if you enter the port by the "dogana" it's on you're right.
It's interesting because you don't loose time!
You can bring your car!
Updated Nov 14, 2006
The Ali bus (bus 457) goes to and from the aiport about every 20 minutes. You can get it at the Central Station or a few stops along the way.
Only costs about €1 one way and takes about 20-30mins depending on traffic
Written Sep 14, 2005
Even though I would much rather travel by airplane to Catania, an alternative way of getting there from Malta is by ferry boat. The good thing about it is that in March they have buy one get one free ticket offers. So, a regular Lm36 return trip ticket could cost u only Lm18 (excl. taxes). If you're lucky and the sea is calm, it's a great option to travel. But if it is rough, make sure you take travel tablets for the ride! ;)
Written Apr 29, 2005
Phone: (+356) 21318854, 21345220
Catania is a good point for going to other places in Sicily by train or bus because there are frequent train departures and buses for Etna, the airport, Palermo and various nearby towns leave also from near the train station. The airport is only about 20 minutes from Catania.
Written Apr 9, 2005
That yellow bus in the background is the public transport in Catania. We only used it twice because we had a coach for the other excursions but what I remember is that each time I always had to stand up. They weren't expensive as well.
Written Apr 6, 2005
I went to Catania with the Virtu Ferries Catamaran. It's cheaper than the aeroplane, but obviously takes a little longer and it's not for you if you get sea sick ! From Malta you can go to Taormina Mt Etnal and Pozzallo for just Lm38, including excursions .
Updated Apr 6, 2005
Phone: 21316766, 21317071
It would be possible to visit Sicily when one is holidaying in Malta by means of a Catamarran service that run between the two islands. This trip would take approximate 1hr & 30 mins and cost in the region of Euro 60.
The Catamarran would leave the Grand Harbor of Valletta in Malta and arrive in the Sicilian harbor of Catania which is also the capital of Sicily.
This service is run by VIRTU FERRIES Ltd
Written Mar 7, 2005
Phone: 0356 21317071
Driving around Catania is almost a religious experience for someone from more regulated countries. Take a taxi for your first experience, but the really brave should hire a car, but follow these simple rules:
1. Lane markings are for artisitic purposes only. to get the actual number of lanes, divide the road width by the car width... but feel free to change lanes at any or all times.
2. Junctions are for crossing. Don't stop, don't even pause. He who hesitates is lost.
3. Keep going, don't give way, but don't dart around. Everyone does this and it works.
4. If anyone else fails to follow any of these rules, or simply annoys you, sound that horn.
5. Pay your damage excess waiver - just check out the fenders/bumpers on all the local cars.
Written Jan 24, 2005
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