Easier than it may seem
Down below the mountain nestles the train station which is shared with Giardini-Naxos. Hence its name Taormina Giardini if you try to buy a ticket. From there, frequent (until mid evening at least) buses take you to Taormina bus station from where there is a short trek up to the centre.
- Road Trip
Rent a scooter!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you stay in Taormina only, going everyday to one of the surrounding beaches, you can do it walking and using the cableway.
However, for me, the best way to see the town and going everywhere is to rent a scooter. There's a lot of places to do it. Mine cost me about 200 euros for a week.
If you plan to visit other places or villages far away then the car should be the perfect choice. Beware the traffic - it appears sudenly and it takes a lot to go away. Parking could be a big problem, specially near Panasia disco at fridays and saturdays
If you're coming to Taornima by car using SS114, my advice is to use cable car to get to the city center.
The price is rather cheap (2,70 eur for return ticket). If you come to Taormina for a day as we did, near cable station there is parking (3 eur). The cable operates till 1 or 2am. Great views from over there. If you are going up, choose the last car for best views, and when going down, vice versa :)))
Parking in Taormina
Taormina is a small touristic town. Attempts to park in one of the streets are not only futile but extremely stressful!! Best option is to park your car in the Lumbi Car Park (plenty of signs to indicate the way). You can either walk up the stairs or take the free shuttle to the town. The shuttle gets packed - especially on weekends. The stairs are not too steep and, if you take it slow, you shouldn't even break into a sweat!
- Family Travel
Hire a Scooter
If you want to explore the region around Taormina you can rent a scooter. You can find rental companies everywhere.
The rates aren't very high, but it's worth it comparing the different companies. You can get a 50CC scooter without a drivers licence you only need to be 18 years old. For a 125CC scooter you need a motoerbike drivers licence. The scooters are quite new and you get a helmet when you rent the scooter
My tip: don't use a 50CC scooter for 2 persons, the region has got some steep hills and the small scooter won't get you up...
The company we used Cundari. The cost for a 50CC scooter for 4 hours was €15
- Road Trip
There are Express and local busses to get to and from Taormina. They go in all different directions, like to Catania (Airport), Siracusa or Palermo and up to Castelmola.
The Bus station is in the lower part of the Village near the cable car. At the bus station there is a ticket office where you get the timetables and information.
- Road Trip
We allways go to Sicily by train. There are some good connections from northern Italy to sicily with through night trains. The ride from Milano to Taormina is very long, about 16-17 hours, but that doesn't matter as most of the time you sleep. To get from mainland Italy to Sicily the whole train is put on a ferry wich is quite an interesting to see. On the ship you have enogh time to go and have a coffee.
The next station to Taormina is called "Taormina-Giardini" and is located down at sea level. From the station there are busses to Taormina or you can take a Taxi.
Some people come to Taormina on these cruise ships, anchoring in the Bay of Naxos and ferrying passengers ashore and up the mountain. Quite an old fashioned and romantic way to see it I suppose.
- Luxury Travel
- Historical Travel
The fastest way to get to the sea from Taormina is the "Funivia" the cable car. It leaves every few minutes from the morning to the late evening.
The return ticket is € 2.70
- Book now for big savings!
- Hotels.com Outstanding choice of hotels all over the world at fantastic prices.
- Save money, Book now!
- Booking.com Excellent choice, Low rates