Sicilia Transportation

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Sicilia Transportation

  • Train

    Palermo Transportation

    Palermo is connected by trains to all the major destinations in Sicily, such as Taormina, Catania and Siracusa. For some destinations it is necessary to change trains. From Rome there are some direct trains for Palermo via Naples. the trip lasts 11 to 13 hours. For times please consult the Trenitalia site or call the green number 89 20 21.

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  • Buses

    Taormina Transportation

    The bus station is in the Via Pirandello. On my latest trip I didn't go further than up to Castelmola (2.80 euro return) and down to Giardini Naxos (also 2.80 return), but buses also go further afield to Messina or Catania (including the airport). The buses have blue 'Interbus' livery.

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  • Car/Motor Home

    Palermo Transportation

    The big plus by traveling with car is having the opportunity to stop anywhere on the road, see different places while traveling, thake as many fotos as possible. So if you come from Taormina zone - takethe A18 highway up to Catania and continue on A19 Palermo-Catania up to destination (260 Km). From Agrigento: take Statale 189 which travels...

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  • Cable Car

    Taormina Transportation

    The cable car (funivia) links Taormina (Via Pirandello) with the beach area at Mazzaro (main car park area). You can of course walk down or up, but on a hot day, it's good to have an alternative option. Tickets cost 3 Euro one way.

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  • Ship/Boat

    Palermo Transportation

    It is a convenient way to get to Palermo and bring your car along. There are two companies offering the connection services: Grandi Navi Veloci offers three connections: .From Genoa, daily, duration: 20 h. From Livorno (Leghorn) three times a week; duration: 19 h. From Rome Civitavecchia, daily; duration: 12 h. Tirrenia connects Palermo and...

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  • Parking

    Taormina Transportation

    If you go there with your own vehicule you will have big problems finding somewhere to park it!!! Like in most of these villages the streets weren't built for all the cars and the money to build parkings is not existant and if so the locals wouldn't use them anyway..... So cars are parked everywhere and obviously sometimes get forgotten (see...

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  • Airplane

    Palermo Transportation

    The Metropolitana runs from Stazione Centrale to Punta Raisi, stoppoing right at Falcone Borsellino Airport. It cost Eu4.50 one way, both station and airport are the end of the line. Note - although this is an underground it leaves at street level from the central station. normally the highest numbered platform on the far right. A taxi cost us...

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  • Driving

    Taormina Transportation

    Taormina ’s narrow streets can really drive an inexperienced driver crazy. Not because they are difficult to pass, but because many of them look like dead end. The driver assumes there is no way to go further and turns around or turns too early. Actually, Taormina , being built on three different levels of the ground, has rather complicated plan of...

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  • Caretto

    Palermo Transportation

    If you don't rely on ur legs and feet there are other possibilities to travel around Palermo city center. Here are phaetons! 8) However we didn't have a phaeton going around but I reckon it's quite funny and amusing! ;))

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  • Trains

    Taormina Transportation

    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.

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  • Scooter Hire

    Taormina Transportation

    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...

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  • Tours

    Taormina Transportation

    We've been to Sicily several times and typically choose to explore independently, but on our last trip, upon searching the internet I found the company "SicilyLife.com" which caters to personalized service for tours of Sicily, including all my transportation and tours by a deluxe-private minivan. Sicilylife is run by a couple of extremely...

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  • Airports

    Taormina Transportation

    Technically, the closest airport distance-wise to Taormina is the airport at Reggio de Calabria, which is on southernmost tip the mainland of Italy. However by the time you land, get your luggage, get to the ferry dock, ferry over, and get transportation once on Sicily, you're better off flying into Catania or Palermo. Catania is closer to Taormina...

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  • Trains

    Photo 1 is of the Sicilian train network 2013 and shows that it does not cover the whole island.It is said that the rolling stock is passed down the country of Italy and Sicily is the last in line and has the old models, I agree!The last photos is an example of the one carriage service on the line west of Siracusa, surprisingly it is without...

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  • Sicily now has 4 airports

    There are four commercial airports on the island of Sicily, two on the west and two on the east.All the airports have flights to and from European airports.All four airports include flights to and from Rome Fiumicino and Milan for international flight connections, Catania and Palermo have more frequent flights.Catania Fontanarossa:...

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  • ZTL in Sicily

    I begin ZTL, the initials of which stand for Zona Traffico Limitato, by saying that there is the need for these zones to protect the historical centres of the cities, towns and some villages of Sicily, indeed all Italy. Unfortunately, the down side is that visitors can be caught unaware with no permission for their vehicle to enter the prohibited...

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  • Metro/Underground in Sicily

    Catania and Palermo both have metro/underground services. I have not tried either of them yet! I am quite happy walking about overground!Catania: http://www.amt.ct.it/home.phpPalermo: http://metropalermo.xoom.it/Orari.html

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  • By Car and Ferry

    We did a 1.500km long way from Slovenia to Sicily by car. After crossing the Italian border, the road led us through Venezia, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples to Salerno. We spent the night in the camping, right on the beach. Next morning we continued the journey to Villa San Giovanni, 12km north of Reggio di Calabria. On the return we took a...

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  • Overnight ferry from Naples

    I have been to Sicily three times to date for a number of months at a time and my favorite way to get there is an overnight ferry from Naples to Palermo. I usually catch a train from Rome to Naples check my bags at the ferry and head out for pizza. Then back to a cabin for a good nights sleep and I awake in Sicily for coffeeIf you look at the cost...

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  • From Trapani airport to Trapani and...

    The easiest way to reach Trapani and Palermo from Trapani Birgi airport is is with Terravision ( http://www.terravision.eu/trapani_palermo.html ) since their timetable is connected to the Ryanair flights.

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  • Parking in Siracusa

    There is a large covered parking area on Ortygia. The thing is big, but the signs pointing to it are very small. In fact, i only noticed them when i walked the streets, having parked the car. The other thing is that the entrance can only be reached either through driving through the whole town (?) and taking the most left of the gates or to use a...

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  • Road signs

    If you're driving a car in eastern Sicily make sure you have a good road map. We didn't and we frequently struggled.Either the signs were located actually on the junction or placed on walls that enabled the driver to see them only as you pass the turning. The other gripe is that the direction signs are often presented amongst a mass of other signs...

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  • Travelling by coach from Switzerland

    I never thought the day would come when I would choose a coach tour but when age steps in and the going gets tough then its time to rid yourself of past illusions. So here we are on a coach trip with Twerenbold a reputed coach company. Can't say that I regretted it because we saw so much a week and covered so many kilometers which would have been...

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  • Who's got the map?

    Hiring a car in Sicily gave us the freedom to really get around and explore the island. Generally speaking, the roads were good - the autostrade are excellent, and small country roads were so quiet that, whilst you need to be careful of course, they never felt like a problem. The cities and towns are something of a different matter. The best way to...

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  • The slow way south

    We took the train from Rome to Siracusa - certainly the slow way south, but so relaxing and enjoyable. No hassle getting to the airport, no airport queues, no waiting for baggage. Simply turn up at the station, get on the train and sit back and watch the countryside roll by until we reached Villa San Giovanni where the train was put on the ferry...

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  • Palermo Airport

    This is not the best airport I have ever seen since it was built in the 1960's and has had little renovating every since. Yet the airport of Palermo offers flights to both Rome and Milan, as well as some international destinations to Germany, Britain and others via charter and interregio flights. The airport is situated some 20 km outside of...

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  • Cabel car & bus on Etna

    If you want to see craters on Etna, you can either walk....I would say for hours or you can go by a cable car and/or bus.From the parking, a cable car is used to carry people to 1 point and from there buses are driving toward craters. If you arrive to craters by bus, the guid will wait for the group there and show you arround.You can buy tickets...

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  • Ferry

    There is very good port in Palermo where you can go to Salerno , Tunisia, Malta, Francia or Spane. Ticekts cost more that 50 EURs.

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  • Train in Palermo

    Most of the time we use train in Palermo. It was very easy to go out of Palermo. Im not much city person. We took a train, ride 30 km on the coust. There are many beautiful small towns where you can swimm and take sun. The train ticet cost about 2 EUR to Termini or near some other town.

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  • Transportation in Sicily

    The best way to get to Sicily from abroad is by plane. You will find direct flights sometimes or through Rome our capital city!Other means of Transportation are the Railways: www.trenitalia.comOr Buses which usually are faster and with air conditioning

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  • Take the Ferry to Sicily

    Note: photo is not mine; it came from a brochureWe were staying in Gaeta, Italy, between Rome and Naples when we decided to make a 4-day tour of Sicily. We drove to Reggio di Calabria and took the ferry (car and all) to Messina, Sicily.If you are going to Sicily without a car, you will probably take a faster hydrofoil.Ferry services are called...

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  • Notes on Driving in Sicily (with taxi...

    Sicilian driving is for the most part easy. Autostradas are less dominated by highspeed Ferraris and similar drivers than on the mainland. Lesser main roads are good and backroads wide enough. Traffic density in large cities (except Pal. and Cat.) is manageable. One must have good maps(Michelin or Italian Auto Club) and should study city maps to...

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  • A 2-week tour of Sicily for 4 adults

    WHAT VEHICLE?- The cheapest car that will hold 4 adults AND their luggage(2 large pieces,2 small and 2 carry-on toiletry cases, some camera stuff)is a station wagon (eg. a Mazda or Opel). Be sure of the "trunk volume" before you reserve and to get a station wagon reserve it somewhat in advance! The limiting factors to the station wagon are the...

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  • Trains in sicily

    The train system in Sicily is fine and effective between Palermo and Messina and down as far as Syracuse but for any other destination I would recommend bus travel. The bus between Palermo and Trapani for example, is faster and more reliable than the train. The most amazing train experience in Sicily for me was the train from Palermo to Rome. I was...

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  • View from a bus

    One of my favourite parts of travel is the journey and if I drive I just don’t have as much fun. Ok…. having a car does give you freedom to leave exactly when you want but I love the freedom of being able to take a photo like this. The bus driver will not get lost and in turn my wife won’t yell at him. It’s cheaper and I don’t have to worry about...

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  • trains to sicily

    The first stop in Sicily is Messina. However, as the train will be split here for two directions: Palermo and Siracusa. You should make sure again you are on the right train.

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  • Trains and Ships - All at Once!

    When it was time to leave Sicily it was suggested that we take the train to Rome. The small matter of being on an island didn't seem to matter. The train would be loaded onto a ferry. In my mind this meant that the train would ride on the deck of some huge barge. Not quite! In fact, the bow opened and the train cars were driven into the bowels of...

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  • Coach and bus

    Sicily is the only place I know where coach travel is faster (and more expensive) than the train! There are good connections between all major cities and if you find yourself on the East coast, Catania is a major hub for SAIS, Etna trasporti and other companies running frequently from the coach station. Don't say it's not scary to rush across the...

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  • By train through Italy

    The romantic way to reach the island is of course by train as they are put on ferries and shipped across the Messina Strait (at least until there is a bridge). The ferry means that Sicily is not served by the Italian Eurostar trains but I found the InterCity ones quite OK. There are several trains a day from Rome and a night train from Milan which...

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  • Fly along Etna

    Flying into Sicily is special, at least if you fly to Catania, just south of Etna, as then you very often pass first the Lipari islands with their craters (Volcano, Stromboli...) and then Etna itself with its peak above the clouds. Most western countries have charter flights to Catania and you can often buy the flight only, rather than a whole...

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  • On the way to and from Sicily

    If you are going straight from home to Sicily, we recommend you fly from mainland Italy to the island. It is much easier and quicker. You can get a round-trip ticket that lets you fly into Catania (Fontanarossa airport) and depart from Palermo (Borsellino - Falcone airport), or vice-versa. If you are going to Sicily after visiting the mainland, you...

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  • Road Map

    The best road map available for Sicily is the one of Touring Club Italiano which is available in any Sicilian bookshop. This map is perfect for planning your travels if going by car or bicycle. Its scale is 1:200 000 and it includes a comprehensive index of place names and a chart of road distances.

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  • Let the nightmare begin

    Extract from my E-mails home:"SICILYHere is a land where the impossible (see headings "Parking", "Building Codes" and "Driving") are normal and the wonderfully spectacular (see Taormina, Mondello, Erice, Caccamo and Segesta) are passé.Our trip to Monreale - We drove around..............and around.................and around.At one spot, for the...

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  • Aeolian Islands - getting to & around

    The only way to get to and between the islands is either by boat or hydrofoil: several companies ply the same route: Snav, Siremar, Alilauro. I found Snav slightly more reliable and punctual than the others.from Napoli: 4 h hydrofoil, 9 h boatfrom Messina: 1,30 h hydrofoilfrom Milazzo: 1 h hydrofoil, 2 h boatfrom Palermo: 3 ore in aliscafofrom...

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  • Lipari - getting around

    Lipari is a beautiful island: we rented an old car and drove around: white beaches are interspersed with black lava beaches, the occasional fumarole, the pumice caves of Campobianco, some obsydian caves, little painted canyons, tropical-like vegetation, vineyards that produce the sweet Malvasia, sea-stacks and roman baths. There0s bus service but...

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