The Aeolian Islands/in italian le Isole Eolie or Isole Lipari forms a volcanic archipelago that consists of 6 islands: Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea. The arcipelago has two active volcanoes. They are situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily.
The only way to reach the Aeolian Islands is by ferry or by hydrofoil. The main port from which it is possible to reach the Aeolian Islands is from Milazzo port. You can check how to reach the Aeolian islands from Milazzo port here: Milazzo – The Aeolian Islands
In this article, however, we are going to talk about how to reach the Aeolian Islands from ports of Palermo, Messina, Reggio Calabria and Naples.
Palermo – the Aeolian Islands
1. Liberty lines
Messina – the Aeolian Islands
Liberty lines also offers connections between Messina and the Aeolian Islands
with the hydrofoils. Hydrofoils don’t leave for Filicudi e Alicudi. Stromboli, Salina and Vulcano are situted closer to Messina than other Aeolian islands, it takes around 2 hours to get there.
- Reggio Calabria – the Aeolian Islands
Liberty lines offers connections between Reggio Calabria and the Aeolian Islands only with hydrofoils. Hydrofoils don’t leave for Filicudi and Alicudi. Hydrofoils leave only once a day (summer 2016). Salina and Lipari are two islands that are situated closer to Reggio Calabria than others, you need 2 hours to reach them.
You can check the timetable here (from 22/07/2016): Reggio Calabria – the Aeolian Islands
Napoli – the Aeolian Islands
Siremar offers night connections between Naples and the Aeolian Islands with ferries. Average journey time between Naples and Stromboli (that is the closest island to Naples) is 10 hours, whilst between Naples nad Vulcano (that is the futherst island from Naples) is around 15 hours. You can book tickets on the official website of Siremar.
Alilauro offers connections between Naples and the Aeolian Islands from 01.06.16 to 11.09.16. Ferries do not leave for Filicudi and Alicudi. In Naples ferries leave from porto Mergellina. The ticket price starts from 100 EUR. The trip takes only 6 hours.
You can check the timetable here: Naples – the Aeolian Islands