Palermo Central Train Station

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Palermo train station is situated on the Giulio Cesare square just in the middle of the city center.  Every day through the train station pass around 250 trains.

  • Trains

Palermo Central train station offers various trains, operated by Trenitalia. For example, in 2001 Trenitalia has started to use Trinacria express to connect Palermo airport with the Central Train station. The average journey time is just 45 minutes. The price is 5,80 EUR. The first train leaves at 5 in the morning, the last one at – 22. It is possible to buy tickets on the official website of Trentitalia, in the ticket offices or at the travel agencies.

  • Metro

What is more, there is a small metro operated by Trentitalia. There are 3 lines: LINE A: Palermo Central train Station – Airport, LINE B: Notarbartolo-Giachery (only from Monday to Saturday) and line C: Palermo Central train Station -Termini Imerese. Tickets cost 1,50 EUR. Please note that tickets for buses of AMAT company are not valid for the metro.

Timetable (12th of  June – 10th of December 2016):

Line A

Line B

Line C:

Palermo Centrale – Termini Imerese

Termini Imerese – Palermo Centrale

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  • Buses

Close to the train station, is situated the bus stop for AMAT buses. A ticket costs 1,40€. Please note that in Palermo buses often arrive late. There is also a bus for Palermo airport. The bus company Prestia e Comandè offers such connections every day. Average journey time is 50 minutes. One way tickets cost  € 6,30 (€11 – two ways tickets).  Buses operate from 4 a.m. till the midnight. Buses operate every day including holidays. It is possible to buy tickets on the bus, in the ticket offices or on-line on the official website of the company.

Timetable: Prestia e Comandè: Airport– Palermo (from 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2016)

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Castellammare del Golfo: how to get there

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Castellammare del Golfo is situated in Sicily, in the province of  Trapani. Castellammare del Golfo with its clean and sparkling sea, large and sandy beaches, delicious food and true sicilian cordial hospitality makes it a place worth seeing. From 2 airports of Sicily: Airport of Palermo Punta Raisi and Airport of Trapani Birgi  it takes only 2 hours to get there.

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Province of Trpani
  • Palermo airport Punta Raisi “Falcone e Borsellino” – Castellammare del Golfo

Palermo airport is situated 50 km from Castellammare.

1. Autersevizi Russo 

Firstly,you need to arrive from Palermo airport to Palermo. For more indications please refer here: Palermo airport: connections. Then in Palermo you can take a bus of Autersevizi Russo bus company that offers direct bus connections every day with Castellammare during the summer. Average journey time is one hour and a half. One way ticket costs 6,40 EUR.

You can check the timetable here (from 1.06.16 to 15.09.16):

Palermo Castellammare (weekdays timetable)

Palermo Castellammare (holidays and Sundays timetable)

Castellammare – Palermo (weekdays timetable)

Castellammare – Palermo (holidays and Sundays timetable)

* Autersevizi Russo higly recommends that passengers who are going from Palermo, to get to the bus at the Bus Terminal in Piazza Cairoli (Stallo 4) because at the next stops in Palermo there can be no free places on the bus due to the elevate number of passengers at this time.

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Riserva Zingara
  • Trapani Airport Birgi “Vincenzo Florio” – Castellammare del Golfo

Trapani airport Birgi is situated 59 km from Castellammare.

1. AST- Azienda Siciliana Trasporti

In order to reach Castellammare from Trapani airport  you can take a bus of AST bus company. The bus runs only once a day. Average journey time is 2 hours. Please note that the bus operates only on working days (Minday to Saturday).

You can check the timetable here (summer 2016): Trapani airport – Castellammare del Golfo- Trapani airport

2. Sicildriver, bus novetta

Sicildriver offers Taxi e Transfer collective service, however the cost is rather high.  One way ticket per person costs from 20 to 25 EUR (if there are more than 4 people) or from 75 to 90 EUR if the number of passengers is lower than 4. For groups the prices are different. You can check the timetable and tarifs here (summer 2016): sicildriver bus novetta Trapani airport – Castellammare del Golfo- Trapani airport

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castellammare del golfo, beaches
  • To and from nearby towns

Autoservizi Tarantola offers connections between Castellammare del Golfo and nearby towns such as Bruca, Alcamo and Calatafimi. You can check the timetable here:

– Timetable (valid from 13/06/2016): Castellammare del Golfo – Bruca

– Timetable (valid for July/September 2016): Castellammare del Golfo – Alcamo

– Timetable (valid for June/September 2016): Castellammare del Golfo – Calatafimi

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Castellammare, beaches
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Noto how to get there

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Noto is situated in the province of  Siracusa in Sicily. Noto is well-known for its spectaculous barocco city center and beaches. There are two bus companies that offer connections to Noto: Autolinee Trasporti Interbus and Azienda Siciliana Trasporti (AST).

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  • Siracusa – Noto

1. Interbus offers daily bus connections between Noto and Siracusa. The one way ticket costs 3,60 EUR, two way tickets – 5,90 EUR. The average journey time is one hour. You can check the timetable here:

Siracusa Noto (weekdays)

Siracusa Noto (holidays and Sundays)

2. AST also offers connections between Noto and Siracusa. The average journey time is one hour. The bus makes the following stops: Siracusa, Cassibile, Avola, Noto. There is no bus during Sundays and holidays.

Timetable:

Siracusa Noto (only weekdays): 07:00 08:00 11:30 13:40 14:30 17:30

Noto – Siracusa (only weekdays): 05:35- 06:45- 13:15- 16:20-19:25- 21:15

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Infiorata in Noto
  • Catania – Noto

1. Interbus offers connections between Catania and Noto. One way ticket costs 8,40 EUR, two way tickets – 13,00 EUR. The average journey time is 2 hours and a half. You can check the timetable here:

Catania Noto (weekdays)

Catania Noto (holidays)

 

2. AST also offers connections between Noto and Catania. The average journey time is one hour and 35 minutes. The bus makes the following stops:  Catania, Catania Airoport, Avola, Noto. Timetable:

Catania Noto (weekdays): 08:30 11:00 15:15 17:15 20:00

Noto Catania (holidays): 06:15 07:45 09:45 12:45 14:45 17:45

Catania Noto (weekdays): 11:30 20:00

Noto Catanio (holidays): 09:15 17:45

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Getting to Agrigento

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Agrigento is the province of Sicily with the same name capital Agrigento. Valley of the Temples/ Valle dei Templi is the most popular tourist attraction there.  It is possible to reach Agrigento both by bus and by train.

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Agrigento map
  • Aeroporto di Catania – Agrigento

From Catania airport to Agrigento leave direct buses of SAIS Trasporti Spa. You can check the major information here: Catania airport – Agrigento.

  • Catania – Agrigento

Autolinee SAIS Trasporti Spa offers connections between Catania and Agrigento. One way ticket costs 13,40 EUR, two way tickets – 22 EUR. You can check the timetable here (updated 01.08.16): Catania Agrigento Catania

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Agrigento
  • Palermo airport – Agrigento

From Palermo airport to Agrigento leave direct buses of Autolinee Sal Licata. The ticket costs € 12,60. The bus operates ONLY during weekdays. It is possible to buy tickets in the ticket offices, authorised points of sail or directly on the bus. You can check the timetable here (updated 01.08.16): Palermo airport – Agrigento

  • Palermo – Agrigento

Cuffaro Tours srl  offers daily connection between Palermo and Agrigento. The average journey time is 2 hours. One way ticket costs 9,00 EUR, two way – 14,20 EUR. Tickets can be bought on the bus. In Palermo the bus stops in via Paolo Balsamo (central station), in Agrigento –  Piazzetta Rosselli. You can check the timetable here (updated 01.08.16): Palermo – Agrigento – Palermo

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City center of Agrigento
  • Messina – Agrigento

Cipolla Group offers connection between Sicily and German and stops both in Messina and Agrigento. The bus operates ONLY on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.  The average journey time is 5 hours.The ticket costs from 30 EUR. In Messina the bus stops in Piazza della Republica, whilst in Agrigente – Piazza Rosselli.  You can check the timetable here (updated 01.08.16): Messina Agrigento Messina

  • Marsala – Agrigento

Autolinee Lumia offers connection between Marsala and Agrigento. The timetable depends on the day. The average journey time is 2 hours. One way tickets cost 10,10 EUR. Please note that during the holidays the bus offers only one connections per day. You can check the timetable here (from 07.01.13 to 11.09.16): Marsala Agrigento Marsala

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Scala dei Turchi in Agrigento

It is also possible to get to Agrigento by train. Central train station is situated in the city center of Agrigento.

 

 

 

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Taormina how to get there

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  • Aeroporto di Catania – Taormina

From Catania airport to Taormina leaves direct bus of the company Interbus. The average journey time is one hour and 25 minutes. In Taormina the bus stops in the Bus Terminal (Via Pirandello near the city center). You can buy tickets from the ticket offices of bus Terminal or directly on the bus. One way ticket costs 8,20 EUR.*

* it is better to book the ticket in advance.

From Moday to Saturday the first bus leaves the airport to go to Taormina at 8.45, the last one at 20.45. The interval between buses is 30 min (except the time at 11.45 12.45, 13.45, 14.45, 15.45, 18.45, 19.45, 20.45 when the interval is an hour). From Taormina the first bus leaves from 6.30 whilst the last one at 20.45. The interval is 30 min (except the time at  6.30, 7.45 when the interval is 45 min and the time at 11.45 12.45 13.45 14.45 15.45 16.45 19.45 and 2o.45 when the interval is an hour).

During Sundays and holidays the first bus leaves the airport at 7.45, the last one at 20.45. The interval between buses is 30 min except time at 18.45, 19.45 e 20.45. From Taormina the first bus leaves at 7.45, the last one at 20.45. The interval is 30 min except the time at 7.45, 8.45, 19,45 e 20,45.*

* It is recommended to check the timetable on the official website of the Interbus before buying the tickets as the timetable is subject to variation.

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Taormina
  • Catania – Taormina

From Catania to Taormina also leaves the direct bus of Interbus. In Catania the bus leaves from via Archimede – that is situated near the train station. In Taormina the bus stops in the Bus Terminal (Via Pirandello near the city center). Average journey time isone hour and 10 min. One way ticket costs 5,10 EUR whilst two way tickets 8,5 EUR.

 

From Monday to Saturday the first bus leaves Catania at  7.00, the last one at 21.00. The interval is 30 min (except the following hours: 07.00, 07.20, 07.30, 19.20, 20.00, 21.00). From Taormina the first bus leaves at 06.25, the last one at 20.45. The interval is 30 min except the following hours: 06.25. 06.30, 07.45, 11.15, 11.30, 11.45, 19.45, 20.45)

During the holidays and Sundays  the first bus leaves Catania at 8.00 whilst the last one at 21.00. The interval is 30 min (except the following hours: 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00). From Taormina the first bus leaves at 07.45, the last one at 20.45. The interval is 30 min  (except the following hours: 07.45, 08.45, 19.45, 20.45)*

* It is recommended to check the timetable on the official website of the Interbus before buying the tickets as the timetable is subject to variation.

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Isola bella/Beautiful island
  • Messina – Taormina

The bus company Interbus offers daily connections between Messina and Taormina.

In Messina the bus leaves from P.zza Della Repubblica, 6. In Taormina the bus stops in Bus Terminal (via Pirandello, near the city center). The ticket costs 4.30 €, two ways ticket – 6,80 €. The average journey time is one hour and 45 minuti.

You can check the timetable here (the timetable is updated at 29.07.16):

Messina – Taormina – Messina (weekday)

Messina – Taormina – Messina (holidays and Sunday)

  • By train

You can also reach Taormina from Catania and Messina by train. But the train station Taormina-Giardini is situated a bit far from the city center: it is necessary to take a bus or a  taxi to get there. The average journey time by train is one hour.

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The Aeolian Islands: sea connections

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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.

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Map of the Aeolian islands

Palermo – the Aeolian Islands

1. Liberty lines

Liberty lines offers the connection between Palermo and the Aeolian Islands with the hydrofoils. Hidrofoils leave once a day (summer 2016). Alicudi island is the closest island to Palermo, it takes only 2 hours to arrive there.
You can check the timetable here (from  22/07/2016): Palermo – the Aeolian Islands
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Alicudi island

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.

 You can check the timetable and destinations here (from 22/07/2016): Messina – the Aeolian Islands
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Stromboli island
  • 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

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Salina island
  • Napoli – the Aeolian Islands

1. Siremar

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.

You can check the timetable here (from 01.01 to 31.01.16): Naples – the Aeolian Islands
2. SNAV
SNAV offers daily connection between Naples and the Aeolian Islands from 28.05 till 10.09.16 with high speed ferries. Ferries leaves from porto Mergellina in Naples.   The price is around 150 EUR.
You can check the timetable here: Naples – the Aeolian Islands
3. Alilauro 

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

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