Travelling to and getting around the island of Sicily

Sicily, ©scotbot/Flickr

Sicily, ©scotbot/Flickr

Visit Sicily the very southern region of Italy and spend a wonderful vacation on the largest island located on the Mediterranean Sea. The island has a mild climate which makes it an ideal holiday location throughout almost the whole year. In the autumn and spring it is wonderful there. Sometimes you can bathe in the water even in late November. The winters are mild and wet and the summers can be very hot however the breeze coming from the sea might sooth the temperature. So there is nothing left to do but to use up your vacation days, book a flight to Italy and set out to discover   the beautiful island of Sicily.

How to get to Sicily

You can get to the island of Sicily through the three main airports: Palermo, Catania and Trapani of which all are served by low-cost airlines such as EasyJet and RyanAir.

Airbus, Catani airport, ©Jerry Gunner/Flickr

Airbus, Catani airport, ©Jerry Gunner/Flickr

Palermo airport otherwise called Punta Raisi is situated about 19 miles away from the western side of the city center of Palermo, while Trapani airport is located between the towns of Marsala and Trapani, approximately 10 miles away from both. From these airports you need to change vehicles and go further by bus or taxi. We recommend the bus which costs €5 while taxi prices can reach almost ten times the price of a bus ticket.

Sicily, ©scotbot/Flickr

Sicily, ©scotbot/Flickr

The bus from Palermo leaves every half hour and takes about 40 minutes to reach the city center. From the airport of Catania you can take the bus, the train or a taxi. The train takes you to downtown in 20 minutes and only costs 80 cents. From the airport of Trapani you can also take the bus for €2.20 and reach the city center or travel with the ferry.

Wandering around the island

When it comes to getting around in a foreign country usually you have three main options: take the bus, the train or hire a car. All of them have their advantages and you should choose which best suits your comfort needs and budget. The island has a broad bus network which enables any tourist to get to any part of Sicily.

Bus to Palermo, ©Effervescing Elephant/Flickr

Bus to Palermo, ©Effervescing Elephant/Flickr

The major bus companies are AST and Interbus which are also linked to the three main airports. The railway network is fairly efficient in Sicily however the trains are not as fast as the ones on the mainland. In order to get further information about fares and timetable visit Trenitalia website. The easiest and most comfortable way to get around is hiring a car.

Waiting on a bus from cerami to catania, ©john millar/Flickr

Waiting on a bus from Cerami to Catania, ©john millar/Flickr

Explore the island in your own pace and visit places by a car where the bus and the train can’t take you. The roads have improved throughout the years but you might still bump into a few potholes on the main roads.

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