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Travel & Transport

How to reach Taormina

Taormina can be reached easily by any means of transport from all over the world, suiting any budget traveller:

By air

Catania Fontanarossa “Vincenzo Bellini” International airport is the nearest and most convenient airport some 55 km from Taormina. It features several flights from major Italian cities such as Milan, Rome, Naples and Venice (Alitalia, Windjet, Meridiana, etc.) and many direct international flights from important European cities such as London (British Airways), Paris (EasyJet), Berlin, Stuttgart, Zurich (Air Berlin), Munich (Lufthansa), Dubai (Neos), Malta (Air Malta) and many more. Lots of charter flights from all over the world land at Catania too.
From Catania airport you can reach Taormina in one hour's drive by very convenient direct highway A18 (direction Messina, exit TAORMINA).
Taxis cost approximately € 80/90,00 one way and it takes about one hour.
Direct buses from the airport to Taormina town centre are available every day. Check the timetable on www.interbus.it. Journey time about one hour and a half.

Palermo airport Punta Raisi “Falcone e Borsellino” is located on the west coast of Sicily.
If you come from Palermo by car, take highway A20 to Messina, then highway A18 direction Catania and exit TAORMINA. It takes about three hours. If you come by train, check www.trenitalia.com for frequency and train schedules from Palermo airport (enter Punta Raisi) to Taormina. There are several trips every day. Connections at Palermo, Catania or Messina, stations. Depending on the connection, the trip will take 5-7 hours.

The international airport of Lamezia Terme is located in Calabria (Italian mainland).

By car
Sicily features excellent highways (look for green road signs) and Taormina can be reached by car from all main Italian cities. From Northern Italy, you can drive along the motorway A1 through Naples and Salerno; then from Salerno (Amalfi coast & Capri area) drive along the panoramic toll-free motorway A3 direction Reggio Calabria. Take exit “Villa S.Giovanni – Sicilia”, then get to the harbour where very frequent ferries (“Caronte” company is the best – please just lock your car and enjoy a fantastic ride setting on ferry sun-deck, it is very safe!) connect the mainland to Sicily 24 hours a day (city of Messina). Once in Messina, take highway A18 direction Catania, drive enjoying the beautiful coastline on your left for about 30 minutes, then take exit “Taormina”

By train
If you prefer to arrive by train, please check www.trenitalia.com for frequency and train schedules. From Palermo airport, enter “Punta Raisi”. Taormina’s railway station is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful for its elegant charming Sicilian Art Nouveau style decor; every train arriving from Northern Italy to Sicily stops here. Large choice of trains, from de-luxe Eurostar down to simple but very efficient “Espresso train” normally departing from Milan, Turin and Rome through Naples and the Amalfi & Capri area.

By ship
Some people enjoy coming to Taormina by ship; from Northern Europe & Italy, it is possible to take a comfortable fast ship from Genoa harbour (company Tirrenia) and reach Palermo in about 17/18 hours. From Palermo, Taormina is at about 3 hours' drive by motorway Palermo-Messina A19. Frequent ferries from Naples to Milazzo (one hour's drive to Taormina) and one daily ferry from Ravenna (Adriatic northern coast) to Catania as well as modern speed boats and catamarans from Malta to Catania and Pozzallo are available daily too.

By bus
Travelling around Sicily by comfortable buses is a very smart idea: they are fast, reliable and cheap and can take the traveller almost everywhere. Taormina has its own modern bus terminal right in the town centre. Frequent buses (“Interbus“ Company) run from Palermo, Catania (airport included) and Messina. Moreover there are easy connections from Rome and Amalfi, Bari, Brindisi and Taranto.

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