Getting to South East Sicily.
BY AIR: Catania is the main international airport, and major carriers land there. Direct flights from the the UK from BA, and some charters in season such as Thomson (from Manchester) Alitalia forces a change at Fiumicino (Rome) or Linate (Milan), and other carriers also require changes, such as Easyjet.
The new airport in Comiso is now open and at the moment has Ryanair flights from Rome, Brussels and London Stansted. You can keep up to date with the development of the airport at our English site www.comisoairport.info
Catania airport is now a 40 minute drive from Siracusa, and 1hour and a quarter from Modica,Ragusa and Pozzallo.
BY SEA There are ferry services to Catania from Naples and to Augusta from Salerno (TTT) Catania also has a Malta ferry service, or you can take the hydrofoil from Pozzallo, which is only 90 minutes from Malta.
BY CAR Driving down through Italy, you can take the ferry over the straits from San Giovanni to Messina – its a turn up and queue system with various operators running 24/7. Alternatively you can bring the car on the ferry from Livorno, Genova or Naples.
Car trains no longer run to Sicily.
BY TRAIN The train takes a long time and is not the newest stock. Night trains either with cabin or couchette are fine though and the whole train is loaded onto the ferry – it’s an experience. The train takes between 10 and 12 hours from Naples, they divide at Messina to go on to Palermo and Catania. At Catania the train divides again for Siracusa and Agrigento.
If you have bags of time trains do run in Sicily, but the timetables are hit and miss and generally most people take the bus.
BY BUS Quick, reliable and cheap – the bus/coach service connects all towns and cities, even if in an idiosyncratic way. Catania, Siracusa, Modica, Messina all have regular services to Catania. Most towns have direct service to Catania airport in the east of the island. Palermo airport has a special shuttle bus that leaves from the centre of Palermo every half hour or so.