How to reach Taormina
Taormina can be easily reached by any mean of transportation from all over the world suiting any budget traveller :
Catania Fontanarossa “Vincenzo Bellini” International airport is the nearest and most convenient airport at some 55 km from Taormina. It features several flights from the major Italian cities such as Milan, Rome, Naples and Venice (Alitalia, Windjet, Meridiana, etc.) and many international direct 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 to Catania too.
From Catania airport you can reach Taormina in one hour 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. For more convenient fares, we suggest you to contact your hotel in Taormina.
Direct buses from the airport to Taormina town centre are available every day. Check the timetable on www.interbus.it.it. It takes about one hour and a half.
The airport of Palermo Punta Raisi “Falcone e Borsellino” is located on the west side of Sicily.
If you come from Palermo by car, take highway A20 to Messina, then highway A18 direction Catania and take exit TAORMINA. It takes about three hours. If you come by train, check www.trenitalia.com for frequency and train schedules from Palermo’s airport (enter Punta Raisi) to Taormina. You will see there are several trip every day. Expect connections in Palermo, Catania or Messina. Depending on the connection, the trip will take 5-7 hours.
The international airport of Lamezia Terme is located in Calabria (Italian mainland).
Sicily features excellent highways (look for green road signs) and Taormina can be reached by car from every main Italian cities. From Northern Italy, you can drive along the highway A1 through Naples and Salerno; then from Salerno (Amalfi coast & Capri area) drive along the panoramic free of charge highway A3 direction Reggio Calabria. Take exit “Villa S.Giovanni – Sicilia”, then get to the harbour where very frequent ferries (company “Caronte” most recommendable – please just lock your car and enjoy a fantastic ride from the 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” and …. you’ve made it!!!
If you prefer arriving by train, please check www.trenitalia.com for frequency and train schedules. From Palermo’s airport, enter “Punta Raisi”. Taormina’s railway station is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful for its elegant charming Sicilian Liberty 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.
Some people enjoy coming to Taormina by ship; from Northern Europe & Italy, it is possible to take a confortable 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 highway Palermo-Messina A19. Frequent ferries from Naples to Milazzo (one hour 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 daily available too.
Travelling in Sicily by confortable 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 (Company “Interbus“) run from Palermo, Catania (airport included) and Messina. Moreover there are easy connections from Rome and Amalfi, Bari, Brindisi and Taranto.