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Getting Around Sicily

by Jack Guy

Aug 23, 2019

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Destinations / Europe

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and some of the distances between places of interest are quite long.

However, the good news is getting around is fairly easy. First of all, there are train services linking major points, largely in coastal areas. The trains are quite slow but the service is generally reliable, and prices are affordable. For example, you can cross from Palermo to Catania for around $15, one of the longest journeys on the island.

If you are heading away from the main coastal routes, you will most likely have more luck on buses rather than trains. It can sometimes be faster, too; for example Palermo to Trapani is quicker by bus than train. In the interior, buses are often your only option if you want to travel by public transport.

For greater flexibility it’s worth looking into hire cars. That way you will be able to get around without relying on timetables, and go exactly where you want. There are many car hire places on the island, but most are centered around the international airports in Palermo and Catania.

If you want to travel at a slower pace, Sicily is great for cycling. You can do a lovely two-week cycling holiday and take in most of the main sights, using trains to cover longer distances if necessary.

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