Holidays in Sicily begin most of the time at the airport. Of course, you might also come to Sicily by car from the Italian mainland and take the ferry. But in what follows we assume you are starting your Sicilian holiday at one of these three major airports:
Catania Airport (Marker 1 on the map) and Palermo Airport (Marker 2) operate year-round with flights even north of the Alps. Catania Airport, especially in the summer, is the busiest airport.
Trapani Airport (Marker 3) is used by many for its inexpensive flights. Because holidays during the wintertime are still such a well-kept secret, there are not many connections in Trapani in winter.
Travel by car means getting from the airport to the Bagheria highway exit (See the bottom left of the map.) Which way you travel depends on your airport. Follow these highways:
At the exit for Bagheria follow the second part of the blue line to Santa Flavia. If you want to go the opposite way back to the highway from Santa Flavia, follow the red line.
Important: Roughly midway between the Bagheria exit and Santa Flavia the red and blue lines look like one-way streets. But the direction of travel was changed a few years back. The red and blue lines are not reversed.
Tip: Drivers from North America and northern Europe will find the driving situation around Bagheria - especially around rush hour – to be perfect chaos. But it is a controlled chaos, and if you relax into it you will be surprised to see how well it all works. Roadway incidents are no more frequent than in countries – there is method to the madness.
Travel by bus and train usually starts by arriving at Palermo Central Station by bus. What bus you take to get there depends on what airport you are coming from:
Next you take Trenitalia (the Italian railway system) from Palermo Central to the station at Santa Flavia. The trip takes around twenty minutes.
Important: On Trenitalia timetables and on its website, the Santa Flavia train station is called: S.Flavia-Solunto-Porticello.