Airport transfers and coach trips

Trenitalia is much slower than road travel for long distances. A large part of the Trenitalia rail network in Sicily has only one track: trains must take turns to travel in both directions along one set of rails! Rail travel in Sicily is ideal for shorter, urban journeys where it has the advantage of avoiding the traffic jams.

For long journeys, Sicilians always use coaches. Coaches stop right outside all three airports and run frequently.

Coach tickets can be purchased either at ticket counters (especially in the airports and major train stations) or directly from the driver.

Replacement buses are laid on by Trenitalia to cover some lines which have been shut down in recent years. These offer good transport options for some routes. We describe trips from the main railway stations of Catania and Palermo in the following chapters.

In the maps below, the red markers indicate the departure points of coach routes and the blue markers show their destinations. Some coach companies make stops along the way, but they are too numerous to indicate on this map.

Links to the various coach companies are included in the key below the map. Follow the links to find information on departure and arrival times. Please note that these times, the stops and the exact route may change at any time without prior notice.


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Coaches connecting the airports and Palermo Stazione Centrale (Central Station)

The following map gives an overview of the long-distance connections from the three Sicilian airports to Palermo Central Station (Stazione Centrale), which is the main railway station, and coach and bus station. This is the central hub for a car-free holiday in western Sicily.

The coaches coming from the airports stop at the new Central Bus Station (blue marker 1) or the station square (Piazza Giulio Cesare, blue marker 2).

Map showing coaches that connect the airports and the Main Station in Palermo
  1. From Catania Airport - (coach terminal) with SAIS autolinee ...
  2. From Trapani Airport - (coach terminal) with Terravision ...
  3. From Palermo Airport - (coach terminal) with Prestia e Comandè...
  1. ... to Palermo Central Station - central coach terminal
  2. ... to Palermo Central Station - coach terminal forecourt

Coach Trips from Catania Centrale station

Catania Centrale is one of Trenitalia's main railway hubs in Sicily and also a very large bus and coach station (red marker 1).

Coaches to all the interesting tourist destinations in eastern Sicily, such as Etna, Messina and Noto, depart from here. We particularly recommend a trip from here to Piazza Armerina (blue marker 6). From the railway station there you can take a shuttle bus to the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known worldwide for its spectacular Roman mosaics.

Map suggesting coach trips from the Main Station in Catania
  1. From From Catania Centrale station ...
  1. ... to Messina Main Station (Piazza della Repubblica) with SAIS autolinee
  2. ... to Mount Etna (Rifugio Sapienza) with AST
  3. ... to Noto (Viale Principe di Piemonte / Via Piola) with Interbus
  4. ... to Ragusa (Via Zama) with Interbus/Etna
  5. ... to Gela Station (Piazza Stazione) with Interbus/Etna
  6. ... to Piazza Armerina (P. Marescalchi) with Interbus/Etna   (followed by short shuttle bus to Villa Romana del Casale)
  7. ... to Enna (Viale Armando Diaz) with SAIS autolinee
  8. ... to Agrigento (Piazzale Rosselli) with SAIS trasporti
  9. ... to Palermo Stazione Centrale (central coach terminal) with SAIS autolinee
  10. ... to Palermo Stazione Centrale (coach terminal forecourt) with SAIS autolinee

Coach Trips from Palermo Centrale station

Palermo Stazione Centrale is a huge coach and bus station in central Palermo (red marker 1). Some additional shuttle buses and coaches stop in the railway station forecourt (red marker 2) and at Piazza Marina (red marker 3) which is approx. 1km away.

Please note that the stops are subject to change at any time, because of expansion of the central bus station. Please double check all your travel details before departure.

These three central bus stops offer many routes. The map below shows the most popular destinations.

Map suggesting coach trips from the Main Station in Palermo
  1. From Palermo Stazione Centrale - central coach terminal ...
  2. From Palermo Stazione Centrale - coach terminal forecourt ...
  1. ... to Messina Main Station (Piazza della Repubblica) with SAIS autolinee
  2. ... to Catania Centrale (Via D'Amico) with SAIS autolinee
  3. ... to Enna (Viale Armando Diaz) with SAIS autolinee
  4. ... to Piazza Armerina (P. Marescalchi)with SAIS autolinee   (followed by short shuttle bus ride to Villa Romana del Casale)
  5. ... to Gela Station (Piazza Stazione) with SAIS autolinee
  6. ... to Agrigento (Piazzale Rosselli) with Cuffaro
  7. ... to Marsala Station (Viale Amerigo Fazio) with Salemi
  8. ... to Trapani Station (Piazza Umberto) with Interbus/Segesta
  9. ... to Piana degli Albanesi (Viale 8 Marzo / Via Viadotto Tozia) with Prestia e Comandè
  1. From coach terminal at Piazza Marina ...
  1. ... to San Vito Lo Capo (Via Pier Santi Mattarella) with Russo
  2. ... to Corleone with Stassi

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