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There are 9 ways to get from Istanbul to Sicily by plane, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, train, night train, car or ferry

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Recommended option

Fly to Catania  •  3h 42m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Catania (CTA) IST - CTA

€119 - €193

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  38h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Struga
  2. Take the Bus from Struga to Bari
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Bari to Palermo

€72 - €110

7 alternative options

Fly to Palermo  •  6h 44m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Palermo (PMO) IST - PMO

€128 - €324

Fly to Malta, car ferry  •  7h 4m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Malta (MLA) IST - MLA
  2. Take the car ferry from Valletta to Pozzallo

€247 - €391

Bus, bus and ferry via Gostivar  •  40h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
  2. Take the Bus from Gostivar to Bari
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Bari to Palermo

€86 - €151

Bus, train  •  42h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
  2. Take the Bus from Gostivar to Bari
  3. Take the train from Bari Centrale to Caserta Fa / ...
  4. Take the train from Caserta to Palermo Centrale Ic

€99 - €197

Night train, bus, train  •  2 days 8h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Napoli
  3. Take the train from Napoli Centrale to Palermo Centrale Ic

€260 - €347

Night train, train  •  2 days 19h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Videle
  2. Take the night train from Videle to Wien Hbf
  3. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Roma Termini Nj
  4. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic

€174 - €287

Drive, car ferry, ferry  •  35h 27m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Brindisi
  3. Drive from Brindisi to Villa San Giovanni
  4. Take the ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima V14 / ...
  5. Drive from Messina Marittima to Palermo

€255 - €407

Istanbul (IST) to Catania (CTA) flights

The flight time between Istanbul (IST) and Catania (CTA) is around 3h 21m and covers a distance of around 1247 km. The fastest flight normally takes 2h 20m. Services are operated by Turkish Airlines and Air Malta. Typically seven flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Flight route overview

Average flight journey time:
3h 21m
Fastest flight journey time:
2h 20m
Flight distance:
1247 km
Flights per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€150
Carbon emissions:
252 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
07:10
Last flight departs at:
17:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Istanbul (IST) to Catania (CTA) flight schedules

Turkey → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Turkey

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Turkey

  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
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  • 5-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom
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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

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Considerations leaving from Turkey

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Italy from Turkey is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Sicily is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Sicily is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Sicily is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Turkey from Italy.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 1 Aug 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Sicily is to bus and bus and ferry which costs 700 ₺ - 1.100 ₺ and takes 38h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Sicily is to fly which costs 1.100 ₺ - 2.000 ₺ and takes 3h 42m.

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It is approximately 1327 km to get from Istanbul to Sicily.

The best way to get from Istanbul to Sicily without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 38h 8m and costs 700 ₺ - 1.100 ₺.

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It takes approximately 3h 42m to get from Istanbul to Sicily, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Catania Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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Sicily is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 12:13 PM in Istanbul and 11:13 AM in Sicily.

Air Malta and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Catania Airport.

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There are 42+ hotels available in Sicily. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 1326.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 42m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Sicily, Italy?

Turkish Airlines and Air Malta fly from Istanbul to Catania once daily.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €400
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €440
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Bologna
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €420
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Bari
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€120 - €390
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Marseille
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€150 - €460
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€150 - €170
Flights from Istanbul to Malta
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €440
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Istanbul to Catania via Malta
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €170
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Malta
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €400
Flights from Istanbul to Malta
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €440
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Naples
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €390
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€150 - €440
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Bologna
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €420
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Basel
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€160 - €460
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€350 - €950
Tuninter
Website
tunisairexpress.net
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Tunis
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€130 - €410
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Belgrade, Rome
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€110 - €320
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Venice
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€140 - €430
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Caserta
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €75
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€22 - €35
Base Standard
€40 - €60
Base Premium
€50 - €75
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bari Centrale to Caserta
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€20 - €60
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€22 - €35
Smart Low Cost
€20 - €28
Smart Flex
€40 - €60
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Caserta
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€17 - €25
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€17 - €25
Train from Caserta to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
10h 23m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€40 - €60
Train from Napoli Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€35 - €55
Train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
11h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€50 - €75
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €19
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
€12 - €15
1st Class
€15 - €19
Night train from Halkali to Videle
Ave. Duration
17h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€15 - €23
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
€15 - €18
1st Class
€18 - €23
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Wien Hbf to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
13h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Website
Nightjet
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Struga
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€25 - €30
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
14h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€22 - €30
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus from Struga to Bari
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€15 - €23
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Bus from Gostivar to Bari
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€19 - €29
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Bari to Palermo
Ave. Duration
11h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €55
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Schedules at
ms.mk
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Napoli
Ave. Duration
31h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€210 - €270
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Ferry operators
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Phone
(+356) 22069999
Email
res@virtuferries.com
Website
virtuferries.com
Car ferry from Valletta to Pozzallo
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70
Website
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Low season
€70
High season
€127
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Patras to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€35 - €80
Website
Grimaldi Lines
Blue Jet
Phone
342 32 55 869
Website
blujetlines.it
Ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3
Schedules at
blujetlines.it
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Ferry from Villa S.Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Trenitalia

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