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There are 3 ways to get from Sicily to Catania by bus, train or car

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello to Catania Fontanarossa Airport Departure Terminal

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Train

  1. Take the train from Palermo Centrale to Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa

Drive

  1. Drive from Palermo to Catania

Sicily to Catania by bus

The bus journey time between Sicily and Catania is around 3h 7m and covers a distance of around 217 km. This includes an average layover time of around 11 min. The fastest bus normally takes 2h 57m. Operated by AMAT Palermo S.p.A. and SAIS Autolinee, the Sicily to Catania bus service departs from Piazza Boiardo and arrives in Catania Fontanarossa Airport Departure Terminal. Typically 77 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average bus journey times

Time on bus:
2h 55m
Layover time:
11 min
Total time:
3h 7m

Bus route information

Fastest bus time:
2h 57m
Bus distance:
217 km
Buses per week:
77
Cheapest price:
€12
Carbon emissions:
27 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
03:43
Last bus departs at:
19:31

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sicily to Catania bus schedules

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The most affordable way to get from Sicily to Catania is to bus, which costs €12 - €18 and takes 3h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Sicily to Catania is to drive which costs €27 - €40 and takes 2h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sicily to Catania. However, there are services departing from Piazza Boiardo and arriving at Catania Fontanarossa Airport Departure Terminal via Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 57m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sicily to Catania. However, there are services departing from Palermo Notarbartolo and arriving at Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa via Palermo Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 12m.

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The distance between Sicily and Catania is 81 km. The road distance is 211.7 km.

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The best way to get from Sicily to Catania without a car is to bus which takes 3h 57m and costs €12 - €18.

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It takes approximately 3h 57m to get from Sicily to Catania, including transfers.

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Sicily to Catania bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, depart from Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello station.

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Sicily to Catania train services, operated by Trenitalia, depart from Palermo Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Sicily to Catania is to bus which takes 3h 57m and costs €12 - €18. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €17 - €40 and takes 4h 12m.

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Map of how to get from Sicily to Catania.
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  • Distance: 81.4 km
  • Duration: 3h 57m

What companies run services between Sicily, Italy and Catania, Italy?

SAIS Autolinee operates a bus from Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello to Catania Fontanarossa Airport Departure Terminal every 2 hours. Tickets cost €11 - €16 and the journey takes 2h 30m. Alternatively, Trenitalia operates a train from Palermo Centrale to Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa every 4 hours. Tickets cost €16 - €35 and the journey takes 2h 55m.

Train operators
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
Train from Palermo Centrale to Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€16 - €35
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€29 - €32
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello to Catania Fontanarossa Airport Departure Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
SAIS Autolinee

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Sicily to Catania bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, arrive at Catania Fontanarossa Airport Departure Terminal station.

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Sicily to Catania train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sicily to Catania is 212 km. It takes approximately 2h 22m to drive from Sicily to Catania.

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