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There are 11 ways to get from Turkey to Sicily by plane, bus, bus and ferry, train, night train, car, car ferry or ferry

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Fly Istanbul to Catania

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

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Fly Antalya to Catania

  1. Fly from Antalya (AYT) to Catania (CTA)

Fly Istanbul to Palermo

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

Fly Konya to Catania

  1. Fly from Konya (KYA) to Catania (CTA)

Fly Izmir to Catania

  1. Fly from Izmir (ADB) to Catania (CTA)

Fly Ankara to Catania

  1. Fly from Ankara (ESB) to Catania (CTA)

Bus, bus and ferry

  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

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Struga
  2. Take the Bus from Struga to Bari
  3. Take the train from Bari Centrale to Caserta
  4. Take the train from Caserta to Palermo Centrale

Bus, train via Sofia

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Napoli
  3. Take the train from Aversa to Palermo Centrale

Night train, train

  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
  4. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale

Drive, car ferry, ferry

  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
  5. Drive from Messina Marittima to Palermo

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. This includes an average layover time of around 46 min. The fastest flight normally takes 2h 20m. Services are operated by Turkish Airlines and Air Malta. Typically eight flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average flight journey times

Time on flight:
2h 35m
Layover time:
46 min
Total time:
3h 21m

Flight route information

Fastest flight journey time:
2h 20m
Flight distance:
1247 km
Flights per week:
8
Cheapest price:
€152
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 partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Sri Lanka

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Turkey

  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
  • COVID-19 testing required within 72 hours from entering the country
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Turkey
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Monaco, Réunion and United Kingdom
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Martinique, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Réunion, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican
  • COVID-19 testing required within 72 hours from entering the country
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Martinique, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Réunion, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican unless other countries have been visited within the past 14 days prior to arrival
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United States
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra and Monaco
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals who have visited Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, United Kingdom and United States in the last 14 days
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Turkey

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Turkey.

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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
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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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: 21 Sep 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

We're working around the clock to bring you the latest COVID-19 travel updates.
This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Turkey to Sicily is to bus and bus and ferry, which costs 700 ₺ - 1.200 ₺ and takes 38h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Turkey to Sicily is to fly which costs 1.200 ₺ - 2.300 ₺ and takes 3h 42m.

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The distance between Turkey and Sicily is 1822 km.

The best way to get from Turkey to Sicily without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 38h 8m and costs 700 ₺ - 1.200 ₺.

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It takes approximately 3h 42m to get from Turkey 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 Turkey. It is currently 4:31 AM in Turkey and 3:31 AM in Sicily.

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

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There are 214+ hotels available in Sicily. Prices start at €87 per night.

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

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Map of how to get from Turkey to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 1821.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 42m

What companies run services between Turkey and Sicily, Italy?

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

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€150 - €270
Flights from Antalya to Catania via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €480
Flights from Antalya to Catania via Ankara, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €490
Flights from Konya to Catania via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €450
Flights from Izmir to Catania via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€100 - €440
Flights from Izmir to Catania via Ankara, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €460
Flights from Ankara to Catania via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€100 - €410
Flights from Ankara to Catania via Antalya, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€110 - €440
Flights from Ankara to Catania via Gaziantep, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€120 - €460
Flights from Ankara to Catania via Hatay, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€120 - €450
Flights from Ankara to Catania via Ordu-Giresun, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€120 - €450
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €600
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Bologna
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Antalya to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €600
Flights from Izmir to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €490
Flights from Ankara to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €500
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Istanbul to Catania via Malta
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €270
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Malta
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€130 - €550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Naples
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €550
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €600
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Belgrade, Rome
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€140 - €300
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
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 - €550
Flights from Antalya to Catania via Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€35 - €180
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€170 - €650
Flights from Antalya to Catania via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €470
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Konya to Catania via Sabiha Gokcen, Rome
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €280
Tuninter
Website
tunisairexpress.net
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Tunis
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€150 - €600
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Istanbul to Palermo via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€160 - €600
Smartwings
Website
smartwings.com
Flights from Antalya to Catania via Prague
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €340
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Izmir to Catania via Manchester
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€80 - €250
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
2h 51m
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 Aversa to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
10h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€40 - €60
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 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
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
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
Has Turizm
Website
hasturizm.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€8
Website
Has Turizm
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€20 - €29
Schedules at
matpu.com
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
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
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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