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Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

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Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Our tour of Italy terminates in Taormina, Sicily. We are booked on a 7:35am flight to Rome. The distance between the two centres seems to be around 40 kilometres. Is there any public transport, or a shuttle bus servicing the Catania airport from Taormina.? Would a taxi be an expensive option?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Welcome to Sicily michael t!

Interbus runs direct service between Taormina and Catania’s airport (Aeroporto Catania).

http://www.interbus.it/Home.aspx

Taxi’s are more expensive than transfers - From Catania’s airport to Taormina, expect to pay €90,00.

3 transfer companys, 3 different prices. Which to take?:

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Vagabonda

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2. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Hi Vagabonda,

Many thanks for your response to my enquiry. The early flight time is a problem, so the bus timetable is very important. I'll check out the Interbus link. Maybe, we would be wise to spend the night in Catania instead of Taormina, which is where our tour terminates. I can't understand why a major tour company ends a 16 day tour in a town which lacks an airport.

Cheers.

Michael t

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3. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Prego michael t,

The tour ends in Taormina because Taormina is the beautiful mediaeval hill town tourist resort and Catania is the genuine working Sicilian city. Taormina is less than an hour’s drive from Catania’s airport.

You could spend the night in Catania, or you might opt for the private door to door transfer.

Best wishes!

Vagabonda

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4. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

We booked a private transfer with Christian and were extremely satisfied with the service we received.

http://www.newtravelservices.net/

Think the cost was between 60 and 70 euros and considering the cost of the whole trip we thought it a reasonable expense.

Taormina is a lovely town to spend the last evening and the drive to the airport is on an excellent road but yes the tour company has given you a complication you could probably done without.

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5. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Hi Hugo,

Thanks for sharing your experience re the Taormina/Catania transfer.

Since discovering that the road between the two centres is a high-standard toll road, I'm coming around to the view that the private transfer option is the way to go...provided that the operator of the service can guarantee a Taormina hotel pickup at about 5:45am. We have 8 weeks before the service is required, so an early booking should ensure that our time-slot can be catered for. Thanks again to you and Vagabonda for your helpful advice.

Cheers

Michael t

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6. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Prego michael t – A pleasure…

Yes, the road between Taormina and Catania Fontanarossa is autostrada (A18) michael t and you would certainly be able to secure a guaranteed early pick-up.

You might reconfirm near your date of travel if booking so far in advance….

Regards,

Vagabonda

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7. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Michael,

How did the transfer go?

We, too, need to get to the Catania airport early in the morning.

Thanks,

E.

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8. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Hi Aydenwood,

You might send michael t a personal message since he hasn’t posted since March.

tripadvisor.com/members-forums/michaelt671

But you might read reviews here.....

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Vagabonda

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9. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Hi E,

We were successfully transported from our Taormina hotel to Catania airport by private transfer - as destinct from sharing a shuttle bus with several other travellers. The private transfer vehicle was a new Mercedes Benz E Class sedan, which was very clean and the driver was a nice man who spoke good English. The advantage of a private transfer is that you are the only party to be picked up, so the agreed pick-up time is virtually guaranteed. Shuttle busses often do a 'milk-run' around several hotels and one or more of the parties to be picked up will often be running late, which raises one's anxiety level if the schedule is tight.

Our driver arrived 15 minutes early and, as we were waiting out the front of the hotel, we met our flight with plenty of time to spare.

We booked the private transfer through the following link: booking@clickairporttransfer.com

The cost was 67.00 Euro for up to 4 people. We were only a party of 2, with 2 large pieces of luggage. There could be a problem with storage space in the luggage compartment if 4 passengers each had a large travel bag. At the time of booking, you will be asked to specify the number of pieces of luggage. I guess that if your party exceeded 2 people and/or you have extra baggage, the transfer company would assign a small, multi-seat bus to complete your transfer.

Hope that this info helps.

Cheers. Michael T

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10. Re: Transport from Taormina to Catania Airport

Do you know who provided the service michael t - Your transfer was subcontracted to a local company on the ground in Sicily?

Thanks for your report!

Vagabonda