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Taormina to Etna on a budget!

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Taormina to Etna on a budget!

I've read various postings on tours from Taormina to Etna, but still not sure whether a public bus service runs from Taormina to the cable-car at Rifugio Sapienza. We're on a bit of a budget (yeah I know, Taormina's not the best place for that!!), and we don't especially like organised coach tours (involving 'retail opportunities', for example, on the way). Can we just get a public bus to and from Rifugio Sapienza , then get the cable-car and 4x4 jeep from there to visit Etna?? There are three of us and we're going in a week's time - very excited!

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1. Re: Taormina to Etna on a budget!

There is no public bus that goes from Taormina to Rifugio Sapienza. The bus to Rifugio Sapienza departs daily at 8:00 AM from Catania's Station, only one a morning. The return bus is at 4:00PM.

From Rifugio Sapienza you will be able to take the cable car, but only if the weather's good.

From Taormina, there are private excursions, but they must be booked ahead of time.

There's always the possibility;lty to hire a car and see Etna on your own. There's an excellent guide from Hunter Publishing , "Sunflower Sicily", that covers Etna well for an independent visit.


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