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How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

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How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

I will be in Milan, May 2014. Any suggestions on how to get to Lampedusa? I guess that it is still preseason. I know that there are flights and ferries, but cannot find anything online for this time.

Thanks in advance....

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1. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

Did you try skyscanner?

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2. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

Welcome to Sicily GJGJ2014!

Lampedusa is a season destination, so many of the flights are seasonal.

Check Meridiana from Malpensa and Trawelfly from Milan Bergamo.

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3. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

There are Saturday flights in May from Venice to Lampedusa on Volotea.

Otherwise you would fly to Palermo or Catania, and make your way to Porto Empedocle for the Siremar ferry. The Ustica Lines hydrofoil service doesn't begin until June.

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4. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

Thanks Vagabonda, that is really helpful.

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5. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

Prego GJGJ2014,

But unfortunately most of the seasonal flights don't begin until June.

You would probably find the travel from Milan to Venice easier than a journey to Sicily, and then onward travel to Porto Empedocle, and then the crossing!

Good luck!

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6. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

Wouldn't it be very risky to depend on a once per week flight?

What if it is cancelled?

Of course flying would be faster and more comfortable.

Any experience with the Siremar ferry? Looks like a 9-10 hr trip.

Rough seas? Are rooms private? How often is it cancelled?

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7. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

Travel to Lampedusa during the low season is not at all convenient.

Of course ferry service could be suspended just as flights could be suspended, but it's not very liking on this crossing in May. Hydrofoils are more at risk than ferries, and the hydrofoil service doesn't even begin until June.

The most guaranteed way to arrive on Lampedusa in May is via Porto Empedocle.

easyJet flies from Malpensa to Palermo, and then Autolinee Sal runs direct bus service from Palermo's airport to Porto Empedocle.

http://www.easyjet.com/en/

http://www.autolineesal.it/

http://www.autolineesal.it/PuntaAn.html

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8. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

One excellent reason to take the SIREMAR overnight ferry from Porto Empedocle to Lampedusa is to spend the daylight hours of the departure day seeing the Greek Temples at nearby Agrigento. The ferry departs at 23:00 daily except Friday.

The SIREMAR ferry has 170 private cabins, most with private facilities. For a description of the ship, see:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g194798-i6657-k317…

(same class of ferry as going between Naples and the Aeolian Islands)

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9. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

An excellent suggestion GAC - Buon Anno!

Autolinee Sal also runs direct bus service from Palermo's airport to Agrigento, and then there's local bus service to the Valley of the Temples.

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10. Re: How to get to Lampedusa in mid May 2014?

I'm also traveling to Lampedusa this May (next week, actually). We'll be renting a car, but do not want to take the car with us on the ferry to Lampedusa (it's quite expensive). Does anyone know if there is overnight parking available at Porto Empedocle?

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