Regular hydrofoil and ferry services operate between the islands. On Lipari nearly all hydrofoil and ferry services arrive at and depart from Marina Lunga. Siremar and Ustica Lines have ticket offices in a cabin opposite the port. Full timetable information is available at all offices. On the other islands, ticket offices are at or close to the docks.
If you’re only visiting the islands for a couple of days, it’s not worth the expense of taking a car; you can garage it in Milazzo for €10 per day. For longer trips, however, it works out cheaper than hiring one on the islands. You can take cars by ferry to Lipari, Vulcano and Salina, all of which have scooter- and car-hire outlets.
For some real Aeolian style, book yourself an excursion around the islands in your very own helicopter with Air Panarea (090 983 44 28; www.airpanarea.com ; Via Iditella, Panarea). Tours over Stromboli cost €199 per person.