Getting there & away
In summer, ferries and hydrofoils leave regularly from Milazzo and Messina. In Milazzo, the ticket offices are in or around the port, while in Messina the office is halfway up Via Vittorio Emanuele II. Peak season is from June to September with winter services much reduced and sometimes cancelled due to heavy seas.
Siremar runs car ferries from Milazzo to the islands (per person/small car €7.30/€24.40, two hours, five daily), but they are slower and less regular than the summer hydrofoils. NGI Traghetti (090 928 40 91; Via dei Mille 26, Milazzo) runs a thrice-daily car ferry for the same rates.