Getting there & away
Intercity buses terminate in the area around Piazza Giovanni XXIII, in front of the train station, and depart from Via d’Amico one block north. Catania’s buses surpass the rather plodding train service.
AST (095 746 10 96; Via Luigi Sturzo 230) runs similar services to SAIS and Interbus, as well as to many smaller provincial towns around the Catania region, including to Nicolosi (€3.80, 50 minutes, half-hourly).
Interbus (095 53 27 16; www.interbus.it; Via d’Amico 181) runs buses to Syracuse (€4.75, 1¼ hours, half-hourly Monday to Saturday, eight on Sunday), Piazza Armerina (€8.80, 1½ hours, nine daily Monday to Saturday) and Taormina (€4.40, 1½ hours, four daily Monday to Friday).
SAIS Autolinee (095 53 62 01; Via d’Amico 181-187) serves Palermo (€12.80, 2½ hours, 17 daily), Agrigento (€12.60, three hours, 14 daily Monday to Friday, seven daily Saturday and Sunday) and Messina (€6.85, 1½ hours, half-hourly Monday to Saturday, two on Sunday). It also has a service to Rome (€45, 14 hours) that leaves at 8pm.
Frequent trains connect Catania with Messina (1st/2nd class €10/8, two hours, half-hourly) and Syracuse (€6.85, 1½ hours, 18 daily) and there are less-frequent services to Palermo (€11.75, 3½ hours, six daily) and Agrigento (€12.55, 4½ hours, five daily).
The private Ferrovia Circumetnea train line circles Mt Etna, stopping at the towns and villages on the volcano’s slopes.
The ferry terminal is located south of the train station along Via VI Aprile.
Virtu Ferries (095 53 57 11; www.virtuferries.com; one way/return €81/99) has several daily ferries from Pozzallo to Malta from April to September, with frequency decreasing in the winter months. The trip takes 1½ hours with a coach from Pozzallo to Catania (two hours) included in the fare.
Catania’s airport, Fontanarossa (095 30 45 05; www.aeroporto.catania.it), is 7km southwest of the city centre. To get to the airport, take the special Alibus 457 (€1) from outside the train station. There is also a regular shuttle from the airport to Taormina (€6, hourly, 7am to 8pm). All the main car-hire companies are represented here.