Transfer between Catania airport and downtown Catania

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Are you about to visit Catania, a baroque city in Sicily, and land at Catania-Fontanarossa airport? Here are our transfer solutions between the airport and downtown Catania!Transfer between Catania airport and the centre

You have finally booked your flight tickets and in a few weeks you will be under the Sicilian sun? You are probably wondering how to transfer from the airport to Catania’s city centre. You will have a choice of many options to suit all budgets to get to the city centre from the airport: bus, taxi, train or private car.

Catania-Fontanarossa International Airport (CTA) is located about 7 kilometers southwest of Catania’s city center and is one of Sicily’s most important air hubs. It operates both domestic and international flights and nearly 8 million passengers pass through it every year.

The airport is sometimes subject to temporary closures due to volcanic ash that can escape from Mount Etna , located only a few kilometres away. There are many connections to make a transfer between the airport and the city center of Catania and we have listed them to make your stay in Catania easier.

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Bus transfer

The Alibus bus company (AMT) runs from the airport to Catania’s central station with 15 intermediate stops, including the “Archi Via Cardinale Dusmet” stop located between the famous “Piazza del Duomo” and the Catania ferry port. The journey takes about 20 minutes. This is one of the most economical solutions because the ticket costs only 4.00€ and is valid for 90 minutes.

Tickets are available at the airport, at the bus stop ticket office, at authorised dealers or directly on board (payment in cash or by credit card).

The shuttles leave every 25 minutes and run between 4:40 a.m. and midnight.
Other cities in Sicily can be reached by other bus companies, in particular by Interbus.

Transfer from Catania-Fontanarossa airport by metro

Transfer between Catania airport and downtown Catania

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There is no direct connection between the city centre and Catania airport via the metro. However, you can use the city’s only metro line to get to Giovanni XXIII station – next to the main station – and take the Alibus bus company to transfer you between the airport and Catania’s city centre and vice versa.

Transfer by train

Transfer between Catania airport and downtown Catania

Same scenario as the transfer by metro, no direct link exists between the city centre and Catania-Fontanarossa airport via train.

To reach the airport by train, you will necessarily have to make a stop at Catania’s main station and take an Alibus bus to your arrival point.

The Trenitalia railway company provides permanent journeys with Catania’s central station, thanks to the transit of regional and interurban trains from the main Italian cities.

Transfer from Catania-Fontanarossa airport by taxi

Transfer between Catania airport and downtown Catania

Taxis are the fastest way to reach the center of Catania, or the place at which you will be staying in Catania Taxis connect the airport from all parts of the city and the suburbs. At the airport, taxi service is available at arrivals and terminals.

A transfer between the airport and Catania’s city center by taxi takes between 15 and 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions. You will have to pay about twenty euros to reach the city center.

Other transfer solutions to/from Catania-Fontanarossa airport

– Another solution for your transfer between the airport and Catania’s city centre is car rental. Several companies are present inside the airport such as Sicily by Car, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Avis. Rates will depend on the length of the rental period and the model of the vehicle.

Private driver services can also take you to your destination, however prices are quite variable and higher than the solutions previously proposed.

– Finally, if you want to explore other cities in Sicily, there are several other bus companies. Etna Trasporti will take you to Taormina in northern Sicily in 50 minutes. You can use Sais Autolinee to travel to Palermo, in the northwest of Sicily.

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