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How to travel by bus in Sicily


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Sicily is an island rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. To explore all the wonders it offers, one of the most convenient and affordable transportation options is the bus. There are numerous bus companies that cover the island, offering a wide range of destinations, including major cities, tourist attractions, and beach resorts. Additionally, many of these bus companies provide regular services to major airports, making it easy and convenient to reach your destination. With a wide choice of schedules and affordable prices, the bus is definitely an option to consider when traveling in Sicily.


Here is a list of the main bus transport companies in Sicily:

  • Interbus

  • Website: [Interbus](https://www.interbus.it)

  • Phone Number: +39 0935 500690

  • Email: info@interbus.it

  • Details: Connections between Catania, Taormina, Palermo, Messina, and other Sicilian cities.


  • SAIS Autolinee

  • Website: [SAIS Autolinee](https://www.saistrasporti.it)

  • Phone Number: +39 0931 462711

  • Email: info@saistrasporti.it

  • Details: Offers connections between the main Sicilian cities and connections with the Italian peninsula.


  • AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti)

  • Website: [AST](https://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it)

  • Phone Number: +39 091 6167911

  • Email: info@astspa.it

  • Details: Local public transport service in Sicily, connects various cities and towns.


  • Etna Trasporti

  • Website: [Etna Trasporti](http://www.etnatrasporti.it)

  • Phone Number: +39 095 530396

  • Email: info@etnatrasporti.it

  • Details: Connections between Catania, Messina, Taormina, Giardini Naxos, and other Sicilian locations.


  • Giamporcaro Autolinee

  • Website: [Giamporcaro Autolinee](https://www.giamporcaro.it)

  • Phone Number: +39 0922 401360

  • Email: info@giamporcaro.it

  • Details: Connects Agrigento, Palermo, Catania, and other Sicilian cities.


  • Autoservizi Salemi

  • Website: [Autoservizi Salemi](https://www.autoservizisalemi.it)

  • Phone Number: +39 0923 981120

  • Email: info@autoservizisalemi.it

  • Details: Service between Trapani, Palermo, Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, and other Sicilian locations.

  • Cuffaro Bus

  • Website: [Cuffaro Bus](http://www.cuffarobus.it)

  • Phone Number: +39 091 6171141

  • Email: info@cuffarobus.it

  • Details: Connections between Palermo and other Sicilian cities like Cefalù, Termini Imerese, and Bagheria.

public transportation fro palermo airport

From the airports by bus:

Many trains from the railway company Trenitalia in Sicily have only one track, making the service slow for long-distance journeys. Instead, there are long-distance buses that offer a significant advantage: they stop directly at all three airports on the island and depart frequently.

You can purchase bus tickets at ticket counters (especially at airports and larger train stations) or directly from the driver.

Long-distance buses are available in many places where Trenitalia's train service has been closed in recent years, making them a good option for excursions. In the following chapters, we describe excursions departing from the central station of Catania and the central station of Palermo.


  • From the bus stop at Catania airport with SAIS Autolinee

  • From the bus stop at Trapani airport with Terravision

  • From the bus stop at Palermo airport with Prestia e Comandè


A small clarification, from Palermo airport, we also recommend considering the train, as the line that leads directly to the central station of Palermo is now operational within the airport. It makes several stops, but we must say it is never too crowded, and the costs are reasonable.


Possible bus excursions from Catania:

Possible bus excursions from Catania:

Traveling by bus might not be the most comfortable option, but it certainly saves a good amount of money. Here are some possible destinations you can reach by bus from Catania:


  • To Mount Etna (Rifugio Sapienza) with AST

  • To Noto (Viale Principe di Piemonte / Via Piola) with Interbus

  • To Ragusa (Via Zama) with Interbus/Etna

  • To Gela (Piazza Stazione) with Interbus/Etna

  • To Piazza Armerina (P. Marescalchi) with Interbus/Etna (with a shuttle to the Villa Romana del Casale)

  • To Enna (Viale Armando Diaz) with SAIS Autolinee

  • To Agrigento (Piazzale Rosselli) with SAIS Trasporti

  • To Palermo Central Station with SAIS Autolinee

  • To Messina (Piazza della Repubblica) with SAIS Autolinee


These are great options for those looking to explore the beauty and history of Sicily without the need for a car. Each destination offers its own unique attractions and experiences.


Possible bus excursions from Palermo:

Possible bus excursions from Palermo: From the Central Station (bus station and adjacent) of Palermo:

  • To the train station of Messina (Piazza della Repubblica) with SAIS Autolinee

  • To the train station of Catania (Via D'Amico) with SAIS Autolinee

  • To Enna (Viale Armando Diaz) with SAIS Autolinee

  • To Piazza Armerina (P. Marescalchi) with SAIS Autolinee (with a shuttle service to the Villa Romana del Casale)

  • To the train station of Gela (Piazza Stazione) with SAIS Autolinee

  • To Agrigento (Piazzale Rosselli) with Cuffaro

  • To the train station of Marsala (Viale Amerigo Fazio) with Salemi

  • To the train station of Trapani (Piazza Umberto) with Interbus/Segesta

  • To Piana degli Albanesi (Viale 8 Marzo / Via Viadotto Tozia) with Prestia e Comandè


From the Piazza Marina station:

  • To San Vito Lo Capo (Via Pier Santi Mattarella) with Russo

  • To Corleone with Stassi


In conclusion, traveling by bus in Sicily is a convenient, economical, and sustainable option to explore the wonders of the island. Thanks to the various bus companies that offer connections between the main cities and tourist attractions, it is possible to have an authentic and engaging travel experience, immersing oneself in the local culture and appreciating breathtaking landscapes. Remember to consult the websites of the bus companies for updated information on rates, schedules, and routes. Have a great journey and discover the invaluable beauties of Sicily, an island that will leave you breathless with unforgettable memories.




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