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Basic information

  • Area: 180.88 km² (69.8 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +3995
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 296,303
  • Official language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Catania – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa Vincenzo Bellini) is to be found at less than 5 kilometres south-west of the city. Messina is around 110 kilometres to the north of the airport, while Syracuse is about 60 kilometres to the south. The Airport history was the region's first airport dating back to 1924 and has grown to be among the busiest in Italy. Over the years it has changed location and been expanded.

By Bus
The service which is operated by AMT Alibus Service, takes around 20 minutes to reach the city, traffic permitting. Between 05:00 and midnight the service provides 3 buses per hour. Other bus services can be found at the airport serving Messina and Syracuse.

By Taxi
Taxi's are available close to both the old and the new terminals and depending on traffic take 20-30 minutes to get to the city.

By Car
Car hire at the airport gives you the choice from many companies, including the larger global names. From the airport follow the signs to the SP70 motorway and head north, at the end of the SP70 on the outskirts of the city follow the signs to your end destination. Travel time depends on traffic so allow at least half an hour, although the journey can be shorter.


Buses are to be found in the city, however they have a reputation for long waiting times. Unless you intend to travel outside of the city walking is usually quicker.


If you are driving for the first time in a foreign city, Italy is probably the most challenging to start with but if you are confident of your diving ability, car hire is available around Catania.


At the current time Catania has a small Metro system, a total of 6 stops running between Porto and Borgo. Extensions are planned or under construction.

On Foot

In the city centre, due to its small size, by far the best way to get about is to walk. Apart from the freedom walking affords it allows you to take in the sights in a leisurely manner and to stop almost anywhere you like.


If any form of transport is synonymous with Italy and Sicily it is the Vespa scooter, almost any photo you see of Italian or Sicilian streets, you will probably see a scooter somewhere in it. For those travelling alone or in pairs, the scooter offers speed and freedom that cars cannot match and can be (and usually are) parked almost anywhere. If you intend to travel outside of the city then a larger motorcycle is also a good option. There are a number of companies in Catania offering scooters and motorcycles for hire.