Almost touching the southwestern tip of Italy (the toe of the boot), Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. About the size of the state of Massachusetts, it is world-renowned for its arts, cuisine, and a rich history dating back thousands of years.
With so much to see and enjoy, travellers need to consider how to travel in and around Sicily while balancing speed, comfort and cost.
Undoubtedly the most picturesque way to travel through Sicily, the train is usually the quickest way to travel between major cities. Second-class tickets are generally about two-thirds the price of first-class. Kids between 4-11 usually travel for about half the price of an adult fare, and kids three and under ride for free — which can be a great deal for travelling families. Book your Sicily train tickets on ItaliaRail.
Intercity trains are quicker, with fewer stops, but will cost you a bit more. Don’t forget to validate your ticket in one of the orange machines at the Sicily train station — inspectors can fine you if you don’t.
Cheaper than the train, especially if you get a round-trip ticket, buses comes in two flavors — orange for local, and blue for between cities. You can buy bus tickets in a dizzying array of locations — at ticket offices, newsstands, and even in some bars! As with your train ticket, remember to get it validated before you travel.
If you absolutely want to get behind the wheel, and are prepared to face traffic jams, tiny one-streets, and the eternal struggle for parking, there are many options to choose from. All the major global car rental brands are well represented in Sicily. For those looking for a little more flair, Lurento is a European leader in luxury car rentals. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Bugatti and more, the supercar of your dreams just might be yours… for a day or two.
Whether you’ve just touched down at the airport, need to get back to base after a splendid night out, or are just in a bit of a hurry, a taxi can get you there. Make sure you have enough cash, as fares can increase on Sundays, holidays and late at night, and there is a surcharge for luggage.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a private yacht!
Of course, if money is no object, consider seeing Sicily from the water by taking a cruise on a private yacht. The surrounding islands are famous for matchless turquoise waters, endless sun, gorgeous white and black sand beaches, picturesque villages, thriving nightlife and active volcanoes to top it all off.