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How to get to Sicily?

Sicily is an island located in the south of Italy. It is possible to get there:

1) by airplane, local airlines or charter flights from Russia (3 times a week from April to October inclusive). Tickets for direct flights you can buy from Russian travel agency TRIS…T and Pac GROUP-Moscow, Neva Tour-Saint-Petersburg, there are direct flights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Catania. In Sicily there are two airports: Fontanarossa 2 km from Catania and Punta Raisi 35 km from Palermo. It is also expected to open the airport of Comiso in the region of Ragusa. Major Italian companies are Alitalia, Blue-express (flights from Rome to Catania and Palermo), Easy jet (flights from/to Milan), Mediriana, Ryanair and so on.

2) By bus. The company Sais Trasporti, from Naples to Catania or Palermo. The journey takes around 8 hours, one-way ticket costs 40 euros. From Rome to Catania or Palermo. The journey takes 11 hours and the ticket costs 50 euros one-way. The airport bus service runs to various cities on the island of Sicily. The main bus companies are Sais and Interbus. The buses are rather comfortable with air-conditioner. The tickets can be bought at the station or from the bus driver. To compare the cost of a one-way ticket from Catania to Palermo is 14,9 euros, travel time is around 2,5 hours.

3) By train. The company Trenitalia, on the train you can get to any city of Italy. When traveling to Sicily the train enters the ferry in the port of Villa San Giovanni in Calabria and arrives at the port of Messina.

4) On the ship, the main directions are Catania-Naples, the company TTTlines (travel time one night), this route is quite convenient for people traveling by car. The highway from Naples to Calabria are often repaires so there are traffic jams. TTTlines company offers cabins and seats at reasonable prices. You can buy a ticket on their website. Other directions are Catania/Palermo — Civitavecchia (Rome), Catania/Palermo — Genoa (companies SNAV, GNV), Catania/Pozzallo (Ragusa) — Malta (Virtu Ferries).

5) By car. The italian roads are quite confortable. There are free and paying highway sections. Gas stations have two systems: Self-service and filling run by the employee.  Inside the Italian cities it is quite difficult to travel with a map, because often you can not find the streets or house numbers, so it is more comfortable to use the navigator. It is recommended to to combine the trip by car with ferry on some parts of the way, see point 4.

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