How to get from Catania Airport to the City Centre
Located on the east coast of Sicily and in the shadow of the island's famous volcano, Mount Etna, Catania is made up of some of Italy’s greatest Baroque architecture. Overflowing with history, Catania is a wonderful place for those who wish to mix a seaside holiday with incredible Italian food, culture, and history.
So whether you are up for a hike to the volcano, a stroll around the old city, Duomo Di Catania, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing time at one of Catania’s beaches, Catania provides it all.
When landing at Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) and you wish to make your way to your hotel in Catania Centrale, you have two different transportation options; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or you can take the bus. Taking a taxi is a great option for those who are looking for a door-to-door service in a private air-conditioned vehicle. For those who are travelling on a budget, a direct airport shuttle bus is available from the Catania airport to Catania Centrale.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €25|| 15min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €5|| 20min|| 04:40–00:00|
How to get from Catania airport to the city centre by taxi
When arriving in a new city, taking a hassle-free taxi is always the most comfortable option. Not only do Catania taxis provide a door-to-door service taking you to your hotel in Catania Centrale in under 15 minutes, but they also take care of your luggage allowing you and your travel partners to relax and enjoy the ride. Moreover, Catania taxis are easy to recognise as they are white with the famous “Taxi” rooftop sign.
Taxi fare from Catania airport to the city centre
Local taxis at Catania Vincenzo Bellini airport calculate their fares using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. It is good to know that Sicilian taxi rates vary depending on if they are travelling during the day, night, or on a weekend. Your Catania airport to city taxi should cost around €25 during the day and around €28 for night or weekend trips, traffic conditions dependant. In addition to this, Catania taxis charge an extra €1 per piece of luggage, which is then added to the total fare.
However, if you wish to travel at a fixed price and avoid any hidden fees, it is highly recommended to pre-book your Catania airport transfer online.
Taking a taxi is always the best option when arriving in a new city, after a long flight and especially if you are travelling with children or luggage. They provide fast and comfortable transfer services from the airport to your hotel in the city. Moreover, if you are travelling in a group you can always share the end taxi fare with your travel partners. However, as taxis in Catania calculate their fares using a taximeter and prices vary depending on the time of day, it is highly recommended to book a private Catania airport transfer at a flat rate fare online, in advance.
Tipping your taxi driver in Catania is unusual, but appreciated, especially if they help you with your luggage or provide you with useful information.
Catania taxis accept cash payments in euros and bank card payments.
Please note that Catania taxis charge an extra €1 per piece of luggage, which is then added to the total fare.
How to get from Catania airport to the city centre by bus
For solo travellers or those travelling on a budget, a Catania airport bus shuttle service is organised using the AMT Alibus from Catania International Airport to the city center and the train station. The bus leaves every 25 minutes, from 04:40 to 00:00. The bus journey into the centre usually takes around 20 minutes.
How much is a bus ticket from Catania airport to the city centre?
The price of a one-way ticket on the AMT Alibus from Catania International Airport to the city centre costs €2.50, however, if you wish to purchase a reusable bus ticket valid for 90 minutes it will cost you €4. You can purchase your ticket on board the bus in cash or by bank card, at the airport or at any AMT resellers.
There is an average waiting time of 25 minutes for the bus.
The AMT Alibus is available daily from 04:40 to 00:00.
Where do I get it from?
You can find the AMT Alibus stop just outside the main terminal building, around 50 meters away from the airport's entrance.
Taking the Catania airport bus is a very convenient option as the bus has great operating hours and the waiting time is minimal. However, public transport is very popular amongst travellers, meaning that the bus can get very full. So for those travelling with luggage, children or in a big group, it would be easier to take a taxi or private transfer to Catania Centrale.
Please note that you have to validate your bus ticket in the electronic ticket machine on the bus.
A €4 Alibus ticket is valid on all other AMT urban lines for a total of 90 minutes.
If you wish to travel back to Catania International Airport on the bus from Catania Centrale, the bus operates the same route (departing from the train station and the main square).