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Bus Transportation in Sicily

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  • K H
    Copenhagen, Denmark37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy and cheap way to get to airport.
    Right on time 👍
    You can get into the bus in different stops but the best is start station for avoiding filled up seats.
    Written April 20, 2023
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  • Andreea V
    Bucharest, Romania3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Completely confused all the way, because there's no information about the staționa shere the bus just stop. You have to pay attention all the way not to have missed yours. Bad smell from the already used WC, that invaded all the bus. Excelent driver.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Teodor D
    4 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    The driver didn't stop at our station from the ticket and when we told him, he didn't want to. He was very rude.

    At borsellino station he didn't stop at all.
    Written June 6, 2024
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  • Patrick H
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As noted in other reviews, actually catching the bus can be very frustrating. It turns out that there is a timetable, but it does not correspond with the times posted on the signs at the stops. A complete circuit takes an hour, counting the 10 to 20 minute break for the driver at Piazza Marina (you have time to walk around the whole piazza or look at other sights). When we rode in early May there were two buses on the circuit, 20 minutes from the first to the second, then 40 minutes till the first one comes around again. We took the complete circuit. You don't see many of the sites in the Centro Storico, but you can get to them easily from the appropriate stops. But you get something else, as the driver squeezes the bus through impossibly narrow streets like Via Allora. You see pretty little piazzette where locals are eating and drinking (not too many tourists on this route), with plants and trees (mostly potted) that make each one seem like an oasis. You go by small specialty shops from such a short distance that you can see right to the back of the store, and locals shopping there, going about their business. You pass right by the mercato Ballarò, which may actually be a sad experience, because you know you can't get fruit and vegetables like that back home. It's all very different from what you get two blocks away at the tourist sites, and it makes an interesting break from the routine.

    Or, you can just take the Navetta Gratuita to get where you're going.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Richard B
    Todmorden, UK680 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the island tour as part of our trip to Lipari. Great driver & guide.
    We saw a lot of the island as we drove along the narrow roads.
    A few stops for photo`s & a rest break.
    Written October 3, 2019
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  • Emmy W
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For just 4,90 (price level may 2016) the bus brings you to Trapani train/bus station, in the city or to the habour. It takes only 45 minutes. The route is interesting.
    Written May 28, 2016
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  • Harvey S
    Wichita, KS1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Antonio was a wonderful driver, he was kind and patient, and helpful to our 14 person multi aged, somewhat mobility challenged, family. Spending 7 days of our 8 day Christmas holiday (excluding Christmas day) with us. we had some 3 hour one way bus rides to see all of Sicily. Antonio tolerated our shopping and rest stops and multiple schedule and destination changes gracefully. we had a great trip. the equipment was clean , modern and comfortable, each day,

    Antonio made our trip easy and enjoyable.
    Written January 5, 2022
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  • Alberto C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    They give the best taxi service. I suggest to contact them if you will come in Sicily. They are giving different transfer services for every kind of occasions: work, holidays and any other specific service.
    Written December 9, 2015
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  • Howie G
    Abilene, TX391 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're an American, Brit, Australian, Canadian, or otherwise don't speak, read, write good Italian, trying to find good information that is easy to use and understand for public transportation on Pantelleria may be a real problem for you. It was for me. Only after I was on the island was I able to get good information, and then because a vineyard I wanted to visit sent me the appropriate links, which cleared everything up that I had not been able to find satisfactorily while home in the USA.

    As I was staying along the harbor, I had easy access to the local bus. I did not feel I needed a car. The bus would take me wherever I wanted to go and for those times when I wanted to get off the beaten path, and go further than the bus went, I hired a guide for roughly 5 to 6 hours for less than the price of a day's car rental at the airport.

    The Marsala Travel Bus company is based in Marsala but the link to the site as I've posted for this attraction is the link that will take you to the information for Pantelleria.

    There is a very good map of the routes the bus runs on the site. Here, however, for convenience, is the link to the map: http://www.marsalatravelbus.it/images/cartina-isola-trasporti_1.jpg. With that in hand, you may have a sense if you're renting a dammusi that is not nearby the bus route that you want a rental car; however, if you're nearby the bus route and staying in a dammusi, you may want merely rely on the bus if there's a stop close enough to your liking to which to walk.

    However, to see the scheduled times and stops for the bus, you first link to this site: http://www.marsalatravelbus.it/, then you scroll down to the "READ MORE" button. Once you click on the "READ MORE" button, you are on the page where you can either download the schedules in a PDF format, or, you can scroll a little further down the page, past the PDF links, and the schedules are on the page, just in a different viewing format than if you download the PDF.

    Your hotel or a local can instruct you where to catch the bus. The maximum fare I paid one way was 1.30 euro.

    One thing to know: your driver will not be calling out the stops, at least mine did not. You will drive right by stops if no one has asked to get off at a particular location.

    Now, the problem is that the stops are at times just a tiny little blue sign and you really don't know you're coming up to it, or, if you've passed it up. So, don't be thinking that after you've boarded you just need count the number of stops you must pass to get off where you want get off as you may have passed some stops beforehand and had no idea you passed them up. Take my word for this from the voice of experience!

    When you get on the bus, I suggest you have written on a piece of paper the stop where you want to be let off and hand that to the driver and let him know that's the stop at which you want to be let off. A handy thing would be to have a printout of the schedule, and then highlight in yellow or circle with a pen or pencil, the stop you want to be let off at and if you give that to the driver, he'll know what you want.

    The only reason I don't rate the bus service as 5 stars is the fact that it is indeed a challenge to know where you are on the route without stops being called out in advance. Even when the bus does stop at a given location to let someone off or to let someone on, the drivers do not say outloud the name of the stop.

    The main stop (Capolinea Pantelleria) in the town of Pantelleria is just off the Piazza Cavour, in front of the post office on Via Edmondo de Amicis. You'll see the blue bus stop sign and also you'll see the designated parking for the bus with "BUS" in yellow on the road as well. This is one of the few instances when you can't miss the stop!
    Written August 1, 2015
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  • Frank J
    371 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There were a few rental options for cars and scooters. Didn't feel comfortable in scooters given the windy roads. The cars would have been fun but there wasn't enough of an island to explore to justify spending the time to do the paperwork for a 2 hour use but pay for the minimum 8-10 hours.

    Urso bus seemed like a good alternative as I really needed to see the northern beaches and quatrapanni on the west side of the island. Both destinations are on different bus routes that go through the opposite ways of the island.

    Tickets can be purchased by the driver for cash or credit. I purchased mine at the ticket booth where the very nice english speaking lady sold me round-trip.

    First day was to go to Acquacalda beach (about 20 mins away on the way up). Quattrapani is about 30 mins away but the view of all 3 islands from there is spectacular.

    A couple of observations and suggestions:
    1. Bus drivers are professional and drive carefully and are always punctual
    2. The bus goes through tight windy climbs on narrow roads. Just experiencing that was an adventure. Specially on one ride when it was a full sized bus. I had never gone through roads that narrow and steep in a bus that size
    3. If going to the beach, know that:
    a) Ride there will be less. Ride back, particularly after 4pm will be longer as a lot more pick-ups from nearer to town beaches as other people are returning as well
    b) Bus runs once an hour and on schedule. If you wish to catch a certain one, make sure you are at the stop on time or plan to return in an hour
    c) Buses are airconditioned
    d) MASKS ARE REQUIRED! I did not realize that but given close proximity to fellow passengers, it is required and 100% compliance (with not much enforcement)

    The bus provided us an efficient way to see the two places on the island we wanted to see but did not want to invest in time to actually rent a car and then find place to park the car, and then waste time return the car.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • Tim C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ho prenotato due biglietti da Palermo a favignana ma ho dovuto cancellare. Ho richiesto un rimborso ed é avvenuto in tempo record. Molto efficiente.

    I booked tickets from Palermo to favignana but had to cancel. I asked for a refund and my account was fully reimbursed within a few days. Very impressed.
    Written July 18, 2018
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  • unidun
    Mellieha, Malta51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Me and my boyfriend enjoyed the drive especially with the driver named Orazio! He is the best! He is very polite, friendly and he is well informed about places to visit and which shops open on sunday etc :)
    Written May 28, 2017
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  • Louise
    Corfu, Greece2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked the shared shuttle one way from the Palermo Airport to San Vito Lo Capo, the service was very convenient and fast. Great communication from the driver straight after we got off the flight and dropped us right to our hotel. We were very happy with our experience!
    Written June 18, 2024
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