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Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

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Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

Hi there,

I need to get from Catania to Syracusa on Labour Day (1 May) around midday.

Does public transport (trains/buses) run on this day at that time?

I have looked at the Trenitalia website and the earliest train that I can find leaves Catania around 5:40pm. I have also looked at the Autolinee Interbus website but I can't find the timetable for that far ahead.

Any local knowledge would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Phil

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1. Re: Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

You will not get public transport on public holidays it is very limited.

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2. Re: Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

Welcome to Sicily pwstang!

1 May is a major national holiday in Sicily with limited public transport options.

Catania’s AMT bus service doesn’t run on 1 May.

The first train service on 1 May is in the evening.

AST will not run buses, but Interbus plans to run service from Catania to Siracusa at 9.30, 11.30, 13.30, 15.30, 16.30, 18.30, 20.00.

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3. Re: Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

Vagabonda,

I will be in Ortigia on 5/1 and purposely planned to not be traveling outside the city on the holiday. However, will local city buses be running so I can get to the Archeologial Park, or will I have to visit the site on a different day?

Grazie

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4. Re: Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

At this time AST is not planning to run service on 1 May, but you can taxi (€10, although perhaps more with the holiday, hotel can arrange), or walk from Ortigia to the archeological park - It's only half an hour's walk!

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5. Re: Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

Grazie Vagabonda,

I did not realize the holiday would have that much impact on transportation other than crowds! I may taxi one way and walk back.

Do you happen to know if the Greek plays at the theater must be reserved in advance? I understand the play begin May 1.

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6. Re: Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

Prego Spello2005,

Public transport is always reduced on national holidays, but 1 May (Labour Day) is a major holiday throughout Italy.

You may struggle to find a taxi as well!

Why not reserve in advance to avoid disappointment? - Comunicazione e Promozione Fondazione INDA

http://www.indafondazione.org/#

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Brucefil / Vagabonda,

Thank you very much for your feedback. Much appreciated.

Phil

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Prego pwstang - A pleasure....

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Grazie Vagabonda. I checked the website and the theater season does not begin until 05/11. Too bad. I will just use my imagination when I visit the theater.

And - plan my visit to the archeological park for another day!

Can you tell me when the bus and hydrofoil sites will post their spring schedules?

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10. Re: Public Transport on Labour Day (1 May)

Prego Spello2005,

The Ustica Lines hydrofoil service has already posted its schedules – Click on full timetabele.

http://www.usticalines.it/en/default.asp

Which bus line? If Interbus - tripadvisor.com/…46817945

Vagabonda

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