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Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

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Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

Hello! My husband and I will depart for our 10-day trip in Sicily tomorrow. As the local escorted tour we signed up will end in Taormina, we will travel from Taormina to Palermo airport by public transport next Saturday for our 8.30pm return flight.

1) Are the buses from Taormina -> Catania, Catania -> Palermo, Palermo -> Palermo Airport tourist-friendly with a dedicated luggage storage area near the bottom of the bus? My concern is that it may be crowded on a Saturday with no place to have our luggage on the bus itself if there's no dedicated storage area. We will have 1 cabin-sized trolley luggage each. Also, is it relatively safe to have our luggage stored in the luggage storage area near the bottom of the bus (if there's one) or theft does occur quite frequently and we have to be more alert at every stop?

2) Can the tickets be used for a later bus if we purchase online and didn't make it for the schedule time due to traffic delays, change in our plans? I'm thinking if we need to pre-purchase the tickets online and lock ourselves to the fixed ticket timing rather than getting from the ticket offices near the terminals? (long queue, language barrier?)

3) It seems like the best route will be:

Taormina -> Catania -> Palermo -> Palermo airport

I can leave Taormina any time after breakfast. Current plan is to spend the remaining morning to further explore Taormina and leave just before noon. Does this schedule allow ample time to do the connections?

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Taormina - Catania (€4,90 by Etna Transport) 1h 10mins

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11:45 Leave Taormina (Via Pirandello Bus terminal)

12:55 Arrive Catania (Bus stop - Via Archimede)

13:00 Purchase Catania-Palermo tickets from Catania SAIS office @ Via D'Amico 181 + lunch in Catania (2hr 10mins to eat and buy tix)

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Catania - Palermo (€14.90 by SAIS Autolinee) 2hr 40mins

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15:10 Leave Catania (Liberty St & Via Archimede intersection)

17:50 Arrive Palermo Piazza Cairoli (Piazzale Stazione FS)

17:55 Approx 5-10 mins to walk / transfer from Piazza Cairoli to airport bus boarding point (assuming bus arrives on schedule)

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Palermo - Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino

(€5,50 Prestia e Comande, promo price @ €11 return) 50mins

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18:00 Leave Palermo (P.zza Giulio Cesare - Staz. Centrale)

18:50 Arrive Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino

---- or if we miss the 18:00 bus, take:

18:30 Leave Palermo (P.zza Giulio Cesare - Staz. Centrale)

19:20 Arrive Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino

If we miss the 18:00 bus and take the 18:30 bus instead, we will have just over 1 hour to clear security at the airport before our flight departs. Will that be too tight? We won't be having any check-in luggages with us or claim tax refund so will head straight to the passport control. 1-hr before the flight is the normal time we arrive at London Gatwick airport whenever we travel as we will just head straight to the boarding gate without check-in luggage. Does it takes longer to clear security in Palermo?

Lastly, are there any nice restaurants to recommend in Catania near the SAIS bus terminal? Hearty meal, around 30-40 eur per pax without drinks. We'll have our luggage with us so preferably not too much uphill trek / steps. We won't mind leaving Taormina 1-2 hours earlier so that we can have a nice lunch in Catania before the long bus ride to Palermo. Will there be any toilets on the bus or toilet breaks along the way for the Catania - Palermo route?

Many thanks!

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1. Re: Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

Welcome to Sicily acme15!

Yes, there is luggage storage under the bus – Pick-pocketing is a concern but also be mindful of your luggage as well, and sit on the side of the bus where you can observe your luggage at each stop.

bus timetables:

tripadvisor.com/…35181318

Purchase your tickets on arrival and immediately validate your tickets on the bus.

You might also take Interbus to Aeroporto Catania and change for the SAIS Autolinee bus to Palermo at the airport. There are toilets on the SAIS Autolinee buses.

Perhaps depart taormina earlier - It's impossible to predict how long it would take to clear security and you would appreciate arriving on the earlier bus.

Stop at La Torinese or the Punto supermercato near Taormina’s Porta Catania in Taormina prior to departing and pack a picnic lunch for the bus ride.

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Buon viaggio!

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2. Re: Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

Thanks for your quick and helpful reply Vagabonda! I've benefited so much from your contribution on this forum.

Appreciate the tips from you regarding the luggage and the packed lunch idea. I will depart Taormina earlier just to be sure we don't miss our flight.

I have 1 last question. What is the difference / benefit in travelling to Catania airport for the SAIS Autolinee bus to Palermo compared to travelling to Catania city (Via Archimede)?

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3. Re: Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

Prego acme15,

Yes, depart Taormina earlier just to be sure you don't miss your flight.

If you were to change buses at the airport, you would still go through all the stops in Catania, but many find it easier, less confusing, and less hectic to make the change at the airport since it’s very busy in Catania.

You could certainly make the switch in Catania as well.

Best regards,

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4. Re: Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

I see. Ok I will probably do that. Thank you once again Vagabonda!

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Buon viaggio acme15!

Vagabonda

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I cannot find timetable for bus returning from Taormina Sat 28th September can you please advise at what time we would leave Taormina to Catania to catch flight at 17.00 Palermo Airport, will be travelling to Taormina by bus on 25th can we purchase return tickets? Noted post re Palermo public bus but time differs for us thanks

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7. Re: Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

Welcome to Sicily Wendy M!

Interbus runs direct bus service between Taormina and Aeroporto Catania - Buses would depart Taormina for the airport at 12.45 (14.10 arrival), 14.00 (15.25 arrival).

Schedule information is available on the Interbus website.

http://www.interbus.it/

Under “Data/Date” (departure date), enter 28/09/2013; under “Partenza/Departure” (the town you will be departing), scroll down to and click on Taormina; under Arrivo/Arrival (your destination town), scroll down to and click on Aeroporto Catania; under Tipo/Type, enter direct; click on “Ho letto e accetto le condizioni per l'utilizzo del servizio web”; then click on “Cerca” for schedules.

Click on the information symbol, to retrieve schedules, connections, stops, duration, connection time, cost, and bus company (Etna Trasporti).

Vagabonda

Edited: 12:24 pm, July 28, 2013
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Thanks for info re travel, I have emailed villa chiarenzo in Taormina for accom and reply came back with heading of probable o spam or fishing and giving me info of villa and prices which seems ok but does the heading mean they think I am spam as I don,t want to give Visa card until sure site ok Wendy M

Edited: 7:48 am, July 31, 2013
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9. Re: Taormina - Palermo airport by public bus

If you have any doubts about a secure website, don't send along your credit card information. Contact Villa Chiarenzo directly about your concerns.

info@villachiarenza.it

http://www.villachiarenza.it/

Vagabonda

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