How to get the Bus from Catania to Taormina.
How to get the Bus from Catania to Taormina is not as easy as it might first appear. Italy is famous for its wine and food but infamous for its public transport system, and rightly so! Included in these words is, where to get the tickets, where to get the bus and the departure times too! Indeed, all the maps are clickable and take you to Google maps.
Ticket Price – €9.80
Firstly, buy your ticket at the Interbus ticket office on Via D’Amico. Then walk to the bus station. Of course, it’s not the bus station outside the ticket office. No, that would be too easy!
As shown on the map below, out of the ticket office and turn right. Go up to end of the road. Turn left, cross the road, then up the side street 20 metres to entrance.
I found it at stand number 10, check the front to make sure it says, Taormina. The busses seemed to go every half hour. But, this is the Italian Public Transport system at work here so they may be early or late. With a certain amount of chaos thrown in…
Sit on the drivers’ side of the bus for Mount Etna views. The other side gives some good views of the sea later on in the journey. There are a few pick up stops en route but not many. Bus back seems to be, roughly, every 45 minutes past the hour.
Click here if you need the bus from Catania to Etna.
The Long Version
On the way, there are some great views of Etna and its fertile slopes from the drivers’ side of the bus. And they really are fertile slopes. They really do live up to their name. There are several good vineyards on them and Etna wines have there own classification Doc Etna.
The bus back is at .45 past the hour. When returning, go to the bus station where you were dropped off at least 15 mins before. The bus was parked up and it wasn’t until the sign lit up on the front saying Catania, that I knew which bus to get.
The journey back is routine but be aware, you are dropped off outside the bus depot on your return, not inside!
So, forewarned is forearmed. With this information, it should take some of the hassles out of getting the bus from Catania to Taormina. Of course, you’ll still have to deal with the chaotic Italian transport system! I hate to bang on about a stereotype but, c’ mon Sicily, you don’t help yourself!
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