Getting around in Catania: info, costs and advice

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Catania, located between the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Etna, is a wonderful city of art, a symbol of Sicilian Baroque and for this reason, included in the list of Unesco sites in the Val di Noto. It is an extended city, and is the largest urban center in Sicily, after Palermo: however, despite its extension, the infrastructures and means of transport are not always adequate and efficient. Moving around the city of Catania can therefore be a bit difficult for tourists, however, you can use the city bus network of the Amt line, which will allow you to reach the nerve centers of the city, and the new underground line of the Circum-Etna railway.

So here's one guide on how to get around Catania: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Catania
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Catania is an extremely busy city especially during peak hours, for this reason it is not recommended to move by car or scooter, evaluate its use only if you plan to move to neighboring areas as well. It is recommended to stay in the city center since you can easily walk between attractions, public transport should be used only in cases where you have to move between points very distant from each other. For settle in the city, we recommend the walking tour of Catania, for a first approach and to easily identify the landmarks.

A great option can be to use the Catania Pass: it is a card that entitles you to free or facilitated access to museums,unlimited use of urban public transport, including the fast Alibus line (Airport-Center) and the Metro line of the Circumetnea Railway.

  • Recommended solutions and means: bus, subway
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars, taxis, scooters
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: City Pass (from € 12,50 -), bus day ticket (€ 2,50)

How to get from the airport to the center of Catania

The airport Vincenzo Bellini of Catania-Fontanarossa it is one of the busiest Italian airports. It is about 10 km from the city center of Catania and can be easily reached by bus or taxi. It is used by the main national and low cost airlines.

Fontanarossa airport

  • Distance from the center: about 10 km / travel time: 20 min;
  • By taxi: average cost € 18,00 / travel time: 20 min
  • By bus: average cost € 4,00 / Alibus AMT line

How to get around on foot

If you are staying near the historic center, you can move easily on foot, since the main attractions and museums, as well as restaurants and nightlife, are all located within walking distance. In this case, moving by public transport on the road, subject to traffic, could waste a lot of time.

However, the city is quite chaotic, and getting around can be confusing at first. For this reason, the advice is to first take a walking tour with a local guide, who will show you the best of the city with useful tips for the rest of the visit independently. If you want to start too immerse yourself in the local culinary culture, then opt for the street food tour, where you will discover all the delicacies of Catania street food!

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Catania for free.

Con i mezzi pubblici

You can move around the city of Catania using the public bus network, which allow you to reach places like aci trezza and Aci Castello, and the subway.

If you want to reach Etna instead, you can do it with the bus of the company AST which starts from Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII (where the Catania Centrale railway station is located) and arrives at the Sapienza Refuge, in Nicolosi, from which the cable car and jeeps leave for the top of the mountain. However, the best way to visit Etna is with guided trekking excursions or jeep tours, both with transport included!


Catania has been served for approx 50 bus lines, which will allow you to reach all areas of the city and other locations in the Catania urban area in a shorter or longer time, depending on traffic.
You can use the 504M shuttle which leaves every 10 minutes from the R1 car park located in via Plebiscito e connects all the historic center, allowing you to reach the Benedictine Monastery in piazza Dante, the Roman theater and the Odeon in via Vittorio Emanuele, the Ursino castle and piazza Duomo.

  • Downloadable map: consult the official website with all the routes
  • from 5:00 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 2,50, integrated bus-metro ticket € 1,20 for 120 min


In Catania you can also move using the subway. Trains depart every weekday from the Nesima and Stesicoro terminus. The frequency is one run every 10 minutes until 15:00 pm; after that there is a run every 15 min until the end of the exercise. The percorso of the subway is as follows: Nesima, San Nullo, Cibali, Milo, Borgo, Giuffrida, Italy, Galatea, Giovanni XXIII, Stesicoro.

  • Downloadable map: map-metro-catania
  • Monday to Saturday from 6:40 am to 22:00 pm; Sunday from 8:30 to 22:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 2,50, integrated bus-metro ticket € 1,20 for 120 min

By car

Getting around Catania using a car it is not recommended due to the criticality of the traffic, extremely high especially in coincidence with the central hubs such as Viale Rapisardi or Via VI Aprile and during peak hours.

Furthermore, the historic center area is restricted to traffic and it is also the one where the places to see absolutely in Catania are concentrated. Only in the pedestrian areas is then introduced a ban on transit and parking every day 24 hours a day, with the forced removal of vehicles. Same problems are encountered in parking the car: it is highly recommended leave it at one of the many paid parking lots offered by the city of Etna to avoid unpleasant inconveniences or suffer damage and then move on foot or by public transport.


The ZTL in Catania it serves to limit pollution and traffic, in addition to allowing locals and tourists to enjoy the historic center of the Etna city to the fullest. The ban on transit and parking is valid every day 24 hours a day and concerns certain roadsand (for example Via Etnea, with "center" Piazza Bellini); the only vehicles allowed to transit are electric ones, taxis and car rentals with driver and police vehicles. You can find all the info on the official website Accessibility of Historical Centers.

Stops and parking

Finding parking in Catania it's not always easy: this Sicilian city is often crowded and being able to park your car safely can be an exhausting experience. For this reason it may be a good option to go to a car park that offers excellent services and control over your car.

One of the recommended car parks is the Europe parking (Get directions): right in the center, totally underground, video-monitored 24 hours a day and also cheap (€ 24 / h). Also recommended Green Parking (Get directions).
It is then possible to take advantage of the tariff parking (parking areas marked with blue stripes) offered by the Municipality of Catania: it is in force from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 13:30 pm and from 15:00 pm to 20:00 pm. The rate applied for one hour of parking is € 0,87, however it is also possible to purchase parking quotas for minutes and fractions of hours according to your needs, starting from € 0,40.
In these blue areas you will almost always meet unauthorized parking attendants, which for a few euros will "keep an eye on" your car. Of course, be wary and always prefer to independently purchase parking cards from automatic machines or from nearby newsagents and tobacconists.

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