If you are thinking of spending your holiday in Sicily, you absolutely must visit Taormina.
The breath-taking views, the charming beaches and the famous Greek Theatre, make Taormina one of the most important tour destinations in the world. However, if you want to visit the Pearl of the Mediterranean Sea, you have to know that it’s an elite destination, and the accommodation could be very expensive.
For this reason, Catania is a good alternative if you want to stay in Taormina. Catania is a very beautiful city to visit and a good starting point to reach many lovely places in Eastern Sicily. You wouldn’t want to miss Siracusa or the cities of Val di Noto.
Taormina is approximately 50 km to Catania, and it can be easily reached.
CATANIA TO TAORMINA BY BUS
Interbus services direct buses from Catania to Taormina every day, every half an hour. You can take the bus in via Archimede (in the vicinity of Catania Central Train Statio,). A single ticket costs €5,10, round-trip € 8,50.
You will arrive in Taormina city centre in one hour and ten minutes. If it’s hot, just before the city gate you will see a drink kiosk that many people don’t know about, where you can get some refreshment with an fresh orange juice or with the traditional drink Seltz, limone e sale (made with soda water, fresh lemon and salt).
CATANIA TO TAORMINA BY TRAIN
If you prefer travelling by train, then a Trenitalia train will take you from Catania Central Train Station to Taormina-Giardini Station with € 8,00. When you get there, you can take an Interbus or a ASM bus to the centre of Taormina or to the areas of Isola Bella and Mazzarò.
CATANIA TO TAORMINA BY CAR
Some of the most beautiful places in Sicily can be reached only by car. If you are a road trip lover, on the A18 Messina-Catania motorway towards Messina, you will reach the Taormina exit in less than one hour.
After paying € 1,70 of toll tax, follow the signs for “Mare-SS14” if you want to reach the beaches of Isola Bella and Mazzarò. You’ll find parking in “Parcheggio Mazzarò”.
Instead, if you want to see the Old Town of Taormina, you have to follow the signs for “Taormina-Castelmola”. Along the street you will find parking in “Parcheggio Lumbi” and, a little further along, in “Parcheggio Porta Catania”.