Catania airport (CTA) - access to the city center, bus

Sicily has been very popular among tourists from Poland for many years. Cheap Wizzair and Ryanair flights are available from several Polish cities, allowing you to reach this Italian island for as little as a few dozen zlotys. You can get here from Katowice, Cracow or Warsaw (from Modlin by Ryanair and Chopin by Wizzair). Airport Catania is the island's largest airport, which is also one of the largest in Italy. The annual number of passengers served at this airport in 2019 exceeded 10 million people. The airport has 2 terminals A and C. The airport is located less than a few kilometers from the city center. A great impression on travelers is sure to be made by the airport's neighboring Etna.

Basic information about Catania Airport (CTA)

Full name: Catania-Fontanarossa Airport
Airport IATA code: CTA
Official website:

How to get from the airport to the center of Catania?

Catania Airport is located about 5 km from the city center, so getting to the center of Catania should not cause any major problems. The best way to get there is by one of the buses running to the center, or by cab.



The best way to get to the center of Catania is by bus AMT ALIBUS. Buses from this carrier run every 25 minutes, from 04:40 a.m. to 00:30 a.m. The bus runs between the airport and the center, stopping at many intermediate stops. The stop of this bus is located just outside the arrivals hall. The price for a single ticket is €4. This is a 90-minute ticket, which we can also use on the city bus. We can purchase the ticket from the driver. Driving time from the airport to the center is about 30 minutes. Let's not forget about ticket punching in the cashier.

Alibus stop at Catania airport
Alibus stop at Catania airport (photo:

The bus route to the center is below:

Airport - Bretella collegamento per Via S. Maria Goretti - Via S. Maria Goretti - Via San Giuseppe la Rena - Asse dei servizi - Faro Biscari - Bretella di accesso al Porto - Varco Sud Porto - Viabilità interna al Porto - Varco Nord Porto - Via Dusmet - Piazza dei Martiri - Via 6 Aprile - Stazione Centrale (center).

Bus route from the airport to the centrium of Catania
AMT ALIBUS bus route from Catania airport to the city center (source

Buses line 524 or 538

A 7-minute walk from the airport are the bus stops of lines 524 and 538. A 90-minute ticket, which will take you to the center of Catania costs just €1!


Getting to the center by cab is more expensive, but more convenient if you have a large luggage with you. Remember to choose only authorized cabs - the cars are white in color, there is a "TAXI" sign on the roof, and you will find the license number of the cab driver on the car.

The cab fare from Catania airport to the city center is about €20, but it is worth asking the final price before departure. The cab will get you to the city center in about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

The cab stand is located right next to the arrivals hall at the airport. Cabs operate 24 hours a day.

Access to other places

How to get from Catania airport to Palermo?

To Palermo The best way to get from Catania airport is by train or bus. At the airport is the Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa train station, from which we will reach Palermo in about 3 hours. We will get to the train station by the free airport bus. The cost of a ticket from Catania airport to Palermo is €14.1.

You can find the current train schedule and the possibility of buying a ticket online on the website of the regional Italian carrier. Trenitalia here: We can also purchase a ticket directly at the box office.

We can also get to Palermo from Catania airport by bus. The carrier on this route is Sais Autolinee. The price for a one-way ticket is €14. The bus from the airport to Palermo will take you to Palermo in 2:27. Buses leave on average every hour.

The carrier's official website, along with the schedule and ticket purchase options, can be found here:

Overnight stay in Catania

Flying to Catania is a good idea to book accommodation in advance. Below is the current range of accommodations on

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