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Getting around in Sicily

Travel between Catania and Palermo in Sicily can be done either by train or inter city bus.
Which would you recommend , and why, if you have taken either one?
Are the roads well maintained in Sicily?
I've traveled all over Italy by train, but never tried longer bus trips.
This would be for a possible early October trip.

Thanks!

Posted by
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We traveled this road by taxi (long story) in 2019. Its as good as any interstate highway in the US, enabling the driver to travel at an alarming rate of speed. Traffic was heavier near Cefalu and a couple of places with construction. We passed the bus from Catania, so its the same route. Its not that long a trip.

Posted by
1763 posts

We've spent a total of five weeks in Sicily, all by public transportation. We use train if it's available (more comfortable, ability to get up and walk around, restrooms available, often food on board, luggage near us), but, if not, we use the bus.

Posted by
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I've been to Sicily in October and LOVED it! We only used public transportation while there; trains and busses. I found both to be clean, comfortable and easy to use.

Bus advantage, you sit higher up to see more and can store luggage under the bus. Trains seem to go faster, but you see less and would have to deal with your luggage.

I checked Rome2Rio site and it seems like similar costs, similar routes, but the bus offered more time choices. October may have different times, but it will give you a general idea.

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Catania/Palermo

Posted by
1777 posts

I took a direct train from Taormina to Cefalu and got bored with the scenery. I recommend traveling the fastest way you can.