The "Vincenzo Bellini" airport of Catania-Fontanarossa is located about 50 km from the town of Taormina (Me), and offers national and international connections with the main Italian and European cities. There are numerous flag companies and low-cost airlines, which serve the Catanese airport. From Catania Fontanarossa airport to reach by car the wonderful town of Taormina it is necessary to take the A18 motorway in the direction of Siracusa (with toll), then proceed on the E45 motorway junction in the direction of Messina (with toll), Taormina Giardini-Naxos exit.
It is advisable to book a rental service with driver (NCC) or Taxi in advance. A professional, licensed for public transport, will pick you up in arrival hall of the airport and will accompany you to your destination. Using a private transfer is definitely the most comfortable and safe solution that will save you time and effort, especially if you travel with lots of luggage, in a group with friends or with your family; in this way, in fact, you will arrive loads and rested to enjoy your holiday in the marvelous Taormina. The rental service with driver is the choice in any case recommended for groups of friends / family (4 or more people), who want to comfortably (and quickly) reach the city of Taormina directly from the airport. In fact, special rates are provided for mini-groups of people. For more information, refer to the Bravodriver.com website.
For information on transfer prices see our page Catania Airport from/to Taormina - Prices.
From the Catania airport there are no fast connections with the city of Taormina. For these reasons the recommended route remains through the rental service with driver (NCC) or Taxi, which will pick you up directly from the arrivals area of the airport avoiding unnecessary efforts and delays. Alternatively, there are bus connections from Catania airport offered from private transport companies. There is no direct connection by train from the Fontanarossa airport to the city of Taormina. It is indeed necessary to reach in advance the central train station of Catania (piazza Giovanni Paolo XXIII) and then continue to Taormina with regional routes.
From the Catania airport there is no direct connection to Taormina. It is therefore advisable to reach the central station of Catania with the shuttle service operated by the company Amt-Alibus and then continue to Taormina Giardini-Naxos with regional routes served by Trenitalia. The journey time from Catania central station to Taormina is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. To know timetables, seasonal promotions and daily trips it is advisable to visit the site of the rail transport service.
From the airport of Catania, arrivals terminal, the company Buscenter makes connections with the city of Taormina. More daily trips provided during the day (even on Sundays), excluding holidays. For info and reservations, see the websites of the transport companies.
Once you get to Taormina Giardini-Naxos central station, you need to wait for the urban bus-shuttles service, which takes about 25 minutes to reach the historic center of Taormina (about 10 km). Alternatively, you can easily reach the center with the private transfer service with driver (NCC) from the Bravodriver.com, or wait for the Taxi service at the exit of the station. Arrived in the historic center of Taormina you can easily reach Piazza Duomo, with the artistic Fontana del Tauro, and in which stands the Cathedral dedicated to San Nicolò di Bari. Going on to Corso Umberto I, you can admire the massive construction of the "Badia Vecchia", of Palazzo Ciampoli and finally admire the Clock Tower, which closes the ancient village of Taormina to the north.