By car, it only takes a few minutes to escape from the tourist routes into the untouched countryside, either along the spectacular coastline or in the mountains. The island is dotted with historic towns and villages that are a delight to explore, as are the numerous archaeological sites.
Most of our self-catering properties are located in the countryside, a few kilometres away from beaches and main towns, it is therefore essential to have a car. Car hire is in great demand in July and August and not all car hire grades are available and so it is advisable to pre-book early. More information about car hire.
There are quality motorways linking the main cities, as well as dual carriageways and a few toll roads. The smaller roads tend to be narrower and winding but as a consequence offer some spectacular views.
Please drive carefully, especially at first, as it may take you some time before you feel comfortable driving in Sicily. Extra care will need to be taken for guests staying in properties accessed by unmade or rural roads. Drive well on the right hand side, remembering that minor, narrow roads may be unmarked but are still two-way. Bridges are often single lanes.
Remember that when rain occurs after a long dry period, the roads can become extremely slippery so always exercise caution.
There is a train service around much of the island but it is not always a convenient option compared to car hire. For information on train times and for buying tickets in advance please visit TrenItalia.com. Please remember to get your ticket validated immediately before you board your train in the small orange machines at the station.
Many towns and villages are served by a network of buses. Timetables however are not always adhered to and services on a Sunday tend to be somewhat restricted. The blue buses run between cities, while the orange buses provide a more local service. Tickets should be bought before you board the bus from biglietteria, kiosks that sell newspapers, magazine and cigarettes. These must be validated when you board the bus as travelling with an unvalidated ticket (or no ticket) will incur a fine.
There are three companies operating on Sicily and you’ll find their timetables here SAIS, Interbus and AST.
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Taxis can be expensive and although there are some fixed fares, for example between the airport and a local city, ALWAYS, agree the price before getting into a taxi. The same applies to any horse-drawn carriages or the three wheel vehicles that can be seen haring around some cities.