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Getting to Sicily's Islands

Travel to the Aeolian islands by hydrofoil, ferry and helicopter

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You can reach the Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea & Stromboli) by ferry and hydrofoil from various points in Sicily but also from Naples. For up-to-date timetables, please see the individual websites of the carrier companies.


 

Hydrofoils (passengers only)


From Milazzo

Milazzo is the main departure point for the Aeolian Islands with several  hydrofoils leaving daily throughout the year. Crossings take between 45mins to 3 hours depending on which island your are heading for.
Ustica Lines, tel. +39 0923 873813
Siremar, +39 081 4972999

Good ThinkingIf you're heading for the Aeolian Islands for a couple of days and need somewhere to park in Milazzo, try the Garage delle Isole in Via San Paolino, 66, tel. +39 090 9288585. It is well signposted and situated just 600m from the port. They run a shuttle service to and from the port for those with bags.


From Palermo

Crossings take from 2.5 to 5 hours, depending on which island you are heading for (services usually run from the start of June to mid-September).
Ustica Lines, tel. +39 0923 873813


From Messina

Crossings take from 2.5 to 5 hours, depending on which island you are heading for (services usually run from the start of June to mid-September).
Ustica Lines, tel. +39 0923 873813


From Reggio Calabria

Crossings take from 2 to 5 hours, depending on which island you are heading for (services run all year round).
Ustica Lines, tel. +39 0923 873813


From Naples

Crossings take between 4.5 and 6.5 hours, depending on which island you are heading for (services usually run from the beginning of June to the beginning of September).
SNAV, tel. +39 081 4285555
Siremar, tel. +39 0917493315 (Palermo), +39 081 4972999 (Naples)


NB: all timings must be confirmed as they are subject to change and weather conditions.

Ticket offices are: in the port, by the dock in Palermo/Cefalù and Messina; on the main road opposite the port entrance in Milazzo; in the main "piazza" by the port on the islands.


 

Ferries (passengers and cars)


Milazzo

Crossings take between 1.5 and 6 hours depending on which island you are heading for.
Siremar, tel. +39 0917493315 (Palermo), +39 081 4972999 (Naples) 
NGI, tel. +39 090 9283415


Naples

Overnight crossings take about 10 hours.
Siremar, tel. +39 0917493315 (Palermo), +39 081 4972999 (Naples)
SNAV, tel. +39 081 428 55 55  



Booking Tickets

Although this isn’t necessary in low and medium seasons as there are several daily, we recommend booking between July and September. Bookings may be made directly with the companies concerned.  

Helicopters

The quickest way to reach the Islands from any of the departure points is by helicopter. Helicopters also provide a unique opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the volcanic craters of Stromboli and Vulcano. For more information about getting to the islands by helicopter or helicopter excursions over the whole region, please contact us.

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