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2 weeks with children

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2 weeks with children

Hi there! We will be in sicily 12-26 July with two little ones aged 8 and 5. We rather use public transportation than hire a car. Is that recommendable even with our initial plans of having two bases, Palermo and Catania to do many one day excursions? Are buses tickets costly?

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Here & There
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1. Re: 2 weeks with children

Hi again Toñi V,

If you intend to base in Palermo and Catania, public transport is optimal.

There's local bus service in both Palermo and Catania.



And the navetta gratuita, the free shuttle service in Palermo.

Palermo Navette Gratuite free shuttle bus map:


Weekly passes are also available.




You would then take the train or SAIS Autolinee between Palermo and Catania.

For the SAIS Autolinee bus service; Tariffa di corsa semplice 13,50€.




Palermo and Catania are Sicily's two largest cities, both transportation hubs offering the best transport options for day trips, but also hot in summer, so you might consider one city, and then a smaller town.


Malaga, Spain
5 posts
2. Re: 2 weeks with children

Thanks, Vagabonda. I finally made a tentative plan. I would appreciate if you could help me realice it is too ambitious with two little ones and considering that we would like to use public transportation only. Would this be possible?

We will land and return at/from Palermo and need to stay at Milazzo for 5 days (can do day trips from there). We would like to visit the following places, but we are not sure about the itinerary by bus and how to organise the needed time in each place.

Palermo, Agrigento, Siracusa, Modica, Noto, Catania, Etnaland, Etna, Taormina, Riviera dei Ciclipi, Aci Castello/Trezza, Messina, Isole Eolie. Would love to see Isole Egadi but think it is off route.

Thanks so much in advance for the input and help! We will be there in less than a month and have not booked accommodation yet!


Malaga, Spain
5 posts
3. Re: 2 weeks with children

My initial idea would be to have three bases: Palermo, Catania and Milazzo.

From Palermo day trio to Agrigento temples.

Then travel from to Catania and do day trips to Siracuse, Modica, Noto, Etnaland, Etna mountain.

Then travel from Catania to Milazzo and do day trips to Messina, Taormina, Isole Eolie, Riviera dei Ciclopi, Aci Castello/Trezza.

Then tavel from Milazzo to Palermo airport. Flight takes off at 18:30

We have 14 nights.

Cant figure out a route without a car.


Malaga, Spain
5 posts
4. Re: 2 weeks with children

Or better have four bases: Palermo, Siracusa, Taormina, Milazzo

I feel my head is going to explode! haha

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