Flights and Ferry


Dear guests

The flight connections from Northern and Central Europe to Sicily are constantly changing and have changed a lot due to Covid. Therefore, we will limit ourselves to explaining the Sicilian airports and their location.

There are two airports in the southeast, perfectly located to reach the Noto region.
The larger one, Catania, is now one of the busiest in Italy.
It is located about 85 km north of Noto.
Comiso, a former military airport in the far southeast, is currently only served by Italian flights.

To the northwest are the airfields of Palermo and Trapani Birgi.
Palermo, like Catania, is served by flights from all over Europe.
Trapani Birgi is a Ryan Air-only airport with flights from some Italian cities and European airports such as Bordeaux, Karlsruhe and Bratislava.
Both are suitable for our holiday homes near Scopello/Castellammare del Golfo.

Which ferry you take depends on your holiday destination (northwest = Palermo, southeast = Catania), the price and the departure time, as well as the length of your holiday.

At the moment, Catania is unfortunately no longer served at all.

There are ferries to Palermo from Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples and Salerno.

The ferry companies are Grandi Navi Veloce (GNV), Grimaldi and Tirrenia (Naples only).

For less than two weeks, it is certainly not worth travelling in your own car.

For travellers from central or northern Germany, the journey to Genoa is certainly more pleasant, especially if you book a holiday home in the San Vito lo Capo and Scopello region. However, the ferry journey time is 20 hours.
The drive to Villa San Giovanni at the end of Italy is still quite exhausting, even if the roadworks that have been in place for 30 years are slowly disappearing.

It is about 1950 kilometres from Freiburg to Noto. The crossing from Villa San Giovanni to Messina takes about 30 minutes and costs almost 80 euros round trip.

Due to the long distances and the many sights, we recommend that you concentrate on one region. We consider the northwest and the southeast to be the two most beautiful areas, which are also best suited for spending longer holidays there. In these regions you will really find everything you need for a relaxing and interesting holiday.

Ferry times from San Giovanni to Messina ->

Bus/taxi and transfer

In general, the bus system in Sicily is quite well developed, in complete contrast to the train system. Taxis are of course available, but they are really expensive compared to the bus.

The official price for a taxi from Catania airport to Noto is around 130 euros.

The two bus lines are called AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti).



AST tickets are bought directly on the bus, Interbus tickets are bought in a little house at the exit of the airport (the right exit coming from the plane).
A ticket to Noto costs about 8 euros for adults.
The departure times are not perfect, especially if you arrive late.
The last bus leaves around 20.00
There is also a shuttle bus from the airport to Catania. Alibus, the journey takes about 25 minutes.