TRANSPORT FROM/TO THE AIRPORT
Catania city is easily accessible thanks to its international airport “Vincenzo Bellini – Fontanarossa”. It is the fifth Italian airport and the first in Southern Italy with its 10,000,000 passengers per year. It is the first in Italy for national traffic. It involves 77 airlines, including destinations in over 30 countries.
Other airports closer to Catania include Palermo "Falcone e Borsellino" (240 km from Catania), Comiso "Pio La Torre" (90 km), and Reggio Calabria "Tito Minniti" (124 km including the crossing of the Messina Strait). However, as there isn't a high-speed railway connection, when possible, we recommend landing in Catania to avoid lengthy train and bus journeys.
How to get around in Catania?
Bus Transfer (airport - city center, 39-50 min. depending on traffic)
Bus line « Alibus – AMT » from the Airport to the “Central Station” Bus stop
You can check the schedules here.
and then take another line from the Central station to your final destination.
You can find all the lines here.
The ticket price for the ALIBUS line is €4 and is also valid on all other AMT urban lines for a total of 90 minutes. To travel on all other routes in the city, the cost of a ticket valid for 90 minutes is €1, a daily ticket is €2.50.
They can be purchased on the bus in cash, via vending machines on site in cash or with payment cards or through the AMT Catania APP.
The metro line also provides connections to several stops in the city center. Here is the map and the schedule (1 subway ticket 90 min. €1; 1 subway daily ticket 90 min. €2; 1 integrated subway-AMT ticket 120 min. €1.20).
Train (airport - city center, 6-24 min. depending on time)
The city and the airport of Catania are also connected by a railway line. The ticket for a single ride costs €2.20 and can be purchased online or here.
Remember, Catania's central station is just 450 meters away from the congress center "Le Ciminiere".
Taxi (airport - city center, 15-20 min. depending on traffic)
From Catania Airport to the city center for one person is €22 only taking a taxi at the 1st floor of the airport (Departures) or calling the official Radio taxi number
Call center (+39) 095 8833
WhatsApp (+39) 342.073.6541
Other taxi lines can have a rate of about €30.
Several hotels offer their own transfer service which costs about €30-45.
Catania city offers a bike sharing service that allows you to rent a bike easily to move within the borders of the city center.
How Bike Sharing works:
You must register and enter the requested data.
2 – TOP UP
After registering, make a minimum top up of €5.
3 – SEARCH
Go to the bike park closest to your location and check the available bikes from the APP.
4 – COLLECT AND LEAVE
Choose your bike, press the release bike button and wait for it to be unlocked.
5 – COMPLETE THE RENTAL
Take the bike back to one of the bike sharing stations scattered around the area, hook it up to a free stall and make sure the LED light turns green.
More information about this service can be found here.
If you prefer using a scooter, the city offers various rental options. You can find some information here.
Marecamp has activated agreements and conventions with the Catania accommodation facilities selected for you in the city center or near the conference center. These are hostels and hotels that have chosen to freeze their rates until availability runs out. Contact your favorite facility via email and indicate the code ECS2024CT to communicate that you are a participant of the 35th ECS conference and enjoy the reserved offer. For the hotels, the costs indicated as "starting from" refer to a single room or double room for single use. Remember that, where it is not specified, the rates do not include the €2 city tax per night per person.
We will update this page constantly, as other structures join the agreement.
We are striving to minimize waste production during the conference.
To help us achieve a successful low-waste event, we kindly encourage you to bring your own water bottle or cup.
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