To reach this wonderful piece of paradise, the closest airports are Catania, Palermo, and Naples. Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) is the closest and suggested airport.
From Catania, you will need to take a bus (approx 1.5 hours), and finally, a hydrofoil /Aliscafo (approx 1,5 hours).
To ensure you catch the last departing boat to Salina, the arrival time of your flight should not be later than 3 pm.
On your day of departure, please make sure to book your flight after 11h30 am to ensure enough time to get off the island and reach the airport. If you manage to depart in the afternoon, you will have a more comfortable commute.
The best port from where to depart is Milazzo, as it offers many options for the island.
1. Public Bus from airport to Milazzo (1h45) or Private shared shuttle to Milazzo (1h45) + Hydrofoil from Milazzo to Salina SM (1h30)
2. Train from downtown to Milazzo via Messina (no direct train) (1h30h approx)
+ Hydrofoil from Messina (2h30) or from Milazzo to Salina SM (1h30)
3. Helicopter / up to 5 pax
During high season (June- Sept) there is a direct hydrofoil from Palermo directly to Salina SM Marina.
FROM NAPLES / SAPRI
From May till September there are hydrofoils, otherwise the overnight ferry is twice a week
From May till September there are mini/cruises tours
There is no direct way to get to Salina, but you can either reach Reggio Calabria via train or you can join one of the mini cruises for the Aeolian islands departing from Vibo Marina.
We suggest getting out of the mini cruise at the first island, Vulcano, and then catch the hydrofoil from Vulcano to Salina.
While for the return is better to reach Stromboli via hydrofoil and then join the mini-cruise departing from there in the evening.