how to get to Salina

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.

1. Hydrofoil from Palermo to Salina SM (once a day / 3h30)
2. Train from to Milazzo (2h30h approx)
+ Hydrofoil from Milazzo to Salina SM (1h30)
3. Helicopter / up to 5 pax

Kindly note that for season 2022 there might be some changes – we are waiting and updating this as soon as we know more.


From May till September there are hydrofoils, otherwise the overnight ferry is twice a week

1. Hydrofoil from Naples to Salina (6h)
2. Helicopter / up to 5 pax
3. Ship (twice a week / overnight)

Italo train offers a solution train + hydrofoil (from Sapri)

From Sapri there is also the option of hydrofoil only from 16th June till 29th August.


There are only few hydrofoils per day

1. Bus / taxi from airport till the port
2. Hydrofoil from Reggio Calabria to Salina (2h)


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.

...or we can do it for you!

You are visiting Sicily and planning a few days on the islands, do you just want to chill and be stress-free?

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We know how each holiday is unique and special. We always suggest you share your plan with us, so we can direct you further on how to reach Salina most efficiently.