Welcome to the Catania cruise port guide. Catania lies in the shadows of Mt Etna on the “ball” of Italy. This charming town is one of the oldest and largest cities of Sicily. The presence of Europe’s largest volcano shapes this town to this very day. Several eruptions throughout history have covered this city by lava and the earthquake of 1693 almost completely destroyed Catania yet again. The city was rebuild with lava brick in the Baroque style making this grey city unique in the world. Read the cruise port guide underneath to know about where your ship will dock in Catania.
Cruise port guide Catania – Italy: docked
Cruise ships dock at the Catania cruise terminal in the port of Catania. Inside the cruise terminal you will find several facilities like:
The Catania cruise terminal lies about 1,5 km / 1 mile from the city centre. You are free to walk and some cruise lines even offer a shuttle service into town. Catania’s old town is quite small which makes it a great walking town!
Another opportunity to explore the island of Sicily is to rent a car at the port of Catania.There is an Avis car rental at the exit of the port. See its exact location marked in the map above.
One way taxi from cruise terminal to city centre: 10 euro
One way taxi from cruise terminal to the airport: 20 euro
One way taxi from cruise terminal to Lido Azzuro (beach): 15 euro
Tour of Catania: 50 euro (1,5 hours)
Tour of Taormina: 150 euro (3,5 hours incl. 2 hours free time)
Tour of Siracusa: 150 euro (3,5 hours incl. 2 hours free time
Tour of Etna: 150 euro (3,5 hours incl. 2 hours free time)
Tour of Etna and Taormina: 250 euro (5,5 hours incl. 3,5 hours free time)
Tour of Caltagirone: 165 euro (3,5 hours incl. 2 hours free time)
Tour of Piazza Armenia (3,5 hours incl. 2 hours free time)
The taxi prices above are per taxi, up to 4 people. Prices above are not set and you should always agree upon a price before stepping into the taxi.
The Circumetnea train
The Ferrovia Circumetnea is the most popular train ride of Sicily. It is the 114 km long train ride that circumnavigates volcano Etna, giving you beautiful views of the volcano, the surrounding landscapes and small Sicilian towns along the way. The journey takes you from Catania Borga to Riposto and takes about 2 hours one way. We know this is one of the most popular things to see and do in the port of call of Catania but you will need to plan ahead!
The best way to get from Catania’s cruise terminal to the Ferrovia Circumetnea train station is to take a taxi. You can also take public transportion by walking from the cruise terminal to Catania’s main train station and catch the metro to Via Caronda / metro stop Borgo. More information and schedules can be found on: http://www.circumetnea.it