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Catania (Italy)

   
 









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Transportation

Arriving by plane

Catania is connected by direct scheduled flights to several italian cities and some european cities. You can find out which airlines currently fly into Catania in the Catania Airport web site.

A shuttle van service from the Catania Airport to the Excelsior Grand Hotel and the Jolly Hotel Bellini could also be organized in coincidence with most of the flights scheduled to land in Catania on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2002.

Individuals who are unable to get onto the Conference van can transfer to the Hotels by taxi or city bus. Taxis are available right outside the terminal building. Typical rate is 20-25 Euros.

City bus n. 457, also labelled Alibus, connects the Airport to the Catania city center, every 20 min from 5:00 AM to Midnight and has stops right across the street from the Excelsior Grand Hotel and the Jolly Hotel Bellini. Bus tickets must be bought at a booth just outside the terminal building. Fares are 0.65 Euros for a 90-min valid ticket or 1.75 Euros for a ticket valid until Midnight. Tickets must be validated in machines inside the bus, which put a time-and-date stamp on the ticket.

The major rental car companies have offices at the Catania Airport.

Arriving by train

Participants arriving to the the Catania Central Railway Station can transfer to the Excelsior Grand Hotel and the Jolly Hotel Bellini by taxi or city bus. Taxis are available right at the exit of the Station. Typical rate is 10 Euros.

A number of city buses take from the Railway Station to the Hotel. The most convenient are bus n. 443 and bus n. 457, also labelled Alibus, the same that originates from the Airport. Both have stops right across the street from the Excelsior Grand Hotel and the Jolly Hotel Bellini. Bus tickets must be bought at an office inside the Railway Station building. Fares are 0.67 Euros for a 90-min valid ticket or 1.81 Euros for a ticket valid until Midnight. Tickets must be validated in machines inside the bus, which put a time-and-date stamp on the ticket.

Arriving by car

To get to the Excelsior Grand Hotel or the Jolly Hotel Bellini by car you may find helpful to dowload maps of the Catania area from here.

Driving Tips

These are meant mainly for our American guests. There are some differences between italian and american traffic rules:

  • There are no all-way STOP signs. If you see a STOP sign, vehicles on the crossing road have right-of-way.
  • Right turns on red are not permitted, unless so indicated by a green right arrow, which appears along with the general red light.
  • Getting into a freeway you always must give right-of-way to vehicles already traveling on the freeway.

Driving habits in Sicily also require foreign drivers to be especially cautious and defensive. Locals are not extremely respectful of traffic rules. Traffic lights are generally obeyed, but right-of-way is more taken by aggressivity than given. Roughly speaking, the typical driving habits are reminiscent of Manhattan, NY, taxi drivers.

Author: S. Costa

 
   
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