Sleeping in Airports

Catania Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Catania Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The airport is closed from midnight to 4:00. I had to spend the night at a bad hostel 3.5km from the airport. -a traveller

According to an October 2017 review, the airport closes at night.

CTA Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Catania Fontanarossa Airport.

What to Expect

catania airport guideCatania Airport (code: CTA) has a small terminal that serves regional and seasonal routes. Facilities include a few eateries, cafes, and shops, but all close for the night. Buy your late-night snacks and drinks early.  Power outlets seem to be few and far between, so make sure you’re charged up in advance. Free WiFi is available inside two airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Spending the night here seems to be an option if you’re willing to stay on the sparse landside, as the airside closes overnight. Seats are equipped with armrests, so a sleeping bag or blanket can help cushion the floor. Temperatures can get chilly, so bring an extra layer. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Catania Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Catania International Airport Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle service runs every 30 minutes, starting at 5:00AM. Pre-arrange with hotel or call for a pick-up at 39 095 723 45 55. Rate is €5,00 each way. » Check Rates
  • NH Parco degli Aragonesi – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Romano Palace Luxury Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Catania Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Casa Alitalia Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Landside, Check-in Area. Lounge Access: Pay at the door with proof of Alitalia ticket.
  • VIP Lounge SAC – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor, near Gates 4 and 5. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Catania Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Catania Airport inside the lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ] At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Arrivals, Landside. Hours: 8:20AM – 1:30PM • 2:45PM – 3:45PM (Mon-Fri).

Baby Care Facilities – A nursery is available in the ladies’ restroom in Departures and Arrivals.

Currency Exchange – Travelex offer currency exchange landside in the Arrivals area. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – Aldeasa offers duty-free shopping airside. A small variety of gift and specialty boutiques are available throughout the airport.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. The coffee bar on the 1st floor in Departures is open at 5:30AM, and the one in Arrivals is open until Midnight. A full-service restaurant and a self-service restaurant are available on the 1st floor in Departures.

Information Desk – There is Flight Information office to answer any questions regarding your flight. Location: Arrival Terminal. Hours: 8:00AM – 12:00AM. For information about the city, visit the Tourist Office. Hours: 8:00AM – 10:00PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not Available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Post Office – Available in the Arrivals Hall. Hours: 8:15AM – 1:30PM.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

According to a traveller review in October 2017, the airport closes from 12:00AM to 4:00AM.


Catania airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aerocondor • Aeroflot • Air Baltic • Air France • Air Italy • Aer Lingus • Air Malta • AlbaStar • Air Explore • Alitalia • Arkia • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • Blue Express • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Bulgarian Air • Carpatair • Cimber Air • Croatia Airlines • Darwin Airline • DAT • Delta • Eastern • EasyJet • Edelweiss • Egypt Air • Eurowings • Etihad Airways • Finn Air • Fly Dubai • Fly Niki • GermanWings • Hamburg International • Helvetic • Iberia • Jetairfly • KLM • Livingston • Lufthansa • Luxair • Malmo Aviation • Mistral Air • Montenegro • Neos • Norwegian Air • Onur Air • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Ryanair • S7 Airlines • SkyBridge • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Tarom • Thomsonfly • Transavia Airlines • Travel Service • TUI Fly • Tunisair Express • Turkish Airlines • Vim Airlines • Volare • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport offers a few options for both local and long distance buses. For easy access to the city centre take the AMT Alibus which runs every 20 minutes from 5:00AM – 12:00AM. This route provides connection to the city centre and the train station.

Information for long distance trains (for outskirts of Catania, Sicily, etc.) is available at the airport’s Information Desk. Tickets can be purchased at the Bus Ticket office in Arrivals (6:00AM – 10:00PM). You must validate your ticket before you board the bus (machines are located near the bus entrances), otherwise you may end up having to pay a fine of 50€ or more.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies are available onsite: AG Transfers • Hertz Italiana • Holiday Car Rental • Hollywood Rent A Car • Italy Car Rent • Locauto/Enterprise • Noleggiare • Sixt.


Metered taxis are available 24 hours a day at CTA airport and around Catania. Look for the yellow or white taxis with an illuminated “Taxi” sign on the top of the vehicle and the license number printed on the sides of the vehicle. Surcharges apply for trips to/from the airport, luggage, parties of more than 4 passengers and nighttime travel. If you order a taxi by phone, you will be charged for the distance the taxi had to travel to get to you, so you may want to hail a cab from a public place to save money. Total trip time between the airport and Catania city center is 15 minutes, and costs from 25€ – 40€. At the time of this update, we were not able to confirm these rates.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.