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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.

Sleeping in Catania Airport

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.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Catania Airport Guide.

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 loungeAirport 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 hotelsAirport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Catania Airport:

  • Catania International Airport Hotel – Airport shuttle operates from 5:00AM – 1:00AM for a fee.  » Check Rates
  • Bed & Fly Aeropuerto Catania – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Catania Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

wifiAirport 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.

airport infoMore 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 – Alelia 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.

Luggage Wrapping – Available

Mobile Charging – There are 4 charging points in the Arrivals area and 8 charging points in the Boarding area.

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.

SIM Cards – A reader says “In Arrivals, there’s a Iliad desk to provide you with an Italian cellphone number. You pay €9.99 for activation and €9.99 per month for 150GB internet with unlimited phone calls and SMS.” (October 2023)

airport hoursAirport 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 • AMC Aviation • Air Arabia Maroc • Aegean Cronus •Air Europa • Air Portugal • Air Serbia • Al Masria Universal Airlines • Air Baltic • Air France Air Malta • AlbaStar • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bulgarian Air • Corendon Dutch Air • DAT • Delta • EasyJet • Edelweiss • Eurowings • Etihad Airways • Electra Airways • Ethiopian Air • Fly Dubai • Iberia • Icelanair • Israir • ITA • Jet Time • Jet Two Com KLM • Kenya Air • Khors Air • Livingston • Lufthansa • Luxair • Luxwing • Malta Air • Neos • Norwegian Air • Pegasus Airlines • Ryanair • Royal Air Maroc • Swiss • Scandinavian • SkyUp Airlines • Smartlynx Airlines • Smartwings • Tarom • Transavia Airlines • Travel Service • TUI Fly • Turkish Airlines • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.

transportationAirport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is served by a few local and long distance buses. For easy access to the city centre take the AMT A libus which runs every 25 minutes from 4:40AM – 12:30AM. 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.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


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.


The Fontanarossa train stop is connected to the airport by AMTS Shuttle (Fare: €1), while the AMTS Alibus connects the airport to Catania Central Station (Fare: €4).

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.