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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.

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small single-terminal international airport, served mostly by seasonal commercial and charter flights
  • Restaurants close in the evening and there are no beverage vending machines so have food and beverages handy for later.
  • Power outlets for mobile charging are hard to find, so power up your electronics before you go to the airport and carry a power bank with you in case you are unable to locate an outlet.
  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • For daytime naps, the airport’s seating is uncomfortable hard plastic bucket seats, but you can sleep comfortably on the floor if you have a travel mat or sleeping bag handy.
  • According to an October 2017 review, the airport now closes at night and it is not possible to stay inside the terminal. There are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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!

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 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.

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 no information desk; however, the tourist desk may be able to assist and is open 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, write a review or email us at [email protected]

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

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Catania and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a few travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Aviation Services • GH Catania.

Airport Hours

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

Airlines

As of November 2018, Catania airport is served by the following airlines: Adria Airways • Aegean Air • Aerocondor • Aeroflot • Air Baltic • Air France • Air Italy • Aer Lingus • Air Malta • AlbaStar • Air Explore • Alitalia • Arkia • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • Blue Express • British Airways • Brussels 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 • Germania • GermanWings • Hamburg International • Helvetic • Iberia • Jetairfly • KLM • Livingston • Lufthansa • Luxair • Malmo Aviation • Mistral Air • Montenegro • Neos • Norwegian Air • Onur Air • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Air • Ryanair • SkyBridge • Skywork • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Tarom • Thomsonfly • Transavia Airlines • Travel Service • TUI Fly • Tunisair Express • Turkish Airlines • Vim Airlines • Volare • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air • XL • S7 Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

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 and Noleggiare.

Taxi

Metered taxis are available 24 hours a day at the 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 December 2017 update, we were not able to confirm these rates.

Last updated: 2018-11-07

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.