Sicily By Train
Unfortunately Sicily has one of the oldest and worst and train service in Europe . Think about this negative record that due to: lack of investments by the national rail service, old cars, sometimes in some rail routes still have 50 year old locomotives. Although the Sicilian coastal railway lines are very suggestive along the north coast such as (Palermo – Messina , a route that still has only one rail track ) or th “Ferrovia Circumetnea” which runs along the Mount Etna. In few words believe or not the Sicilian train system is slower then one hundred year ago: for instance if you want to reach Siracusa from Palermo would take you more then six hours, instead less then three hours by bus or car.
While in the north part of Italy we have “Freccia Rossa”(FRECCIAROSSA are trains that run through the high-speed rail tracks between Turin and Salerno traveling up to 300km / h with fast and frequent connections) in Sicily we might have the “LUMACA VERDE”(green like the bile of Sicilian travelers and slow as the snail).
Long delays are considered “normal” although good services are guaranteed to and from Palermo and Catania airports. So if you really want to take the train in Sicily: good luck, ” “keep calm and take it easy”!
Ferrovie dello Stato Tel: 892021 in Italy , from abroad: Tel +39 06.68475475
Web link : Trenitalia.com (English)