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Trapani to Marettimo, Levanzo and Favignana Islands Ferry

GAC
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The BEST way to travel from Trapani to the Egadi Islands (Marettimo, Levanzo and Favignana) is by Siremar car ferry, rather than by the faster, more frequent and more expensive hydrofoils (operated by both Siremar and competitor Ustica Lines).

Both the ferry and the hydrofoils depart from Trapani's dock, which is within walking distance from the Cathedral and historical part of town. There are also frequent long-distances buses from the Port to Palermo (Segesta Lines).

The crossing to Marettimo by ferry takes 2.5 hours, compared to one hour for the hydrofoil. Less time is needed to reach Favignana and Levanzo. The ferry runs daily year-round, with additional crossings during the summer. Sunday schedules are slightly different. During the peak of the summer season, Siremar adds supplementary crossings to Favignana with a smaller fast ferry (which affords no benefits apart from a shorter trip).

The one-way fare to Marettimo in law season by ferry is 10.60 Euros; by hydrofoil 15.50 Euros. Fares to the other islands are lower.

Travellers with limited time can take one of the numerous hydrofoils to and from the Islands.

Aside from the fact that the ferry has much greater stability and seaworthiness than the much smaller hydrofoils, the ferry has the additional benefit of affording passengers wonderful panoramas of the offshore islands from its open-air top decks, ideal for taking videos and photos. This is not the case with the hydrofoils. In case of bad weather, the ferry is also much less likely to be cancelled.

HINT: Take the morning ferry to Marettimo, and return to Trapani mid-afternoon with a hydrofoil. That gives about three hours to explore the island (since the ferry turns around quickly).

Here are two nice photos of the Siremar Lines car ferry which sails to all three islands from Trapani:

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/simone_martini_1985_b_1.htm

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/simone_martini_1985_b_2.htm

The large windows show the location of the main indoor salon, with nearly 400 vinyl, non-reclining seats. Behind this salon is an open deck area with hard plastic benches. There is another, smaller, open deck above the main indoor salon, with a short promenade deck. The bar is located in front of the main salon. The three large windows under the bridge is the officer's dining area. The ship (in service 1985) measures 233 feet in length, 46 feet in width, displaces 1494 tons, can transport 800 passengers, 70 autos, and travels at a speed of 16.5 knots.

www.siremar.it

www.usticalines.it

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“Best” is subjective - The faster and more frequent hydrofoil might be viewed by many as a “better” way to travel to the Egadi Islands.

And in addition to the Interbus service from Trapani to Palermo (01h55), Terravision runs a service from Birgi to Trapani, and on to Palermo that offers service past midnight.

Terravision:

http://www.terravision.eu/pdf/trapani_timetable.pdf

Ustica Lines also runs a hydrofoil service from Marsala to the Egadi Islands.

And Ustica Lines also runs a summer service from 1 June to 30 September between the Egadi Islands and Naples.

Vagabonda

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Here’s a map of Trapani’s Old Town showing the location of the port in relation to the historic centre.

http://www.planetware.com/map/trapani-old-town-map-i-i16.htm

AST – Azienda Siciliana Trasporti runs bus service between Trapani’s port and Aeroporto Birgi.

AST:

http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it/

Trapani/Paceco/AEROPORTO BIRGI/Paceco/Trapani

http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it/opencms/opencms/ASTHtml/Orari/ORARIOinvTP06.htm

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And I should have also mentioned that Autoservizi Salemi runs bus service between Marsala, Aeroporto Birgi, and Palermo.

Autoservizi Salemi:

http://www.autoservizisalemi.it/

http://www.autoservizisalemi.it/cerca_linea.php?linea=26

Vagabonda

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http://it.mappe.yahoo.net/tcol/mappe/trapani?cb=y&cx=12.53395&cy=38.02533&dv=Trapani%20(TP),%20Italia&ind=&op=mc&ldv=Trapani%20(TP),%20Italia&lpr=TP&lre=Sicilia&lcn=Trapani&ccd=85540&cre=18&lty=C&lcd=85540&z=3

This is a link to www.yahoo.it mappe, and shows a bird's-eye map of Trapani and its harbor. Scroll up and down, left and right, and you will see ALL of Trapani from the air. Beautiful, don't you think? If you increase the granularity of the image, you'll eventually see two large ferry boats moored at the main dock. The ship on the left, facing north/south, is the Siremar car ferry "Paolo Veronese" which currently serves Pantelleria Island. The other ship to the right (facing west/east) appears to be the former Siremar car ferry "Vittore Carpaccio", which has since been sold. The ships seem nearly identical in size, yet the Carpaccio's displacement is more than 50% greater than that of the Veronese. Further right, you'll see several moored hydrofoils. These craft also go to the Egadi Islands.

Here & There
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It didn’t work GAC - When I copied the URL into an address bar, it only pulled Yahoo's map of Trapani, which is similar to Google's map of Trapani.

I would love to see this!

Vagabonda

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http://it.yahoo.com/

Click on “Mappe”, then under “crea mappa” enter “Trapani”, then click on “invia”, and click on “Photo Aerea” – Zoom in!

Yes, beautiful!

Vagabonda

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The Google map of Trapani does not show the ferries, only a smaller number of hydrofoils. The arial photo was evidently taken when the ferries had left Port. The Yahoo map also allows higher zooming, as can be seen with the incredibly clear images of the two ferries and the many hydrofoils in Port.

From this same Port, you can also cross to Cagliari (Sardinia) via the once-weekly Tirrenia ferry "Toscana", described in a separate posting, as well as to Pantelleria Island, also described in a separate posting.

From Trapani, there are also maritime crossings to Civitavecchia and Tunis on Grimaldi Lines, to Livorno on Ustica Lines, and summer hydrofoils to Naples (via the Egadi Islands and Ustica) via Ustica Lines.

The most frequent crossings, however, are to the Edagi Islands, on both Siremar and Ustica Lines.

www.siremar.it

www.usticalines.it

www.grimaldi-ferries.it

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I agree GAC – The Yahoo map is a better quality than Google, and it allows for higher zooming. The images of the ferries are very clear!

Vagabonda

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