Large boats dock at the deepwater port of Marina Lunga, while the smaller vessels call in at Marina Corta. Most of the city life lies between these two ports and its side streets, so if you need anything once you disembark, it's all nearby. Taxis are found at the port ready to whisk you to wherever you need to go; to pre-book service, call one of the local drivers at tel. 338-525603. Note: most hotels and B&Bs offer courtesy shuttle-services to and from the port; check to see if the one you're staying at provides a transfer service.

Lipari is serviced by a bus network, run by Guglielmo Urso (tel. 090-9811026; www.ursobus.it), which also offers sightseeing trips. Buses leave from Marina Lunga about every hour (more frequently in summer), stopping at various points around the island. No point on the island is less than a half-hour ride away. A bus schedule is provided by the tourist office and at the website. Tickets can be bought at the ticket kiosk at the port or purchased on board from the driver, at no extra charge, for 2€.

To get around on your own (cars are not allowed on the island during the summer), a cheap, efficient option is to rent a bike (average rates 10€ per day) or motor scooter (20€ daily, not including fuel, but including the safety helmet). A security deposit (cash or credit card) is required, together with identification. Two rental outlets are Da Marcello, Via Sottomonastero, Marina Lunga (tel. 090-9811234); and Da Tullio, Via Amendola 22, Marina Lunga (tel. 090-9880540). To rent a small car, try Aveden (tel. 090-9811026; www.aveden.it), Via dei Cappuccini, which provides small vehicles at a reasonable fee.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.