Trains (tel. 892021; www.trenitalia.it) to Taormina/Giardini-Naxos arrive from both Sicily and the mainland. The train station for Taormina/Giardini-Naxos is not in Taormina proper but in Naxos, below the town (about 1.6km/1 mile away). Along the east coast, service to Taormina is frequent and direct. From Messina, the train runs approximately every hour, the journey takes an hour, from Catania, it's 40 minutes; both trains cost 3.80€. From Syracuse, it takes approximately 2 hours; there are about five direct trains a day and it costs 7.95€. From Palermo, the journey can take up to 5 hours; you need to change, and the costs varies from 12€ to 30€ depending on what type of train you take.
From the station, Interbus (tel. 0942-625301; www.interbus.it) run a service daily from 9am to midnight, every 15 to 45 minutes past the hour. Tickets cost 1.30€, which you can buy from the driver. Buses stop in Taormina. You can also take a taxi for about 15€; book one by calling tel. 335-5398799; www.naxosonline.it/taxi-taormina.
Buses pull directly into town at the bus station in Via Luigi Pirandello, arriving from Catania (journey time 1 1/2 hr and stopping at Giardini-Naxos), Catania Airport (hourly costing 5€), and Messina station. For details, contact Interbus (tel. 0942-625301; www.interbus.it).
From Messina, head south on the A18. From Catania, continue north on the A18. Most of the city is off-limits to traffic, so leave your car at one of the car parks in town. Lumbi Parking, Contrada Lumbi, is signposted off the Taormina Nord autostrada junction; there's another garage at Mazzarò Parking, on Via Nazionale in Mazzarò, in the vicinity of the cablecar station off the coastal road. For 24-hour parking, count on paying 20€ to 25€.
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.