The Vincenzo Florio Airport at Birgi, 15km (9 miles) from the center of Trapani (tel. 0923-842502; www.airgest.it), has rapidly become the third major airport on the island and the main Ryanair hub for Sicily from the U.K. An excellent alternative to landing at Palermo, it is served by daily flights from the mainland, from the island of Pantelleria, and from abroad. From here, take any one of the buses that connect you to the city or to Palermo. AST (tel. 840-000323; www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it) has an hourly service from the airport to Trapani at a cost of 4.50€; Salemi (tel. 0923-981120; www.autoservizisalemi.it) runs a service to Marsala for 4€ and to Palermo for 9€. Lumia (tel. 0922-20414; www.autolineelumia.it) runs to Agrigento at a cost of 11€, while Terravision (tel. 0923-981120; www.terravision.eu) operates to Trapani for 8€ and to Palermo for 12€. Alternatively, you can book a taxi (tel. 329-9128821; www.trapanitaxidriver.it) for 25€ to 30€.
Frequent trains from Palermo make the 2 1/2-hour run to Trapani; there are also about a dozen per day from Marsala, taking 30 minutes. Trains pull in at the Piazza Stazione, where luggage storage is available. For general information and ticket prices, call tel. 892021, or see www.trenitalia.it.
AST (tel. 840-000323; www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it) runs seven buses per day to Erice, departing from Piazza Montalto in Trapani. The one-way ride takes 50 minutes. From Palermo, Salemi (tel. 0923-981120; www.autoservizisalemi.it) and Segesta (tel. 091-6167919; www.etnatrasporti.it) make several daily runs to Trapani. Note: Both lines require reservations for passage; tickets are non-refundable.
Trapani is a major embarkation point for ferries and hydrofoils. Most departures are for the Egadi Islands of Marettimo, Levanzo, and Favignana. Service is also available to Ustica, Pantelleria, Civitavecchia near Rome, and even Tunisia in North Africa. Ferries depart from the docks near Piazza Garibaldi. Service is offered by Ustica (tel. 0923-22200; www.usticalines.it) or Grimaldi (tel. 0923-593673; www.grimaldi-lines.com).
From Palermo, follow the A29 autostrada all the way southwest into Trapani. From Marsala, head north along Route 115 to Trapani.
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.