Buses to and from Trapani Airport (TPS)
Trapani Airport is located on the island of Sicily, and is an Italian airport serving over 1.5 million passengers per annum. It is quite well known as the Trapani-Birgi Airport, as it is located alongside Birgi Novo, and also as the Vicenzo Florio Airport. It is part military, but open to civilian flights mainly handled by the airline company of Ryanair. Trapani Airport buses provide a good means of transport to various locations in Sicily, and tourists often travel the island by bus as well. Almost all Italian airports offer excellent bus services, and this form of transport often works out to be the cheapest.
Trapani Airport consists of a single terminal building which was recently renovated and expanded, and now handles departure procedures from the first floor and all arrival facilities are found on the ground floor. It is a well equipped airport, and now has a new food and retail store area of 800 square metres on the upper level. The airport is accessible to disabled passengers as well. The two main bus companies in operation from Trapani Airport are Terravision and AST, or the Azienda Siciliana Trasporti. The buses of these companies travel to the city of Trapani, and to many of the main towns in Western Sicily, for example, Marsala, Palermo, Sciacca and Agrigento. There may also be additional bus services available from the companies of Lumia and Salemi. Taxis are also available from outside the airport terminal, but the buses are often a cheaper service to use.
Trapani Airport buses – Terravision
Terravision is a bus company founded in Rome, in 2002, and performs as an airport transfer company. Their services began in Rome, with routes between Ciampino Airport and the city centre. They now have more than eighteen transfer services around Europe, some of which include between London-Luton Airport and Victoria, Milan Bergamo Airport and the city of Milan, Girona Airport and Perpignan, Turin Airport and Turin, Verona Airport and the ski resorts and from Skavsta Airport to Stockholm city centre. Terravision’s services are mainly directed to passengers on low-cost airline carriers, and have therefore supported the phenomenon of budget flights which have become increasingly popular since the 1990’s.
Terravision buses collect Trapani Airport passengers from the bus stop outside of the arrivals area, and travel to the city of Palermo, found on the north-western coast of Sicily. In Palermo, the buses stop at the Stazione Centrale (train station) on the corner of Via Roma, Viale Zazio 117, AMARI Via Filippo Turati 1 behind the Politeama theatre and at Via Libertà 169. The bus will also stop in the centre of Trapani before heading for Palermo. The journey from Trapani Airport to Palermo takes approximately 90 minutes and a one-way ticket will cost 10.60 Euro. A return journey will cost 21.20 Euro. Children aged between 0 and 4 years will travel for free, provided that they do not take up a seat on the bus. From Trapani Airport, there are between five and seven journeys a day to Palermo.
Tickets for the bus service of Terravision can be purchased online, from the company’s website at http://www.terravision.eu, and should be printed once received. Keep in mind that the travel documents will need to be exchanged for an official ticket available from the Trapani Airport staff at the information desk in the arrivals area. Show your ticket to the Terravision personnel in front of the coach or the bus driver. It is recommended to arrive at the bus stop approximately fifteen minutes before the bus is scheduled for departure. Passengers can also easily reach Trapani Airport from Palermo on the Terravision buses, and should aim to arrive at the airport approximately two hours before their flight departure. Terravision in Trapani can be contacted at the following telephone number: +39 346 7202793.
Trapani Airport buses – AST
The AST airport buses travel from Trapani Airport to Paceco and the port of Trapani, and visa versa. They will also stop at the Military Airport of Trapani. The buses depart from the airport at the following times, every day of the week: 05:00, 05:30, 06:30, 07:50, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:15, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30 and 22:30. On Sunday, the last departure is at 23:15. The bus trip to Trapani will take approximately forty minutes, depending on traffic conditions, and Trapani is located 15km, or 9.2 miles from the airport. In the alternative direction, buses depart from the Trapani port approximately every hour, with the first bus leaving at 05:40 and the last bus departing at 23:30. New airport bus services available provide transport to Marsala and Mazara del Vallo, south of Trapani Airport, and to the San Vito Lo Capo, with stops at Trapani port and Erice.
Azienda Siciliana Trasporti is a major bus company which links many of the larger towns on the island, such as Palermo, Messina, Catania, Trapani and Modica. Further information is available at http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it, and it is recommended to always check the latest timetables.
Within the city of Trapani, the company of ATM manages public transport, and provides an urban bus service. An ordinary ticket to any area will cost 1.00 Euro, and is valid for ninety minutes from the time of validation. The bus lines running between cities are referred to as ‘linee extraurbane’, and those operated within the cities are known as ‘linee urbane’.
Trapani Airport bus information can also be obtained from the airport, at the following contact number: +39 0 9238402.