So I’ve convinced you to come and pay Calabria a visit? Hoorah! I promise you, one visit and you’ll be hooked. Now, how are you going to get here?
Calabria is the southern most region of Italy and is served by one international airport (Lamezia Terme – SUF) and two regional airports Reggio Calabria and Crotone. There are direct flights from Lamezia Terme to over 12 countries, including destinations such as London Stansted, Toronto, Hamburg, Madrid, Krakow, Stockholm, Prague, Frankfurt, Budapest, Vienna and Brussels. Schedules change based on season but the airport is developing and expanding every year so even more routes are likely to be added shortly. Lamezia is also well connected with many different Italian airports so flying via a connection is another simple option.
Calabria is connected to the rest of Italy, and even Sicily, by rail and different lines offer different speeds at reasonable prices. Bear in mind that sometimes stations are not located in the middle of towns and this is something worth finding out before travelling, especially if you are due to arrive at an unsociable hour. Remember too that there is a post-lunch lull in activity where shops close and public transport grinds to a halt. For more information about train services in the region check out Trenitalia’s website.
By far the most convenient way of exploring Calabria is by car. As the region is still off the beaten track, unfortunately so is the public transport in most parts. The roads are generally good and the motorways are without tolls. Car hire companies are located at all airports and in most big towns. The speed limit on the motorway is 130km/h, 90km/h on the statale (the A-roads) and 50km/h on the streets within towns unless specified otherwise. Remember, you must have your driving licence on you as it is a legal requirement and the police and carabinieri regularly do spot checks.
The busiest ferry route is undoubtedly the one between Calabria and Sicily. Passenger and vehicle ferries travel between Villa San Giovanni (RC) and Messina and the short ferry ride offers beautiful views of both Calabria and Sicily as you cross the strait. There is also a passenger ferry which runs between Reggio Calabria and Messina. During high season you can catch a ferry from Calabria to the Aeolian islands (normally you need to go to Sicily first). Ferries run from Reggio Calabria, Tropea and Vibo Valentia, check this site for updated timetables shortly.
While there are very few taxis in Calabria there are a number of buses and coaches which run within the region and travel throughout Italy. Buses operate regularly but can, in true Italian style, be subject to delays. Some of the major coach companies are Lirosi, Baltour, La Valle and Federico.