Welcome to our website! We are dedicated to helping travellers Discover Calabria, our favourite region of Italy. The best way to see Calabria is by joining one of our award-winning retreats. All you have to do is book with us, pack your bags and depart.
For the adventurous souls who love to discover new places on their own, this page is for you! In the many years we've helped travellers Discover Calabria, the most common question asked has been ‘What is the best way to get to Calabria?’ Here you will find all the information you need to begin planning your journey whether you’ll be flying, driving or coming by train.
With winding roads and stunning panoramic views, your holiday begins the moment you leave your house. If you enjoy the adventure of a road trip then arriving by car is a great option. The journey is the destination!
Calabria has scenic toll free motorways which are called Autostrade. The motorway that connects to Calabria is the A2 Salerno - Reggio Calabria. You won’t pay any toll fee’s once you are in Calabria, but if you are coming from another region in Italy there will be fee’s to pay, you can calculate them in advance here.
There are two main airports in Calabria that service international and regional airlines. These are Lamezia Terme and Reggio Calabria. Below you will find more information for each airport and links where you can find a full list of airlines operating from each airport.
The Lamezia Terme airport is located in Lamezia in the province of Catanzaro. This airport has direct flights from major Italian destinations as well as international destinations. For more information about airport services you can visit their website at Lamezia Airport. For a full list of airlines operating from this airport please visit Lamezia Partner Airlines.
Airport Name: Lamezia Terme Aeroporto
Airport Code: SUF
Address: 88040 Lamezia Terme (CZ)
Phone Number: +39 0968 414385
The Reggio Calabria Tito Minniti airport (also known as Aeroporto Dello Stretto) is located in the city of Reggio di Calabria in the province of Reggio Calabria. This airport services mainly connecting flights within Italy. Alitalia connects from Rome and Milan to this airport with daily flights. For more information about airport services you can visit their website at Reggio Calabria Airport. The main airlines operating from this airport are Blue Air, Blue Panorama and Alitalia.
Airport Name: Reggio Calabria Aeroporto Dello Stretto
Airport Code: REG
Address: 89131 Reggio Calabria (RC)
Phone Number: +39 0965 644933
Travelling by train is a great option if you are coming directly from a major Italian city. Calabria’s train route is all coastal so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic view. If you are coming from a major city within Italy you will have the option of booking a high-speed train called Frecce. There are also Intercity trains available with more stops or Regional trains that service every town along the way.
Train options depend on which city you will be departing from as not all stations offer high-speed train service. For more details, arrival times, ticket pricing and bookings please visit the Trenitalia website.
Calabria is a popular stop over for tourists on their way to or returning from Sicily. Calabria has two main ports that arrive and depart from Messina. If you are taking your car then you will need to use the Villa San Giovanni port which has ferries that accommodate cars as well as passengers. If you don’t have a car then you can also use the Reggio Calabria port which only has passenger ferries. Both ports go directly to Messina and from there you can board another ferry which will take you to the Eolian Islands or you can walk to the train station which is nearby and make your way to your next destination.
For more information on ferries please visit the following website carontetourist.it
MOTORBOAT & SAILBOAT PORTS
If you plan on arriving by motorboat or sailboat then the best and most picturesque ports to dock in are Tropea, Vibo Marina, Palmi and Roccella Marina. The Reggio Calabria port is also an option if you want to stay in the city.
If you are interested in boat charters in Calabria, Sicily or to the Eolian Islands please contact us. We can also arrange private boat taxi transfers to the Eolian Islands, Sicily.
Calabria is wonderful place to discover by car and necessary for the freedom to move around if you are not travelling with a packaged tour. Train service, buses and taxi’s can be unreliable and in some towns non-existent so it is greatly recommended to rent a car. Please keep in mind though, that driving in Calabria is not for the faint of heart as locals often drive well above the speed limits and street signage can be confusing and take some time to adjust to.
If you want the freedom of being able to easily get where you need to go below are some links to car companies we recommend.
SIXT Rent A Car has a convenient airport pick up at the Lamezia airport. We are happy to offer you a 10% discount with SIXT car rentals by using our link. CLICK HERE to be redirected to their website to book your car rental.
RentalCars.Com is another great source for booking a car rental for pick up and drop off at both major airports Lamezia and Reggio. Book online and save up to 15% with our link! CLICK HERE to be redirected to their website.
For the perfect holiday visit to Calabria, allow us to share our expertise of the region. We know the best places to stay, eat and play according to your budget. We also offer our clients the knowledge only the locals know, like secret beach locations or where you can find the best gelato. Relaxing under the sun is closer than you think. What are you waiting for? Visit our Travel Planning page for more information and to book. Or visit our upcoming retreats page for information about 2019 small group tours.