Catching the ferry to Palermo from Naples

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May 20th 2002
Published: October 20th 2006
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Approached the ferry building/dock hours before departure. A lone traveler was sitting there, waiting for the ferry to Sardinha. He was a German, who was traveling by bicycle. I envied his independence. If I had the time, I would have gone with him. But time restraints would only allow me to go one place or another, and I had to return to Palermo. Had been there a few years earlier when a friend of mine took me from one side Sicily to the other... but it was a rushed trip, and I knew I needed to return when I was on my own. This was the time.

So I bought a one way ticket (about €40 if I remember correctly) Cabins were all sold out, so it was steerage for me. If you want a cabin, you'd better purchase a few days in advance, as they fill up quickly. For walk on passengers, no problem last minute purchase. It's just like the cemetery... there's always room for one more....

A note about boarding: I stood around the ticket place, waiting, waiting, and finally, some van arrives, and calls for the passengers boarding for Palermo. After a bit of confusion (there's always a bit of confusion as you do just about anything in Naples) a few of us boarded his van, and he took us to the ramp that boarded the ferry. If he askes to see your ticket, BE SURE YOU GET IT BACK BEFORE YOU BOARD THE FERRY! He took mine, and forgot to give it back. I had to chase the fella all around the crazy place before I could board the ferry!!

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