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Air-conditioned coaches connect major and minor cities and are often faster and more convenient than local trains—still single-track on many stretches—but also slightly more expensive. Various companies serve the different routes. SAIS runs frequently between Palermo and Catania, Messina, Siracusa, and other cities, in each case arriving at and departing from near the train stations.

Contacts

Cuffaro. Services run from outside the Palermo train station to Agrigento. 091/6161510. www.cuffaro.info.

Interbus/Etna Trasporti. These companies operate between Catania, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, Taormina, Messina, and Siracusa. 091/342525. www.interbus.it.

SAIS. This bus service runs between Catania, Messina, Palermo, Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Gela, Caltanisetta, and Enna. 800/211020 toll-free; 199/244141 from mobiles. www.saisautolinee.it.