How to get around on Salina

Salina, Italy is a small island located in the Aeolian archipelago, off the coast of Sicily. Getting around on Salina is relatively easy, with several transportation options available. Salina isn’t very big (5.5 km x 7.5 km) but the streets outside of the villages do not have a sidewalk. There is a main road that goes from the southeast of the island to the north, north west and south but the road isn’t connected in the south.

In general the villages are walkable as they are not large.

Tipps on how to get around on Salina

Here’s a breakdown of the various transportation options on Salina and when you might want to consider each one.


Walking is a popular way to get around Salina, especially in the island’s charming villages. The streets are narrow and winding, making them perfect for a leisurely stroll. The main roads outside the villages are not very walkable though, both because they are narrow without sidewalks. Walking is also a great way to explore the island’s natural beauty, with several hiking trails that lead to stunning viewpoints and beaches.


Scooters and e-scooters are a popular option for getting around Salina, especially for those who want the freedom to explore the island at their own pace. Scooters can be rented from several shops on the island. They are a great way to explore Salina’s villages, beaches, and natural beauty. Be aware that the roads can be narrow and winding and parking spots especially in high season are challenging to find. If you are new to scooters try to rent an e-scooter as they are much easier to use.


Taxis are available on Salina, but compared to other options can be expensive. They are a good option if you need to travel a longer distance, at a certain time or if you’re traveling with a group.


Buses are the most affordable option for getting around Salina. There are several bus routes that connect the main villages on the island, as well as some of the beaches and natural attractions. Be aware that the buses can be crowded, especially during peak season. If you are looking for a guide on how to use buses on Salina, check out the linked article.

Other options

Locals use e-bikes or e-pedal-scooters but currently there are no rentals offering those. Lets hope this will change in the future!

Do I need a car to get around on Salina?

No, you do not necessarily need a car to get around on Salina. The island is relatively small, and there are alternative modes of transportation available such as walking, scooters, taxis, and local buses. Many of the main attractions, beaches, and villages on Salina are accessible by foot or public transportation. However, having a car can provide more flexibility and convenience, especially if you plan to explore remote areas or have specific mobility needs. If you need to you rent a car on the island.

Do I need a car to get around on the Aeolian Islands?

No, you don’t need a car to get around on the aeolian island. Its especially not worth to bring your own car, as ferry tickets for cars are quite high and some islands (Alicudi) do not allow cars at all or prohibit it during summer months (Salina). In general villages are walkable, you can rent a scooter if you need more flexibility or take public transport if you want to save some money.

Can I bring my own car to Salina?

Yes, you can bring your own car to Salina but only outside of the summer months (prohibited for non-permanent residents on the island of Salina). Therefore, you cannot embark your vehicle on the Milazzo to Salina ferry from June to early September. It’s important to note that the island has limited parking options and narrow roads, particularly in the villages. It’s advisable to check with the ferry company you plan to travel with regarding their policies and availability of car transport to Salina.

Can you take car on ferry to Salina?

Yes, you can take a car on the ferry to Salina (outside of the summer months June – early September). The ferry companies operating in the area, such as NGI and Siremar, provide car transportation services. It’s recommended to make a reservation in advance to ensure availability.

2 thoughts on “How to get around on Salina”

  1. Hi:

    I am planning a trip September 2024 to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. Could you please tell me the restriction rules and dates for this time. I’ve heard mixed messages that if you travel to the Islands between June 1st and September 30th or June 15th to September 15th there is a requirement of a minimum 7 night’s stay to take a rental car on the ferry to Salina.

    Can you please clarify this and/or include a link where I can get reliable information?

    Thank you ,
    Suzanne Riciputo

    • Hi Suzanne,

      I can’t 100% answer this as there seems to be only info from last year about it, but I would assume this also applies this year as it has in the previous year: The link is the official ferry website and has all the info (which, in this case as you already found out is to have at least 7 nights stay on Salina which you need to proof). If you want to make sure I would just write the ferry company (siremar) and ask for clarification.
      My recommendation would also be: don’t take a car if not absolutely necessary. The islands has really not the best parking, so maybe renting a scooter (they also have more and more electric ones) which makes it much easier to just easily stop somewhere and park. Also busses are really reliable, worst case you can also get a cab.

      Hope you will go no matter what, as Salina is really beautiful!

      Best, Aeolina


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