It is very useful to have an approximate travel budget for Sicily when planning your trip. It is actually quite easy to do, as you can easily estimate hotel and food cost on the internet.
In this article, we are going to tell you how much we spent in Sicily over 10 days. This was the very first trip where Dani and I traveled together, and it was not a backpacker’s trip. If your idea is to travel inexpensively in Sicily, I assure you there’s quite a bit of cut back on the budget you can make from what we show in this article.
sicily trip COST BREAKDOWN
FLIGHTS to Sicily
To make the most of the 10 days that we were going to spend in Sicily, we flew into Palermo airport and out of the Catania airport. If you think round-trip tickets to Sicily are not cheap (unless you know how to find cheap flights), imagine how much more two one-way tickets are instead.
The Madrid – Palermo tickets were € 263 between the two (with one checked bag that we shared). And the Catania – Madrid tickets were € 300.
Total flight costs = €563 (two people + 1 checked bag)
For those who are coming from outside the EU, you need Travel Insurance for Europe.
Total expenses in travel insurance = 65 € x 2 people = 130€
Communications are not exactly the strong point of Sicily. Public transportation here consists of non-existent buses and old, extremely slow trains. The most convenient, practical, and unique way to travel around this place is by renting a car.
We rented a car for 8 days and visited Palermo via public transport. The price of the rental was € 216. Also, because we did not drop off the car at the same place where we had picked it up, we were overcharged € 60. We also rented a GPS which cost € 80. In addition, we contracted an all-risk insurance that cost € 84. Although this adds to your Sicily travel budget significantly, try not skimp on the full coverage insurance.
Total transport cost = € 440 (rental car for 8 days)
ADVICE FOR NOT LOSING MONEY WITH CAR RENTAL
I take this opportunity to recommend that you NEVER CONTRACT INSURANCE WITH A CAR SEARCH ENGINE. Contract it directly with the company which you are renting the car from. Even if you do not hire the rental directly with the car company, you can hire the insurance at the counter once you pick up the car.
If you find a good price on search engines like Rentalcars, economycarsrental, etc., rent the car from these websites, but do not hire insurance until you get to the rental counter (Henz, Enterprise, etc.).
It is true that car rental websites frequently offer better rental prices than the car rental companies themselves. However, the insurance sold by the website is not the same as the one by the car company. In the case of an accident, you will likely have more problems with the one from the website.
In addition, if you do not use the insurance sold directly by the car rental company, they will look for even the smallest scratch to charge you at the time of car drop off, and you will have to file a claim with the search engine company yourself.
In short: hire a car using the search engine and hire insurance directly at the counter when you pick up your car. Your travel budget to Sicily will increase a bit, but it’s worth it.
ACCOMMODATION in sicily
It is essential to consider the cost of accommodation when calculating a travel budget for Sicily.
We pre-booked all accommodations through Booking before we went to Sicily. Of all the places we visited, Taormina and Stromboli are undoubtedly the most expensive because they are the most touristic (We traveled during the last week of July at high season).
- Palermo: €50
- Milazzo: €43
- Taormina: €62
- Syracuse: €27 (it included bicycles
- Aci Trezza: €34
Luckily, I managed to convince Dani to sleep in the open in Stromboli so we could watch the volcano erupting under the stars. We canceled our accommodation at the last minute and managed to recover part of the reservation. And no, we did not do it for the money. Seeing Bivouac in Stromboli for the first time is a memory that we will never erase from our minds.
Total accommodation costs = €216
OTHER TRAVEL EXPENSES IN SICILY OVER 10 DAYS
In addition to flights, rental car, and accommodations, other expenses have to be taken into account in the travel budget to Sicily. For example, we pre-booked the ferry to Stromboli while in Spain. The round-trip price between Milazzo and Stromboli was € 45 per person. We reserved it with the company Usticaline.
We each spent € 370 on the trip, which included pizzas and pasta dishes that made the mouth water along with many mezzilitri di vino biancodellacasa. Within that amount, we also hired a boat trip in Aci Trezza to make a boat tour around the riviera dei Ciclopi for € 15 per person.
THE BEST WAY TO SAVE ON YOUR TRIP TO SICILY
Also, if you have already read our post about Ragusa, Modica, Noto and Avola, you
will know that we spent two nights with Dani’s Sicilian friends, Jonathan and Anthea. Two days of incalculable value for all the history and culture that they showed to us, so much that we fell in love with Sicily.
If you have the opportunity to stay at a local house, do not hesitate to take it. It is the best way to get to know the authentic Sicily. The savings in your Sicily travel budget won’t matter compared to everything you will gain from that incredible experience.
Also, what is better than a Sicilian to advise you on where to find the best Italian food?