Having an approximate travel budget for Sicily is very useful when it comes to planning your trip. Besides, it is quite easy to do it, since simply browsing the internet we will find how much the hotels on the island cost or how much to eat in Sicily cost.
In this article we are going to tell you how much we spent in Sicily in 10 days. I have to say that this was the first trip that Dani and I traveled together and it was not a backpacker’s trip. If your idea is to travel cheaply in Sicily, I assure you that you can cut back quite a bit on the budget that we show in this article.
sicily trip COST BREAKDOWN
FLIGHTS to sicily
To take advantage of the 10 days we were going to spend in Sicily, we flew to Palermo airport and came back from Catania airport. If tickets to Sicily are not cheap, imagine how much are two one-way tickets instead of one round-trip ticket.
The tickets Madrid – Palermo cost us € 263 between the two (with one checked bag that we share). And the tickets Catania – Madrid cost us € 300.
Total flight costs = €563 (two people + 1 checked bag)
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Total expenses in travel insurance = € 32 x 0.95 = € 30.5 (2 people)
Communications are not exactly the strong point of Sicily. Public transportation is based on non-existent buses, or old and extremely slow trains. The most convenient (and practically unique) way is to travel by renting a car.
We rent a car for 8 days, as we prefer to visit Palermo by public transport. The price of the rent was € 216. Also, because of not leaving the car in the same place where we had picked, we were overcharged € 60. We also had to rent a GPS which cost us € 80. Of course we contracted an all-risk insurance that cost us 84 €. Although the travel budget to Sicily increases you do 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 to which you rent the car. If you do not hire the rent directly with the car company, you can hire the insurance at the counter once you go to pick up the car.
That is, if you find a good price of rental cars in search engines like (Rentalcars, economycarsrental, etc ..) rent the car to these search engines, but do not hire insurance until you go to the counter of the car rental company (Henz, Enterprise, etc …).
It is true that car rental seekers offer better prices many times than the car rental companies themselves. However, the insurance that the search engines sell is not the same and in case of accident you will have more problems if you do not hire the one of the rental company.
In addition, if you do not hire the insurance with the direct rental company at the counter, at the time of returning the car they will look for to the minimum scratch to try to charge you and you will have to ask the money to the search engine.
In short: hire the car in the search engine and insurance directly at the counter when you go to pick up your car. Your travel budget to Sicily will increase a bit but it’s worth it.
ACCOMMODATION in sicily
When calculating the travel budget for Sicily it is essential to consider the cost of accommodation.
We went to Sicily with all the accommodations previously booked through Booking. Undoubtedly, of all the places we visited, Taormina and Stromboli are the most expensive because they are the most touristic (We travel the last week of July, 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, with the intention of seeing the volcano erupting under the stars. Therefore, we canceled the accommodation at the last minute, recovering part of the reservation. And no, we did not do it for the money. Making Bivouac in Stromboli for the first time is something that we will never erase from our minds.
Total accommodation costs = €216
OTHER TRAVEL EXPENSES TO SICILY IN 10 DAYS
In addition to the flights, the rental car and the accommodations, other expenses have to be taken into account in the travel budget to Sicily. For example, we booked the ferry to Stromboli from Spain. The round trip price between Milazzo and Stromboli was € 45 per person. We reserve it with the company Usticaline.
We spent on the trip € 370 each, among pizzas, pasta dishes that made the mouth water and many mezzi litri di vino bianco della casa. Within that amount we also hired a boat trip in Aci Trezza to tour 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 the Sicilian friends of Dani, Jonathan and Anthea. Two days of incalculable value for all the history and culture that they transmitted 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. It is the best way to know the authentic Sicily. The savings in your travel budget to Sicily will be nothing compared to everything you will gain from that incredible experience.
Also, what better than a Sicilian to advise you on where to find the best Italian food?