Exploring the breathtaking Favignana Island (Isola di Favignana) is a popular thing to do as a day trip from Trapani in Sicily. Whilst, others actually holiday on Favignana, staying for an extended period. Either way, to get to Favignana, you’ll need to get a ferry from Trapani.
In this guide, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about getting the ferry from Trapani to Favignana. Afterwards, we’ll talk about the best things to do in Favignana during a day trip from Trapani. For those staying on Favignana for longer, we’ll cover information about accommodation and bonus things to do on the island.
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How to Travel From Trapani to Favignana
Favignana Island is the largest of the three principal Egadi Islands (Aegadian Islands). Located near the west coast of Sicily, the Egadi Islands are becoming an increasingly popular destination to visit, with Favignana, being the island that sees the most visitors.
Top 3 Favignana Accommodation
So, the obvious question is, how do you get to Favignana? The simple answer is, you need to get a ferry (hydrofoil) from Trapani to Favignana. Below, we’ll go into detail about which ferry companies operate the route, the best way to book tickets and what to expect during the ferry ride from Trapani to Favignana.
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Ferry From Trapani to Favignana
Thankfully, the ferry from Trapani to Favignana is easy to book, whilst the ferry ride itself is short and pleasant. The ease of booking ferry tickets and the length of the ferry all depend on how you book and which ferry company you go with. We’ll explore your options below. But, don’t worry, we’ll cut right to the chase in recommending the best option. That would be, booking tickets in advance online with Liberty Lines.
Liberty Lines offers the best ferry service between Trapani and Favignana. This is because of two main reasons. First, Liberty Lines offers the quickest route between Trapani and Favignana – a 30 minute journey. Whereas, the other main ferry company (Siremar) offers an hour’s journey, at the same price. Additionally, Liberty Lines offers more departures than any other service. To that end, we recommend booking the ferry from Trapani to Favignana, and vice versa, with Liberty Lines.
FYI – the Trapani to Favignana return ferry price is around €24–27 per person, regardless of which ferry company you go with. You’ll find prices are slightly cheaper (closer to €24) in the off-season and if you book directly with the ferry company (as opposed to booking through third-party companies or websites).
The other company running the ferry service from Trapani to Favignana, and vice versa, is Siremar. But, as mentioned, this service takes twice as long and is the same price. So, there’s no point in using Siremar.
You now know that Liberty Lines is the best ferry company to use to get from Trapani to Favignana. Yay! But, we’ll go that one step further and tell you exactly HOW to book your ferry tickets from Trapani to Favignana. Basically, there’s a way that involves a lot of queuing and another way that’s way more efficient and quicker. Let’s go through the nitty-gritty details below.
The Best Way to Buy Favignana Ferry Tickets
Especially during the peak season, you can expect long queues at the Liberty Lines ticket office at Trapani Port. That means, if you simply arrive at the ticket office, unprepared, you may have to queue for a very long time to get a ticket. No one wants to wait in a long queue! After all, this would mean less time exploring Favignana.
To avoid this queuing, we recommend buying your tickets online in advance. Usually, buying your tickets a few days in advance will suffice. That way, you can skip the queue for tickets and just join the queue for boarding.
You can book return ferry tickets (e-tickets) online, directly with Liberty Lines or with Direct Ferries. Personally, we tried using the Liberty Lines website. But, we gave up in the end, as the Italian-to-English translation function seemed to stop working halfway through the booking process. Instead of tediously copying and pasting text to Google Translation, we decided to use the super user-friendly Direct Ferries. Of course, as Direct Ferries is an intermediary, you’ll pay a small additional booking fee.
In the peak season, you can expect a higher departure frequency, with around two services departing per hour beginning from around 7–8am. There are usually ferry departures from Favignana to Trapani as late as 8pm. But, make sure to book your outbound tickets in advance, so you don’t get left on the island! For the latest Trapani Favignana Ferry timetable, head to the Liberty Lines or Direct Ferries websites.
Where to Board The Favignana Ferry in Trapani
You’ll find the Liberty Lines ticket office and ferry terminal located here in Trapani Port. To help you get your bearings, feel free to click on the image below to access an interactive map on Google Maps.
The Ferry From Trapani to Favignana: Our Experience
Having booked our ferry tickets to Favignana online, we simply arrived at Trapani Port and joined the queue for boarding. By booking tickets online, you’ll simply download the e-ticket which has a QR code. The entire process of boarding was quick, simple and easy. By arriving around 30 minutes in advance, Beck and I were near the front of the boarding queue and found window seats easily once boarded.
The ride itself was pleasant and quick. Indeed, we’ve had nightmare sea-sick-inducing ferry experiences in the past. But, by all accounts, the Trapani to Favignana ferry service rarely gets too choppy or unpleasant. Of course, if you’re prone to getting seasick, perhaps proceed with your usual preventative measures and precautions, just in case.
After around 30 minutes, you’ll arrive in Favignana. Departing the ferry is another quick and easy process. So, now that you’ve arrived in Favignana, what now? Well, it’s time to explore the island. Certainly, the best way to get around the island is by bike. You’ll find overpriced and less reliable bike rentals being flogged near the ferry terminal for around €10–15 for the day. Just ignore these offerings and head to the trustworthy bike rental store mentioned below.
How to Get Around Favignana: Bike Hire
When it comes to hiring a bike for the day, we recommend going to Noleggio Bici e Motorini Isidoro. The bike rental store is only a five-minute walk from the Favignana ferry terminal. The appealing orange-frame bikes are in excellent condition, have gears and come with a lock. The staff are also very friendly and helpful – they’ll even help fit your bike. Perhaps, best of all, it’s only €5 to hire a bike for a full day.
Now you’ve hired your bike, let’s look at what to do in Favignana. Of course, you’ll mainly be visiting beautiful beaches and coastal attractions!
Trapani to Favignana Day Trip Itinerary
Personally, Beck and I visited Favignana from Trapani on a day trip. Exploring the island in a clockwise direction, we first visited Cala Rossa, then Cala del Bue Marino, Cala Azzurra, Grotta Perciata, Lido Burrone, Spiaggia di Marasolo, Cala Rotonda and finally Cala Grande, before arriving back at Favignana town.
Let’s look at these popular Favignana beaches and natural attractions in a bit more detail below. That way, you’ll know exactly what to expect when you arrive. Additionally, you may want to visit fewer places than we did (enjoy a less-rushed trip). Hopefully, the overview of the best beaches and natural attractions below will help you with your trip planning.
Or Do a Favignana Boat Tour
Cala Rossa is usually one of the first stops made on a Favignana day trip from Trapani. Indeed, you should prioritise seeing this gorgeous beach.
Cala del Bue Marino
Near Cala Rossa, you’ll find Cala del Bue Marino. It’s an intriguing cove with many tunnels and caves to explore from an abandoned limestone quarry.
Unlike Cala Rossa and Cala del Bue Marino, you’ll find white sand on the beach at Cala Azzurra. Indeed, Cala Azzurra is one of the best beaches on Favignana.
Located between Cala Azzurra and Lido Burrone, you’ll find this unassuming coastal gem. Located next to the road, Grotta Perciata is a phenomenal cove with unique sea caves and rock formations.
Featuring a beach club during the peak season, Lido Burrone is perhaps the most popular beach on Favignana. Indeed, Lido Burrone is a must-visit.
Located on the western side of Favignana, Cala Rotonda is an underrated beach. Located at the rugged pebble beach is a mesmerising natural arch called Arco di Ulisse.
Bonus Things to Do on Favignana
Other than visiting stunning beaches and coastal attractions, there are other fun things to do in Favignana. After beach hopping around the island, you should head to Favignana town for some local cuisine before heading back to Trapani. We started with seafood at Pescheria Florio. Then, we had granita and gelato at #ICECREAM. And, of course, we enjoyed an Aperol spritz at Monique Concept – YOLO!
Worth seeing in Favignana town is Palazzo Florio, which is a captivating neogothic-style building. It’s located in a small park which is a great place to find some shade.
Also, during your visit, you’ll notice the imposing Castello di Santa Caterina, perched high on a hill in the middle of the island. If you don’t mind the heat, it’s possible to hike to the castle ruins. Indeed, from Castello di Santa Caterina, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the island, best enjoyed at sunset.
Other Useful Things to Know About Favignana
You’re now equipped with all the most important information about getting the ferry from Trapani to Favignana and knowing exactly what to do on the island during a day trip. Below, we’ll cover some extra information. This includes details about accommodation for those who intend to stay on the island for a longer amount of time.
Where to Stay On Favignana
Most of the accommodation options in Favignana are higher-end hotels and resorts. But, with a bit of digging, you will find some affordable accommodation options. For your convenience, we’ve handpicked the best budget, mid-range and luxury options in Favignana.
- Budget – Dimora Quattro Vanelle: this is the most affordable accommodation option on Favignana. Dimora Quattro Vanelle is a lovely guest house featuring a garden, a terrace and BBQ facilities. Every room is equipped with a coffee machine, and a private bathroom, while some rooms have a kitchen.
- Mid-range – Il Gelsomino: this modern apartment hotel is one of the best value-for-money stays on Favignana. Equipped with a kitchenette and dining area, Il Gelsomino is one of the best self-catering accommodation options you’ll find on the island.
- Luxury – Resort Il Mulino: this hotel resort has brilliant ratings and reviews. Resort Il Mulino is certainly one of the most highly-rated accommodation options on Favignana. Featuring a swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant and snack bar, there’s much to enjoy at the resort.
Most visitors to Favignana will explore independently by booking their own ferry from Trapani and hiring a bike on the island. Still, many people choose to do a Favignana boat tour instead. Certainly, exploring the Favignana coastline by boat is a memorable experience. In fact, one of the main advantages of doing an organised boat tour is that you’ll get to explore the neighbouring island of Levanzo. Indeed, the combined Favignana and Levanzo boat tours are a great way to explore more of the Egadi Islands if you don’t have much time.
GetYourGuide offers many fantastic boat tours to Favignana. By doing one of the tours below, you don’t need to worry about booking ferry tickets from Trapani to Favignana – all of the planning is done for you!
The Best Time to Visit Favignana
So, when is the best time to visit Favignana? Well, the Egadi Islands have hot summers and mild winters. Most visitors will head to Favignana from Trapani in summer for the hottest weather (35–40°C). But, this coincides with the peak season and its increased prices, crowds and queues. Also, cycling around the island in that heat may be quite challenging and unpleasant.
Perhaps, the best time to visit Favignana is either side of the peak season. Certainly, during April and May as well as September and October, there’s milder weather, cheaper prices as well as less-crowded beaches and attractions.
Personally, Beck and I visited Favignana from Trapani during the off-season in March. This was also a great time to visit as the beaches and natural attractions on the island were quiet and peaceful to visit. But, during the off-season, many of the restaurants, bars and beach clubs are closed. Additionally, it may be too cold to swim.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference.
How to Get to Trapani
To catch the ferry to Favignana, you’ll need to get to Trapani in the first place. The easiest and quickest way to get to Trapani is to drive there yourself. We recommend parking at the large Piazza Vittorio Emanuele Car Park, which is very cheap (expect to pay around €0.20 per hour). From this car park, it’s around a 15–20 minute walk to the Liberty Lines ferry terminal.
We recommend hiring a car. Personally, Beck and I picked up our car hire from Catania International Airport. For an automatic car, we only paid around €7 ($7USD) per day!
If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.
It’s also possible to get to Trapani using public transport. From Trapani International Airport, you can get an AST bus to the Trapani town centre. The journey takes around 45 minutes and costs around €4–5.
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From Palermo International Airport, you’d first need to get to the Palermo town centre by taking the bus or train. Both options take around an hour and cost about €6. Then, you’d need to get a Segesta or Salemi bus from Palermo to Trapani, which takes around 75–90 minutes and costs around €11–12 per person. It’s easy to buy these bus tickets in advance using Busbud.
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Where to Visit in Sicily After Favignana and Trapani
There are many other beautiful places to explore near Trapani other than just Favignana. Below, we’ll list some of the other must-see places during a trip to the west of Sicily, if you’re based in or around Trapani.
- Zingaro Nature Reserve: possibly the best nature reserve in Sicily, featuring many dazzling remote beaches.
- Monte Cofano Nature Reserve: the easily-recognisable Monte Cofano is a must-visit.
- Monte Moncao: the trail up Monte Monaco is one of the best hikes in Sicily.
- San Vito lo Capo and Spiaggia San Vito lo Capo: the gorgeous seaside town and its stellar beach.
- Tonnara di Scopello: the Insta-famous restored ancient seaside village located in a picture-postcard coastal setting.
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Gear Essentials For A Trip From Trapani to Favignana
These are some gear essentials for visiting Favignana from Trapani.
- Swimming gear
- Quick-dry towel
- Water shoes (aqua shoes): to help protect your feet when exploring pebble beaches and rocky coves.
Particularly, in summer, make sure to have plenty of water on you. Getting around the island by bike is thirsty work! Also, you’ll want to be sun smart – otherwise, you’ll get sunburnt. So, apply plenty of sunscreen, wear a hat and cover your skin.
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- Car ferry to Favignana: it’s possible to take a car over to Favignana from Trapani. But, you’ll find there are many limitations and restrictions to doing so, especially in the peak season. So, many people don’t bother.
- Cheap food: head to Pasticceria FC in Favignana town. We’re sure you’ll find some cheap and yummy pastries!
- Head to the Aeolian Islands: if you enjoy the Egadi Islands, it’s likely that you’ll also enjoy the Aeolian Islands, which are located just north of Sicily.
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