Caronte & Tourist
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Caronte & Tourist

Caronte & Tourist offers regular ferry crossings between the Italian mainland and Sicily, between the ports of Salerno and Messina.

Carrying out private ferry services since 1965, the company established the Salerno-Messina route in 2001 to adhere to the newly introduced laws limiting the amount of driving time allowed for commercial vehicle drivers. This route is operated by two vessels named Cartour Beta and Cartour Gamma, cruising at speeds of 25 knots, carrying up to 800 cars, 150 trucks and approximately 1,000 passengers. Aboard these ferries are children’s play areas, shops, a restaurant and excellent cabins, ideal for the 9 hour crossing.

Caronte & Tourist has always placed great emphasis on the efficiency of their operations and the speed of their services, resulting in a passenger experience that is second to none in their sector. Moreover, the Messina Strait is among the most beautiful places in the world; the view of the Sicilian and Calabrian coasts, which almost touch, is a sight not to be missed for those on-board. provides an impartial ferry comparison service allowing you to view numerous ferry company timetables and fares in one quick and easy search. Compare Caronte & Tourist timetables and prices now with all alternative ferry operators before booking your ferry ticket.

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Caronte & Tourist Customer Reviews

  • "A good experience"

    Compared with the many ferry crossings I have experienced in the past few years this was excellent. The terminal was a bit tricky to find but thereafter all smooth. Clean tidy and friendly with good reasonably priced food. The nine hour passage passed very quickly even without a cabin Would certainly use again in preference to some larger less attentive operators.

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  • "Everything was great"

    Ferry arrived even erlier and it was at the right time for us!

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  • "Satisfied customer."

    Excellent service at the boarding in Salerno: My wife and I were transported by car directly onboard the ferry witout carrying our bags.

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  • "Fine once you're on board"

    Not really geared up for foot passengers. Had to wait in the booking office once we found it - at 1am in back street Messina a bit of a task - minimal facilities for foot passengers (mainly a freight ferry). Once on board, clean comfortable cabin and crossing times allowed for a good nights sleep. A good way to arrive at the Amalfi coast as the views when you wake up are stunning. We couldn't find the advertised shuttle bus to the train station in Salerno - not sure it was running for so few foot passengers. We were told this was a 5 minute walk, but is much longer.

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