Mount Etna Cable Car
Mount Etna, an active volcano on the eastern coast of Sicily, is one of the most popular attractions in the city. To reach the summit, you will have to take the cable car to Mount Etna. The cable car ride on Mount Etna is a popular way for visitors to reach higher elevations and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
What to expect from my cable car journey to Mount Etna?
Mount Etna cable car timetable
Last departure: 4:00 PM
Last departure: 3:30 PM
Departure: 5:30 PM (on reservation)
Mount Etna is known for its historical and recent lava flows. As you ascend in your cable car, you can see the stunning vast lava fields and gain a unique perspective on the volcanic landscape of the mountain.
Mount Etna has numerous craters, each with its characteristics. Some are active, while others are dormant. There are two well-known craters on the southern side of Mount Etna- Silvestri Superiore and Silvestri Inferiore. They formed during the 1892-1893 eruption and are often visited by tourists.
Mount Etna has multiple volcanic cones of varying sizes. These cones are created by the eruption of lava and ash, contributing to the ever-changing topography of the volcano.
As you ascend, you'll likely enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the Sicilian coastline and nearby towns.
Depending on the cable car route, you might have the opportunity to visit the Etna Observatory. This scientific research facility provides insight into volcanic activity and plays a crucial role in monitoring Mount Etna.
Take a guided tour to explore the Silvestri craters on Mount Etna. These craters were formed during Etna’s eruption in 1892-1893. The Silvestri Craters are easily accessible from the base stations and offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
Pay a visit to the Etna Observatory and learn about the scientific research conducted there. The observatory provides valuable information about volcanic activity and monitoring on Mount Etna.
Mount Etna has various hiking trails suitable for different levels of fitness. Explore some of these trails to experience the diverse landscapes, from lava fields to lush vegetation. Be sure to follow safety guidelines and, if necessary, hire a guide.
During the winter months, Mount Etna's higher elevations may be covered in snow. If you visit during this time, you can partake in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding activities.
The fertile volcanic soils around Mount Etna contribute to the cultivation of vineyards. Explore local wineries and indulge in a wine-tasting experience, sampling wines produced in the region.
Explore lava tubes and caves formed by past volcanic activity at Mount Etna. Some guided tours also offer the opportunity to venture into the underground formations at Mount Etna.
Best for: Budget travel
Bus lines: Buses run from Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII to Rifugio Sapienza.
Closest bus stop: Rifugio Sapienza
Bus timings: The first bus leaves Piazza Papa Giovanni XXII at 8:15 AM and the last bus from Rifugio Sapienza is at 4:30 PM.
Getting to Mount Etna cable car by road
The southern and eastern slopes are commonly used to access the Mount Etna volcano. If you are traveling by car, take the SS121 or SS284 roads, which provide access to these slopes.
Once you park your car, you will have to take a cable car to reach the summit of Mount Etna.
If you want to reach the summit of Mount Etna, you can go for either a cable car or a 4X4 bus. If you want to explore the lower elevations and craters at Mount Etna, you can go via bus, train, or car.
The cable car that will take you to Mount Etna has an occupancy of 6 people.
This depends on the route of the cable car. Some cable cars stop at the Silvestri craters and/or the Etna Observatory before taking you to the summit of the volcano.
All cable cars are regularly checked and operated by certified technicians. However, in the unlikely event of the cable car getting stalled, just follow the instructions and safety guidelines given by the operator or guide.
A one-way journey to Mount Etna via cable car will take you around 15 minutes. A round-trip cable car journey to Mount Etna will take you around 30 minutes.