Only 32 miles (52 km) separate Modica and Syracuse, heading northeast across Sicily’s Ragusa and Siracusa provinces to the Adriatic coast. For efficiency and affordability, the train is the best option for most travelers looking to make the journey. The Trenitalia line runs regularly between Modica and Syracuse, offering a scenic 2-hour ride.
Alternatively, rent a car for the fastest and most direct route, or to explore the surrounding baroque towns and sandy beaches. Travel by bus is the most economical, but the multi-stop trip is a long one at close to 3 hours. Private transfers and taxis are available as well.
Duration: 2 hours
Sicily isn’t known for the reliability of its railways, but for the short stretch between Modica and Syracuse, it’s the quickest mode of public transport in the area. The easy journey of just under two hours runs from Modica Stazione at the south end of the town center, and takes in scenic countryside and small villages before reaching the centrally located Stazione Ferroviaria di Siracusa.
Trenitalia runs 4 to 6 trains daily, but it’s a bare-bones, ‘regionale’ line, so amenities are limited and stations are simple affairs. Make sure to check the timetables for schedule variations, and avoid Sundays when services are often reduced or canceled.
By Rental Car
Duration: 75 minutes
A rental car is the best option for those looking for the freedom to explore Sicily’s southeast in their own time, with the Baroque cities of Ispica and Noto en route. Modica is home to several smaller car rental companies, as well as a courtesy pick-up location for Europcar.
Journey via the newer autostrada to avoid the region’s famously winding roads, reaching Syracuse center in just over an hour. Blue lines indicate paid parking spots throughout the old town, but on busy days head to the pay and display lot of Molo Sant’Antonio, a 5-minute walk from the center.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Bus travel is the most economical option between Modica and Syracuse, but also the slowest, with multiple stops throughout the region’s small towns and villages. AST buses leave 5 times a day from the top of Via Umberto in Modica, and arrive opposite Syracuse’s central station. Tickets can often be purchased from the driver, but are also available at the station kiosk and small tabacchi shop opposite the station. As the most popular mode of transportation for locals, buses can be crowded at peak hours and holidays.
By Private Transport
Duration: 75 minutes
There are both local taxi and private transport options available for those looking to travel in more privacy and comfort, but they come at a higher price. Transfers are available as direct trips or part of a wider tour, leaving the hassle of navigating and parking to your driver.