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Ypsi & Love

Ypsigrock is the best festival on the planet.

Mogwai

If you missed out on Glasto, then you should try it.

The Times

Ypsigrock excelled once again, it must now be seen as one of the most tasteful and considered ‘boutique’ festivals in Europe, if not the world.

Gigwise

The best festival you’ll only find if you leave the beaten track of the European circuit behind.

The 405

There’s a mysterious charm to this Sicilian event that is nigh on impossible to put into words.

CLASH

Un appuntamento che ha saputo diventare meta turistica, momento di aggregazione e di cultura, e soprattutto uno stato mentale.

Stefano Cuzzocrea (Journalist and unforgettable Friend)

Ypsigrock’s beautiful location, married to excellent production and hospitality resulted in the festival being one of the most memorable weekends of my life.

Andy Inglis (5000 Mgmt, UK)

You would be hard-pressed to find a festival more beautiful.

The Independent

Is this Europe’s most picturesque festival? Almost certainly, yes.

DIY

 

How to arrive

 

BY CAR

From Palermo
Distance to go: 90 Km (56 miles)

To get to Castelbuono by car it should take about 75 mins. Take the motorway “Autostrada A19” (Catania-Palermo) and follow it for about 40 Km, then change to the motorway “Autostrada A20” (Palermo-Messina) and take the exit to Castelbuono. Then follow the SS 286 for the next 14km and you will arrive to Castelbuono.
Once you pass the sign “Castelbuono” at the beginning of the town at the entrance of the village of Castelbuono, take the direction of the Luigi Failla Stadium on your right into Via Mazzini, along the way and then turn right onto Viale Castello. We suggest you to parking your car here, behind the Castle, you’ll find a large public and free parking area.

From Messina
Distance to go: 170 Km (105 miles)

To get to Castelbuono by car it should take 2 hours. Take the motorway “Autostrada A20” (Palermo-Messina) and follow it for about 130 Km, and take the exit to Castelbuono. Then take the SS 286 and drive along the scenic 14 Km of SS 286: a natural paradise, then you will arrive in Castelbuono.
Once you pass the sign “Castelbuono” at the beginning of the town at the entrance of the village of Castelbuono, take the direction of the Luigi Failla Stadium on your right into Via Mazzini, along the way and then turn right onto Viale Castello. We suggest you to parking your car here, behind the Castle, you’ll find a large public and free parking area.

From Catania:
Distance to go: 180 Km (112 miles)

To get to Castelbuono by car it should take 2 hours and 15mins.
Take the motorway “Autostrada A19” (Catania-Palermo) and follow the signs to Palermo.
At “km 153” take the exit to the motorway “Autostrada A20” (Palermo-Messina) and follow the signs to Messina-Cefalù. Toll payment. Continue on A20-E90. Take the exit “Pollina / Castelbuono” and drive along the scenic 14 Km of SS 286: a natural paradise, then you will arrive in Castelbuono.

Once you pass the sign “Castelbuono” at the beginning of the town at the entrance of the village of Castelbuono, take the direction of the Luigi Failla Stadium on your right into Via Mazzini, along the way and then turn right onto Viale Castello. We suggest you to parking your car here, behind the Castle, you’ll find a large public and free parking area.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

BY AIR
The nearest Airport is: “Punta Raisi – Falcone Borsellino Airport – Palermo”

From the airport there are regular shuttle bus to get to Palermo city centre, journey time to the final stop at Palermo central railway station is around 50mins. Next to the railway station you’ll find the bus station where you can take a coach to Castelbuono. Buses operated by S.A.I.S. depart from Palermo railway station (via Cefalù stop) and the journey takes 1hr and 40 minutes.
From Punta Raisi – Falcone Borsellino Airport to Palermo by car
It takes around 30mins to get to Palermo city centre. Follow the highway from the AEROPORTO PUNTA RAISI junction for 5.6 Km, then follow the sign CARINI/TORRETTA, turn right and go along the A29 highway for 19.2 Km in the direction to PALERMO.
From here please follow the instructions described in the section “By car – From Palermo”.

BY TRAIN
The nearest railway station is: Cefalù Station

It’s just 20 Km from Castelbuono, there are many coaches run throughout the day by the company S.A.I.S. Trasporti, from Cefalù to Castelbuono the journey time is approx. 30mins. For timetables and more info about S.A.I.S. buses, please follow the instructions described here in the section called “BY COACH”.
PLEASE AVOID CASTELBUONO RAILWAY STATION: although still working, Castelbuono railway station is down near the coast and the town is a LONG STEEP road away from it. In fact, Castelbuono railway station is about 14 km of bends from the inhabited town center and IT IS NOT CONNECTED in any way to the town of Castelbuono. So, if you don’t have a car or if there is no one waiting for you at the station, please DO NOT get off the train to Castelbuono railway station 🙂 

BY COACH
The bus company S.A.I.S. Trasporti offers connection between Palermo and Castelbuono (via a Cefalù stop) from Monday till Saturday.

If you arrive by public transport (by plane, by train or by bus) to Palermo, and you don’t plan to rent a car to reach Castelbuono, you’ll need to use the services of the bus company S.A.I.S. Trasporti.
The S.A.I.S. Trasporti bus terminal is adjacent to Palermo railway station, specifically it is located in Piazza Cairoli, entrance to Corso dei Mille – Stalls 10/11.
The reference run is “Palermo – Castelbuono” (the intermediate stop is Cefalù, at Cefalù railway station). The bus leaves several times a day. From Palermo to Castelbuono the average journey time is an hour and 40 minutes.
Don’t wait for the last S.A.I.S. bus trip of the day to reach Castebuono. If you can, leave Palermo well in advance.
The bus ticket can be purchased at S.A.I.S. box office at the departure stalls, or online at S.A.I.S. Trasporti website or on the bus itself before departure time.

WARNING: always check our timetables S.A.I.S. Trasporti bus service. You may find discrepancies between the timetables reported on the S.A.I.S. Trasporti website and the timing of our timetables. Unfortunately on S.A.I.S. Trasporti website or by phone often the information about the summertime S.A.I.S. Trasporti bus service is not updated. But we provide you with the actual and always up-to-date bus run schedules, because we care a lot that you can get to your destination and start having fun with us, so take our bus timetables as your only reference, please. Trust us 🙂

S.A.I.S. Trasporti arrival and departure timings don’t depend on us and are subject to change. So please check the following timetable closer to the opening day of the festival.  

TIMETABLES S.A.I.S. Trasporti BUS SERVICE

Orari eng:

 
Bus run: PALERMO – CASTELBUONO
Monday-Friday: 6:45 am – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday: 6:45 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday: NO bus services are provided on Sundays by S.A.I.S. Trasporti
 
Bus run: CEFALÙ – CASTELBUONO
Monday-Friday: 07:45 am – 8:00 am – 11:00 am – 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm – 2:10 pm – 2:40 pm – 3:25 pm – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – 2:10 pm – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm
 
Bus run: CASTELBUONO – PALERMO 
Monday-Friday: 05:40 am – 1:50 pm – 2:30 pm – 4:40 pm 
Saturday: 05:40 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday: NO bus services are provided on Sundays by S.A.I.S. Trasporti
 
Bus run: CASTELBUONO – CEFALÙ
Monday-Friday: 05:40 am – 07:05 am – 08:30 am – 08:45 am – 1:30 pm – 1:50 pm – 2:30 pm – 4:40 pm
Saturday: 7:05 am – 08:45 am –  1:30 pm – 1:50 pm – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 08:45 am
 
Bus run: CEFALÙ – PALERMO 
Monday-Friday: 06:20 am – 2:30 pm – 3:10 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 2:30 pm – 3:10 pm
Sunday: NO bus services are provided on Sundays by S.A.I.S. Trasporti
 
Bus run: PALERMO – CEFALÙ
Monday-Friday: 06:45 am – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday: 06:45 am – 6:30 pm 
Sunday: NO bus services are provided on Sundays by S.A.I.S. Trasporti
 

 

If you arrive from other Sicilian cities and you don’t want to stay overnight in Castelbuono, we suggest to arrange you arriving to Palermo or Cefalù, in order to take advantage of the connections of the S.A.I.S. bus service.

N.B. in order to ensure interpersonal safety distances and all the hygiene and health standards necessary to comply with anti-covid safety protocols, this year there is NO private shuttle organized by the festival for Ypsigrock 2021 “Tiny but Needed” edition. It will be possible to reach Castelbuono ONLY by bus (S.A.I.S.) or by autonomous private vehicles.

For further info, please write us via our CONTACTS page

If you want to track your trip to the Festival, the following links may be useful: Google Maps and ViaMichelin Maps & Route Planner.