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There are 7 ways to get from Palermo to Malta by bus, car ferry, train, bus and ferry, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, car ferry  •  9h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Palermo to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport A19
  2. Take the bus from Catania Airport to Pozzallo Viale Europa
  3. Take the car ferry from Pozzallo to Valetta

$126 - $223

Cheapest option

Train, car ferry  •  13h 22m

  1. Take the train from Palermo Centrale to Catania Centrale Rv / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Catania to Valetta

$54 - $111

5 alternative options

Train, car ferry via Pozzallo  •  10h 1m

  1. Take the train from Palermo Centrale to Caltanissetta Xirbi Rv / ...
  2. Take the train from Caltanissetta Xirbi to Modica Rv
  3. Take the car ferry from Pozzallo to Valetta

$136 - $254

Bus and ferry, car ferry  •  15h 11m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Palermo Stazione Centrale to Catania
  2. Take the car ferry from Catania to Valetta

$104 - $174

Drive, car ferry  •  5h 26m

  1. Drive from Palermo to Pozzallo
  2. Take the car ferry from Pozzallo to Valetta

$124 - $220

Bus to Catania, fly  •  4h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Palermo to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
  2. Fly from Catania (CTA) to Malta (MLA) CTA - MLA

$57 - $180

Fly from Palermo  •  3h 15m

  1. Fly from Palermo (PMO) to Malta (MLA) PMO - MLA

$59 - $490

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The cheapest way to get from Palermo to Malta is to bus and fly which costs 45€ - 160€ and takes 4h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Palermo to Malta is to fly which costs 50€ - 430€ and takes 3h 15m.

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The distance between Palermo and Malta is 268 km.

The best way to get from Palermo to Malta without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 9h 3m and costs 100€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 9h 3m to get from Palermo to Malta, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Catania Airport to Malta Airport is the direct flight which takes 40m.

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Ryanair and Air Malta offer flights from Catania Airport to Malta Airport.

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There are 1757+ hotels available in Malta. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Palermo to Palermo Airport is to train which takes 46m and costs 2€ - 6€.

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Map of how to get from Palermo to Malta.
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  • Distance: 167.7 miles
  • Duration: 9h 3m

What companies run services between Palermo, Italy and Malta?

Air Malta flies from Palermo to Qormi twice a week.

Airlines
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Catania to Malta
Ave. Duration
40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Flights from Palermo to Malta
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $700
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Catania to Malta
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $250
Train operators
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Palermo Centrale to Caltanissetta Xirbi
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$17 - $21
Train from Caltanissetta Xirbi to Modica
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$27 - $32
Train from Palermo Centrale to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Palermo Stazione Centrale to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Ferry operators
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Website
virtuferries.com
Car ferry from Pozzallo to Valetta
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Schedules at
virtuferries.com
Low season
$75 - $90
High season
$142 - $147
Mid season
$125
Tirrenia
Phone
+49 611–14020
Email
info@tirrenia.de
Website
tirrenia.it
Car ferry from Catania to Valetta
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
en.tirrenia.it

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