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

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Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt  •  6h 20m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Palermo (PMO) BER - PMO

€29 - €213

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Train to Leipzig, fly  •  8h 56m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
  2. Fly from Leipzig (LEJ) to Palermo (PMO) LEJ - PMO

€165 - €869

Train  •  27h 59m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Muenchen Hbf to Bologna Centrale Ecb
  4. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini Fr / ...
  5. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic

€216 - €424

Bus via Milan  •  35h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin central bus station to Milan N95
  2. Take the bus from Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano to PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS Baltour

€107 - €138

Train, night train  •  35h 28m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Muenchen Hbf Ice
  2. Take the night train from Muenchen Hbf to Roma Termini Nj
  3. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic

€301 - €420

Drive, ferry  •  31h 26m

  1. Drive from Berlin to Genoa
  2. Take the ferry from Genoa to Palermo

€220 - €349

Bus  •  44h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin Central Bus Station to Wroclaw Sucha Central Bus Station Amsterdam - Lesko 1 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Wrocław to Palermo

€83 - €121

Berlin to Palermo by train

The train journey time between Berlin and Palermo is around 34h 54m and covers a distance of around 2415 km. The fastest train normally takes 34h 54m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Deutsche Bahn Regional and others, the Berlin to Palermo train service departs from Berlin Hbf and arrives in Palermo Centrale. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
34h 54m
Fastest train time:
34h 54m
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€246
Carbon emissions:
127 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
08:30
Last train departs at:
08:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin to Palermo train schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Palermo is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Palermo is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Palermo is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

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The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Palermo is to fly which costs €28 - €220 and takes 6h 20m.

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The fastest way to get from Berlin to Palermo is to fly which takes 6h 20m and costs €28 - €220.

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No, there is no direct bus from Berlin station to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Berlin central bus station and arriving at PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS via Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Berlin to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Palermo Centrale via Nuernberg Hbf, Muenchen Hbf, Bologna Centrale and Roma Termini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h 59m.

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The distance between Berlin and Palermo is 1600 km.

The best way to get from Berlin to Palermo without a car is to train which takes 27h 59m and costs €210 - €430.

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It takes approximately 6h 20m to get from Berlin to Palermo, including transfers.

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Berlin to Palermo bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Berlin central bus station.

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Berlin to Palermo train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Palermo is to fly which takes 6h 20m and costs €28 - €220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €210 - €430 and takes 27h 59m, you could also bus via Milan, which costs €100 - €140 and takes 35h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 1600.4 km
  • Duration: 6h 20m

What companies run services between Berlin, Germany and Palermo, Italy?

Ryanair, Swiss and three other airlines fly from Berlin to Palermo 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Berlin Hbf to Palermo via Nuernberg Hbf, Muenchen Hbf, Bologna Centrale, and Roma Termini in around 27h 59m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€24 - €100
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Palermo via Bari
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Friday
Estimated price
€24 - €100
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Palermo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€200 - €360
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Palermo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€200 - €430
Flights from Leipzig to Palermo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Palermo via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€100 - €370
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €330
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€80 - €120
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Berlin Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€160 - €230
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Flixtrain
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 43m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€27 - €90
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€27 - €40
Base Standard
€50 - €70
Base Premium
€60 - €90
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €65
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€25 - €35
Smart Low Cost
€22 - €35
Smart Flex
€45 - €65
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€22 - €35
Train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
11h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€50 - €75
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Berlin central bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
15h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
global.flixbus.com
Bus from Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano to PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€55 - €75
Website
Baltour
Mądeltrans Eurolines
Phone
+48 14 6 571 777
Email
linia@madeltrans.com.pl
Website
madeltrans.pl
Bus from Berlin Central Bus Station to Wroclaw Sucha Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€17 - €26
Website
Mądeltrans Eurolines
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Wrocław to Palermo
Ave. Duration
37h 59m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€65 - €95
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Ferry operators

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 35m.

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Berlin to Palermo bus services, operated by Baltour, arrive at PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS station.

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Berlin to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Palermo Centrale station.

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Lufthansa, Eurowings, Alitalia and two other airlines offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Palermo Airport.

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There are 563+ hotels available in Palermo. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs €2 - €8.

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