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There are 9 ways to get from Bologna to Sicily by plane, train, bus, car, ferry or car ferry

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

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Fly Rome to Palermo  •  4h 30m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Palermo (PMO) FCO - PMO

€22 - €152

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Fly Rome to Catania  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Catania (CTA) FCO - CTA

€16 - €112

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Fly Rome to Comiso  •  3h 47m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Comiso (CIY) FCO - CIY

€72 - €188

Train to Naples, fly to Catania  •  4h 35m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
  2. Fly from Naples (NAP) to Catania (CTA) NAP - CTA

€36 - €166

Fly Rome to Trapani  •  4h 52m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Trapani (TPS) FCO - TPS

€40 - €250

Bus  •  12h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello Milan Lampugnano - Porto Empedocle Bus Station / ...

€22 - €101

Train  •  13h 39m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic

€54 - €78

Drive, ferry  •  15h 10m

  1. Drive from Bologna to Civitavecchia
  2. Take the ferry from Civitavecchia to Palermo

€56 - €125

Bus, car ferry  •  15h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Naples 538 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Naples to Palermo

€40 - €75

Bologna to Sicily by walk and bus

The journey time between Bologna and Sicily is around 12h 23m and covers a distance of around 1020 km. The fastest journey normally takes 12h 17m. Operated by Autoservizi Salemi and AMAT Palermo S.p.A., the Bologna to Sicily service departs from Bologna and arrives in Piazza Boiardo. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
12h 23m
Fastest journey time:
12h 17m
Journey distance:
1020 km
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€22
Carbon emissions:
127 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
20:00
Last service departs at:
20:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bologna to Sicily walk and bus schedules

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

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The cheapest way to get from Bologna to Sicily is to fly which costs €15 - €120 and takes 4h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Bologna to Sicily is to fly which costs €70 - €190 and takes 3h 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bologna to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Rome Tiburtina and arriving at Piazza Boiardo via Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 31m.

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It is approximately 501 km to get from Bologna to Sicily.

The best way to get from Bologna to Sicily without a car is to bus which takes 12h 31m and costs €22 - €110.

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It takes approximately 4h 30m to get from Bologna to Sicily, including transfers.

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Bologna to Sicily bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi, depart from Rome Tiburtina station.

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The best way to get from Bologna to Sicily is to fly which takes 4h 30m and costs €22 - €160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €22 - €110 and takes 12h 31m, you could also train, which costs €50 - €80 and takes 13h 39m.

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Bologna to Sicily bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi, arrive at Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello station.

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Map of how to get from Bologna to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 500.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 30m

What companies run services between Bologna, Lazio, Italy and Sicily, Italy?

Ryanair and Alitalia fly from Bologna to Palermo every 2 hours. Alternatively, Autoservizi Salemi operates a bus from Rome Tiburtina to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello twice daily. Tickets cost €20 - €100 and the journey takes 11h 45m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€15 - €150
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€5 - €120
Flights from Naples to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€17 - €150
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €220
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €160
Flights from Rome to Comiso
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €360
Flights from Naples to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €240
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Naples to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €160
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€4 - €100
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Naples to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€22 - €160
Alba Star
Website
albastar.es
Flights from Rome to Trapani
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€20 - €550
Train operators
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€19 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€19 - €26
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €28
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €25
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €21
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €21
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
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €30
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€27 - €30
Bus operators
Autoservizi Salemi
Website
bustickets.distribusion.com
Bus from Rome Tiburtina to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€20 - €100
Schedules at
bustickets.distribusion.com
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 Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Naples
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
Grandi Navi Veloci
Phone
+39 010 209 4591
Email
booking@gnv.it
Website
gnv.it
Ferry from Civitavecchia to Palermo
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€45 - €110
Website
Grandi Navi Veloci
Car ferry from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€24 - €55
Website
Grandi Navi Veloci
Tirrenia
Phone
+49 611–14020
Email
info@tirrenia.de
Website
tirrenia.it
Car ferry from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
Tirrenia

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