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There are 11 ways to get from Bologna to Sicily by plane, train, ferry, bus, car, car ferry or bus and ferry

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Fly Bologna to Palermo

  1. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Palermo (PMO)

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Fly Bologna to Catania

  1. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Catania (CTA)

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Fly Bologna to Trapani

  1. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Trapani (TPS)

Train to Florence, fly to Palermo

  1. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
  2. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Palermo (PMO)

Train to Florence, fly to Catania

  1. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
  2. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Catania (CTA)

Train to Forli, fly to Catania

  1. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Forli
  2. Fly from Forli (FRL) to Catania (CTA)

Train, ferry

  1. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
  2. Take the ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  3. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale

Train

  1. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
  2. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Bologna to Palermo

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Bologna to Livorno
  2. Take the car ferry from Livorno to Palermo

Bus and ferry, bus

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Marsala
  2. Take the bus from Marsala to Palermo Centrale
Bologna → Sicily
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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 €19 - €130 and takes 3h 33m.

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The fastest way to get from Bologna to Sicily is to fly. Taking this option will cost €19 - €130 and takes 3h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bologna to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Bologna and arriving at Piazza Boiardo via Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 46m.

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The distance between Bologna and Sicily is 803 km.

The best way to get from Bologna to Sicily without a car is to train and ferry which takes 12h 25m and costs €65 - €230.

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It takes approximately 3h 45m to get from Bologna to Sicily, including transfers.

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Bologna to Sicily bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bologna station.

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The best way to get from Bologna to Sicily is to fly which takes 3h 45m and costs €24 - €150. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €70 - €170 and takes 15h 57m, you could also bus, which costs €60 - €75 and takes 17h 46m.

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The quickest flight from Bologna Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Bologna to Sicily bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Palermo station.

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Map of how to get from Bologna to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 803.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 45m

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

Ryanair, Wizz Air and Alitalia fly from Bologna to Palermo 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bologna to Palermo via Roma Termini, Palermo Centrale, and Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna in around 15h 57m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bologna to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€26 - €170
Flights from Bologna to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€15 - €240
Flights from Bologna to Catania via Malta
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€15 - €240
Flights from Bologna to Trapani
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€29 - €210
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €220
Flights from Bologna to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €270
Flights from Florence to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €1000
Flights from Florence to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €950
Ego Airways
Website
egoairways.com
Flights from Forli to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€20 - €240
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Bologna to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €230
Flights from Bologna to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€20 - €180
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Florence to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€70 - €390
Flights from Florence to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€100 - €270
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Florence to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €300
Flights from Florence to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €230
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Bologna to Catania via Olbia
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €180
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 Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €45
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€11 - €15
Base Standard
€25 - €35
Base Premium
€30 - €45
Train from Bologna Centrale to Forli
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€9 - €40
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€9 - €13
Base Standard
€22 - €30
Base Premium
€28 - €40
Train from Bologna Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€65 - €190
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€65 - €90
Base Standard
€110 - €150
Base Premium
€130 - €190
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€14 - €21
Smart Low Cost
€12 - €17
Smart Flex
€26 - €40
Train from Bologna Centrale to Forlì
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €35
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€13 - €19
Smart Low Cost
€11 - €16
Smart Flex
€24 - €35
Train from Bologna Centrale to Villa San Giovanni
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €140
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€50 - €70
Smart Low Cost
€45 - €70
Smart Flex
€95 - €140
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €65
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€25 - €35
Smart Low Cost
€22 - €35
Smart Flex
€45 - €65
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 Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€6 - €14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€12 - €14
Train from Bologna Centrale to Forli
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€4 - €10
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€9 - €10
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €30
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€27 - €30
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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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 Forli
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€5 - €8
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €20
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
Österreichische Bundesbahnen
Website
delfi.de
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
delfi.de
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 Bologna to Palermo
Ave. Duration
17h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€60 - €75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Marsala
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€65 - €100
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus from Marsala to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €13
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Ferry operators
Blue Jet
Phone
342 32 55 869
Website
blujetlines.it
Ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3
Schedules at
blujetlines.it
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
Ferry from Villa S.Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Trenitalia
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
For more information, please visit this page
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Livorno to Palermo
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €80
Website
Grimaldi Lines

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