There are 4 ways to get from Catania to Palermo by bus, train, rideshare or car

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Bus  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo A19

11€ - 16€

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Rideshare  •  2h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Catania to Palermo 210.8 km

11€

2 alternative options

Train  •  3h 6m

  1. Take the train from Catania Centrale to Palermo Centrale Re

16€ - 35€

Drive  •  2h 20m

  1. Drive from Catania to Palermo 210.3 km

27€ - 45€

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The cheapest way to get from Catania to Palermo is to rideshare which costs 11€ and takes 2h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Catania to Palermo is to drive which costs 27€ - 45€ and takes 2h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport and arriving at Palermo. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Catania Centrale and arriving at Palermo Centrale. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 6m.

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The distance between Catania and Palermo is 168 km. The road distance is 210.3 km.

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The best way to get from Catania to Palermo without a car is to bus which takes 2h 30m and costs 11€ - 16€.

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The bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo takes 2h 30m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Catania to Palermo bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, depart from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport station.

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Catania to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia, depart from Catania Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Catania to Palermo is to bus which takes 2h 30m and costs 11€ - 16€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 16€ - 35€ and takes 3h 6m.

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  • Distance: 168.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 30m

What companies run services between Catania, Italy and Palermo, Italy?

SAIS Autolinee operates a bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo every 4 hours. Tickets cost 11€ - 16€ and the journey takes 2h 30m. Alternatively, Trenitalia operates a train from Catania Centrale to Palermo Centrale 4 times a day. Tickets cost 16€ - 35€ and the journey takes 3h 6m.

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 Catania Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 35€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
29€ - 32€
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Catania to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
11€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Catania to Palermo bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, arrive at Palermo station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Catania to Palermo is 210 km. It takes approximately 2h 20m to drive from Catania to Palermo.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Catania and Palermo. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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