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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

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Catania to Palermo 208.9 km

€11

2 alternative options

Train  •  2h 57m

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

€16 - €35

Drive  •  2h 19m

  1. Drive from Catania to Palermo 210.3 km

€26 - €40

Catania to Palermo by bus

The bus journey time between Catania and Palermo is around 2h 30m and covers a distance of around 205 km. The fastest bus normally takes 2h 30m. Operated by SAIS Autolinee and FlixBus, the Catania to Palermo bus service departs from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport and arrives in Palermo. Typically 82 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
2h 30m
Fastest bus time:
2h 30m
Buses per week:
82
Cheapest price:
€11
Carbon emissions:
25 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
05:10
Last bus departs at:
20:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Catania to Palermo bus schedules

Catania → Palermo
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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 €26 - €40 and takes 2h 19m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa and arriving at Palermo Centrale. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 57m.

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It is 168 km from Catania to Palermo. It is approximately 210.3 km to drive.

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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 two 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 Aeroporto Fontanarossa 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 2h 57m.

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Map of how to get from Catania to Palermo.
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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 2 hours. Tickets cost €11 - €16 and the journey takes 2h 30m. FlixBus also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Trenitalia operates a train from Catania Aeroporto Fontanarossa to Palermo Centrale every 4 hours. Tickets cost €16 - €35 and the journey takes 2h 57m.

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 Aeroporto Fontanarossa to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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 2 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
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 Catania to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
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 19m 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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