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There are 10 ways to get from Geneva to Sicily by plane, train, car, ferry, bus or bus and ferry

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Recommended option

Fly Geneva to Palermo  •  5h 18m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Palermo (PMO) GVA - PMO

€68 - €163

Cheapest option

Fly Geneva to Catania  •  5h 1m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Catania (CTA) GVA - CTA

€49 - €192

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Train to Lyon, fly to Palermo  •  7h 37m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Palermo (PMO) LYS - PMO

€98 - €237

Train to Lyon, fly to Catania  •  7h 25m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Catania (CTA) LYS - CTA

€104 - €236

Train to Milan Linate, fly to Comiso  •  8h 26m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Milano Centrale
  2. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Comiso (CIY) LIN - CIY

€193 - €455

Train  •  21h 33m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr / ...
  3. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic

€182 - €376

Drive, ferry  •  24h 31m

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

€122 - €208

Bus  •  28h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Milan 472 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Palermo N597

€85 - €107

Bus, bus and ferry  •  34h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Milan 472 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Milano - Autostazione Terminal Bus Di Lampugnano to Marsala
  3. Take the bus from Marsala to Palermo Centrale

€103 - €155

Bus, ferry  •  37h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Genoa N739 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Genoa to Palermo

€118 - €191

Geneva to Sicily by train

The train journey time between Geneva and Sicily is around 30h 27m and covers a distance of around 1807 km. The fastest train normally takes 30h 20m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Trenitalia Frecce, ItaloTreno and others, the Geneva to Sicily train service departs from Geneve and arrives in Palermo Notarbartolo. Typically four trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
30h 27m
Fastest train time:
30h 20m
Train distance:
1807 km
Trains per week:
4
Cheapest price:
€192
Carbon emissions:
95 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
13:39
Last train departs at:
13:39

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Geneva to Sicily train schedules

Switzerland → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United States
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area, Canada, Japan and United States
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

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Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted

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

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

The social distance requirement in Sicily is 1.5 metres.

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

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Italy.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 25 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Sicily is to bus which costs SFr 90 - SFr 120 and takes 28h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Sicily is to fly which costs SFr 50 - SFr 220 and takes 5h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Geneva and arriving at Piazza Boiardo via Milan and Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 41m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Geneve and arriving at Palermo Notarbartolo via Milano Centrale, Roma Termini and Palermo Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21h 33m.

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The distance between Geneva and Sicily is 1164 km.

The best way to get from Geneva to Sicily without a car is to train which takes 21h 33m and costs SFr 200 - SFr 420.

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It takes approximately 5h 18m to get from Geneva to Sicily, including transfers.

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

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Geneva to Sicily train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Geneve station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Sicily is to fly which takes 5h 18m and costs SFr 75 - SFr 180. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 200 - SFr 420 and takes 21h 33m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 90 - SFr 120 and takes 28h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 1163.6 km
  • Duration: 5h 18m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Sicily, Italy?

easyJet, Swiss and two other airlines fly from Geneva to Palermo 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Geneva to Palermo via Milano Centrale, Roma Termini, and Palermo Centrale in around 21h 33m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€60 - €240
Flights from Geneva to Palermo via Naples
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€65 - €250
Flights from Geneva to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Flights from Lyon to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €200
Flights from Lyon to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€70 - €260
Flights from Lyon to Catania via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€85 - €310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Palermo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€190 - €260
Flights from Geneva to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€75 - €250
Flights from Geneva to Catania via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €370
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Palermo via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€70 - €350
Flights from Lyon to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €410
Flights from Milan Linate to Comiso
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €390
Flights from Milan Linate to Comiso via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €390
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Palermo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€190 - €420
Flights from Geneva to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €300
Flights from Lyon to Palermo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€270 - €490
Flights from Lyon to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €390
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Palermo via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€180 - €370
Flights from Lyon to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €410
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Lyon to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €410
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Lyon to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Friday
Estimated price
€45 - €250
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Geneve to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€100 - €180
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€35 - €45
1st Class
€35 - €45
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 Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €120
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€40 - €55
Base Standard
€70 - €95
Base Premium
€85 - €120
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 Milano Centrale Station to Rome Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €90
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€30 - €50
Smart Low Cost
€30 - €45
Smart Flex
€65 - €90
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 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 Geneva to Milan
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€17 - €21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan to Palermo
Ave. Duration
21h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70 - €85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Geneva to Genoa
Ave. Duration
15h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€12 - €16
Website
Blablabus
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Milano - Autostazione Terminal Bus Di Lampugnano to Marsala
Ave. Duration
24h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€80 - €120
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

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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

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

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Alitalia, Lufthansa, easyJet and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Palermo Airport.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 12 - SFr 45.

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