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

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 to Palermo  •  6h 13m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Palermo (PMO) MAD - PMO

54€ - 248€

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Fly to Catania  •  6h 10m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Catania (CTA) MAD - CTA

59€ - 236€

Fly to Trapani  •  9h 41m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Trapani (TPS) MAD - TPS

157€ - 542€

Fly to Comiso  •  10h 2m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Comiso (CIY) MAD - CIY

154€ - 705€

Train, ferry, bus  •  33h 59m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the ferry from Barcellona to Porto Torres
  3. Take the ferry from Porto Torres to Trapani
  4. Take the bus from Trapani, Staiti 13 to Palermo - Piazzetta Cairoli

224€ - 297€

Train  •  35h 27m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Marseille St Charles Ave
  3. Take the train from Marseille St Charles to Genova P.Za Principe Ec
  4. Take the train from Genova Piazza Principe to Palermo Centrale Icn

281€ - 406€

Train, car ferry, ferry  •  39h 55m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the car ferry from Barcelona to Civitavecchia
  3. Take the ferry from Civitavecchia to Palermo

214€ - 313€

Bus  •  45h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Milano
  2. Take the bus from Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano to PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS Baltour

143€ - 207€

Bus, bus and ferry  •  2 days 3h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Padova
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Padova to Palermo

62€ - 83€

Drive, car ferry, ferry  •  32h 56m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Alicante
  2. Take the car ferry from Alicante to Algiers
  3. Drive from Algiers to Tunis
  4. Take the ferry from Tunis to Palermo

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Sicily is to bus and bus and ferry which costs 60€ - 85€ and takes 2 days 3h.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Sicily is to fly which costs 55€ - 240€ and takes 6h 10m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Piazza Boiardo via Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano and Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45h 34m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Palermo Notarbartolo via Barcelona-Sants, Marseille St Charles, Genova Piazza Principe and Palermo Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35h 27m.

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The distance between Madrid and Sicily is 1572 km.

The best way to get from Madrid to Sicily without a car is to train and ferry and bus which takes 33h 59m and costs 220€ - 300€.

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It takes approximately 6h 13m to get from Madrid to Sicily, including transfers.

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Madrid to Sicily bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Sicily train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sicily is to fly which takes 6h 13m and costs 50€ - 250€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 280€ - 410€ and takes 35h 27m, you could also bus, which costs 140€ - 210€ and takes 45h 34m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 982.5 miles
  • Duration: 6h 13m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Sicily, Italy?

Iberia, Ryanair and six other airlines fly from Madrid to Palermo every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Palermo via Barcelona-Sants, Marseille St Charles, Genova Piazza Principe, and Palermo Centrale in around 35h 27m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Palermo via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
170€ - 650€
Flights from Madrid to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 650€
Flights from Madrid to Catania via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
180€ - 650€
Flights from Madrid to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 650€
Flights from Madrid to Trapani via Rome
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 900€
Flights from Madrid to Trapani via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
170€ - 750€
Flights from Madrid to Trapani via Venice, Rome
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 800€
Flights from Madrid to Trapani via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 850€
Flights from Madrid to Comiso via Rome
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
290€ - 1500€
Flights from Madrid to Comiso via Venice, Rome
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
280€ - 1300€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 340€
Flights from Madrid to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 310€
Flights from Madrid to Catania via Bologna
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 310€
Flights from Madrid to Trapani via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 460€
Flights from Madrid to Comiso via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
220€ - 1000€
Flights from Madrid to Comiso via Pisa
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 700€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 430€
Flights from Madrid to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 550€
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Madrid to Palermo via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
130€ - 700€
Flights from Madrid to Catania via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
130€ - 650€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Palermo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
410€ - 1100€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Palermo via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
270€ - 1800€
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from Madrid to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
85€ - 470€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Catania via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 1400€
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Madrid to Catania via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
80€ - 290€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
240€ - 1100€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Comiso via Brussels
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
360€ - 1300€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
renfe.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Marseille St Charles
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
60€ - 90€
1st Class
90€ - 140€
Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Marseille St Charles to Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
thello.com
Trenitalia Eurocity

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 Marseille-Saint-Charles to Genova Piazza Principe
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Genova Piazza Principe to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
18h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
110€ - 150€
Website
trenitalia.com
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Trapani, Staiti 13 to Palermo - Piazzetta Cairoli
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
15€ - 23€
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Milano
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75€ - 120€
Website
alsa.com
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
flixbus.it
Bus from Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano to PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
Baltour
Atlassib
Phone
(004) 0269 229.224
Email
informatii@atlassib.es
Website
atlassib.es
Bus from Madrid to Padova
Ave. Duration
29h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
atlassib.es
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Padova to Palermo
Ave. Duration
20h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 85€
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Book at
autoservizisalemi.it
Ferry operators
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Ferry from Barcellona to Porto Torres
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Grimaldi Lines
Car ferry from Barcelona to Civitavecchia
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
70€ - 110€
Website
Grimaldi Lines
Sardinia Ferries
Grandi Navi Veloci
Phone
+39 010 209 4591
Email
booking@gnv.it
Website
gnv.it
Ferry from Civitavecchia to Palermo
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Website
Grandi Navi Veloci
Ferry from Tunis to Palermo
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Grandi Navi Veloci

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 30m.

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Madrid to Sicily bus services, operated by Baltour, arrive at PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS station.

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

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Iberia, Ryanair, Swiss and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Palermo Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Sicily train tickets online with Loco2, Loco2 and two other operators.

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There are 240+ hotels available in Sicily. Prices start at 35€ per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 26m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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