There are 5 ways to get from Messina to Palermo by bus, train, bus and ferry, rideshare 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.

Recommended option

Bus  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Messina - Viale Boccetta to Palermo, Piazza Cairoli A/20-A/19

$35 - $55

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Messina to Palermo 143.5 miles

$13

3 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale Rv / ...

$17 - $40

Bus and ferry  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Messina to Palermo

$65 - $95

Drive  •  2 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Messina to Palermo 145.3 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Messina to Palermo is to rideshare which costs 11€ and takes 2 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Messina to Palermo is to drive which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Messina - Viale Boccetta and arriving at Palermo, Piazza Cairoli. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Messina Centrale and arriving at Palermo Centrale. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 49 min.

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The distance between Messina and Palermo is 194 km. The road distance is 232.5 km.

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The best way to get from Messina to Palermo without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 40 min and costs 30€ - 45€.

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The bus from Messina - Viale Boccetta to Palermo, Piazza Cairoli takes 2 h 40 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Messina to Palermo bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, depart from Messina - Viale Boccetta station.

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Map of how to get from Messina to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 121.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 40 min

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

SAIS Autolinee operates a bus from Messina to Palermo every 4 hours. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 2 h 40 min. Alternatively, Trenitalia operates a train from Messina to Palermo every 3 hours. Tickets cost $17 - $40 and the journey takes 2 h 49 min.

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 Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$31 - $37
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina - Viale Boccetta to Palermo, Piazza Cairoli
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Messina to Palermo
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Messina to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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