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There are 11 ways to get from Milan to Palermo by plane, bus, train, car ferry, car, ferry, bus and ferry or rideshare

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Fly from Milan Linate  •  4h 8m

  1. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Palermo (PMO) LIN - PMO

32€ - 148€

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Fly from Milan Malpensa  •  4h 25m

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Palermo (PMO) MXP - PMO

18€ - 106€

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Bus to Milan Bergamo, fly  •  4h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Milan Centrale to Bergamo Airport Bus Station
  2. Fly from Milan Bergamo (BGY) to Palermo (PMO) BGY - PMO

33€ - 416€

Train to Turin, fly  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa
  2. Fly from Turin (TRN) to Palermo (PMO) TRN - PMO

55€ - 311€

Train to Verona, fly  •  6h 22m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
  2. Fly from Verona (VRN) to Palermo (PMO) VRN - PMO

63€ - 214€

Train, car ferry  •  14h 15m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni Fr / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  3. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale Re / ...

87€ - 293€

Train  •  16h 38m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr
  2. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic

91€ - 194€

Bus  •  19h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Milano - Autostazione San Donato to PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS Baltour

57€ - 77€

Drive, ferry  •  22h 8m

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

93€ - 166€

Bus and ferry  •  28h 29m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Milan - San Donato to Marsala
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Marsala to Palermo

84€ - 133€

Rideshare  •  16h 17m

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Palermo 886.9 km

82€

Milan to Palermo by train

The train journey time between Milan and Palermo is around 24h 55m and covers a distance of around 1434 km. The fastest train normally takes 24h 55m. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce and Trenitalia Intercity, the Milan to Palermo train service departs from Milano Centrale and arrives in Palermo Centrale. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Milan to Palermo train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Palermo is to fly which costs 18€ - 110€ and takes 4h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Palermo is to fly which costs 30€ - 150€ and takes 4h 8m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Palermo. However, there are services departing from via baracchini, 1 dopo via p. da cannobio and arriving at PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS via Milano - Autostazione San Donato. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from Milan to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Palermo Centrale via Roma Termini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 38m.

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The distance between Milan and Palermo is 884 km.

The best way to get from Milan to Palermo without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 14h 15m and costs 85€ - 300€.

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It takes approximately 4h 8m to get from Milan to Palermo, including transfers.

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Milan to Palermo bus services, operated by Baltour, depart from Milano - Autostazione San Donato station.

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Milan to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Palermo is to fly which takes 4h 8m and costs 30€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 90€ - 200€ and takes 16h 38m, you could also bus, which costs 55€ - 80€ and takes 19h 9m.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 884.5 km
  • Duration: 4h 8m

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

Alitalia and easyJet fly from Milan to Palermo every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Milan to Palermo via Roma Termini in around 16h 38m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 230€
Flights from Milan Linate to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 230€
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
130€ - 450€
Flights from Turin to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 320€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
5€ - 130€
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
21€ - 230€
Flights from Turin to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
29€ - 230€
Flights from Verona to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 230€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 260€
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Turin to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 260€
Flights from Turin to Palermo via Naples
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
65€ - 270€
Flights from Verona to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 280€
Flights from Verona to Palermo via Naples
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 280€
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
9€ - 270€
Flights from Turin to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
29€ - 250€
Flights from Verona to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
30€ - 290€
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 400€
Flights from Verona to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 600€
Alba Star
Website
albastar.es
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 400€
Blue Air
Website
flyblueair.com
Flights from Turin to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Train operators
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 Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 55€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
14€ - 19€
Base Standard
30€ - 40€
Base Premium
35€ - 55€
Train from Milano Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
9h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
80€ - 230€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
80€ - 110€
Base Standard
130€ - 180€
Base Premium
160€ - 230€
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€
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 Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
18€ - 20€
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
15€ - 30€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
27€ - 30€
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 Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
10€ - 14€
Train from Milano Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
16h 38m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
70€ - 100€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
70€ - 100€
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
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€
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
Trenord
Bus operators
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Milan Centrale to Bergamo Airport Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
5€ - 10€
Website
Autostradale
Website
Autostradale
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
global.flixbus.com
Bus from Milano - Autostazione San Donato to PALERMO - PALERMO-P.Cairoli FS
Ave. Duration
17h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
55€ - 75€
Website
Baltour
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Milan - San Donato to Marsala
Ave. Duration
23h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75€ - 120€
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Marsala to Palermo
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Ferry operators
Caronte & Tourist
Phone
800 627414
Email
servizioclienti@carontetourist.it
Website
carontetourist.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 40€
Website
Caronte & Tourist
Passenger
2€ - 7€
Moto
16€ - 22€
Car
30€ - 40€
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 Milan to Palermo
Ave. Duration
16h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
82€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Milan Linate Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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

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

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easyJet and Alitalia offer flights from Milan Linate Airport to Palermo Airport.

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The best way to get from Milan to Milan Linate Airport is to line 73 bus which takes 20 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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