There are 5 ways to get from Palermo to Catania by train, bus and ferry, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2 h 50 min

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

$17 - $40

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Rideshare  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Palermo to Catania 132.6 miles

$13

3 alternative options

Bus and ferry  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Palermo to Catania

$65 - $95

Bus  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Palermo - Via Oreto to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport A19

$31 - $51

Drive  •  2 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Palermo to Catania 133.5 miles

$30 - $50

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Palermo and arriving at Catania. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Palermo Centrale and arriving at Catania Centrale. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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The distance between Palermo and Catania is 168 km. The road distance is 213.6 km.

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The best way to get from Palermo to Catania without a car is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs .

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The train from Palermo Centrale to Catania Centrale takes 2 h 50 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Palermo to Catania bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi Srl, depart from Palermo station.

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Palermo to Catania train services, operated by Trenitalia, depart from Palermo Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Palermo to Catania is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 49 min.

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Palermo to Catania bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi Srl, arrive at Catania station.

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

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Map of how to get from Palermo to Catania.
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  • Distance: 105.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

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

Trenitalia operates a train from Palermo to Catania every 4 hours. Tickets cost $17 - $40 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Alternatively, SAIS Autolinee operates a bus from Palermo to Catania every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 2 h 25 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 Palermo Centrale to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Palermo to Catania
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Palermo - Via Oreto to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
saisautolinee.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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Palermo to Catania
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Palermo to Catania is 214 km. It takes approximately 2 h 25 min to drive from Palermo to Catania.

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There are 2474+ hotels available in Catania. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Palermo and Catania. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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