There are 4 ways to get from Palermo to Messina by train, bus and ferry, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2 h 47 min

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

$17 - $40

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Rideshare  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Palermo to Messina 143.4 miles

$14

2 alternative options

Bus and ferry  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Palermo to Messina

$65 - $95

Drive  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Palermo to Messina 144.8 miles

$35 - $55

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Palermo and arriving at Messina. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Palermo Centrale and arriving at Messina Centrale. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 47 min.

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The distance between Palermo and Messina is 194 km. The road distance is 231.7 km.

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The best way to get from Palermo to Messina without a car is to train which takes 2 h 47 min and costs .

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The train from Palermo Centrale to Messina Centrale takes 2 h 47 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Palermo to Messina is 232 km. It takes approximately 2 h 26 min to drive from Palermo to Messina.

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  • Distance: 121.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 47 min

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

Trenitalia operates a train from Palermo to Messina every 2 hours. Tickets cost $17 - $40 and the journey takes 2 h 47 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 Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$31 - $37
Bus operators
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Palermo to Messina
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Palermo to Messina
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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