Rome2rio uses cookies to help personalize content and show you personalised ads. By proceeding, you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy. You may opt out of personalised ads at any time. OK

Need a hotel room in Palermo?

Book now

There are 7 ways to get from Potenza to Palermo by train, ferry, bus, car ferry, car or plane

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

Train, ferry

  1. Take the train from Potenza Centrale to Salerno
  2. Take the train from Salerno to Villa S.Giovanni
  3. Take the ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  4. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale

Cheapest option

Train to Naples, fly

  1. Take the train from Potenza Centrale to Napoli Centrale
  2. Fly from Naples (NAP) to Palermo (PMO)

5 alternative options

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Potenza - piazza 18 Agosto to Scanzano Jonico
  2. Take the bus from Scanzano Jonico to Messina - Piazza della Repubblica
  3. Take the bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello

Train

  1. Take the train from Potenza Centrale to Salerno
  2. Take the train from Salerno to Palermo Centrale

Bus, car ferry

  1. Take the bus from Potenza Viale del Basento to Naples Metropark Central Parking Bus Stop
  2. Take the car ferry from Naples to Palermo

Drive, ferry

  1. Drive from Potenza to Villa San Giovanni
  2. Take the ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  3. Drive from Messina Marittima to Palermo

Train, train to Bari, fly

  1. Take the train from Potenza Macchia Rom. to Foggia
  2. Take the train from Foggia to Bari Centrale
  3. Fly from Bari (BRI) to Palermo (PMO)

Potenza to Palermo by train, ferry and walk

The journey time between Potenza and Palermo is around 11h 18m and covers a distance of around 716 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2h 54m. The fastest journey normally takes 10h 2m. Operated by Trenitalia, Trenitalia Intercity, Trenitalia Frecce and others, the Potenza to Palermo service departs from Potenza Centrale and arrives in Palermo Centrale. Typically 27 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Explore all travel options

Average journey times

Time on transportation:
8h 24m
Layover time:
2h 54m
Total time:
11h 18m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
10h 2m
Journey distance:
716 km
Services per week:
27
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
37 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:17
Last service departs at:
17:29

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Potenza to Palermo train, ferry and walk schedules

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Potenza to Palermo is to bus which costs €40 - €65 and takes 11h 35m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Potenza to Palermo is to train and fly which costs €30 - €180 and takes 6h 17m.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Potenza to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Potenza - piazza 18 Agosto and arriving at Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello via Scanzano Jonico and Messina Piazza della Repubblica. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 35m.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Potenza to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Potenza Centrale and arriving at Palermo Centrale via Salerno. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 39m.

More details

The distance between Potenza and Palermo is 351 km.

The best way to get from Potenza to Palermo without a car is to train and ferry which takes 10h 39m and costs €45 - €170.

More details

It takes approximately 10h 39m to get from Potenza to Palermo, including transfers.

More details

Potenza to Palermo bus services, operated by Autolinee Liscio, depart from Potenza - piazza 18 Agosto station.

More details

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

More details

The best way to get from Potenza to Palermo is to bus which takes 11h 35m and costs €40 - €65. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €40 - €100 and takes 11h 39m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Potenza to Palermo.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 350.7 km
  • Duration: 10h 39m

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

You can take a bus from Potenza to Palermo via Scanzano Jonico, Messina - Piazza della Repubblica, and Messina Piazza della Repubblica in around 11h 35m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Potenza to Palermo via Salerno in around 11h 39m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€29 - €170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€18 - €160
Flights from Bari to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€18 - €190
Flights from Bari to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€18 - €190
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€22 - €190
Flights from Bari to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€23 - €160
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bari to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €240
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 Potenza Centrale to Salerno
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€7 - €16
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€14 - €16
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
Train from Potenza Centrale to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €23
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€20 - €23
Train from Potenza Macchia Rom. to Foggia
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€8 - €16
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€14 - €16
Train from Foggia to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €18
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€15 - €18
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
For more information, please visit this page
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 Potenza Centrale to Salerno
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €12
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€8 - €12
Train from Salerno to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€23 - €35
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 Salerno to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
8h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€35 - €50
Train from Potenza Centrale to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€11 - €16
Train from Foggia to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€8 - €13
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€8 - €13
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 Potenza Centrale to Salerno
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €50
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€12 - €17
Base Standard
€27 - €40
Base Premium
€30 - €50
Train from Salerno to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€29 - €90
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€29 - €40
Base Standard
€50 - €70
Base Premium
€60 - €90
Train from Potenza Centrale to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€15 - €60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€15 - €21
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€40 - €60
Train from Foggia to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€12 - €50
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€12 - €18
Base Standard
€28 - €40
Base Premium
€35 - €50
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Salerno to Villa San Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€24 - €70
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€26 - €40
Smart Low Cost
€24 - €35
Smart Flex
€50 - €70
Train from Foggia to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€13 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€15 - €22
Smart Low Cost
€13 - €19
Smart Flex
€29 - €40
Bus operators
Autolinee Liscio
Phone
0971 54673
Email
info@autolineeliscio.it
Website
autolineeliscio.it
Bus from Potenza - piazza 18 Agosto to Scanzano Jonico
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€7 - €13
Website
Autolinee Liscio
SAIS trasporti S.p.A. - Autolinee Giamporcaro
Phone
091 617 1141
Website
saistrasporti.it
Bus from Scanzano Jonico to Messina - Piazza della Repubblica
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Schedules at
saistrasporti.it
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€12 - €17
Website
SAIS Autolinee
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Messina to Palermo
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Potenza to Naples
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Ferry operators
Blue Jet
Phone
342 32 55 869
Website
blujetlines.it
Ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3
Schedules at
blujetlines.it
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
Ferry from Villa S.Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Trenitalia
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
For more information, please visit this page
Tirrenia
Phone
+49 611–14020
Email
info@tirrenia.de
Website
tirrenia.it
Car ferry from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
Tirrenia

Want to know more about travelling around Italy

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Naples Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

Search flights

Potenza to Palermo bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, arrive at Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello station.

More details

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

More details

Ryanair, Volotea and easyJet offer flights from Naples Airport to Palermo Airport.

Search flights

Book your Potenza to Palermo train tickets online with Omio.

Search and book

There are 545+ hotels available in Palermo. Prices start at €87 per night.

More details