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Train to London Heathrow, fly to Palermo  •  7h 1m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Palermo (PMO) LHR - PMO

€67 - €156

Cheapest option

Train to London Stansted, fly to Palermo  •  8h 1m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Palermo (PMO) STN - PMO

€54 - €137

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Train to London Heathrow, fly to Catania  •  6h 49m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Catania (CTA) LHR - CTA

€63 - €245

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Catania  •  7h 20m

  1. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Catania (CTA) LGW - CTA

€72 - €204

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Palermo  •  7h 48m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Palermo (PMO) LTN - PMO

€70 - €295

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Catania  •  7h 46m

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Catania (CTA) LTN - CTA

€62 - €214

Bus  •  47h 55m

  1. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon
  2. Take the bus from Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon to Milan 473
  3. Take the bus from Milan to Palermo

€127 - €169

Train, bus, ferry  •  2 days 1h

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon
  3. Take the bus from Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon to Genoa
  4. Take the ferry from Genoa to Palermo

€146 - €247

Train, bus and ferry, night train  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Salzburg
  3. Take the night train from Salzburg Hbf to Roma Termini Nj
  4. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic

€179 - €269

Train, bus  •  2 days 14h

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria to Legnica
  3. Take the bus from Legnica to Palermo

€125 - €191

Reading to Sicily by bus

The bus journey time between Reading and Sicily is around 2 days 3h and covers a distance of around 2942 km. The fastest bus normally takes 2 days 3h. Operated by First, National Express, FlixBus and others, the Reading to Sicily bus service departs from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir and arrives in Piazza Boiardo. Typically three buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
2 days 3h
Fastest bus time:
2 days 3h
Bus distance:
2942 km
Buses per week:
3
Cheapest price:
€126
Carbon emissions:
367 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
07:00
Last bus departs at:
07:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Reading to Sicily bus schedules

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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Sicily is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Sicily is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Sicily is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

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The cheapest way to get from Reading to Sicily is to train and fly which costs £45 - £120 and takes 8h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Sicily is to train and fly which costs £50 - £210 and takes 6h 49m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Reading to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir and arriving at Piazza Boiardo via Heathrow Airport London T2,3, London, Victoria Green Line Station, Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon, Milan and Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 47h 55m.

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The distance between Reading and Sicily is 1945 km.

The best way to get from Reading to Sicily without a car is to bus which takes 47h 55m and costs £100 - £150.

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It takes approximately 7h 1m to get from Reading to Sicily, including transfers.

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Reading to Sicily bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from London, Victoria Green Line Station.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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Reading to Sicily bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Palermo station.

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Sicily is 1h ahead of Reading. It is currently 10:29 PM in Reading and 11:29 PM in Sicily.

Map of how to get from Reading to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 1945.4 km
  • Duration: 7h 1m

What companies run services between Reading, England and Sicily, Italy?

You can take a bus from Reading to Palermo via Heathrow Airport London T2,3, London Victoria Coach Station, London, Victoria Green Line Station, Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon, Milan, Palermo, and Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna in around 47h 55m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Catania
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€95 - €320
Flights from London Gatwick to Catania via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€95 - €320
Flights from London Gatwick to Catania via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€95 - €320
Flights from London Gatwick to Catania via Naples
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€95 - €330
Flights from London Luton to Palermo
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€90 - €320
Flights from London Luton to Palermo via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €320
Flights from London Luton to Catania
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €320
Flights from London Luton to Catania via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday
Estimated price
€95 - €320
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Pisa
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Turin
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Perugia
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Krakow
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Bologna
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Stansted to Palermo via Venice
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€21 - €70
Flights from London Luton to Catania via Bologna
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€26 - €150
Flights from London Luton to Catania via Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €180
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€116
Flights from London Heathrow to Catania
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €490
Flights from London Gatwick to Catania
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €450
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €210
Flights from London Heathrow to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €470
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from London Luton to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€35 - €230
Flights from London Luton to Catania via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€40 - €240
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Palermo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€120 - €300
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Palermo via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€170 - €390
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€210 - €700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Catania via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €460
Wizz Air UK
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from London Luton to Catania
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€50 - €270
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €16
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€12 - €16
Anytime Day 1st Class
€22 - €29
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€23 - €29
Anytime Day 1st Class
€40 - €55
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€17 - €21
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€17 - €21
Anytime Day 1st Class
€29 - €40
TfL Rail
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
TfL Rail
Offpeak (Contactless or Oyster)
€8 - €11
Peak (Contactless or Oyster)
€13 - €22
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
TfL Rail
Offpeak (Contactless or Oyster)
€11 - €15
Peak (Contactless or Oyster)
€19 - €35
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
€16 - €20
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€19 - €28
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
€8 - €23
Off-Peak Single
€14 - €21
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
€19 - €28
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Salzburg Hbf to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
11h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70 - €100
Website
Nightjet
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 Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
11h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€50 - €75
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €24
Website
RegioJet
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon to Milan
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan to Palermo
Ave. Duration
21h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70 - €85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Luxembourg, P+R Bouillon to Genoa
Ave. Duration
13h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
22h 27m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from London Victoria to Legnica
Ave. Duration
20h 26m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Legnica to Palermo
Ave. Duration
39h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€65 - €95
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Ferry operators

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