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There are 4 ways to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily by ferry, bus, train, car ferry or car

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

Ferry, bus

  1. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima
  2. Take the bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo

3 alternative options

Ferry, bus via Palermo - via Fazello

  1. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima
  2. Take the bus from Messina - Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo - via Fazello

Ferry, train

  1. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima
  2. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale

Car ferry, drive

  1. Take the car ferry from Reggio di Calabria to Tresmestieri
  2. Drive from Tresmestieri to Palermo

Reggio Calabria to Sicily by ferry and bus

The journey time between Reggio Calabria and Sicily is around 11h 22m and covers a distance of around 272 km. This includes an average layover time of around 7h 47m. The fastest journey normally takes 10h 50m. Operated by Blue Jet and Autoservizi Salemi Srl, the Reggio Calabria to Sicily service departs from Reggio Calabria and arrives in Palermo. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
3h 35m
Layover time:
7h 47m
Total time:
11h 22m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
10h 50m
Journey distance:
272 km
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€16
Carbon emissions:
32 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
17:40
Last service departs at:
20:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Reggio Calabria to Sicily ferry and bus schedules

Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily is to ferry and bus, which costs €16 - €23 and takes 4h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily is to car ferry and drive which costs €30 - €50 and takes 3h.

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The distance between Reggio Calabria and Sicily is 144 km.

The best way to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 4h 35m and costs €16 - €23.

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It takes approximately 4h 35m to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily, including transfers.

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There are 42+ hotels available in Sicily. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Map of how to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 144.5 km
  • Duration: 4h 35m

What companies run services between Reggio Calabria, Italy and Sicily, Italy?

There is no direct connection from Reggio Calabria to Sicily. However, you can take the ferry to Messina Marittima, take the walk to Messina Piazza della Repubblica, then take the bus to Palermo. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Reggio Calabria to Palermo via Messina Marittima, Messina - Piazza della Repubblica, Palermo - via Fazello, and Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna in around 4h 56m.

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 Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €30
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€27 - €30
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.
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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 Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €20
Bus operators
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €19
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina - Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo - via Fazello
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €17
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Ferry operators
Blue Jet
Phone
342 32 55 869
Website
blujetlines.it
Ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€4
Schedules at
blujetlines.it
Meridiano Lines
Email
info@meridianolines.it
Website
meridianolines.eu
Car ferry from Reggio di Calabria to Tresmestieri
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€2
Website
Meridiano Lines

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