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

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

Cheapest option

Ferry, night bus

  1. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima
  2. Take the night bus from Messina Main Train Station to Palermo Terminal Bus

2 alternative options

Ferry, bus

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

Car ferry, drive

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

Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily is to ferry and bus, which costs €17 - €23 and takes 5h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily is to car ferry and drive which costs €40 - €70 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 train which takes 5h 3m and costs €19 - €75.

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It takes approximately 5h 3m to get from Reggio Calabria to Sicily, including transfers.

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There are 33+ hotels available in Sicily. Prices start at €100 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: 5h 3m

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 Centrale, take the train to Palermo Centrale, take the walk to Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna, then take the line 102 bus to Piazza Boiardo. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Reggio Calabria to Palermo via Messina Marittima, Messina Piazza della Repubblica, Palermo Via Oreto, and Regione Siciliana - Paratore in around 5h 13m.

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
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 Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€19 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€19 - €26
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo Via Oreto
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €17
Website
SAIS Autolinee
Itabus
Phone
+39 06 88 93 82 32
Website
itabus.it
Night bus from Messina Main Train Station to Palermo Terminal Bus
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€2 - €26
Website
Itabus
Ferry operators
Blu 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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