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There are 7 ways to get from Rome to Catania by plane, train, car ferry, bus and ferry, bus, rideshare 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

Fly  •  2h 47m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Catania (CTA) FCO - CTA

€14 - €105

6 alternative options

Train, car ferry  •  9h 16m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Napoli Afragola Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Napoli Afragola to Villa S.Giovanni Fa / ...
  3. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  4. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Catania Centrale Re / ...

€42 - €187

Bus and ferry  •  10h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Roma Tiburtina to Catania Milano

€35 - €55

Train  •  10h 11m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Catania Centrale Ic

€40 - €65

Bus  •  12h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Catania N528 / ...

€35 - €50

Rideshare  •  9h 49m

  1. Take the rideshare from Rome to Catania 536.6 km

€41

Drive, car ferry  •  8h 33m

  1. Drive from Rome to Villa San Giovanni
  2. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  3. Drive from Messina Marittima to Catania

€99 - €181

Rome to Catania by train, car ferry and walk

The journey time between Rome and Catania is around 9h 14m and covers a distance of around 740 km. The fastest journey normally takes 7h 37m. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce, ItaloTreno, Caronte & Tourist and others, the Rome to Catania service departs from Roma Termini and arrives in Catania Centrale. Typically 33 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
9h 14m
Fastest journey time:
7h 37m
Services per week:
33
Cheapest price:
€43
Carbon emissions:
39 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
08:00
Last service departs at:
18:20

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Rome to Catania train, car ferry and walk schedules

Rome → Catania
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Catania is 1500.

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Catania is to fly which costs €14 - €110 and takes 2h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Catania is to fly which costs €14 - €110 and takes 2h 47m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Roma Tiburtina and arriving at Catania. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Catania Centrale. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 11m.

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It is approximately 537 km to get from Rome to Catania.

The best way to get from Rome to Catania without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 9h 16m and costs €40 - €190.

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It takes approximately 2h 47m to get from Rome to Catania, including transfers.

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Rome to Catania bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rome Tiburtina Bus station.

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Rome to Catania train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, depart from Roma Termini station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Catania is to fly which takes 2h 47m and costs €14 - €110. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €40 - €65 and takes 10h 11m, you could also bus, which costs €35 - €50 and takes 12h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Catania.
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  • Distance: 537.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 47m

What companies run services between Rome, Italy and Catania, Italy?

Alitalia, Ryanair and Wizz Air fly from Rome to Catania hourly. Alternatively, Autoservizi Salemi Srl operates a vehicle from Roma Tiburtina to Catania once daily. Tickets cost €35 - €55 and the journey takes 10h.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€8 - €70
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€9 - €95
Train operators
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Afragola
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€18 - €25
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
Train from Napoli Afragola to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€27 - €70
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€27 - €40
Base Standard
€40 - €55
Base Premium
€45 - €70
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Afragola
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €27
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €24
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
Train from Napoli Afragola to Villa San Giovanni
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€17 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €25
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
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 Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€12 - €14
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 Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€7 - €10
Train from Roma Termini to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
10h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€40 - €65
Bus operators
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Roma Tiburtina to Catania
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
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 Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Catania
Ave. Duration
12h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
Caronte & Tourist
Phone
800 627414
Email
servizioclienti@carontetourist.it
Website
carontetourist.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€2 - €40
Website
Caronte & Tourist
Passenger
€2 - €7
Moto
€16 - €22
Car
€30 - €40
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
9h 49m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€41
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Catania Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Rome to Catania bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Catania station.

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Rome to Catania train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Catania Centrale station.

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Wizz Air, Ryanair and Alitalia offer flights from Rome Airport to Catania Airport.

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Book your Rome to Catania train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Rome to Catania bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 565+ hotels available in Catania. Prices start at €75 per night.

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

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs €7 - €35.

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