There are 11 ways to get from Rome to Messina by train, car ferry, bus and ferry, bus, rideshare, car, plane or ferry

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, car ferry  •  6 h 18 min

  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

$72 - $151

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Rome Stazione Tiburtina to Messina - Piazza Repubblica Baltour

$35 - $170

9 alternative options

Bus and ferry  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Rome to Messina

$50 - $95

Train  •  8 h 4 min

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

$65 - $90

Bus, car ferry  •  10 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Roma - Autostazione Tiburtina to VILLA SAN GIOVANNI - Staz. FS Baltour
  2. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima

$39 - $102

Rideshare  •  8 h 32 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Rome to Messina 304.6 miles

$42

Drive, car ferry  •  7 h 25 min

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

$106 - $195

Fly to Reggio Calabria, ferry  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Reggio Calabria (REG) FCO - REG
  2. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima

$77 - $401

Fly to Catania, train  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Catania (CTA) FCO - CTA
  2. Take the train from Catania Centrale to Messina Centrale

$52 - $186

Fly to Lamezia Terme, train, car ferry  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Lamezia Terme (SUF) FCO - SUF
  2. Take the train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
  3. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima

$58 - $352

Fly to Palermo, train  •  7 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Palermo (PMO) FCO - PMO
  2. Take the train from Palermo Centrale to Messina Centrale

$61 - $205

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rome to Messina is to rideshare which costs 35€ and takes 8 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Messina is to fly and ferry which costs 65€ - 340€ and takes 5 h 14 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rome and arriving at Messina. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Messina Centrale. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 4 min.

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The distance between Rome and Messina is 487 km.

The best way to get from Rome to Messina without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 6 h 18 min and costs 60€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 18 min to get from Rome to Messina, including transfers.

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Rome to Messina bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, depart from Rome Stazione Tiburtina station.

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

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The best way to get from Rome to Messina is to train which takes 8 h 4 min and costs 55€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 140€ and takes 8 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Messina.
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  • Distance: 304.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 18 min

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

Trenitalia Intercity operates a train from Rome to Messina 4 times a day. Tickets cost $65 - $90 and the journey takes 8 h 4 min. Alternatively, SAIS Autolinee operates a bus from Rome to Messina 4 times a day. Tickets cost $110 - $170 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min. Baltour also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Reggio Calabria
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Flights from Rome to Lamezia Terme
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $440
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $210
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Blue Panorama Airlines
Website
blue-panorama.com
Flights from Rome to Reggio Calabria
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $450
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Roma Termini to Napoli Afragola
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Afragola to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Napoli Afragola Station
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Roma Termini to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Catania Centrale to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Lamezia Terme Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$15 - $18
Train from Palermo Centrale to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Rome to Messina
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Rome Stazione Tiburtina to Messina - Piazza Repubblica
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
baltour.it
Bus from Roma - Autostazione Tiburtina to MESSINA - Piazza Della Repubblica
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
http://www.baltour.it/
Bus from Roma - Autostazione Tiburtina to VILLA SAN GIOVANNI - Staz. FS
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
http://www.baltour.it/
Lirosi Linee
Phone
0966 57552
Email
info@lirosilinee.com
Website
lirosilinee.com
Bus from Roma Tiburtina to Villa San Giovanni
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
lirosilinee.com
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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $45
Schedules at
carontetourist.it
Passenger
$2 - $3
Car
$29 - $45
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Rome to Messina
Ave. Duration
8 h 32 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$42
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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