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There are 6 ways to get from Rome to Palermo by plane, train, bus, car, car ferry or rideshare

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly from Rome

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Palermo (PMO)

5 alternative options

Train to Naples, fly

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale Station
  2. Fly from Naples (NAP) to Palermo (PMO)

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus Station to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello

Train

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Rome to Naples
  2. Take the car ferry from Naples to Palermo

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Rome to Palermo

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Palermo is to rideshare which costs €46 and takes 11h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Palermo is to fly which costs €20 - €160 and takes 3h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rome Tiburtina Bus Station station and arriving at Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Palermo Centrale. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 59m.

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The distance between Rome and Palermo is 425 km.

The best way to get from Rome to Palermo without a car is to bus which takes 11h 45m and costs €40 - €65.

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It takes approximately 3h 45m to get from Rome to Palermo, including transfers.

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Rome to Palermo bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi Srl, depart from Rome Tiburtina Bus Station.

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

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The best way to get from Rome to Palermo is to fly which takes 3h 45m and costs €20 - €160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €40 - €65 and takes 11h 45m, you could also train, which costs €50 - €75 and takes 11h 59m.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 425.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 45m

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

Ryanair and Alitalia fly from Rome to Palermo hourly. Alternatively, Autoservizi Salemi Srl operates a bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus Station to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello every 3 hours. Tickets cost €45 - €65 and the journey takes 11h 45m. FlixBus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€12 - €160
Flights from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€14 - €190
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€18 - €150
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €200
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€18 - €160
TUI fly Belgium
Website
tuifly.be
Flights from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€70 - €380
Train operators
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 Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €28
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €25
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
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
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus Station to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €65
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Palermo
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
Ferry operators
Tirrenia
Phone
+49 611–14020
Email
info@tirrenia.de
Website
tirrenia.it
Car ferry from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
Tirrenia
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 Palermo
Ave. Duration
11h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€46
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Rome to Palermo bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi Srl, arrive at Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello station.

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

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Alitalia and Ryanair offer flights from Rome Airport to Palermo Airport.

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Book your Rome to Palermo train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Rome to Palermo bus tickets online with Distribusion, Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 622+ hotels available in Palermo. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Rome and Palermo. 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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