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

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Recommended option

Fly  •  3h 51m

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

39€ - 301€

5 alternative options

Bus and ferry  •  11h 40m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Roma Tiburtina to Palermo

55€ - 80€

Train  •  11h 59m

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

50€ - 75€

Bus  •  12h

  1. Take the bus from Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Palermo, Palermo N591

40€ - 55€

Taxi, ferry  •  15h 5m

  1. Take a taxi from Rome to Civitavecchia
  2. Take the ferry from Civitavecchia to Palermo

186€ - 242€

Rideshare  •  11h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Rome to Palermo 426.8 km

46€

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Questions & Answers

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 35€ - 310€ and takes 3h 51m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Roma Tiburtina and arriving at Palermo. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 40m.

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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 and ferry which takes 11h 40m and costs 55€ - 80€.

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It takes approximately 3h 51m to get from Rome to Palermo, including transfers.

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Rome to Palermo bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rome, 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 51m and costs 35€ - 310€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 11h 59m, you could also bus, which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 12h.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 425.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 51m

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

Alitalia and Ryanair fly from Rome to Palermo hourly. Alternatively, Autoservizi Salemi Srl operates a vehicle from Roma Tiburtina to Palermo once daily. Tickets cost 55€ - 80€ and the journey takes 11h 40m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 250€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
29€ - 160€
Train operators
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 and ferry from Roma Tiburtina to Palermo
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
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, Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Palermo, Palermo
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
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
Taxi from Rome to Civitavecchia
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Estimated price
110€ - 140€
Taxi Aventino
Phone
+39 06 574 3636
Samarcanda
Phone
+39 06 5551
Website
065551.it
Radiotaxi 3570
Phone
+39 06 3570
Website
3570.it
Asso Taxi
Phone
+39 339 33 33 414
Website
assotaxi.it

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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 FlixBus, arrive at Palermo, Palermo station.

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

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Ryanair and Alitalia 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 Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 3329+ 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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