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There are 5 ways to get from Rome to Palermo by plane, train, bus, car ferry, taxi, ferry or rideshare

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Recommended option

Fly  •  3h 50m

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

€24 - €141

4 alternative options

Train  •  11h 59m

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

€50 - €75

Bus, car ferry  •  14h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Naples 538 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Naples to Palermo

€38 - €75

Taxi, ferry  •  15h 3m

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

€155 - €240

Rideshare  •  11h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Rome to Palermo 426.8 km

€46

Rome to Palermo by train

The train journey time between Rome and Palermo is around 11h 58m and covers a distance of around 869 km. The fastest train normally takes 11h 58m. Operated by Trenitalia Intercity, the Rome to Palermo train service departs from Roma Termini and arrives in Palermo Centrale. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
11h 58m
Fastest train time:
11h 58m
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€50
Carbon emissions:
45 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:26
Last train departs at:
07:26

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Rome to Palermo train schedules

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  • Face masks are mandatory
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Palermo is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Palermo is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Palermo is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

Last updated: 16 Jun 2021
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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 €24 - €150 and takes 3h 50m.

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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 train which takes 11h 59m and costs €50 - €75.

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It takes approximately 3h 50m to get from Rome to Palermo, including transfers.

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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 50m and costs €24 - €150. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €50 - €75 and takes 11h 59m.

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

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Map of how to get from Rome to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 425.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 50m

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

Ryanair and Alitalia fly from Rome to Palermo every 2 hours. Alternatively, Trenitalia Intercity operates a train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale once daily. Tickets cost €50 - €75 and the journey takes 11h 59m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€17 - €90
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
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 Naples
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Grandi Navi Veloci
Phone
+39 010 209 4591
Email
booking@gnv.it
Website
gnv.it
Car ferry from Naples to Palermo
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€24 - €55
Website
Grandi Navi Veloci
Ferry from Civitavecchia to Palermo
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€45 - €110
Website
Grandi Navi Veloci
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 3m
Estimated price
€110 - €130
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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Ryanair and Alitalia offer flights from Rome Airport to Palermo Airport.

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There are 563+ hotels available in Palermo. Prices start at €75 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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