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There are 8 ways to get from Rome to Sicily by plane, bus, train, car or ferry

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Fly to Palermo  •  3h 50m

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

Cheapest option

Fly to Catania  •  3h 38m

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

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Fly to Comiso  •  3h 2m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Comiso (CIY) FCO - CIY

Fly to Trapani  •  4h 12m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Trapani (TPS) FCO - TPS

Bus  •  12h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello Milan Lampugnano - Marsala Train Station / ...

Train  •  12h 33m

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

Bus via Rome Tiburtina Bus station  •  13h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Palermo N592

Drive, ferry  •  14h 7m

  1. Drive from Rome to Civitavecchia
  2. Take the ferry from Civitavecchia to Palermo
Rome → Sicily
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FFP2 masks are required on all public transport

COVID-19 help in Italy

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • FFP2 masks are required on all public transport

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Sicily is 1500.

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

The social distance requirement in Sicily 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 May 2022
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Rome to Sicily is to fly, which costs €13 - €110 and takes 3h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Sicily is to fly which costs €30 - €210 and takes 3h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Rome Tiburtina and arriving at Piazza Boiardo via Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 19m.

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The distance between Rome and Sicily is 500 km.

The best way to get from Rome to Sicily without a car is to bus which takes 12h 19m and costs €45 - €70.

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

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Rome to Sicily bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi Srl, depart from Rome Tiburtina station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Sicily is to fly which takes 3h 50m and costs €18 - €130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 12h 19m, you could also train, which costs €50 - €75 and takes 12h 33m.

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

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Map of how to get from Rome to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 500 km
  • Duration: 3h 50m

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

Ryanair and Alitalia fly from Rome to Palermo every 3 hours. Alternatively, Autoservizi Salemi Srl operates a bus from Rome Tiburtina to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello 3 times a day. Tickets cost €45 - €65 and the journey takes 11h 45m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€9 - €100
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€4 - €110
Flights from Rome to Comiso
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€6 - €160
Flights from Rome to Trapani
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€8 - €220
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €160
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€5 - €100
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 from Rome Tiburtina to Palermo Via Tommaso Fazello
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
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
6 times a week
Estimated price
€45 - €60
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.
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Ferry operators

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

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There are 42+ hotels available in Sicily. Prices start at €87 per night.

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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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