There are 7 ways to get from Rome to Palermo by plane, bus, train, car, ferry, bus and 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 to Palermo  •  3 h 58 min

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

$38 - $163

6 alternative options

Fly to Catania, bus  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Catania (CTA) FCO - CTA
  2. Take the bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo

$65 - $206

Train  •  11 h 39 min

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

$85 - $120

Drive, ferry  •  10 h 19 min

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

$143 - $204

Bus and ferry  •  11 h 55 min

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

$55 - $95

Bus  •  16 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Roma to Palermo - Piazzetta Cairoli

$174 - $254

Rideshare  •  11 h 4 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Rome to Palermo 266.7 miles

$53

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rome Tiburtina and arriving at Palermo. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 11 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Palermo Centrale. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 39 min.

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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 11 h 39 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 58 min 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 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 3 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 11 h 39 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 16 h 22 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Rome to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 265.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 58 min

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

Alitalia, Vueling Airlines and two other airlines fly from Rome to Palermo hourly. Alternatively, Trenitalia Intercity operates a train from Rome to Palermo 4 times a day. Tickets cost $85 - $120 and the journey takes 11 h 39 min.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Flights from Rome to Palermo via Malta
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $210
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Flights from Rome to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Rome to Palermo via Malta
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Train operators
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 Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
11 h 39 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Roma to Palermo - Piazzetta Cairoli
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $250
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Rome Tiburtina to Palermo
Ave. Duration
11 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Ferry operators
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 Palermo
Ave. Duration
11 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$53
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Air Malta, Vueling Airlines, Ryanair and Alitalia offer flights from Rome Airport to Palermo Airport.

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Book your Rome to Palermo train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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There are 3162+ hotels available in Palermo. Prices start at $46 USD 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 .

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