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There are 7 ways to get from San Diego to Sicily by plane, train or car ferry

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Fly San Diego to Palermo

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Palermo (PMO)

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Train to Los Angeles, fly to Palermo

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Los Angeles
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Palermo (PMO)

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Fly San Diego to Catania

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Catania (CTA)

Train to Los Angeles, fly to Catania

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Los Angeles
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Catania (CTA)

Fly San Diego to Malta, car ferry

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Malta (MLA)
  2. Take the car ferry from Valletta to Pozzallo

Fly San Diego to Comiso

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Comiso (CIY)

Fly San Diego to Trapani

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Trapani (TPS)

San Diego (SAN) to Palermo (PMO) flights

The flight time between San Diego (SAN) and Palermo (PMO) is around 20h 14m and covers a distance of around 10603 km. This includes an average layover time of around 6h 4m. The fastest flight normally takes 17h 10m. Services are operated by Lufthansa, Volotea, British Airways and others. Typically 65 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average flight journey times

Time on flight:
14h 9m
Layover time:
6h 4m
Total time:
20h 14m

Flight route information

Fastest flight journey time:
17h 10m
Flight distance:
10603 km
Flights per week:
65
Cheapest price:
€198
Carbon emissions:
2150 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
08:00
Last flight departs at:
19:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Diego (SAN) to Palermo (PMO) flight schedules

United States → Italy
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International entry into Italy from United States

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United States
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Italy from United States

  • COVID-19 testing required within 72 hours from entering the country
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Monaco, Réunion and United Kingdom
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Martinique, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Réunion, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican
  • COVID-19 testing required within 72 hours from entering the country
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Réunion and United Kingdom unless other countries have been visited within the past 14 days prior to arrival
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United States
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra and Monaco
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals who have visited Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, United Kingdom and United States in the last 14 days
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from United States

The official advice is to delay international travel until fully vaccinated

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from United States.

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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
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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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.

Yes, entry into United States from Italy is currently restricted.

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Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Sicily is to train and fly which costs $400 - $1,200 and takes 21h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Sicily is to fly which costs $550 - $1,700 and takes 18h 16m.

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It is approximately 10713 km to get from San Diego to Sicily.

It takes approximately 20h 38m to get from San Diego to Sicily, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to Palermo Airport. The quickest flight takes 23h 10m and has one stopover.

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Sicily is 9h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 3:20 AM in San Diego and 12:20 PM in Sicily.

Volotea, easyJet, JetBlue Airways and eight other airlines offer flights from San Diego 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 San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 15 min and costs $1 - $5.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 10713.1 km
  • Duration: 20h 38m

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Sicily, Italy?

Lufthansa, Volotea and 10 other airlines fly from San Diego to Palermo every 3 hours.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
18h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via London Heathrow, Rome
Ave. Duration
19h
When
Monday
Estimated price
€490 - €1800
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Montreal, Barcelona
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Rome
Ave. Duration
19h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via London Heathrow, Pisa
Ave. Duration
19h 50m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€490 - €1800
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Zurich, Rome
Ave. Duration
17h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€190 - €1000
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Toronto, Venice
Ave. Duration
21h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Verona
Ave. Duration
18h
When
Friday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Bologna
Ave. Duration
21h
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Montreal, Venice
Ave. Duration
21h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Madrid
Ave. Duration
14h 45m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€370 - €1300
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Frankfurt, Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
22h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€750 - €2100
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
18h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Toronto, Rome
Ave. Duration
19h 40m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Montreal, Rome
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Comiso via Washington Dulles, Rome
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€500 - €1600
Flights from San Diego to Comiso via Toronto, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 5m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
€550 - €1500
Flights from San Diego to Comiso via Montreal, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€550 - €1500
Flights from San Diego to Comiso via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€430 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Comiso via Newark, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€500 - €1600
Flights from San Diego to Comiso via Chicago O'Hare, Rome
Ave. Duration
19h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€500 - €1600
Flights from San Diego to Comiso via New York JFK, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 55m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€430 - €1400
Alba Star
Website
albastar.es
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via London Heathrow, Rome
Ave. Duration
17h 20m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€700 - €2700
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Washington Dulles, Rome
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€700 - €2100
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Toronto, Rome
Ave. Duration
17h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€750 - €2100
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€550 - €1800
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Newark, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€700 - €2100
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Chicago O'Hare, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 55m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€700 - €2100
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Newark, Naples
Ave. Duration
20h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€700 - €2200
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Zurich, Rome
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€290 - €1500
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Frankfurt, Rome
Ave. Duration
21h 15m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€750 - €2100
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Boston, Zurich
Ave. Duration
17h 45m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€500 - €1100
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Zurich
Ave. Duration
18h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
28h 55m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€190 - €1000
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Toronto, Zurich
Ave. Duration
20h 35m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from Los Angeles to Palermo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
14h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€410 - €950
Flights from San Diego to Malta via Zurich
Ave. Duration
16h 5m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€210 - €1100
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Toronto, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
17h 50m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
€500 - €1900
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
30h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€490 - €1800
Flights from San Diego to Catania via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
15h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€470 - €1700
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
15h 47m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€400 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Malta via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
14h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€550 - €2000
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Toronto, Rome
Ave. Duration
19h 40m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Montreal, Rome
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
16h 55m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€410 - €1400
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€380 - €1200
Flights from Los Angeles to Palermo via Boston, Rome
Ave. Duration
18h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€430 - €950
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
33h 20m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from San Diego to Catania via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
23h 20m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
16h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€430 - €1200
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Munich
Ave. Duration
21h 5m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€430 - €1200
Flights from San Diego to Malta via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
16h 15m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€550 - €1600
Tayaran Jet
Website
en.tayaranjet.com
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Frankfurt, Genoa
Ave. Duration
16h 40m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€750 - €2100
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via London Heathrow, Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
18h
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€700 - €2700
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Frankfurt, Trieste
Ave. Duration
20h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€750 - €2100
Flights from San Diego to Trapani via Frankfurt, Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
21h 55m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€750 - €2100
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
16h 55m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€410 - €1400
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€380 - €1200
Flights from Los Angeles to Palermo via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
16h 5m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€430 - €1400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€380 - €1200
Flights from Los Angeles to Palermo via Boston, Rome
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€430 - €950
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from San Diego to Malta via Toronto, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
18h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€600 - €1600
Flights from San Diego to Malta via Montreal, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
18h 45m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
€600 - €1600
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via Frankfurt, Genoa
Ave. Duration
17h 10m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€500 - €1400
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from San Diego to Palermo via London Heathrow, Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
17h 10m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€490 - €1800
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€410 - €1200
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Catania via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
22h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€450 - €1100
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
€26 - €40
Premium
€160 - €230
Flexi Coach Seat
€40 - €60
Business Seat
€40 - €60
Ferry operators
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Phone
(+356) 22069999
Email
res@virtuferries.com
Website
virtuferries.com
Car ferry from Valletta to Pozzallo
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70
Website
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Low season
€70
High season
€127

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