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There are 5 ways to get from Taormina to Palermo by train, bus or car

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Train, bus  •  4h 33m

  1. Take the train from Taormina-Giardini to Catania Centrale Re / ...
  2. Take the bus from Catania - Bus Station to Palermo A19

15€ - 25€

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Bus  •  4h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Taormina - Terminal Etna Trasporti to Catania - via Liberta Catania / ...
  2. Take the bus from Catania, Catania to Palermo, Palermo N597

17€ - 22€

Train via Messina  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Taormina-Giardini to Messina Centrale Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale Re / ...

18€ - 37€

Train  •  5h 33m

  1. Take the train from Taormina-Giardini to Catania Centrale Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Catania Centrale to Palermo Centrale Re

22€ - 45€

Drive  •  2h 58m

  1. Drive from Taormina to Palermo 264.9 km

30€ - 50€

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The cheapest way to get from Taormina to Palermo is to train and bus which costs 14€ - 25€ and takes 4h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Taormina to Palermo is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Taormina to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Taormina - Terminal Etna Trasporti and arriving at Palermo, Palermo via Catania, Catania. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 44m.

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No, there is no direct train from Taormina to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Taormina-Giardini and arriving at Palermo Centrale via Messina Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 7m.

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The distance between Taormina and Palermo is 174 km. The road distance is 264.9 km.

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The best way to get from Taormina to Palermo without a car is to train and bus which takes 4h 33m and costs 14€ - 25€.

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It takes approximately 4h 33m to get from Taormina to Palermo, including transfers.

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Taormina to Palermo bus services, operated by Interbus, depart from Taormina - Terminal Etna Trasporti station.

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Taormina to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia, depart from Taormina-Giardini station.

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The best way to get from Taormina to Palermo is to bus which takes 4h 44m and costs 16€ - 22€. Alternatively, you can train via Messina, which costs 17€ - 40€ and takes 5h 7m.

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Map of how to get from Taormina to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 173.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 33m

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

You can take a bus from Taormina to Palermo via Catania - via Liberta and Catania, Catania in around 4h 44m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Taormina to Palermo via Messina Centrale in around 5h 7m.

Train operators
Trenitalia

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 Taormina-Giardini to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3€ - 8€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
7€ - 8€
Train from Taormina-Giardini to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3€ - 8€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
7€ - 8€
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 29€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
26€ - 29€
Train from Catania Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 35€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
29€ - 32€
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 Taormina-Giardini to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
4€ - 7€
Train from Taormina-Giardini to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
4€ - 7€
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Catania - Bus Station to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 17€
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Interbus
Phone
+39 0935 22 460
Website
interbus.it
Bus from Taormina - Terminal Etna Trasporti to Catania - via Liberta
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Schedules at
interbus.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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Catania, Catania to Palermo, Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Taormina to Palermo bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Palermo, Palermo station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Taormina to Palermo is 265 km. It takes approximately 2h 58m to drive from Taormina to Palermo.

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